Body Cue No. 4: Tingling, prickling, and numbness in hands, feet, or elsewhere.
The Deficiency: B vitamins like folate (B9), B6, and B12. “It’s a problem directly related
to the peripheral nerves and where they end in the skin,” says Blum, noting that these
symptoms can be combined with anxiety, depression, anemia, fatigue, and hormone imbalances.
The Fix: Seek out spinach, asparagus, beets, beans (pinto, black, kidney, lima), eggs, octopus,
mussels, clams, oysters, and poultry.
Body Cue No. 5: Crazy muscle cramps in the form of stabbing pains in toes, calves, arches
of feet, and backs of legs.
The Deficiency: Magnesium, calcium, and potassium. “If it’s happening frequently, it’s a tip-off
that you’re lacking in these,” Blum says. And if you’re training hard, you can lose more minerals
(and water-soluble B vitamins) through heavy sweating.
The Fix: Eat more bananas, almonds, hazelnuts, squash, cherries, apples, grapefruit,
broccoli, bok choy, and dark leafy greens like kale, spinach, and dandelion.
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