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What Vitamin Deficiency Causes You to Feel Cold?

If the body is lacking in vitamin B12 this can have an effect on our body temperature and also on how well we feel.

Which vitamin deficiency makes you feel cold?

There are many reasons for feeling cold, and being vitamin deficient can be one of them. If the body is lacking in vitamin B12 this can have an effect on our body temperature and also on how well we feel.

Being deficient in vitamin B12 can affect the body's ability to produce enough red blood cells, which are responsible for carrying oxygen to tissues and organs, including those that regulate our body temperature and stop us feeling too hot or too cold.

If you do find yourself with a vitamin B12 deficiency this can manifest itself in different ways and you may find you have symptoms such as feeling shivery and cold, fatigue, weakness, as well as pale or yellowish skin.

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Does feeling cold mean I’m ill?

Feeling cold does not necessarily mean that you are ill or getting sick, but it can sometimes be a symptom of illnesses so if you find yourself feeling shivery then it can be an early sign.

Having cold sensations over a long period of time can often come alongside other signs of illness such as fever, chills, fatigue or body aches. These may be an underlying viral illness or bacterial infection and often aren’t a cause for concern as it can be something as simple as the common cold or flu. However sometimes they can be an indication of more serious conditions like pneumonia, which can cause feelings of coldness as the body's immune system responds to the invading pathogens and attempts to fight the illness.

Feeling cold can also be linked to other health conditions, such as anemia, thyroid disorders, circulation problems or nutritional deficiencies, and these can often mean feeling cold.

If you find that you are frequently experiencing unexplained or persistent feelings of coldness, and you find it comes alongside others symptoms or is affecting your daily life then speak to your GP or a health professional. They can help identify any underlying health issues and discuss the best next steps.

Can a vitamin deficiency cause a cold and cough?

Being deficient in vitamins won’t cause a cough and a cold on its own, but it can mean your immune system is weakened which may make you more vulnerable to getting the cold or flu virus and make you feel ill.

Being deficient in vitamins such as vitamin B12 or Vitamin C deficiency can potentially contribute to you getting a cold and respiratory infections, including coughing.

Getting enough vitamins and having a well balanced diet is one of the best ways to ensure the body is ‘fighting fit’ and can fight off infections or illness. Getting enough vitamin C is essential for the production and function of white blood cells, and without it you might find that you’re more likely to develop cold symptoms like coughing as well as finding it harder to recover. If you’re struggling to get enough of this important vitamin from your diet, then you could consider a Vitamin C supplement to help boost your intake.

Don’t underestimate the benefits of an overall healthy lifestyle on staying well either. Reducing stress, getting enough sleep and having an active and healthy lifestyle can help to boost your immune health, your mood and make you feel stronger to fight illnesses.

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What vitamins are best for stopping colds

To support your immune system and reduce the risk of catching colds, you should ensure you have a well balanced diet alongside a healthy lifestyle. A balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats will also provide you with the necessary nutrients to support your immune system and overall health. Including vitamins and minerals in your diet can be key to boosting the body’s wellbeing including the immune system.

Key vitamins that can help your body stay well and fight off colds include:

  • Vitamin B12
    Vitamin B in various forms can help balance immune responses to better fight viral infections but B12 is particularly useful as it helps keep your body's blood and nerve cells healthy. It can be found in our diets if we consume meat, fish or dairy foods but it can also be taken in the form of a Vitamin B12 supplement or Vitamin B12 Sublingual.
  • Vitamin C
    This vitamin is known for its immune-boosting properties. It helps stimulate the production of white blood cells, which are crucial for fighting off infections.
  • Vitamin D
    Having adequate levels of vitamin D can help the body maintain a healthy immune system. You can get vitamin D from sunlight exposure and certain foods, but you may consider taking a supplement to ensure you have enough.
  • Vitamin E
    Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage but it also supports immune function by enhancing the activity of immune cells.
  • Vitamin A
    This vitamin is important for the proper functioning of the immune system and helps maintain the health of mucous membranes, which act as barriers on cells to stop invasion from pathogens.
  • Zinc
    Zinc is a mineral that plays a critical role in immune function and wound healing. It helps activate enzymes involved in various immune processes.