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What Your Face Says About Mineral Deficiency

What your face says about mineral deficiency

Could your face be telling you what minerals you’re deficient in? 

Once you read this, you’re probably not going to be able to look at anyone without noticing some of these signs.

I’m going to go over 10 different ways that the wrinkles, spots, and marks on your face can mean that you’re deficient in a number of different minerals.


With iron deficiency, you’ll typically see a blue vein on the side of the eye. You may also start to see that the side of your cheek is pale and has a vein in it as well.

If your lips are pale, that is the number one warning sign that you are lacking iron.

The absorption of iron is dictated by B vitamins and stomach acid.

To fix this deficiency, address your digestive health and take an iron ferrochel or iron chelate.

Those will get past the stomach and actually get into your blood.

A warning sign that you’re accumulating too much iron is red lips.

If you see that, you should get a ferritin blood test to find out if you’re too high in iron. 

If you’re over 100, all you have to do to lower it is give blood.


I think almost all Americans are deficient in potassium, because compared to our ancestors, we eat half as much potassium and way more sodium.

The classic signs for potassium deficiency are wrinkles. If you have ridges on the corner of your eye, that’s a sign you’re lacking potassium.

Green leafy vegetables, green juicing, or an electrolyte supplement will help you get potassium.

There are specific types of potassium like potassium iodine, which you can find in food like kelp or supplement for, that can help as well.

If you consistently have redness around your eyes and eyelids where the eyes aren’t bloodshot, but you look like you’ve been staring at a computer screen for too long, that’s a warning sign that you’re lacking potassium.


If you ever notice someone has really red ears, but it’s not cold out, this means they’re deficient in magnesium. 

You might also get milia, which are little white bumps, around the eyes and eyelids.

If you notice these signs, you need to get more magnesium in your body.

My favorite source of magnesium is black beans. Almonds are another great source of it, and you can also supplement with an electrolyte powder.


Sodium deficiencies could be because you’re not absorbing sodium properly, or because you’re getting a lot of processed sodium instead of something like sodium phosphate.

If you’re lacking sodium, you’ll see a shiny forehead that looks a little greasy. Your nose and eyelids can also have this shininess.

That’s a warning sign you need a little more salt to balance the fluid in your body.

In extreme cases, if you look at the back of your tongue and there’s a bit of yellowness, taking in more healthy salts is a good way to recover.


If you have a little wrinkle right in front of the ears, you might want to add a bit of silica to your body.

You don’t want too much silica, but we do need a small amount. 

My favorite way to get silica is by eating my favorite vegetable, green beans. 

They’re a great source of natural silica. 


Outside of bone density issues, if you notice wrinkles under the eyes, or a droopiness of skin above your eyelid, you’re low in calcium.

Those signs could be weight-related insulin and fluid issues, but you’re lacking calcium when that skin hangs down.

You don’t want to overdo calcium; I don’t recommend taking more than 600 milligrams of it.

You can supplement it, but be sure you’re taking it with other minerals and fat-soluble vitamins so it’s properly absorbed

I would try to focus on green foods for calcium as opposed to dairy products, which can inflame some people.

If you are going to have dairy, make sure it’s organic.


If you’re overtaking minerals like vitamin D or zinc, it can throw other minerals, like copper, out of balance.

A telltale sign of a copper deficiency is when you lose pigmentation (color) between the inner corner of your eye and your nose.

That skin will look a little more white than the rest of your skin.

You may have wrinkles on the face with a copper loss, but that pigmentation is the biggest sign.

All you need to fix this deficiency is a milligram or two of copper, and a good multivitamin will have that.


Selenium is tied to the thyroid. If you have thyroid issues, you want to make sure you’re getting this mineral in your diet. 

If you’re not getting enough selenium, you’ll get a big indent on the inside part of the eye and nose, almost as if you have been wearing glasses. 

If you have this deficiency, my favorite solution is Brazil nuts.

4 or 5 Brazil nuts a day is more than enough to get your needed selenium. 


Try looking at your eyelids in a side profile of yourself.

If your eyelids curl up at the end, you may need more boron in your system, which you can get from a good multivitamin.


Zinc is incredibly important for the immune system because it stops viral replication.

We want to get enough of it, especially when it’s colder out, to fend off viruses.

If a faint white line is forming at the top part of your lips, or there are white dots underneath your nails, you’re deficient in zinc.

Having intense acne that’s more like cysts pop up is another telltale sign of a zinc deficiency.

This is a very simple fix. You can eat nuts, forms of poultry, and eggs to get zinc into your system, or you can supplement it.

In my vitamin D complex, there’s zinc combined with other vitamins and minerals.


There are the 10 signs on your face that are a dead giveaway that you need some minerals.

Now that we’ve covered our faces, what’s the rest of your body telling you? What can you start to do to counteract getting stiff and old?

I made a video that covers what exactly is making you feel stiff and old, why the rest of your body is getting wrinkly along with it, and how you can slow the aging process as much as possible.

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