True beauty comes from within. That being said, you can give your “within” a little help by taking the perfect combination of vitamins, minerals and hormones to grow your glow. Medical professionals often recommend their patients take additional biotin, fish oil, iron, melatonin, probiotics and zinc in order to bring their body systems into balance and promote beautiful hair and skin. Could the solution to your biggest beauty complaints be this obvious? Fortunately, the answer is yes and we’ll tell you why! Here are the six beauty boosting supplements everyone should add to their daily regimen.
Maybe you’ve seen a certain supermodel promoting biotin on television commercials. There’s a good reason for this. Natural health practitioners have long recommended that beauty-conscious women add a biotin supplement to their daily health care routine. Biotin is known to make both hair and nails grow thicker and stronger, and it can help soothe dry, acne-prone and itchy skin as well. You can get biotin in supplement form, or add it to your diet naturally by eating more eggs, nuts and seeds.
2. Fish Oil
If your skin and hair are looking less than lustrous, it could be because your diet is lacking in heart-healthy, hydrated omega 3 fatty acids. Fish oil supplements are among the best ways to replenish your body’s omega 3s. In turn, you can expect to see shinier hair, plumper, better-hydrated skin and reduced scalp irritation (or dandruff). Supplements are the easiest way to take in fish oil every day, unless you happen to be married to a fisherman.
New research suggests that iron deficiency may be one of the causes of hair loss in women. If you notice your hair is thinning, pick up some iron supplements the next time you’re at a pharmacy. Pairing them with a glass of orange juice, or another source of vitamin C, helps your body to absorb the iron more effectively. You can always add more iron to your diet by increasing your red meat consumption; vegetarians can add iron-rich foods like molasses, seaweed and spinach.
All of the supplements in the world won’t help you to look beautiful if you always feel exhausted. When you’re tired, your skin looks pallid, you get bags under your eyes and your posture tends to suffer. Melatonin is a hormone that is available over the counter in pill form. Regular use of melatonin helps regulate your sleep-wake cycles, allowing you to get a good night’s rest and wake up feeling (and looking) refreshed.
What is your largest organ? Your heart? Your lungs? Your brain? Nope, it’s your skin. As your largest organ, your skin needs proper nourishment. In order to get that nourishment from the food you eat, your digestive system has to be operating efficiently and effectively. Taking a probiotic supplement helps improve your digestion, which in turn helps move more vitamins and minerals to your skin. As an alternative to probiotic supplements, you can eat more plain yogurt (sorry, not the sugary kind), sauerkraut and kombucha.
Zinc is a mineral that helps your body to repair its cells, eliminate waste and keep blood sugar in check. In other words, it helps heal skin irritations, keeps your skin glowing and fights premature aging. A zinc deficiency can cause both acne and grey hair. You can add zinc to your diet by eating more nuts, seeds, spirulina and even coconut, or make life easy and grab a supplement.
Many of these super nutrients can be found in a comprehensive multivitamin, while others tend to be sold as individual supplements. You can always ask a naturopathic doctor or pharmacist for guidance in choosing the right kinds, and the correct dosages, to get the most out of your nutritional beauty routine.