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What Your Skin, Hair, and Nails Say About You

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Do you ever wish there was a magic formula that could improve the health of your skin, hair, and nails? Maybe you don’t have to just wish. There are clinically studied natural ingredients that can help you achieve that.

It should come as no surprise that our skin, hair and nails reflect what’s happening inside our bodies—what we’re eating, whether we are experiencing internal inflammation, and how we are feeling overall. Dealing with these internal issues can result in healthier skin, hair, and nails, and give us that healthy glow. This also means our skin, hair, and nails can give us clues about how to identify those internal issues that may need addressing.

8 Signs To Pay Attention To About Your Skin, Hair and Nails

This list will help you learn how to pay attention to the clues your body is giving you about what’s going on inside it, as well as tips on how to get more radiant skin, silkier and fuller hair and stronger nails:

  1. Dry, flaky skin. 

    When your skin is dry and flaky, it may point to an inability for fats in your diet to be fully absorbed. Instead of running to get your moisturizer, run to the kitchen. Grab your fish oil and take a tablespoon full. All the moisturizer in the world won’t do anywhere near as much good as healing your skin from the inside out.

    If you take fish oil, it should have vitamin A, D, and omega 3 fats. The extra vitamin A and D will be better absorbed if your fat absorption is optimum, so consider extra enzymes to better digest foods during meals. Enzyme supplements are a must for everyone over 50.
  2. Hair troubled with dandruff

    Dandruff is a sign of a possible B vitamin deficiency, usually riboflavin. It is rare, however, to be deficient in only one B vitamin. So taking a B complex that contains vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, folic acid, biotin, PABA, choline, and inositol is strongly recommended.

    Research shows you should aim for 100% of each of these in the formulation as a minimum; up to 300% is okay for the first few months to replenish your stores. And the best time to take a B complex is in the morning.

  3. Oily Facial skin around nose and on forehead

    When you have oily skin in the T zone of your face, it could mean you have a vitamin B2 deficiency. After cleaning your face with gentle cleanser or dabbing the extra oil with blotting paper, a complete B complex supplement (see #2 for details) daily could help you to overcome and eliminate the perpetual shine on your face.

  4. Ridged nails

    When nails have horizontal or have visible vertical ridges on them, it could mean that B vitamins, zinc or other minerals are not sufficient in your body. This could mean you are not absorbing or getting enough of them through your foods.

    Ask your health care professional to assist in tests to determine the root cause any poor nail health by looking deeper into your mineral levels in your body. It may be key to eliminating ridged nails in the long run.


  5. Spoon-shaped nails

    Spoon nails indicate that there’s an iron deficiency and the nails are unable to get the oxygen they need.

    To correct it, see your medical professional and ask for tests to determine serum iron, transferrin, total iron body count (TIBC), and ferritin levels. These tests can help you determine whether you are anemic.

  6. Inflamed skin on face and body

    When your face and body look and feel puffy, inflammation that is occurring inside the body may be the biggest reason. Systemic inflammation can occur for a number of different reasons.

    Two of the top inflammation culprits include: a vitamin D deficiency or a magnesium deficiency. Both deficiencies are quite common in the modern American culture, affecting a good 50% of the population. 

    A blood test for vitamin D3 and a red blood cell magnesium blood test are the best ways for your doctor to determine your nutritional status. Both deficiencies will need supplementation for at least two months to replete the body stores.

  7. Cracked lips

    When your lips are cracked, it doesn’t mean you have a chapstick deficiency! Unless the weather has changed and you are hiking in the arid mountains without water, it may mean you have a folic acid deficiency. This B vitamin is responsible for regulating the rate of cell turnover.

    Taking a complete B complex that contains all the B vitamins together is the best way to replenish your stores if you’re low. In this case, you’ll aim for a minimum of 200% of the recommended daily allowance for folic acid in your supplement and taken once daily.
  8. Hair is lifeless and won’t grow

    Lifeless, dull and dry hair means hair that is devoid of nutrients. Your hair needs adequate amounts of protein to grow, ample amounts of B complex vitamins, and plenty of minerals.

    One of the most important minerals is silica. Silica makes hair grow to its longest length possible and makes it fuller, with each individual hair stronger and more resilient. The best way to take silica is in the form of food grade diatomaceous earth. Take one heaping tablespoon daily mixed into beverages, soups, water or yogurt. You should start to see a big difference, even with the sheen, in a few weeks.

Give these recommendations a solid try for at least two months for your hair, skin and nails. Take photos to document your progress along the way. This way you’ll be able to physically chart the improvements visually. The photo documentation method is easy and an amazing way to help you stay on track.


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