Beauty from within: Healthy Hair, Skin, and Nails

© 2016 Dr. Sharon Norling

We have all heard, “Beauty is just skin deep.” But nothing could be further from the truth. Our skin is a reflection of our health. You have seen the radiant beautiful skin of a healthy infant or a child. The eyes sparkle and the skin glows. You know the pale face of someone ill, the wrinkles, and the dry skin of someone who smokes or has a body filled with toxins and poor nutrition. You have seen the face of someone who is stressed, tired or depressed.

Are you experiencing hair loss, chipped nails, dark circles under your eyes, acne or psoriasis? Do you notice bumps on the back of your upper arms, loss of hair on your arms or rosacea? If so, it is likely you have a nutrient deficiency.

A normal cycle of hair growth is two to three years and it grows about ½ inch per month. About 90% of the hair is growing, while 10% is resting and after about two or three months, the resting hair falls out.

Women experiencing hair loss likely have low stomach acid naturally or using antacids. Incomplete protein digestion with low stomach acid levels result in decreased amino acids and essential minerals. Supplementation with hydrochloric acid and pepsin capsules can correct the low stomach acid for better digestion. People with low stomach acid may experience burping or bloating after eating.

If you have noticed much less hair on your arms and legs than you once did, have your DHEA blood level checked. Thinning hair can be due to low DHEA, low thyroid, medications, illness, lack of B vitamins, hormonal imbalance or gluten sensitivity.

Do you have dry skin and hair, eczema or psoriasis? This could be due to low vitamin E. It is important to also eat an adequate amount of excellent quality fish oil, omega-3 and omega-6, olive and avocado oil, nuts and seeds for your brain, body and beauty.

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