The Groundwork of all Happiness is Health.
Are you Getting Enough?
Are you getting enough essential vitamins and minerals into your diet?
Individuals that consume a well balanced and varied diet consisting of fruit, vegetables, proteins, cereals, plants and legumes should get enough essential vitamins and minerals, avoiding any form of nutritional deficiencies.
However, when we are busy on the go, or get stuck in a rut of eating the same old thing and opt to frequently snack on fast food and unhealthy sweet snacks as opposed to vibrant, nutrient rich foods it is likely that some key and essential nutrients will be missing from our diets.
Nutritional Effects on the Skin
Studies from all around the world have revealed that a large percentage of us are eating well below the recommended nutrient intake, which not only hinders health but also dulls vibrant and dewy skin. Not consuming the necessary nutrient intake can lead to sunken, non elasticised, thin skin, tired eyes, premature fine lines and wrinkles, brittle nails, thin hair and a dull complexion.
Today, we highly encourage you to spend some self loving time on you and your body and nourish yourselves from the inside out.
The body requires different amounts of each nutrients. This is because each vitamin or mineral has a different set of functions. Requirements vary depending on factors such as age, sex and physiological state (pregnancy being a key example).
Certain groups of people may have higher requirements at specific times, such as a woman experiencing a particularly heavy period may need extra iron. During the winter months, we may need extra Vitamin D.
What We Need Every Day
Good thoughts, good food, good people.
The six essential nutrients are vitamins, minerals, protein, fats, water, and carbohydrates.
Many vitamins are not produced by the body and must be obtained through food or vitamin supplements. These essential vitamins are vitamins A, C, D, E, K and all the B vitamins, which include thiamine, niacin, biotin, folate, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, B-6, and B-12.
We also need essential trace elements that have a specific biochemical function in the human body. These include sulphur, iron, chlorine, cobalt, copper, zinc, manganese, molybdenum, iodine, and one of my personal favourite nutrients; selenium.
Look For The Signs
Good inner health, shows on the outside, as does any prolonged nutritional deficiency/ies.
Below we highlight the 9 common signs of nutritional deficiency:
Brittle hair and nails
Mouth ulcers or cracks in the corners of the mouth
Poor night vision and white growths on the eyes
Scaly patches and dandruff
Red or white bumps on the skin
Dull and, or sunken skin
Tiredness, fatigue and, or a lack of energy
If any of the signs are showing, do not worry. From today, consider supplementation alongside building in healthful nutrient habits, whilst you build up your tissues and nourish your cells, systems and body. My advice is always to use nutritional supplements for a minimum period of 3 months for best results. A great place to start is with a Multivitamin and build from there. Don't over do it on the supplements, food should always be your first defence. Supplements are great to ensure a continuous and consistent supply of a nutrient and, or to target a key concern. We always recommend using no more that 3 different supplements in conjunction with one another, per month.
We hope this sets you well on your wellness journey and that you enjoyed your daily nutritional dose from The Fix.
All my very best, x
Katherine Elyse Blake, BSC Nutrition, ANutr - Founder - Beautifully Nourished