Sunday, January 27, 2008
Vitamins that Keep You Gorgeous
You should talk to your doctor about taking a supplement if...
Your bruise often
-if you're prone to bruising, with your doc's okay, take the mineral aince (in tablet form), which is vital to wound healing & immune system function. also rub in a dollop of cream fortified with vitamin C or K.
You want better skin
-take vitamin A, or include more of these skin-boosting foods in your diet: carrots, citrus fruits, sweet potatoes, winter squash, broccoli, spinach and kale. also, the omega-3 fatty acids in fish such as salmon & mackerel add luster to your skin. hazelnuts & almonds will improve skin as well-theyre packed with vitamin E.
Your nails peel & split & your hair is brittle
-talk to your dermatologist about taking the B vitamin biotin. the most concetrated food sources of biotin include liver, egg yolk, soy flour, cereals & yeast. salmon & leafy greens are also good sources of B vitamins.
You're anemic or energy-depleted
-iron keeps red blood cells healthy, but since women lose about 15-20 milligrams of iron each month during their period, their levels can dip, which can lead to fatigue, lethargy & other serious probs. your doc may prescribe an iron supplement to take regularly to combat anemia--but don't diagnose yourself & just start poppin' iron pills b/c you're feeling tired & bleed heavily during TOM.
You frequently get colds
-consider taking 100-500 milligrams extra of vitamin C.
You get mega-PMS
-it's not all in your head--those crazy moods swings are caused by interaction between your brain's neurotransmitters & sex hormones. besides making sure that you meet your requiements for vitamin E, B6, zinc & magnesium, load up on calcium.
You're on the pill
-if you take BC pills, you could be deficient in vitamins B6, C, folic acid & calcium.
You frequently get UTI's
-drink plenty of water & take vitamin C and cranberry-concentrate pills. a common dose is between 1 and 6 300-400 milligram capsules twice daily by mouth taken 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals. they are more effective then cranberry juice, which contains a lot of sugar, which can actually inhibit the effectiveness of curing UTI symptoms.
You get constipated
-with low or no carb diets all the rage, sometimes it is a little hard to be regular not matter how many salads you're eating. try taking 2 1,000 milligram capsules of omega 3 before you go to bed & you should be moving fine in the morning