So we all know the best way to get adequate nutrition is to eat whole, clean foods, right? RIGHT??! But nobody’s perfect, even Beyonce, and we could all use a little help sometimes. So here’s a list of vitamins and supplements that I take sometimes, consistently or non-consistently:
Calcium: Because when I go out to eat, I totally order cheese and meat and I am not a vegetarian or vegan by any means, but my groceries tend to be. When I grocery shop, I mostly buy things like coconut coffee creamer, almond milk, brown rice pasta, spinach, Dave’s Killer Bread, Oreos, and fruits and vegetables. These are pretty standard “healthy” groceries, and they all happen to be vegan. Not only does almond milk last ten times as long cows’ milk in the fridge, it costs like one dollar. So anyway, if I’m not eating out, I could totally go like five days without eating meat or dairy, which is why I sometimes think about where I’m getting my calcium.
Fish oil: Because I’m not fifteen anymore and my joints need a little lubrication. Also because fish oil is super awesome for my skin, my hair, and my brain. Sometimes when I’ve been eating super clean for a while, and I feel a lot more in tune with my body, I can be like, “Okay, my brain totally needs a dose of cold olive oil” and I’ll throw some on my dinner and feel a lot better. OR, I’ll just pop a fish oil pill and call it good.
A multi-vitamin: Because I can’t always count on myself to choose the spinach over the Oreos so I guess I feel a little better if I know I’m getting a dose of some vitamins. I know some people don’t believe in them and think that we just pee them out, but here’s how I understand it: there are water soluble vitamins and fat soluble vitamins. Water soluble vitamins pass through your system via water, so you gotta drink up to get them out. Fat soluble are the ones that you can overdose on because you actually have to burn fat to get rid of them, so they stay in your system longer.
Biotin: Because I cut my super thin unhealthy breaking hair into a short bob on New Year’s Eve last year and I am now in a race with myself to get it long and healthy again. Biotin is a B vitamin, but also called vitamin H, which I don’t quite understand, but after extensive internet research and reading countless reviews on Amazon.com, I’ve come to believe there is a general consensus that taking a biotin supplement will help you grown your hair quicker and thicker. But biotin is a water soluble vitamin, as mentioned above, so if you don’t drink enough water to pee it all out, it will come out of your skin and you will break out. So be careful. I started on the 10,000 mcg, but have gone down to 5,000, which seems to be an agreeable dose for me.
MSM: Because methylsulfonylmethane, an organosulfur compound, (whatever!) makes your hair grown super fast as well. Apparently, it lengthens the “growth phase” of your hair. There are three phases, which have actual scientific names, but who cares? There’s basically a growth phase, a resting phase, and a shedding phase. But each of your individual hairs are at a different phase at any given time. So I guess MSM make the growth phase last longer. Also, people swear that it makes their joint pain melt away, so there’s that.
Silica: I also heard about silica when doing my research on hair growth, so at first I ordered some in capsule form from Amazon, which seemed to give my skin a nice glow after only a couple of days. It’s also supposed to make your hair grow like weeds. I’ve read that we have lots of silica in our bodies as kids and have less and less of it as we get older. So supplementing with silica can slow the aging process. ALLEGEDLY. But whatever, I’ll do what I can to dip into the fountain of youth. Anyway, then I heard that silica is actually the most easily absorbed by our bodies in liquid form so I ordered this bamboo leaf tea (bamboo has tons of silica) and drank 30 days worth. My skin looked awesome and I think my hair grew about an inch in that month. But most recently, I’ve been using the Hubner silica gel that comes in this white tub from Germany, tastes like chalk, and doesn’t seem like something you should put in your body. But it has incredible reviews and I swear my skin is glowy and plump just from taking it for a few days. Read some reviews. I’m sold.
Borage seed oil: Also awesome for skin and hair, but less popular than fish oil. People swear by this stuff. The capsules are meant to be taken orally, but some people say they just poke a pin hole in it and smear it on their face at night, leaving a nice healthy glow. I ordered this because I was taking Phyto Phytophanere for hair skin and nails, but it’s pretty expensive so I just got a bottle of the first ingredient on the list, which is borage seed oil. Bada bing bada boom.
Probiotics (in the refrigerated capsule form): Because probiotics are good for your gut and for your skin and good bacteria will save you blah blah blah, but it was December and cold and I could not gulp down one more spoonful of flavorless Greek yogurt, so I said “fuck it- I’m taking another pill!”