The Missing Nutrient in Hair Nails and Skin

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 08/31/2023

If your hair, skin, and nails do not look good, you might be missing trace minerals in your body. Let me talk about how these minerals can help improve the health of these three body parts. Keep reading to find out more.  

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In this article:

  1. Enhance Your Hair, Skin, and Nails from the Inside Out 
  2. The Philosophy of Inside Out Treatment
  3. What Are Trace Minerals?
  4. Trace Minerals Can Aid in Enhancing Hair, Skin, and Nails Health  
  5. What Are Plant-Based Trace Minerals?
  6. How to Get Plant-Based Trace Minerals
  7. Fat to Improve Hair, Skin, and Nails
  8. Lack of Bile Negatively Affects Hair, Skin, and Nails

How Trace Minerals Help Boost Hair, Skin, and Nails


Enhance Your Hair, Skin, and Nails from the Inside Out 

There are many different causes of hair loss, brittle nails, extra dry skin, or the loss of collagen in the skin. But, today, I’m going to talk about probably the most common thing I find that you may want to try. The first thing I want to tell you is that the majority of people addressing these problems are doing the remedy from the outside in. 

They are using lotions, serums, and creams, hoping these go into the body and make the skin really nice. They also use different types of shampoo to make the hair more lustrous and filled with collagen. They are hoping collagen sinks into the scalp, but that never works.


The Philosophy of Inside Out Treatment

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How do we make the nails strong and hard, the skin plump and moisturized, and the hair full and lustrous? We may want to apply the philosophy of inside out treatment. We want to start building up our bodies from the inside out and doing things that improve our health. But, you probably already have been eating well. You might even be eating foods with minerals and vitamins, or taking dietary supplements, and you might still have a problem with your hair, skin, and nails. 

That happens because there is a certain nutrient the body is deficient from, which has to do with trace minerals. Why trace minerals?


What Are Trace Minerals?

Trace minerals are those minerals needed in the body in tiny amounts, like zinc, copper, iron, and manganese. They function to help make enzymes work. What do enzymes do? These are the workforce of the body. There are thousands of enzymes in the body working to build up and break down proteins. In fact, without enzymes, you could not grow your hair. 

Your body has hormones and trace minerals component parts. The trace elements component part activates the enzymes so you can build protein. With the right protein intake, you are also getting collagen from the protein you’re consuming.

But, the problem involves the activation of protein to make it available for the liver, skin, hair, and other parts of the body. 


Trace Minerals Can Aid in Enhancing Hair, Skin, and Nails Health  

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This is something I tried for a lot of people, and it's working. You may want to try it yourself, too—consume more trace minerals. These minerals are probably the number one deficiency in the U.S. now because the soils lack these nutrients. The farmers only put three minerals back into the soil in some cases, and they don't put all the trace minerals back. 

There are no real requirements listed for trace minerals in our country, even though we need them. These minerals help fortify our hormones. Iodine, for example, is important in producing thyroid hormones, which then helps with the body’s metabolism. Sea kelp is abundant in iodine. Trace minerals are missing in our environment, and they are essential in building protein for healthy hair, nails, and skin. For instance, Iron deficiency can cause nail health problems and other serious issues.

If you go to the store or online to get trace minerals, you probably are going to see a lot of different versions of these that are salt-based. These are all fine, but you only absorb 5% of the minerals. There are also different forms of chemistry in the minerals that are harder to absorb, so you need to consider that, too. 

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What Are Plant-Based Trace Minerals?

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I am going to recommend you plant-based trace minerals. They are basically plants grown on soils with trace minerals. The plants pull these minerals up in them from the soil, which is great. The minerals then go through your body directly as you consume the plants. Plant-based trace minerals are 15,000 times smaller than sea minerals, the regular ones. They are very tiny, can go directly into your body, and create a cooling effect.


How to Get Plant-Based Trace Minerals

Where can you find plant-based trace minerals if there’s no nutrient-rich soil left in our country? You can go next to a volcano where the soils have been fortified with the deep parts of the earth from the volcanic ash. You can visit volcanoes in Italy and Hawaii, move there, and live off the land. You can do that, and you're going to get all these trace minerals. That's probably why people living near volcanoes have better skin nutrition.

You can also get a plant-based trace mineral from pre-historic times. I have a product called Trace Minerals composed of these minerals. It's basically 70 million years old, and it still works. This was captured in the layer of the earth 70 million years ago where they had all the pre-historic plant vegetation and they had all the trace minerals back then. 

Those minerals have been protected for a long time. There is a company that captured that material and made it into a water-soluble product. It’s what I use because a drop or two of it mixed with a glass of water each day nourish my body with those plant-based trace minerals. Unfortunately, we can't go back into that time, but the pre-historic minerals are a good way to get the plant-based trace minerals unless you have your own garden where you can fortify the soil to promote nutrient growth. 


Fat to Improve Hair, Skin, and Nails

Trace minerals are probably the number one thing you can do to improve the health of your hair, skin, and nails. But, there is something else as well, and that has to do with certain types of fats. A lot of the remedies for hair, nails, and skin involve fat-soluble vitamins—Vitamins A, D, and E. All these are really good for the body.


Lack of Bile Negatively Affects Hair, Skin, and Nails

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If you are consuming fat-soluble vitamins and it’s not working, there is something else you want to look at, which is bile. You may have bile deficiency in your gallbladder, causing stress on the organ. If you have a digestive issue, like bloating, then you could have low levels of bile. Bile helps you digest fats and helps you with the absorption of all the oils, essential fatty acids, and fat-soluble vitamins to start improving the skin. 

Lack of trace minerals in the body is just one thing I find in people with dry skin or collagen problems. The combination of extra bile and these minerals is the best thing I recommend to achieve healthy hair, skin, and nails. Try it out and see for yourself!

What are your methods of improving the health of your hair, skin, and nails? Share them in the comments section below!

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