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If you have problems with hair loss, brittle nails, dry skin, or lost collagen, there can be many different underlying causes. Here, I’m going to talk about the most common and effective solutions to these problems - trace minerals and adequate bile production.
It’s something that you may want to try.
In this article:
- The Tradition: Ineffective External Solutions
- The Main Problem: Deficiency in Trace Minerals
- Secondary Problem: Not Enough Bile
The Tradition: Ineffective External Solutions
The first thing that I want to tell you is that the majority of people make the mistake of addressing these issues from the outside in - but that never works.
See, every day, people spend time and money slathering on external products to fix their hair, skin, and nail concerns. For glowing skin, they use lotions, serums, and creams in the hopes that they’ll increase collagen and make the surface of the skin look really nice. For hair growth, they use deep conditioners and various shampoos to increase softness and shine. For nail growth, they try shellacs, acrylics, and other products to help make their nailbeds longer and stronger.
Most of the time, this stuff doesn’t work. It doesn’t get to the heart of the problem.
So how do we make the nails really strong and hard, keep the skin clear, and prevent hair from falling out? We want to flip the script and apply an inside out philosophy. That way, we can do things that actually improve systemic health along with addressing these external concerns.
Now, if you're watching my videos, you’re probably already eating pretty decently and incorporating healthy foods that are full of vitamins and minerals. Yet you might still be dealing with these problems. Here’s why.
The Main Problem: Deficiency in Trace Minerals
A lot of the time, there is a certain nutrient that’s very deficient - and that's a trace mineral.
What Are Trace Minerals and What Do They Do?
First, what is a trace mineral? Trace minerals are those minerals needed in very small, tiny amounts in the body. They include:
These trace minerals function to help make enzymes work. Enzymes are the workhorse of the body. There are thousands of enzymes in the body and they work to build up protein and break it down.
In fact, without enzymes, you couldn’t even grow your hair. So, you have a hormone component and a trace mineral component that activate the enzymes so you can actually build protein in the body.
The problem, then, is not necessarily that you’re not eating enough protein - you probably are incorporating enough protein into your diet (and consuming collagen in that protein). Instead, it’s the activation of the protein to make it available through the liver and up through the skin and hair.
That’s why this focus on trace minerals is something that’s worked on a lot of people. You may want to try it yourself.
This is particularly important because trace minerals are probably the number one most deficient thing in our country. Normally, you can find trace minerals in fruits, vegetables, meats, and other food. But that's no longer necessarily the case. That’s because the soil here is so depleted that it rarely has trace minerals in viable quantities (even though we need them and they’re necessary).
So trace minerals aremissing in our environment, and they’re very essential to build protein necessary for hair, nails, and skin.
Where Can You Find Trace Minerals?
If you go to the store and look for trace minerals, you’re probably going to find many different versions and supplements that are salt-based, along with options like colloidal minerals or salt-based minerals from the sea.
Those are all fine and healthy, but you really only absorb about 5% of them in your diet. That’s because they have a different chemistry that’s harder to absorb.
Instead, I recommend that you supplement with plant-based trace minerals. Now, what are plant-based trace minerals?
They are basically plants that were grown on soils with the trace minerals. So the plant absorbs the minerals, and then you eat the plant. In this form, trace minerals really go into the body like a rocket ship.
This is, in part, due to the fact that plant-based trace minerals are 15,000 times smaller than regular trace minerals. They’re very tiny, they go in like a rocket ship, and they create cool effects so you don’t need to eat much.
Now, where can you find trace minerals if there’s really no soil left?
Well, you can go next to a volcano where the soils have been fortified with the deep parts of the earth from the volcanic ash. They have these volcanoes in Italy, Hawaii, etc. You can move there and live off the land. You can also plant your own garden and start fortifying and living off the soils there.
But these solutions are obviously not viable for everyone.
You can also get a plant-based trace mineral from a prehistoric time. I want to show you the one that I have. It’s called Dr. Berg’s Trace Minerals. This is basically 70 million years old and it still works. This was captured from the layer of the Earth 70 million years ago where they had all the prehistoric plant vegetation that had trace minerals.
Those minerals had been protected for a long time. There’s a company that captured that material and made it into a wonderful product. You just need a dropper full or two and some water a day to help get those plant-based trace minerals.
Unfortunately, we can’t go back in time to when trace minerals were everywhere - but the prehistoric minerals are a good way to get plant-based minerals in your diet today.
Secondary Problem: Not Enough Bile
Now, trace minerals are probably the number one thing that you can do here, but there’s something else as well. That has to do with certain types of fats. Now, a lot of the healthy remedies for hair, nails, and skin involve fatty acids like fish oil or fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin E. All of these are really good for hair, nails, and skin:
- Vitamin E is actually a family of fat-soluble antioxidants that can repair skin and restore cells by reducing oxidative damage. It can also help you fight off environmental stressors. Generally speaking, this can help you maintain strong nails, healthy skin, and shiny hair.
- Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that make up a large percentage of our cell walls. They also help make hormones that regulate blood clotting, contraction, and relaxation of artery walls, and inflammation (pretty major stuff). When it comes to the topic at hand, having enough omega-3 can help ensure nail health, healthy hair, and more.
- Vitamin D can boost immunity and promote bone and heart health. It can also help protect against environmental aggressors by promoting cell turnover.
- Vitamin A supports a healthy immune system, reduces the risk of acne, protects your eyes, and more.
If you’re consuming those and it’s not working, though, there’s something else you’ll want to look at. That has to do with bile. You’re probably not getting enough bile from your gallbladder.
How do you know if this is you? Well, if you have a digestive issue - say you’re bloating, burping, belching, or having other digestive problems - then you could be deficient in bile. Bile helps you digest fats, and if you don’t have enough bile, your gallbladder will be stressed. Bile helps you absorb all the oils, essential fatty acids, and fat-soluble vitamins you need to start helping the skin.
Restoring healthy bile production is just another thing that I find in people with dry skin or collagen problems.
The combination of some extra bile and trace minerals is probably the number one thing that I would recommend for healthy hair, nails, and skin. You may want to try it out.
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