The Beauty (and The Excess) of Supplements

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


       Since I can remember, I've been taking a multivitamin. Whether it was a chewable Flinstone or a tan, glossy horse-pill, it has been engrained in me that I definitely need one a day to thrive as a complete being. For a while, my list of supplements had extended far beyond your typical A to Zinc, becoming sophisticatedly long and exotic (and maybe even a little geriatric, but I like to think it was a bit more chic).

       I was convinced that I could not leave home without slugging down my acidophilus, broken-cell-wall chlorella, Omega 3-6-9, royal jelly, and on and on... "Ugh, if I don't have my B12 and spirulina, my whole day will be thrown off," I would scoff, flipping my vitamin-enriched hair back.

       The problem with my supplemented lifestyle was that they were exactly that. Supplements. I was becoming so dependent on them as little miracle cure-alls and prevent-alls, that I would pay less attention to the nutrients in the actual food I was putting in my body. "It's okay, the vitamin E I took this morning will make my skin so nice! I will eat all the flour and all the string cheese. La la la." The thing is, the best way to get your body to attain the nutrients it needs in the most absorbable way is to eat whole, unprocessed foods with vitamins already naturally in them. 

Food by Hemsley & Hemsley for Vogue UK

       I've noticed that we are so quick to look at a nutrition label and think: okay this has my daily amount of vitamin A in it, so I should eat it. I know I am definitely guilty of doing this. If you look at the product in its entirety though, do you really think that Cinnamon Toast Crunch is a good choice? Sure it has "ALL THE VITAMINS YOU NEED" and is "Mom Approved," but we should think about all the in between things (like natural fiber and probiotics in unprocessed foods that help us digest and absorb nutrients the way we are supposed to absorb them). Whole foods provide such things that keep us in balance.

       (If you are wondering what I eat at this point, I find most of it on foodgawker.com, deliciouslyella.com, and veganyumyum.com). I'm not saying you have to be a vegan, no! But incorporating more whole fruits, veggies, roots, tubers, --you name it-- into your diet will probably do more than you think for your skin, digestion, and energy.

       Supplement-wise, I now only take a multivitamin and, most mornings, have a scoop of Vega One protein powder in almond milk or oatmeal. The rest I've abandoned, for now. I currently feel better than ever, and I believe it is because I'm eating more whole foods than before (no refined sugar, less processed flour, less dependency on nutrition labels). I can't say a handful of expensive supplements ever made me feel or look as nice.

       All in all, I still say taking a multivitamin and the occasional bonus supplements is not a bad idea. I just say don't depend on them. If your diet is definitely lacking something, it is probably smart to have vitamins simply as a backup. But as Hippocrates once said, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."

18 comments :

  1. well said Dayna!

    I was thinking of trying to use biotin or hairfinity (for hair growth) have you ever used it?

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  2. Yes! I love this! I've recently cut out processed sugar and taken up yoga and have felt such a difference!

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  3. out of curiosity, why do you lay down to take selfies? x
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    you are very beautiful

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    1. That is when I happen to be the most bored :)

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  4. I don't mean to be rude but since you started vegan/new health journey have you regretted it at all or do you think you will? Will you ever eat a hamburger again or is this strictly your new diet for life?

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    1. I don't think I will! At least not in the near future. Of course I can't promise anything :) It's just become surprisingly easy to not eat animal products. I don't have a taste for them as much

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  5. What multivitamin do you take?

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  6. Hey hey hey! I was simply wondering a question about your hair. I've been wanting to do a similar cut, but I'm hesitant to entrusting my frizzy locks to anyone really...especially with prom around the corner, but I wanted to know if the person who cut your hair was a person you knew and trusted or was it a complete stranger? Hope u can answer this question. Thank you in advance! :)

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    1. I had frizzy hair when it was long. The person I went to I did not know all that well, but it was a reputable salon. I've been to a few different people now, and it seems to be a pretty simple cut to achieve. I've cut it myself a couple of times between visits

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  7. Hey! I was wondering if your hair has any layers? Thank you!

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    1. Say "blunt chin length bob, same length all around, with long layers"

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    2. Thank you :) ! I didn't realize I sent it so many times, simple things obviously confuse me.

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  8. Where did you get the ''new dress'' in your IG photo? love your style btw

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  9. On an earlier post you mentioned that you exfoliate with an avocado and sugar scrub. I was wondering if you have any problems with certain oils clogging up the drains in your bath tub or sink? I've used coconut oil before, and quite frankly, it causes a lot of problems for my plumbing. I'm eagerly hoping you respond, x :)

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    1. I've actually never encountered that problem. Coconut oil solidifies at room temperature so that could be why it's clogged your drain. Try an oil that doesn't solidify like avocado or grapeseed oil :)

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