Vitamins. AKA the Easy, Effective Way to Get Shiny Hair, Radiant Skin & Strong Nails

Fri, 31 August 2012 11:30AM

Recently I completed a cracking three-day cleanse that consisted of only liquid – albeit delicious, vitamin and mineral packed liquid – but alas, Only. Liquid. It was all very Miranda.

Although I will stop short at claiming that chewing is over-rated (Hawaiian pizza is extremely messy to drink) and I will now be ditching all my forks for straws, I do have to admit that the vitality and vigour I felt the morning after I’d finished the cleanse caught me by surprise. I almost choked on my breakfast McMuffin!

Seriously, there is a lot to be said for rebooting your system; eliminating crap and coffee, nixing night-time snacks and naughty indulgences, and replacing them with 100% of the minerals, vitamins and nutrients your body needs – as opposed to the rubbish it craves.

The results were a skip in my step (tough one in heels, lemme tell you) and I kid you not, there was a smoothness of skin I have not seen since my 20s. My eyes were, well, pretty free of lines and the lids held no toxicity that can cause them to appear heavy and hooded. I had a clear complexion and my tummy was calm and free of any digestive distress.

Who knew that what you put in your body – or didn’t for that matter – could have such an impact on the outside?

Well, I did. As I am a big fat fan of clean living and exercise – with regular indulgences and ‘day-off’ just as favoured – but I am so busy banging on about beauty products, I’ve been lax in bringing to you the benefits of beauty from the inside, out.

Since completing the cleanse reacquainting myself with the workings of my teeth, I am intent on making internal changes for maximum external impact. Woman can’t live on liquid alone, but she can do her darnedest to recreate its benefits, right?

So if cleanses aren’t your bag, at least arm yourself with some of these tiny but mighty vitamins. Chewing optional.

  • If you are falling asleep in your bowl of corn flakes, you could be low in B-Complex vitamins. Up these and you will experience an increase in vitality almost immediately – especially if your diet is packed with freshness. Stodgy carbohydrates can be extremely taxing on the digestive system, and therefore, you. Co-enzyme Q10 is also a great one for lazy bodies and keep the magnesium and iron in check too. The latter (found in red meat and green vegetables) is a big booster of energy.
  • If your hair is flat-out, um, flat, look for zinc, silica and amino acid-packed vitamin pills.
  • Ageing starts on the inside well before it becomes visible on the outside. So get to the core of the problem with vitamins A, C, E, antioxidants and essential fatty acids like Omega-3 and Omega-6. Try Blackmores Radiance, $66.95. It’s an antioxidant-rich supplement that can be taken in the morning and evening. What I love about this is its main goal is to provide 24-hour anti-ageing nourishment to the deeper layers of the skin, so that you’re continually building beauty benefits.
  • Don’t blame bad nails on a rogue manicure. Nail health also comes from within. Biotin, zinc, silica and amino acids are what you need to get your hands on here.
  • Winter is so yesterday (as of tomorrow…) so dry skin no longer has a season to blame. If your forearms are flaky and your legs resemble that of a reptile, you may need some fish oil in your life. Herron Fish Oil 1000 is super high-potency option that rebalances the essential fatty acids within the body. When out of kilter, essential fatty acid levels can lead to forms of eczema and skin dryness amino acids
  • If you’re gagging to get four winks, let alone 40, then you may need some sleep-boosting herbs like passionflower, valerian and zizyphus. Or perhaps a better pillow.

What about you Primpettes? Do you take supplements as skin savers?

Is there one in particular you rely on to replenish what life sucks out?


Ecb x

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  • Posted by: Julia // Fri, 31 August 2012 11:41am

    Great advice, but might want to recommend talking to health professionals first as overdosing or taking vitamins you are not deficient in can lead to some side effects. Or so I’ve been told :)

  • Posted by: louweeez Master Fan // Fri, 31 August 2012 12:38pm

    Good advice for thought ecb… I’ve been wondering about the Co-enzyme Q10.

    I take Herbs of Gold 3-6-9 ( and swisse hair-skin-nails.

    I’ve found talking to so-called health profesionals useless as every single one I have ever tried talking to just tries to sell me more than what I was after or charges a bomb just for a consult. Educate yourself I say!!

  • Posted by: soMuchPretty Master Fan // Fri, 31 August 2012 05:55pm

    I don’t take vitamins for my skin as such. But I do like to take a Womens multi. I notice I’m more susceptible to illness or a general “run down” kind of feeling when I don’t take them. I also take Magnesium as recommended by my physiotherapist (I get RSI) and Omega 3s for heart health.

  • Posted by: Alexandra // Fri, 31 August 2012 06:37pm

    I absolutely swear by Suisse hair skin and nails, the liquid one! It makes my nails so thick and healthy and my skin really glowy!

  • Posted by: lemon8 Enthusiast // Mon, 3 September 2012 03:15pm

    I agree with the swisse liquid stuff, its amazing! I also take cod liver oil tablets if I remember

  • Posted by: Lisa-1294413802 Master Fan // Mon, 3 September 2012 06:20pm

    I’m a firm believer in taking a general multivitamin. If the diet is good but soils are poor, we may not be getting all the micro-nutrients the body needs. I’d also add that a pro-biotic works wonders. Take a handful at the first sign of a cold or infection. You may not need to visit the doctor after all.

  • Posted by: Coconal Master Fan // Mon, 3 September 2012 09:04pm

    Great tips, I have been taking a multivitamin every day, together with Vit D supplements and iron tablets (as recommended by my doctor after a blood test), and I can attest to feeling a bit better than before I started.

    I have been meaning to start taking probiotics but I keep forgetting. 😛

  • Posted by: Katya // Wed, 5 September 2012 12:14pm

    Actually it doesnt matter if your vitimin intake is over the RDI, but it does matter if your body has too many minerals, then you will definatley feels the bad effects this can cause.

  • Posted by: nita01 Master Fan // Wed, 5 September 2012 03:56pm

    If I could find a pill that would guarantee I would look like Miranda….I’d put myself in debt for life to buy it.

  • Posted by: Miranda // Wed, 5 September 2012 11:37pm

    I would love to know more about the liquid diet you did, or be directed to somewhere where I can get more information!

  • Posted by: Dyane78 Enthusiast // Fri, 7 September 2012 05:25pm

    I guess I need to buy some Fish Oil! Great recommendations, thank you

  • Posted by: Dyane // Fri, 7 September 2012 05:34pm

    I want to try a Biotin supplement or Hair Nails Skin supplement without Iron. I notice the Swisse one has iron in it, and unless you are pregnant or have anemia– you should NOT be taking extra iron. Also B12 is not water soluble and your body will store vitamin B12 for years in the liver. Too much B12 can be toxic.

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Thu, 13 September 2012 06:58pm

    thanks for the great tips

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Fri, 14 September 2012 11:21am

    Miranda looks so beautiful

  • Posted by: Knyholm Master Fan // Fri, 14 September 2012 11:42am

    I dont believe in just picking and choosing what to take, unless recommended by your GP, as you can do a lot more harm than damage, and waste your money at the same time! Nothing ever replaces a healthy lifestyle!

    I take a multi vitamin, and as I am low in iron and Vit D, I take those as well – I have blood tests taken every 3 months, to test my levels are ok, and so far, the tables seem to be working.

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Tue, 18 September 2012 03:47pm

    Im scared of taking vitamins, i think id rather just eat healthy food. You dont really know whats in a pill.

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Mon, 24 September 2012 07:03pm

    I once heard that vitamin C tablets keep away colds and now I take them daily. I know this hasn’t been scientifically proven but placebo effect or not, it seems to be working for me!

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Thu, 4 October 2012 11:25am

    not really but anything that will make me as glowy and healthy looking as miranda, i will try :)

  • Posted by: Bantam Master Fan // Wed, 12 December 2012 12:57am

    I don’t take vitamins…I think I read somewhere that your body doesn’t absorb the vitamins that you take. That most of it was actually excreted by your body?

  • Posted by: Jessielyn Master Fan // Tue, 5 February 2013 03:32pm

    I’m so glad this was linked to in one of your newer posts- this info has been exactly what I’ve been looking for.

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Tue, 5 February 2013 04:56pm

    Miranda just glows with health!

  • Posted by: inaj Devotee // Wed, 6 February 2013 07:48pm

    I take some vitamins like vit D and vit C but I try not too take too much since I’m also taking other medications.

  • Posted by: Britty1 Master Fan // Thu, 14 February 2013 01:51pm

    I’d like to know more about the cleanse! Which did you follow? and what were your meal replacements? Or did you just cart a juicer around everywhere and make up your own?

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sat, 13 July 2013 05:55pm

    Miranda looks amazing, as always :)

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Wed, 23 April 2014 09:36am

    I am thinking it may be beneficial for me to take supplements for my hair and nail health. All help is gratefully received.


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