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Supplements and tanning

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 25, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Sorry for the lack of creativity in the name.

I am a 22 year old who has been paleo for give or take a year. I can't lie and say that it has been 100%. I was for like 4 months but then the holidays came and I fell off the bandwagon. Have been about 70% depending on how I've been feeling. I don't take any supplements.

Last week, I read Everyday Paleo's post on vitamin D and how to prevent sun burn, etc. Sarah recommended these supplements:

Fermented Cod liver oil/ high vitamin butter oil blend vitamin D3 vitamin C

I figured I would try it but now I am thinking, instead of buying each separate, is there something that i could take that would minimize the cost? Are there other supplements I am missing?

Now that I am thinking about it, my mom has been saying how much my hair is falling out. I've always had a lot of hair shed but she says its a lot more. I don't see the difference but I do see a difference in my hair. I'm sure the never ending winter in Jersey is playing a role but now I'm like "damn, should I take another supplement for my hair"

Can someone please help me get it together!!!

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on April 28, 2012
at 02:34 PM

Oh, I do eat white rice for dinner everyday, whoops should have mentioned that little bit. But definitely will be adding more sweet potato and liver (ew i hate it lol) thanks so much for all your help :)

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on April 26, 2012
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...get your vitamin A and D up so that you tan better, you could just eat chicken or beef liver. I like to drink Gerolsteiner, but any with high levels of dissolved minerals would be good for magnesium. Or you could take an Epsom Salt bath or two before you start tanning.

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If you aren't eating any starches, I would start there with the hair loss, adding back a sweet potato or white rice here and there and seeing what happens. If you are anemic, you are going to need liver and red meat to get your numbers up, the iron in spinach isn't very bioavailable. Yes, your doctor can check your vitamin D levels, and with the hair loss I would also suggest thyroid and ferritin tests, all are done with a simple blood draw, and shouldn't cost much if you have insurance because they are all basic tests. Fermented CLO is good, but expensive, and if you are just trying to...

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Would I just go to my dr to get the levels checked? I don't normally consume starches but definitely will add more iron to my diet. I have been consuming spinach every day recently. Do you recommend any type of mineral water? I heard mixed reviews a while ago on mineral water. Not sure what to think of it. So, not necessary to buy the 3 supplements I mentioned? Thanks a lot and sorry for all my questions!!

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If you use one of the tanning beds with the mixture of UVA/UVB bulbs (it is the medium level where I go), you can ease into it, and not need to start with more vitamin D because it will likely build up naturally. It would be a good idea to get your levels checked at some point just to see where you are, some people will still need to supplement on top of sunlight.

Antioxidants are supposed to be the bee's knees for preventing sunburn and preventing sun damage, so eating a rainbow of foods like plenty of berries, peppers, beets, tomato products, citrus, and leafy greens should help. You could take supplements for this, or you could just really focus on eating some red and purple foods everyday.

It is normal to shed in the Spring, but if you think your hair does look like it is thinning significantly, try adding more starchy tubers and make sure you are getting enough iron. You can also get your thyroid checked, and if it is low make sure you are getting enough (you don't need a ton, but enough) iodine and selenium (fish, Brazil nuts, and seaweed).

Some mineral water with magnesium or some magnesium supplements, and some liver or lots of beta carotene containing foods can help when taken in conjunction with raising vitamin D levels to process it properly.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on April 26, 2012
at 12:40 AM

...get your vitamin A and D up so that you tan better, you could just eat chicken or beef liver. I like to drink Gerolsteiner, but any with high levels of dissolved minerals would be good for magnesium. Or you could take an Epsom Salt bath or two before you start tanning.

76e1966a241aa406daf8c3307d5ded80

(10)

on April 26, 2012
at 12:01 AM

Would I just go to my dr to get the levels checked? I don't normally consume starches but definitely will add more iron to my diet. I have been consuming spinach every day recently. Do you recommend any type of mineral water? I heard mixed reviews a while ago on mineral water. Not sure what to think of it. So, not necessary to buy the 3 supplements I mentioned? Thanks a lot and sorry for all my questions!!

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on April 26, 2012
at 12:38 AM

If you aren't eating any starches, I would start there with the hair loss, adding back a sweet potato or white rice here and there and seeing what happens. If you are anemic, you are going to need liver and red meat to get your numbers up, the iron in spinach isn't very bioavailable. Yes, your doctor can check your vitamin D levels, and with the hair loss I would also suggest thyroid and ferritin tests, all are done with a simple blood draw, and shouldn't cost much if you have insurance because they are all basic tests. Fermented CLO is good, but expensive, and if you are just trying to...

76e1966a241aa406daf8c3307d5ded80

(10)

on April 28, 2012
at 02:34 PM

Oh, I do eat white rice for dinner everyday, whoops should have mentioned that little bit. But definitely will be adding more sweet potato and liver (ew i hate it lol) thanks so much for all your help :)

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