Beauty from Within: Healthy Hair, Skin & Nails

We have all heard, “Beauty is just skin deep.” But nothing could be further from the truth. Our skin is a reflection of our health. You have seen the radiant beautiful skin of a healthy infant or a child. The eyes sparkle and the skin glows. You know the pale face of someone ill, the wrinkles, and the dry skin of someone who smokes or has a body filled with toxins and poor nutrition. You have seen the face of someone who is stressed, tired or depressed.

Are you experiencing hair loss, chipped nails, dark circles under your eyes, acne or psoriasis? Do you notice bumps on the back of your upper arms, loss of hair on your arms or rosacea? If so, it is likely you have a nutrient deficiency.

Hair Loss

A normal cycle of hair growth is two to three years and it grows about ½ inch per month. About 90% of the hair is growing, while 10% is resting and after about two or three months, the resting hair falls out.

Women experiencing hair loss likely have low stomach acid naturally or using antacids. Incomplete protein digestion with low stomach acid levels result in decreased amino acids and essential minerals. Supplementation with hydrochloric acid and pepsin capsules can correct the low stomach acid for better digestion. People with low stomach acid may experience burping or bloating after eating.

If you have noticed much less hair on your arms and legs than you once did, have your DHEA blood level checked. Thinning hair can be due to low DHEA, low thyroid, medications, illness, lack of B vitamins, hormonal imbalance or gluten sensitivity.

Dry Skin

Do you have dry skin and hair, eczema or psoriasis? This could be due to low vitamin E. It is important to also eat an adequate amount of excellent quality fish oil, omega-3 and omega-6, olive and avocado oil, nuts and seeds for your brain, body and beauty.

If your hair is painful to brush, you probably need more vitamin D. Based on your blood levels of vitamin D, the amount of vitamin D you need can be determined. Do you have small, red, dilated veins on your nose or cheeks? This might be due to low stomach acid, too much alcohol or both!

Dark circles under the eyes may be from a lack of sleep but often are a sign of hidden IgG food allergies.

More than Skin Deep

People today go to extreme lengths to cover up tired, dull, lifeless skin, nails and hair, while not understanding that outward appearances of skin wrinkles, brittle nails and dry hair are more than superficial cosmetic issues. They are indicators of nutrient deficiencies and aging of connective tissue throughout the body. Connective tissue provides support to the hair, skin and nails.

“Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me; I want people to know ‘why’ I look this way. I have traveled a long way, and some of the roads weren’t paved,” Will Rogers once said. While appreciative of Rogers’ sentiments, most people want fewer wrinkles. Wrinkles and photoaging may be from age, sun, smoking, nutrient deficiencies, low stomach acid or toxic skin care products.

The only way we get healthy, stay well and look good is through the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat.

So What Can We Do?

In a 2014 clinical trial, soluble bioavailable keratin improved hair appearance by 47.1%, increased hair follicle growth by 9.2% and improved nail hardness by 50%. Oral supplementation with certain high-quality peptides not only increases skin elasticity but improves wrinkles! Specific natural bioavailable lipids have shown critical importance in preserving skin’s youthful appearance and texture, while also helping to prevent skin diseases.

International research has shown that Bio Marine DNA with peptides has profound improvement on skin, nails, hair and overall heath.

The bottom line is to find out how to look and feel your best! You deserve it.

Dr. Sharon Norling practices Advanced Functional Medicine in Westlake Village. Call 818.707.9355 or visit