I've been very vocal about my various health issues over the years, ranging from digestive troubles, to hair loss, to skin redness and anxiety. I feel incredibly lucky that I've had the opportunity to try a number of different treatments, through my blog, that I wouldn't have otherwise heard of, in a bid to find the best solutions for this issues - and report my honest findings back to you guys.
I've had hypnotherapy, I've had consultations with expert dermatologists in London, I've had massage therapy (quite literally a talking therapy session while you're having a massage, which was interesting to say the least), I've had laser treatments, I've had allergy tests. I've been on yoga retreats. Tried sound healing. And the things I haven't always expected to help, have helped.
But one of the constants in my journey, has been supplements, which again - I began trying despite my cynicism. Naively, I'd always believed that if you ate a varied, balanced diet (pretty much, most of the time) then there was no need for supplements.
But when my hair began falling out quite rapidly a year ago, despite my balanced diet, I looked for alternative solutions. And supplements have proven to be a huge help in nursing my hair back to optimum health.
However, supplements can be a bit of a minefield. Do you go for health food shop own brands? Or find a natural shop online? How do you know what quantities of certain minerals and vitamins need to be in a product to be effective?
Well, it is certainly a case of trial and error. But one brand who I have found as a great starting point if you are trying to weave in natural supplements into your routine is Wicked Gummy Co, who offer a range of vegan multi-vitamin and vitamin gummies, each containing a potent blend of goodness, while still being kind on the tummy. Often getting into a routine of taking your vitamins - especially if you're not used to doing so - takes a little while to form a habit. However with each of their vitamins tasting like sweeties, taking your daily dose of these is far from laborious.
I thought it might be helpful to run through individually each of the supplements from their range that I've found beneficial recently, so you can get a feel for the types of vitamins they offer.
To Look Into
As mentioned above, my hair has been my main 'problem' area for the past year, as I've suffered a lot of unexpected hair loss and shedding. Your hair is your crown and I never quite appreciated how much of my self worth and confidence I'd attributed to it, until it started coming out in clumps. Over the past year I've tried an assortment of vitamins, expensive and mid-range - and Wicked Gummy Co's option offers a great boost of all the hair goodness your body needs. The mixed berry flavour gummies contain a mix of biotin, which contributes to the maintenance of normal hair, skin & nails, Vitamin C which contributes to the normal collagen formation for the normal function of skin, Vitamin E which contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress, Zinc which contributes to the maintenance of normal hair and Folate which contributes to normal amino acid synthesis. During my research into what I might be deficient in and how this might contribute to hair loss, I found that the latter mineral - folate - was something that a lot of young women are missing from their diets - and it's actually pretty difficult to get from foods, so it's something I was really pleased to see was in their supplement, as many hair specific products from other supplements didn't contain this.
Whether you travel lots, or you're just the kind of person that finds it difficult to switch off an drift into a deep sleep, not feeling well rested night after night can be a frustrating cycle to get into (and an even more difficult one to get out of). I started taking 5-HTP over a year ago now to boost my serotonin levels and take my body out of the permanent 'flight or fight' mode that it was permanently affixed into. Wicked Gummy Co's natural sleep aid supplement (in passion fruit flavour) gently increases your serotonin levels to aid a blissful and restful nights sleep. 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is an amino acid that your body naturally produces. Your body uses it to produce serotonin, a chemical messenger that sends signals between your nerve cells. An increase in serotonin levels can fight against depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, weight gain and other health problems.
Vitamin D contributes to the maintenance of normal teeth, bones & blood calcium levels, to the maintenance of normal muscle function, to the maintenance of the immune system and it plays a roll in normal cell division. So as you can probably tell, it's a rather important little vitamin. But for those who follow a plant based diet, or who live in grey rainy England - often we might not be getting the amount we actually need. Wicked Gummy Co offers an orange flavoured boost of daily sunshine to brighten your day, and to help strengthen teeth, bones and muscle.
Flooding your body with friendly bacteria can help resolve or ease a variety of digestive issues and I've certainly been very honest over the years about the benefits I've seen from taking a daily probiotic. Wicked Gummy Co's friendly combination of bacterial cultures will help restore the natural balance of even the most grumbly of digestive systems. The vegan gummies contribute towards a range of benefits including digestive health, immune function and weight loss.
These lemon flavour gummies contain a blend of vitamin A, B6, C, D & E, as well as niacin and selenium, the latter of which is great for skin and hair health. Vitamin C contributes to normal function of the immune system after exercise, Vitamin A contributes to the maintenance of normal vision, Vitamin D contributes to the maintenance of normal bones, Niacin contributes to normal psychological function, Vitamin B6 contributes to a reduction of tiredness & fatigue and Vitamin E contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.
If you'd like to place an order with Wicked Gummy Co, you can use my code SCARLETT15 for 15% off your vitamins and supplements. Please note, as a disclaimer, I do not receive commission if you use my code, but you do get to save a bit of ££!!