Day 1 (Well Really 3) Of the Change Ashley for the Better Project!

Title sounds stupid I know but you know what! It’s the truth! I am changing myself for the better! No I am not changing my wonderful, hilarious, outspoken, random personality. I am working on lossing weight, making my skin better, and making my hair better! There are a few ways to achieve all this and 1 of the most important. Eating Right well and Exercise (these two words scare me like no other but what I keep telling myself is… “if you want to fit back into those awesome size 7/8 pants, then ya gotta do it right!”) and well thats what I am going to do! I went “window” shopping with my sister-in-law today. We had an absolute blast! We went to Wal-mart and Target! I found some great things I really want to get to help me. Though I do believe using the Kinect games enough will help me out! But back to the original purpose for this post. I started taking Biotin Thursday, now 3 days later I have noticed nothing. I do want to give some information about Biotin (I would like to say I am not fond on taking pills, but from what EVERYONE I have spoken to about it says it is great! That it helps their hair grow. I have never heard anything about it helping skin but on the bottle it says it helps, Hair, Skin, and Nails. Now I did research to find a little bit more about it before I went out and spent $10.00 on a bottle of 120 pills which from Rite-Aid is cheaper than the 60 pills, I really didn’t understand this but Hey I like deals! Back on track we go again!
Here is some of the imformation that I found when researching Biotin:
What is Biotin?
Biotin is a B vitamin that’s needed for the formation of fatty acids and glucose, which are essential for the production of energy. It also helps with the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
Biotin is found naturally in food. Good dietary sources of biotin include brewer’s yeast, nutritional yeast, liver, cauliflower, salmon, bananas, carrots, egg yolks, sardines, legumes and mushrooms. (Now the problem with me is, I DO NOT eat, liver, cauliflower, salmon, carrots, sardines, legumes [whatever they are] or mushrooms). Biotin deficiency isn’t common, unless you frequently eat a lot of raw egg white, which contains a protein that blocks the absorption of biotin. Genetic disorder of biotin deficiency, infant seborrheic dermatitis, surgical removal of the stomach, and excessive alcohol consumption may increase a person’s requirement for biotin. Biotin deficiency may lead to skin rash, hair loss, high cholesterol and heart problems.
Why Do People Use Biotin?
There is little solid evidence that biotin supplements are effective for acne, eczema, brittle nails, diaper rash, cradle cap or hair loss. (Now for the reason I am using it. Acne, Brittle Nails, and Hair Loss… well not really hair loss, ever since I had my daughter my hair has been terrible to me! I used to never have problems when it came to it falling out because well it was only a few peices. Now when I brush my hair its like A LOT, TONS, Millions [ok not that much] but it is a lot).
Another thing it is a diet supplement, I haven’t felt the effects and from what I have read there are none if it is taken the way the directions tell you to which is 1 time a day. That is all I take since I am big on following instructions.

This information was taken from: http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/herbsvitaminsa1/a/Biotin.htm

Here are some of the Benefits of Biotin:

What are the Benefits of Biotin?
Biotin, also known as vitamin H, is a water soluble vitamin that is also considered part of the B-complex family of vitamins. Biotin is a required vitamin by all organisms on the earth. It is naturally available in many foods including liver, cauliflower, salmon, carrots, bananas, soy flour, cereals, yeast and other foods, and also in supplements such as Total Balance which contains a daily dose of biotin. The biotin level decreases when you cook or freeze these foods so it is best to eat them in their most fresh and natural form. People who eat mostly health foods might not have a biotin deficiency, since it is readily available in many different foods, but if someone eats the typical packaged foods, they may be lacking this nutrient, and many others. It is also interesting to note that if you eat raw egg whites on a regular basis you could have a decreased biotin level due to a possible egg whites effect on this vitamin. Other conditions can also increase your need for biotin and they include poor eating habits of restaurant and packaged foods, a genetic disorder, dermatitis in infants, etc. Biotin was found to be an essential nutrient for mammals in 1936, but it took 40 more years to establish that biotin should be considered a vitamin and it was given the vitamin H name.

Benefits of Biotin
Biotin is a necessary vitamin for the growth and health of your body. It aids in the converting of fatty acids and glucose into fuel for the energy you need to go about your day. If you feel run down you may be low on this B vitamin. It also metabolizes amino acids and carbohydrates and helps to produce certain enzymes that your body needs for normal functioning. It plays a part in keeping your sweat glands, nerve tissues, and marrow healthy and working efficiently.

Biotin Deficiency
Some symptoms of a biotin deficiency may be dry skin, fungal infections, rashes, fine and brittle hair, hair loss, high cholesterol, heart problems, and other symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, consult your physician to see if you may have a biotin deficiency.

Biotin for Hair
There are some claims that are being studied that biotin can help to treat acne, eczema, and hair loss, but research is ongoing. The Jason company makes a shampoo with biotin for hair.

Biotin and Candida
Due to the fact that fungal infections are one side effect of biotin deficiency, some doctors believe a lack of it may contribute to candida fungal problems. There is not yeat a study linking the cause and effect, but a deficiency of any vitamin is not healthy and this one is no exception.

Biotin Side Effects
Biotin is a vitamin and is included in most daily multi-vitamins. It is not considered to have side effects when taken in a daily vitamin formula per label directions. If you are pregnant or nursing, check with your care provider before taking any supplement.

Get the full Benefits of Biotin
If you are experiencing dry and brittle nails or lack luster, brittle hair then biotin deficiency may be something to consider as a possible cause. Biotin is a necessary part of keeping your body healthy. The symptoms of biotin deficiency are subtle at first but may move on to more serious issues. The way to get the full benefit of biotin is to take it as part of a balanced daily multivitamin and herbal formula, such as the one we like the best which is Total Balance. This well researched supplement contains a generous and balanced serving of biotin, plus many of the other beneficial nutrients featured on this website. Taking this balanced supplement every day insures you get your needs met for biotin and other important nutrients. To get the full benefits of biotin every day without worry, simply take Total Balance. And put your mind at ease. Total Balance gives you a complete and balanced formula for daily health. We are also extremely pleased with their quest to bottle the absolute world’s best quality pure fish oil. They are a little obsessed with quality, but that is a good thing for you and for us isn’t it?

This family run business is not like the giant manufacturers. They are driven to formulate the absolute best supplements possible. They use only standardized extracts so you know you are getting what is promised on the bottle. We are very impressed with these products. We take them ourselves and recommend them to our families and friends.

This information was taken from: http://www.quality-nutritional-supplements.com/biotin.html

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.