If you're anything like me, you've been feeling a little run down as of late. Perhaps it's the change in seasons, or maybe your diet needs some tweaking, but there's something not quite right about how you're feeling lately. It could be that your body is telling you that it needs more minerals to function correctly. But what are these minerals, and which ones should we be looking for? Read on to find out!
Most of the iron in the body - almost 70% - is heme iron, part of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin, in turn, is part of erythrocytes - red blood cells that carry oxygen from the lungs to other organs and tissues and return carbon dioxide to the lungs.
Low hemoglobin levels can be a sign of anemia, malnutrition, or the result of grueling diets. Is the hemoglobin index significantly higher than usual? Dehydration itself is harmful to the body, and an excess of hemoglobin can lead to blood clots. The remaining 30% of iron, which is not included in hemoglobin, is also significant: this iron affects the body's energy synthesis, mental development in childhood, metabolism, and immunity. Thus, iron directly depends on how much oxygen our vital organs will receive, how good our skin will look, whether we will be energetic or chronically tired. Therefore, it is essential that the human body not synthesize iron and only get it with foods or vitamin-mineral complexes.
There is much more calcium in the skin than in the blood plasma. The highest concentration is found in the epidermis cells, where it regulates lipid synthesis, secretion of lamellar bodies, restoration of the barrier function of the epidermis. In the lipid layers of the skin barrier, calcium plays the role of a "crosslinking agent," which contributes to their denser structure and maintains the constancy of the moisture-retaining function of the skin. In addition, calcium is one of the critical regulators of the keratinization process: its low concentration stimulates the proliferation of keratinocytes, while its high concentration enhances differentiation.
Calcium is involved in sub-regulation: with its deficiency, the skin becomes dry, the sensitivity to the action of environmental factors increases. Decreased calcium levels have been found in patients with eczema and psoriasis. Calcium helps preserve the integrity of collagen and elastin fibers, supporting the body's natural antioxidant system. Age-related changes in the body affect the calcium content in various layers of the epidermis and can cause an imbalance in the calcium balance in the skin. Calcium outside the body is distributed evenly in all epidermis layers, except the granular layer, where its concentration is increased. In the epidermis of the elderly, calcium is found mainly in the cells of the basal and thorny layers in the form of insoluble salts. In dermal skin, calcium is distributed unevenly, forming microclimates. The amount of insoluble calcium salts in the skin increases with age and reaches its peak by the age of 65-70, which is one factor in the loss of elasticity and the appearance of wrinkles.
Found in the Poltava region at a depth of 25,000 km, this mineral is excellent for skin healing and stimulating normal cellular processes. The mineral can improve the overall health and appearance of the skin by protecting against free radicals by regulating cell replication and repair.
Magnesium is also renowned for its soothing and healing properties, which evens out the complexion while reducing visual imperfections. However, dry, patchy skin can also signify magnesium deficiency because a lack of magnesium in the body results in the loss of vital fatty acids. These fatty acids are needed to maintain both elasticity and moisture, which are the key to healthier, smoother, more youthful skin; without these acids, the skin becomes dry and inflamed.
Zinc is essential for the normal condition of the skin. If you have problems with breakouts or acne, your body is likely lacking in this particular micronutrient. The fact is that zinc controls sebum production, thereby preventing the formation of inflammation and blackheads. In addition, the trace element is involved in the regeneration of the skin, which makes abrasions, wounds, and pimples heal faster. Dryness, flaking, dermatitis, and other troubles may appear.
Potassium plays an essential role in the body! In every human cell, there is a "potassium-sodium pump," with the help of which water and mineral balance are maintained between the cell and the surrounding space. The balance of water and other substances in cells depends on the content of potassium and sodium, many processes that occur in cells, and on which the health of not only the skin but also the whole organism depends:
- osmoregulation and preservation of cell volume,
- maintaining electrical activity in nerve and muscle cells,
- active transport of substances (sugars, amino acids) across membranes.
- Protein synthesis, glycolysis, photosynthesis, and many other processes.
With all the information provided, it's clear that your skin requires specific nutrients to stay healthy and beautiful. The best way to give your skin what it needs is by using a skincare regimen with products formulated for your unique complexion. Instaskincare offers this service through customized serums explicitly tailored for you based on an assessment of your skin type and goals. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve radiant, glowing skin from within!