Having healthy hair, nails, and skin isn't just a vanity issue. These all grow from the inside out — and are good indicators of how healthy your body is. Of course, just like your organs, pathogens can isolate and attack these separately from the rest of your body. That's what Anne experienced after visiting a relative in the hospital.
Anne went to see this relative daily for two weeks straight. She developed an acute eczema outbreak. And it spread all over her body. Then her sister developed the same skin problem, so they knew it was a pathogen — not just an allergy. But doctors couldn't figure out what was causing it.
Anne's naturopathic doctor told them to use colloidal silver (which she took both orally and topically), freeze-dried nettles, and pantothenic acid (vitamin B5). They also took NaturoDoc's 1918 Plus, a product designed to boost the immune system and fight the flu. I wouldn't expect it to fully eradicate eczema, but it might help when the cause is a pathogen. That's what Anne discovered.
Anne said, "These were dramatic supports for my adrenal functions and seemed to help control the terrible itching and fight the infection. But my skin was still dried out, hardened, and scaly all over my body. It was still uncomfortable and looked terrible."
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Since these didn't fully solve the problem, she kept looking. That's when she found red algae. I've told you about the amazing healing powers of marine algae in the past. Brown algae, for instance, is a powerful immune booster. Blue green algae, better known as spirulina, is a great superfood. And in the 1970s and 1980s, researchers identified over 30 species of red algae that dramatically boosted the immune system's regulatory response. They also found that red algae is a powerful antiviral that works against a lot of different viruses.
What's more, red algae is a rich source of silica. I told you about silica a few weeks ago. It's great for bone health. But it's also vital for the health of your hair, nails, and skin. It helps build collagen, a central component of hair, nails, and skin. So using it daily can help thicken hair and nails and stop skin from sagging.
Silica also has an alkalizing property. In other words, it helps our body go from an unhealthy acidic state to a more alkaline state. An acidic pH can compromise your immune system and increase your risk of illness. Your body also needs silica to manufacture antibodies and antigens, which are essential parts of a healthy immune system. In fact, it's likely the silica content of the red algae Anne took helped her finally find complete relief from the eczema.
If you're looking for a way to fight infections and see thicker, healthier hair, nails, and skin, try red algae. As I mentioned earlier, there are over 30 different species of red algae. They're all great for you. So you may have to search for one that works particularly well for you. One form that seems to work for most people is Porphyra umbilicalis, which you can find in Advanced Bionutritionals new Healthy Hair & Nails formula. They combined the red algae with horsetail and other nutrients to boost its effectiveness.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
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