Bet­ter skin from within

How di­etary sup­ple­ments af­fect aes­thet­ics

Northern Living - - CONTENTS - TEXT BEV­ERLY DAL­TON IL­LUS­TRA­TION ALEXAN­DRA MASCENON

The use of di­etary sup­ple­ments has been a long­stand­ing prac­tice, dat­ing back to the Sume­ri­ans with their use of medic­i­nal plants like opium, poppy, thyme, and licorice. Fast for­ward to the ’90s, and aside from di­etary sup­ple­ments that in­clude es­sen­tial nu­tri­ents like vi­ta­mins and min­er­als, the cat­e­gory ex­panded with gin­seng, fish oils, en­zymes, and more. To date, sup­ple­ments are no longer just in pill form but are also of­fered in pow­der and have taken on unique fla­vors like or­ange cream­si­cle or straw­berry cheese­cake. Those in sports or are tak­ing post­work­out sup­ple­ments would be more fa­mil­iar with th­ese tasty pro­tein pow­ders.

Cur­rently, with more peo­ple go­ing back to the raw­ness of na­ture, some com­pa­nies are work­ing with plant-de­rived, or­ganic, and non-syn­thetic in­gre­di­ents, and in­cor­po­rate th­ese in their sup­ple­ments. The ben­e­fits have also ex­panded, on top of their en­ergy-boost­ing and mus­cle growth ca­pa­bil­i­ties. One that has stood out and has been gain­ing a fol­low­ing es­pe­cially among women is the de-bloat­ing pow­der. Some of th­ese nat­u­ral sup­ple­ments that claim to re­lax the stom­ach and aid in di­ges­tion are packed with gin­ger, pep­per­mint, cin­na­mon, and turmeric, and they can be added to milk, smooth­ies, or yo­gurt bowls—per­fect for busy days when there is not enough time to eat a proper break­fast. Un­like mul­ti­vi­ta­mins, an or­ganic, anti-in­flam­ma­tory, de-bloat­ing sup­ple­ment can be con­sumed as needed and at any time of the day, such as af­ter an of­fice lunch meet­ing or af­ter that night­time cy­cling class. Th­ese kinds of sup­ple­ments may soon re­place beauty creams as more young women start fo­cus­ing on in­ner health.

Yet in the age of so­cial me­dia over-shar­ing, the power of this de-bloat­ing pow­der and other mag­i­cal and nat­u­ral sup­ple­ments ad­dresses not just the over­all health of the mil­len­nial woman but her con­cern for ex­te­rior aes­thetic as well. Af­ter all, who wants to take a selfie when you look bloated?

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