Vitamins with a B

Lately I’ve been having unwelcome episodes of anxiety. Now, this isn’t anxiety that has a specific source that can be dealt with, like being stressed about school for example. It comes on randomly, and goes whenever it decides to go. In my last post, , I mentioned that I have a gluten allergy and one of the many symptoms I have when I come in contact with gluten is intense, overwhelming anxiety. Also, my B vitamins become depleted and need replenishing. Having said that, I don’t suspect gluten to be the culprit, since none of my other symptoms are present. It’s purely anxiety that I’m battling.

I decided to bring this up with my mum, because she  works for a natural health group, which means she’s constantly doing nutritional research, and thus is very knowledgeable in this area. Her diagnosis for my anxiety: Vitamin B deficiency!  A lack of vitamin B can cause anxiety, and one to feel as though life is too hard to cope. I had never known this about vitamin B, and was quite surprised to hear that my problem could very well have an easy solution.

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It makes sense. When I eat gluten I become deficient in vitamin B, which then causes anxiety. Simple, right?

Since my Mum’s diagnosis, she has given me a variety of  B supplements to take every day, and guess what?! No more anxiety! All my body needed was the right combination of vitamins.

My Mum is not a doctor, and neither am I. So I don’t suggest you just go out and start taking a whole bunch of supplements without seeking proper counsel. But, the moral of the story is, sometimes a big problem has a simple solution (that doesn’t require medication). Don’t take for granted the huge role that vitamins and minerals play in the body.

Being healthy and happy contributes more to beauty than any makeup!

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WARNING: This post may contain traces of gluten.

Due to an allergy I’ve been on a strict gluten free diet for over 2 years, but only just now have I realized that applying gluten on my skin or lips could also give me reactions. Lipstick is an obvious no-brainer, since a small amount always gets in your mouth. But in my research I found that gluten in face products can cause breakouts and other unwanted reactions on the skin, even if the product is not ingested.

I began researching brands and products to try, and came across a number of sites and blogs saying that ELF (Eyes Lips Face) Cosmetics are gluten free. This brand is extremely affordable, with most products priced in the $1-$3 range. So I thought I would give it a go and try out a bunch of their products. The website said the shipping could take up to a month, but it only took 4 days, so that was very impressive to me. When the package arrived I could barely contain my excitement. It was all fun and games until, much to my utter horror,  I read the back of an eyelash primer and it said the words “wheat protein”. Somehow coating my lashes with gluten, my biggest kryptonite, does not sound appealing to me.

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I quickly emailed the company, and this was their response:

We apologize for any confusion regarding our ingredients. We have researched our products to ensure that they are gluten-free. According to our production department the wheat protein found does not actually contain gluten due to the processing.

So they claim it IS gluten free. Though, I don’t see how wheat protein in any shape or form could be 100% free of gluten. Because the product is just an eyelash primer I don’t see the harm in using it. However, if it was a lipstick or face product in question, I would be a lot more reluctant.

Keep an eye out for ELF product reviews!

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