European spa’s know it and sell it at their Benessere Resorts (well-being)! The style toted by european women is practiced weekly as they go to local salons and focus on their natural beauty. When referencing the body it’s as simple as name dropping, just say the German words “Haar and Haut” and you have “Hair and Skin”.
Vitamin H derives its name from Haar and Haut (also known as Biotin/B7) therefore, this vitamin is critical in the making of: skin, hair cells, breaking down fats and producing fats metabolized from protein/amino acids as it assists key enzymes (carboxylase) to produce what is necessary for life.
Carefully understanding the word metabolism allows for easier comprehension on how and why we can better do better in improving or maintaining a lean machine. Metabolize comes from the Greek word Metabole meaning Change.
We count on our metabolism, to break down carbohydrates, proteins, and fats into smaller units; those units are reorganized as tissue building blocks (or as energy sources) and then waste products are eliminated and removed based on what our body cannot use. In order for a body’s enzyme’s or hormone’s to do all this work, it needs an assistant (referred to as co-enzymes) like biotin so that principle enzymes can participate in the production and building of healthy bodies.
Foods rich in Biotin
Improving daily intake of vitamin H is easy to do by choosing one of the following foods and including it into a well rounded diet. Best foods for Biotin/Vitamin H/B7 are: cooked egg yolks and whites, liver, fish, peanuts, peas, cauliflower, corn and grains. Biotin is produced in the intestines through bacteria as well. Vitamin B7 is also found in synthetic form.
Interference of proper uptake of vitamin B7 can happen through consumption of alcohol, which limits or prohibits the co-enzyme to function, as well as eating of raw eggs. Research shows that the raw egg white holds the protein Avidin which can interfere with Biotin which is found in the egg yolk. Therefore, it’s advised that if biotin deficiency is determined in an individual, that one should cook the egg so that avidin is denatured upon cooking, while biotin remains intact. Those who are pregnant, lactating, or athletic may need extra vitamin B7 and should consult their doctors to have their levels of biotin checked.
Biotin/B7 deficiency can be noted by causes of skin rashes (dermatitis), nail and hair (alopecia) loss, conjunctivitis (pink eye) and tingling in extremities. It may also result in weakness, depression, hallucination, numbness, fatigue, irritation, rashes, loss of appetite.
We can still enjoy the care of “Haar and Haut” at our local hair salons for cuts, pedicures and manicures! However, with accurate dietary information in hand, knowledge and proper care of oneself can improve lifestyle and attention to what will bring about physical success.
By: Kim Crocker-Scardicchio