Selenium is the most important mineral you’re probably not taking. Why? The immune system requires selenium to produce proteins that prevent viruses from mutating in the body-without enough, it can’t fight off infection. To sidestep viral infections, I recommend eating at least 16 oz. of selenium-rich foods like tuna, cod, turkey, lamb or mushrooms daily to keep levels optimal.
For the more than 50% of women over age 50 who have thinning hair, help is here! One of my favorite ways to combat sparse strands is with rosemary. The herb contains rosmarinic acid, which has been shown to boost circulation to the scalp and promote hair growth as effectively as minoxidil. To get the benefits: Add 4 Tbs. of dried rosemary to 4 cups of boiled water. Steep for 40 minutes, then strain the brew into a large spray bottle and add 4 Tbs. apple cider vinegar; refrigerate. Spritz onto the scalp once or twice a week after shampooing.