Nature doesn’t know the difference between strength and beauty. All life is elegantly adapted to be strong where it matters most – like delicate eggshells that withstand forces many times their own weight and hollow bamboo that outlasts concrete and even steel. Their secret, just like that of the human body, is a combination of ingenious design and optimal ingredients.
Every year, American women alone spend over $425 billion on cosmetics and at nail and hair salons to make them appear more beautiful on the outside. But it’s the processes going on beneath the surface that dictate how we look on the outside, both now and as we age. It may be possible to have strength without beauty, but not true beauty without strength.
We see a seashell and think it is beautiful, but to the animal living inside, it’s a sturdy home and maybe the difference between life and death. Our skin, hair, nails, etc.—this is our seashell. The design is already perfect. The ingredients are up to us. Beauty treatments that only change our outer façade eventually wear off. But by focusing on building our inner strength—not just muscle strength, but the unique strengths of each system in the body—we can create lasting changes that will improve vitality and appearance for years to come.
May is a month where we can easily appreciate the beauty of new life growing all around us. But we often forget that many beautiful spring plants also had the strength to weather hard winter months. Here at VitaMe, we’re celebrating the arrival of spring by focusing on the interconnection between strength and beauty, and how we can help build beautiful bodies by making them strong.
I’m the new science blogger for VitaMe, and I’ll be helping you get a sense of how vitamins and supplements play a role in achieving your health and fitness goals. I’ll scour the latest research and studies to address your questions and highlight important new information that can help you get, and stay, healthy. This month, I’m focusing on the theme “Strength is Beauty.” Next up: The 4 nutrients you need for a strong, healthy body.
About the Author
Emilie Croisier is a writer and editor based in Austin, TX. She has a PhD in Neuroscience from Imperial College London, and bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, with a minor in Brain and Cognitive Science, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. When she’s not counting cars at the intersection of science and natural health, you can find her in her garden or at emilieilime.com.