When you think of keeping yourself looking good for camming the first things that come to mind include exercise, cosmetics, clothes, spa treatments, and the hair salon.
But the truth is none of these exterior improvements matter if you don’t work on what’s below the surface.
That’s because fans (and for that matter friends and family and everyone in-between) don’t just connect to your looks, they connect to who you are, your energy, your vibe. People that stick around are invested in YOU as a person not just the outside of you.
It’s not enough to just look beautiful or handsome to be successful.
You’ve got to work on your mental health, getting enough sleep, feeding your soul with what makes you happy, and eating right because these translate to happiness and that translates to fans wanting to connect with you. Though all of these self-care suggestions require a lot of effort, I find that a healthy diet is one of the hardest to maintain – especially with the schedule of a cammer (who has time to make veggies every meal?).
This is why it’s important to supplement your diet with nutrients that you may be missing. That means taking a good vitamin or mineral – and not all are created equally. WebMD explains in this article how to choose wisely. Further, know that if you’re getting it for cheap chances are it doesn’t have enough of what you need in the bottle. Quality products cost money.
But how do you know what you’re lacking in your diet?
A blood test with your doctor will tell you or you can get one sent to you by companies like EverlyWell and LetsGetChecked. Currently, according to Healthline, the five nutrients most people are lacking are Iron, Iodine, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12 and Calcium.
Iron – Healthline shares that 25% of people in the world are not getting enough Iron. Being tired and/or weak are symptoms of iron deficiency that really could affect your work.
Iodine – This helps with your thyroid. The thyroid regulates your weight amongst other things so you if you’re constantly working out and the pounds are not budging you may want to see a doctor about your thyroid as well as determine if you’re getting enough iodine.
Vitamin D – Fatty fish, egg yolks (stop skipping the yolk because it has “fat”), and cod liver oil all are food sources. You need Vitamin D to help with your bones and that may not seem important now if you’re young but as you get older it will become important – so do the preventative maintenance now!
Vitamin B12 – This nutrient helps with red blood formation and supports brain and nerve function among other amazing things. Are you a vegetarian? If so you especially may be at risk for not enough Vitamin B12 – Healthline states that studies have shown 80-90% of plant eaters don’t get enough. This is because a good source of B12 is fish and red meat.
Calcium – Going hand in hand with Vitamin D is Calcium which is what many first think of when considering bone health. You need both. It’s hard to get Calcium for many because of dairy intolerance but it can be found in boned fish and leafy vegetables as well… or that supplement you should be taking.
This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but it’s a start. Talk with your doctor for more information so you take a happier and healthier road and keep those fans coming back to your cam room!
Alyssa Collins hails from Minnesota, where snowy days were the perfect excuse to stay warm inside and write. Over the years, she turned that joy into a career and has authored numerous articles for various publications (under pen names). Email Alyssa via firstname.lastname@example.org.