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Talking about Hair Loss…

In some circles of society this is quite a delicate matter, so I understand if you feel a little embarrassed.  Please, don’t be bashful.  I might be able to provide some remedies which could help.  First of all, you need to work out why the hair is falling out.  Each reason will have a different method to treat it.

hairloss

I decided not to use the book for this blog… because I need to keep my researching muscles in trim, so cue some on line searching.  It turned up some really interesting information.  There are so many reasons that your hair might fall out.  One of the things I have to mention though is acknowledging that losing your hair, whether you are male or female, can be equally devastating.  So, knowing what is happening in the body can help you treat the hair loss, and possibly, in some cases, reverse it.

 

The first reason for hair loss is physical trauma.  So, if you have had a car accident, surgery, illness, a really bad case of the flu, then you can get temporary hair loss called telogen effluvium.  Generally speaking, when the body recovers from the trauma, and if there are no other issues, the hair will grow back.  Often women who have just given birth have hair loss as well.  Essentially, if this is the reason for your hair loss then once your body recovers from the trauma, then it should grow back.

Vitamin A

Another reason for hair loss might be too little vitamin B or too much Vitamin A.  It is important to note that you CAN overdose on vitamin supplements.  It is vital to read about the strength of your supplements and make sure you are aware of the recommended daily amount of whatever you are trying to take.  If you stop taking the Vitamin A, then once the body has naturally dealt with the excess, you could recover your hair loss.  In the other situation, take a dose of 100% of your RDA of Vitamin B.  If your hair does not begin to grow back, then you need to see a medical professional because there might be something wrong.

 

If you have a lack of protein in your diet, then the body will ration protein use and will shut down hair growth.  So, if you are already shedding your hair naturally at 75-100 hairs daily, then it won’t take long for it to seem thin or receding if it isn’t being replaced.  It can also be a symptom of suffering from anaemia.  Remember to keep protein in your diet, especially fish, lean meats, pulses and eggs.

auto immune disorders

There are occasions that the body gets confused and attacks the hair follicles, killing them off.  Generally this is due to some auto-immune conditions such as lupus.  If you have these issues, you need to keep watch.  More hair loss may indicate a flare up is on it’s way.

 

What has amazed me in researching this blog is how many issues can cause hair loss.  I haven’t touched on genetic issues, or hormone imbalances, or drug side effects or even overstyling.  There are many old wives tales about how to encourage hair to stay put.  The best of them seem to be about encouraging blood flow to the scalp, either by massage or by using peppermint oil.  It might work… but then again it might not. If you have a genetic predisposition to hair loss, then… sorry.  There isn’t a great deal you can do.

 

But the best advice?  Rock the style you CAN have, and don’t try and have a style that isn’t going to fool anyone.   I am thinking bad toupee’s and comb overs here.  It is not a good look for anyone.

 

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How to nix pain naturally…

There is nothing worse than being in pain.  Some people have a high tolerance for it, and some people don’t, but one thing is for sure, if you have it, you are suffering.  I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like reaching for the bottle of aspirin or ibuprofen or paracetamol all the time.  I would prefer to treat as much pain as possible as naturally as I can.  So… I started digging around on the internet and found a wealth of natural pain remedies we can use to make ourselves feel better.

ginger tea

Remember our blog on Monday?  All about Ginger and it is one of remedies for muscle pain.  Ginger contains potent compounds called gingerols which prevent the production of pain triggering hormones.  I think, after a couple of days of painting walls and going to the gym for the first time in a couple of months, I am going to need some!

cloves

There is very little worse for the temper than having a toothache.  How about chewing on some cloves?  They can ease tooth pain and gum inflammation for up to 2 hours if you chew one slowly.  Cloves have a natural compound in them called eugenol which is a powerful and natural anaesthetic so that accounts for it.

apple cider vinegar

If you don’t think Heartburn is painful, then you are either very brave, or you have never had it.  But if you take 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, before every meal, it will reduce the risk of you getting it in the first place.  Apple Cider Vinegar is rich in malic and tartaric acids which speeds the breakdown of fats and proteins in order for your stomach to empty quickly and hopefully stop the reflux which causes the heartburn.

garlic

Do you suffer with earaches?  Using 2 drops of warmed garlic oil twice daily for 5 days will definitely help.  Garlic has germanium, selenium and sulphur compounds which are naturally toxic to bacteria.  5 days, bye bye infection.  And Vampires.  And possibly friends, because lets face it, garlic can really whiff sometimes.  But, anything is better than the throbbing of earaches, so I would risk it.

cherries

Apparently cherries are amazing for their painkilling properties!  A daily bowl of 20 cherries, be they fresh, dried or frozen can help with arthritis, gout or chronic headaches.  Anthocyanins, which give the cherries their red colour, are 10 times stronger anti-inflammatories than ibuprofen or aspirin.  They work by shutting down the enzymes which kick start tissue inflammation.  This means they can prevent as well as treat pain.  Amazing.  And they taste fabulous too!

oily fish

Suffering with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Indigestion or Inflammatory Bowel Diseases?  Eat 18 ounces of oily fish a week.  Again, it is those amazing fish oils which are doing their stuff again.  And if you are a lady who suffers with Pre Menstrual problems (or someone who lives with one who does!  It is not much fun on either side of that equation!) try snacking on 2 cups of yogurt a day.  The Calcium in it helps the body deal with the ups and downs of estrogen and progesterone which cause the issues.

turmeric

Cases of chronic pain can be tamed with Turmeric.  The active ingredient within it is called Curcumin and it naturally shuts down cyclo-oxygenase2, and enzyme which churns out pain producing hormones.  If you sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon on any rice, poultry, meat or veg dish daily, it should have the required effect.

salt

Do you have foot pain from ingrown toenails?  I do, and it is miserable.  So, I am going to use this tip, and take 1 teaspoon of salt into a cup of water heated as hot as I can bear it and then soak the affected area for 20 minutes, twice daily.  The salt kills the  bacteria causing the infection and therefore the pain, stone dead.

pineapple

Pineapple is great for solving the pain from digestive upsets.  1 cup of fresh pineapple is packed with proteolytic enzymes which speed the breakdown of pain causing proteins in the stomach and small intestine.  I know it used to work for my Father, who had myriad problems with food intolerances and before he died he had several intestinal issues.  He used to have pineapple for breakfast and it did seem to help.

peppermint oil

And finally, for our foray into natural pain relieving ingredients, how about soothing aching muscles using 10 drops of peppermint oil in a warm bath.  If you do this 3 times a week it can ease cramping up to 25% more effectively than using over the counter relaxants.  Also, peppermint oil can help headaches as well.

 

I hope this was an enjoyable post to read, and I hope it will help you find natural alternatives to processed chemical pain relievers.