Hair Loss Prevention
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LIST OF CONTENTS Introduction Chapter 1-Tips & Guidelines to prevent Hair loss Chapter 2- Foods for your Hair Chapter 3- Grooming techniques preventing Hair loss Chapter 4- Common myths & facts associated with hair loss Final Step
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Introduction Hair loss is becoming a common problem amongst men and women. Hair loss is a natural process and we all lose some of our hair everyday, but the problem begins when our hair start falling beyond control. Facts suggest that with aging, most men typically start losing their hair right from the age of 35 and end up losing a considerable amount of it till they reach 80. Amongst women the process is a bit slow, but nevertheless noticeable hair loss has been observed amongst women at the age of 60. According to some recent surveys, it has been noticed that in order to deal with increasing hair loss problems, about 811,363 people in U.S alone, have undergone professional treatment by 2012. There are about 110,000 hair follicles on our scalp, and we keep losing about 100 hair every day, but the number goes unnoticed as we grow the same every day too. Problems begin, when an imbalance starts occurring in the number of hair we lose as to the number of hair we grow. Sine the structure, texture and composition of the hair of every human being is different, so the symptoms, causes and remedies associated to hair loss also vary to a great extent.
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Referring to the facts, stated above it is important to mention that most men and women lose hair due to acquired causes and symptoms, than due to inherent deficiencies. These acquired causes include exposure to toxins, imbalanced diets, and most commonly careless and unhealthy lifestyles. Focusing on emphasizing some basic precautions and tips, this eBook purports to suggest some guidelines that can come handy to avoid hair loss problems. The guidelines and precautions discussed in this eBook primarily include tips related to grooming techniques, general precautions, diet plans, lifestyle patterns etc, which can help both men and women to abstain from hair loss problems.
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Chapter 1: Tips & Guidelines to prevent Hair loss Tips on Preventing Hair Loss Hair loss typically should not be treated as a disease at the first place, but it still can cause a great amount of emotional turmoil, leading to social withdrawal at times. Our prudent society often treats hair loss in a negative manner, making this natural phenomenon a big cause of worry amongst both men and women. We all lose hair almost every day. But losing hair becomes a cause of worry when it starts exceeding its normal amount. If you are suffering from hair fall problems, or premature baldness, here are some tips that can help you prevent yourself from getting those receding hairlines, and bald patches.
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Preventing Hair Loss- TIP # 1 Multivitamins can be very Handy at time! Hair loss can often be caused due deficiency some key vitamins and minerals in your body. You might be taking a wholesome meal every day, but it is not necessary that your body is extracting all the required nutrients from it in an adequate manner. It is therefore important that you must consume some good quality multivitamins to curb the deficiency in you body and resume normal growth of body parts and organs, including hair. . Preventing Hair Loss- TIP # 2 Drink Sufficient Amount of Water Everyday! In our daily lives, we acquire a lot of toxins, which usually get settled in our body. These toxins often greatly affect our body's metabolism and other similar processes like regeneration of dead cells and hair growth too. It is important that one should take sufficient amount of water every day, in order to wash out these toxins, and reduce the impurities to ensure proper execution of the body processes.
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Preventing Hair Loss- TIP # 3 Reduce Caffeine intake If you are a coffee buff! Then there is some bad news for you. Most people are not aware of the fact that caffeine dehydrates body and body parts to a great extent, which causes drying up of hair follicles and hence weakening of hair roots, eventually leading to hair fall. A good way to cut down caffeine intake is to replace caffeine containing beverages with fruit juices, milk or other assorted drinks.
Preventing Hair Loss- TIP # 4 A sound sleep sets it all! It might sound strange, but through much research and discovery, it has been found that sound sleep is most essential for the body to regenerate and regain the energy lost by it during the day. It is during the sleep that a body rejuvenates itself and replenishes the dead and nonfunctional cells in the body. The dead hair follicles get replaced by new follicles, at the time we sleep in a much larger amount than at any other time during the day. An undisturbed and an adequate sleep can certainly help you to control hair fall problems quite considerably.
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Preventing Hair Loss- TIP # 5 Do not experiment with your hair! It goes without saying that your hair and your scalp is certainly not the playground to experiment jazzy products. Hair and scalp constitute amongst the most delicate parts of our body, and therefore should be give utmost care and nourishment. Some people choose to go in for fancy products with low nutrient value, which later on result in thinning of hair, and eventually lead to hair loss problems. Use of nutrient enriched hair products can greatly help you to abstain from facing hair fall problems, which usually begin by the extensive use of hair products containing harsh chemicals and acidic mediums.
Guidelines on Preventing Hair Loss Get rid of those blunt edges Split and damaged ends obstruct hair growth process greatly, and therefore hair should be trimmed on a regular basis. Cleaner hair grow faster Dirt and dust clog hair follicles, which makes hair growth slow and difficult. You should therefore ensure that your hair and scalp remain clean at all times. Washing your hair twice a week can certainly help you stay clean, but excessive use of shampoos can also lead to hair damage, as excessive rinsing and drying greatly dehydrate hair, resulting in hair fall.
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Water temperature can affect your hair Extreme water temperature can make your hair brittle. Lukewarm water is ideal to be used for hair rinsing. Condition your hair on a regular basis Conditioning your hair with suitable hair oil is very important to avoid hair fall problems, and greatly helps to strengthen the hair follicles ensuring better growth. Being gentle is always good Do not pull, tug or twist you hair, immediately after you wash it. The hair roots tend to become weak and prone to damage, when wet. It is always advised to let the hair dry or settle down before combing. Natural way is the best way If you make extensive use of hair products containing chemicals and acidic substances, be prepared to daunt yourself with hair fall problems at any time. Treating hair with natural products is the most suitable option to keep you hair healthy and still carry a sharp look. Do not grill your hair No matter in how much hurry you are, or whether you want to keep a hair style that you just saw on one of the TV commercials, abstain yourself from using hot hair-styling products. Use of hot irons, blow-dryers, and other appliances producing heat can considerably damage the hair. Ensure that your blow-dryer is set on a low temperature setting.
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Apply Protein lotions before drying Apply a protein lotion, before using a hair dryer. Prolonged drying can damage hair roots and follicles, making them dry and weak. Massaging reduces hair fall Massaging your hair improves blood circulation, and strengthens the roots of hair, letting them grow longer. In order to reduce the chances of getting a hair fall, massage your hair on a regular basis but that doesn't really mean literally drenching your hair in oil. The amount of oil to be used for messaging should be just as enough to seep through the hair roots and follicles. . Increase Protein intake A healthy protein diet can greatly increase hair growth and diminish hair fall chances. Intake of high protein content foods like eggs, sprouts, spinach etc can also be considerably helpful in stopping hair loss. Increase your folic acid intake! Folic acid is vital for hair health and growth. Include food with high folic acid in your diet. Add soybeans, green vegetables, and carrots to your daily menu.
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Chapter 2: Foods for your Hair Fuel for your Hair æ Green leafy vegetables, salad, fruits and
sprouts, curd, wheatgerm, soybean, whole grains and nuts are most beneficial for preventing hair loss. æ Vitamin A and B, Minerals, wheatgerm, pulses, legumes, and most importantly, soybean, greatly help in hair growth and regeneration. Our hair is typically made up of protein so a protein rich diet can help grow hair faster and stronger. Apart from being a good source for protein, Soybean also acts as a DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) inhibitor, which helps to reduce the DHT levels in the body, which eventually help in abstaining from hair loss problems. Along with protein, rich fruits like mangoes, dark green leafy vegetables, carrots, dried apricots, wholegrain, cereals and peas will also help prevent hair loss. æ Apart from proteins and vitamins, Iron also plays an important role in hair growth and hair strengthening. To increase iron absorption, it is important that you should consume Vitamin C rich foods like oranges, peppers, broccoli and cauliflowers, which will help you grow stronger and sturdier hair follicles. æ If you are suffering from excessive dandruff, consumption of oats, pumpkin seeds,
peanuts, cashews, wholewheat, soybean , vegetable oil can help you get rig of you persistent dandruff problem These foods provide a good source for zinc and essential fatty acids, which help in reducing dandruff and guard against drying of scalp.
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Foods to be Avoided Consumption of Nicotine, Alcohol, Caffeine and Sugar can result in lowering of nutrient level your body drastically, and can lead to high androgen production because of increase in adrenal levels in your body, and may cay hair loss too. There are certain foods that may seem to contain great amount of nutrient value, but are actually harmful for consistent hair growth and regeneration. Fried Foods - Fried foods cause an increase in the DHT level, being high in cholesterol and saturated fats, and contribute to hair fall problems. Balanced Salt Intake - Iodine is considered as an important nutrient for hair growth. Although Iodized salt and see food are good sources of Iodine, but too much of intake of salt often increases the sodium level in one's body, which triggers hair loss. It is important that one should take balanced quantities of salt, so that the iodine and sodium levels are maintained to ensure proper hair growth and hair regeneration.
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Artificial Sweeteners - Recent surveys from FDA state that artificial sweeteners greatly contribute towards causing arthritis, depression, impotency, and thinning of hair, eventually leading to potential hair loss. Stress causes major hair loss problems. People who consume carbohydrates, as a major part of their diet are more prone to hair fall problems, as sugar is known for reducing the ability of the body to handle stress. If you suffer from stress related problems, intake of foods essentially containing carbohydrates can bring a lot of danger to your hair in the long run. Intake of complex carbohydrates and fibrous food like wholemeal flour, bananas and beans, on the other hand help the body in carrying nutrients to the blood stream and eventually to different body parts including to hair follicles, promoting hair growth. Preserved Foods - Consuming preserved foods, can also be unhealthy for your hair in the long run.
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Chapter 3: Grooming Techniques Preventing Hair Loss Taking a balanced and nutrient rich diet is not just enough to keep your hair strong and healthy. Hair follicles and roots have often been noted to get uprooted or damaged by unwieldy and poor grooming habits. To avoid hair thinning and hair fall it is important that healthy grooming techniques should be followed. Here are some tips that may help you groom yourself without damaging your hair: ĂŚ Combing hair with fine toothed combs can be dangerous. Although this is a common practice which helps people to entangle and straighten their hair, but it often causes hair breakage. When there is substantial stress on the comb's shaft on wet hair, the hair roots become weak and start breaking. ĂŚ Combing the hair and brushing it stimulate the scalp essentially, increasing blood flow
to the hair follicles and maintaining their health. Brushing the hair before washing greatly helps in them loosening up flakes of sebum and dead skin buildup and making it easier to thoroughly clean the scalp during shampooing. It should be noted that excessive combing or over-brushing generally causes damage to the hair, which is quite contrary to the old 100-stroke brushing rule.
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ĂŚ Hair styles that pull hair tight or impart stress on root-hair, should be avoided-A lot of
people use hair styles that need tight pulling of hair. This process of hair styling causes friction among hair strands and results in hair breakage. This condition is often referred to as 'Tractional Alopecia.' ĂŚ Before hair wash, you should make an
effort to comb your hair, to get rid of any tangles. This decreases the chances of breakage of hair due to tangling. Once the hair is entangles, the hair should be damped and washed with a suitable and mild shampoo. Applying shampoo also at times can result in hair breakage. Shampoo should be applied in a way that it spreads from the hair roots to ends. Once you have done that, move your hands in a gentle manner, and generate lather. Do not handle hair roughly and don't rub them together unnecessarily when generating lather as this can result in damage and tangling. After cleaning hair for 2 to 3 minutes with lather, rinse thoroughly with water. Make sure that no trace of shampoo is left on the scalp. Always use minimal required shampoo so that it doesn't stay away unnecessarily.
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æ A lot of people do not use conditioner after shampooing, thinking that this makes hair weak. However, this is not true. Conditioner helps complete the nutritional cycle of hair, and also enhance the hair shine and hair texture. When applying conditioner, be careful that the conditioner does not enter the scalp skin. It damages the hair quite considerably. æ Be sure to wash off the conditioner a minute after applying. The conditioner should be
removed completely. Be even more careful than shampoo and rinse off the conditioner thoroughly. æ Rubbing wet hair rigorously with towel can cause substantial hair breakage. Note that
in wet state hair are most soft and weak. After washing hair, wipe them off softly.
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Chapter 4- Common myths & facts associated with hair loss Herbal shampoos are chemical free Regardless of being herbal or non-herbal, any shampoo that generates lather, always contains detergents and chemicals. Herbal shampoo is no exception to this. The truth is that foam or lather cannot be generated without the use of chemicals or detergents. Most of the shampoos contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS). SLS is commonly used in any task requiring the removal of oily stains and residues, and is essentially used as an engine degreaser, floor cleaner, and as car wash soap. In order to avoid the application of detergents or chemicals, one should search for shampoos that do not contain SLS. Alternatively, a home-made hair cleansing technique, using Soap Nut (Botanical Name: Sapindus mucorosai), Acacia (Botanical Name: Acacia Concinna) and rosemary, can also be used for effective and safe hair cleaning. Daily application of oil makes hair healthy Daily application of oil can makes hair heavy and dirty. It should be noted that oil should only be applied 2-3 times a week. Moreover, claiming that hair length increases with application of hair oil is also an exaggerated fact.
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Use of Protein enriched shampoos A number of shampoos claim to contain extra protein in them. What has to be noted here is that while washing, the protein claimed to be contained in the shampoo does not enter the hair or its roots, so the main role of shampoos get restricted to only cleaning the external surface of the hair. Hair does need protein, but it essentially comes from a good diet. Going bald or cutting hair frequently triggers hair growth Many people, especially men thrive to shave or cut their hair at frequent intervals, while going through serious hair loss problems. Unfortunately, it is believed that short hair reduces hair fall and promotes hair growth. However, this is a misconception - the truth is that trimming your hair or shaving it frequently, does not have any effect on hair fall. Shampoo should not stay for long Most people wash off shampoo either immediately as they apply, or keep it in the hair for too long. It is thought that prolonged application of shampoo in hair can benefit the hair. But the fact is that the contact time of shampoo to hair should be neither less nor more than five minutes. This allows appropriate time for cleaning of dirt in the hair. Dandruff can be removed by oiling the hair Hormone level changes during youth make the scalp oily and cause dandruff. People think applying oil in hair can help them get rid of dandruff, but it is not true. Oil does not help remove dandruff in any way.
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“HAIR AGAIN!” Reverse Hair Loss and Restore Your Hair! By John Kelby FOREWORD I talked to many hair loss victims when I started writing this guide. Most of them went through all the same things you’re probably going through: being selfconscious, trying different ways to hide it, feeling self esteem eroding, wondering if people were commenting about it behind their back. They thought about trying different treatments like hair transplants, minoxidil, procepia, rubbing their heads with garlic…anything that might give them even a slight edge in slowing down the ever-growing tangles of hair left behind in their hair brush. There are lots of old wives tales, most of which sound silly. There is also lots of well-meaning advice being given, none of which gave me, or the others, much hope. Most of us read and researched on the internet and spent way too much money on ebook’s. Some of them have helpful advice; others were just full of useless junk or are so dry and clinical that they are impossibly boring to read. I wrote “Hair Again!” to put together everything I learned in one easy to read and really useful book. If I can save you the endless hours of reading, researching, going down blind alleys, getting discouraged, wading through the nonsense and the hype that I went through, wouldn’t it be worth it? One thing’s for sure: I would have given almost anything to have all this information put together in one place for me like it is in “Hair Again!” And let’s get realistic for a moment. We’re all different, so something that worked for me might not work for you. That’s why you’ll find a variety of methods and approaches in “Hair Again!”. And another thing: this isn’t a quick fix (unless you want to buy a hair piece – there’s info on that too!). This book is about lifestyle and nutritional changes that actually work to slow down and even stop hair loss while stimulating the growth of new hair. So once you find something that resonates with you in “Hair Again!”, be patient and give it a dedicated try for 60 to 90 days. You didn’t begin to go bald overnight, so give your system a chance to recover and get back on track by being consistent. I’m always interested in your comments and in particular, your SUCCESS with the techniques in “Hair Again!” We’re always updating our information and we’d love for your story to be part of it, especially if you have “before” and “after” pictures to share.
Anyway, dive in and GOOD LUCK with your new head of hair! Sincerely,
John Disclaimer: Use some common sense. The author is not a medical professional. He is an experienced researcher providing information for educational and informational purposes only. The author assumes no liability for your use of this information should you elect to apply it. If your hair loss or your health is outside the norm, see your health care provider immediately. “Hair Again!” is not intended to be a substitute for competent medical care, nor does it make any claims medical or otherwise regarding hair loss or hair restoration Any reference to brand names does not constitute an endorsement of that product. While most of the information contained in “Hair Again!” is useful for men or women, women who are nursing, pregnant or hoping to conceive should consult their health care providers prior to taking any of the supplements mentioned. Because everyone is different, the results you attain will be according to your unique body chemistry and the level of consistency and commitment you apply to healthy hair practices.
Table of Contents Chapter 1: Great Expectations: What You Will Learn in “Hair Again!” How Does Your Garden Grow? Grow The Life Cycle of a Hair It’s a Balancing Act! First Things First The Old Standby: OLIVE OIL How to Do It Puttin’ the Pig to Work Chapter 3: The Many Faces of Hair Loss Establishing a Baseline The Hamilton-Norwood Scale Beyond Male Pattern Baldness Managing Stress Quieting the Mind Meditation Chapter 4: Exploring Your Options Keratin Fibers Covering Lotions Laser Therapy P.U.V.A Therapy Synthetic Wigs Human Hair Wigs Vacuum Wigs Transplants “What’s it like?” The Good, the Bad…and the Hairy? Minoxidil and Propecia More Options to Consider Chapter 5: Quick and Easy: Over-the-Counter Hair Products Philosophical Considerations About the Products Chapter 6: Quit Starving Your Hair! Nutrition That Makes a Difference FEED ME! Eating Your Way to Better Hair The Dawn of Wisdom
Drinking Your Way to Healthier Hair Supplements: The Ground Rules Healthy Hair Supplements Homeopathic Remedies Chapter 7: The Natural Approach: Home-Made Remedies That Really Work! Big Juju! The Ancients Speak Native American Herbal Hair Tonic Procedure Using Your Native American Hair Tonic More Great Home Made Treatments Chapter 8: Getting That Tingly Feeling: More Healthy Hair Tips The Magic Key Using Gravity Oil Treatment The Yank Knock on Wood The Dermal Hammer And a Few More Home Remedies Chapter 9: Putting It All Together: Your Daily â€œHair Again!â€? Plan The 5 Minute a Day Healthy Hair Habit Chapter 10: Some Final Thoughts: The Common Sense Approach The Reality of it All Conclusion
Chapter One Great Expectations: What You Will Learn in “Hair Again!” This isn’t a biology text book, so we’ll only spend a little time going into what your hair is all about and look at some reasons why it might be falling out. I’m assuming you want to get started today, so in the first chapter you’ll find a simple, powerful and effective technique for cleaning your scalp, stimulating your hair follicles and making your hair look great. This one tip alone worked great for many and I’m hoping you’ll take the time to try it for yourself. I’ll cover the basic types of hair loss that come from your DNA or are caused by disease. That way you’ll get an immediate handle on what your particular form of hair loss is as well as the best way to address it. Because many types of hair loss come from stress, you’ll learn some simple but effective ways to handle the stress that may be affecting you. What are your options? You’ll learn the basics about wigs, transplants, various therapies and some of the most popular hair loss remedies and why they might not be a good idea for you. You’ll also learn about a powerful and effective Native American hair tonic, with complete instructions for making it and using it. I’m a big proponent of natural products and therapies. They are almost always less expensive, are easy to make and to use, and best of all, THEY WORK with minimal or no side effects. Now I realize you may not have the same mindset I do, so I’ve included some quick and easy over-the-counter remedies you can try today. Brands come and go so I can’t guarantee you’ll find everything I’ve listed in this section, but these are the most popular and readily available brands. You’ll learn some tips on how to use them and even how to get your favorite brand for less. Do you realize you may be starving your hair? You’ll learn all about the Healthy Hair Diet: delicious foods that support healthy hair growth and slow down hair loss, and what foods you should consider losing instead of your hair! Supplements are really important for ensuring that proper nutrition is getting to your hair. You’ll find a detailed list of supplements that have helped me and others that you can print out for handy reference. There’s even information on homeopathic remedies that have proven to be effective. In The Natural Approach section (my favorite), we’ll dive into a sea of natural lotions, tonics and other remedies you can easily make at home. These are
recipes that work for me and for others – there’s bound to be something here that’ll work for you. Why poison your body with chemicals or throw your endocrine system out of whack with artificial hormones? Do you really want the side effects that come along with those treatments? In my opinion the point is that putting your body back in balance with natural substances allows it to heal itself. And when your body heals itself, that’s the kind of healing that lasts. What kind of hair do you have? Your hair type will determine what type of care you need to give it. You’ll also learn about a simple scalp exercise that revitalizes your hair follicles and moves you toward getting your hair loss under control. Putting it All Together details a regular daily plan for getting back to a full head of hair. You’ll learn about the Fifteen Minute Healthy Hair Habit, the “Hair Again!” Maintenance Program and Getting That Tingly Feeling – more hair and scalp exercises that you’ll want to try. C’mon – let’s get started!
Chapter Two Introducing – Your Hair! Understanding what your hair IS will help you understand how to reverse hair loss and how to work you way towards a healthy head of hair. I’m not going to get into a scientific discourse here, but there are some things you’ll find helpful to know. How Does Your Garden Grow? Each of your hairs grows out of a follicle, a bulb-shaped structure at the base of the hair which anchors it into the scalp. The dermal papilla (I promise I won’t get too technical on you) feeds the follicle through a network of fine blood vessels drawing blood from deeper inside the scalp. If the blood supply is obstructed, your hair can’t grow properly. And if there aren’t the right kinds or right quantities of nutrients in the blood, your hair will be weak, perhaps even refuse to grow. Start adding blood-borne toxins into the mix and the hair you still have begins to fall out. We’ll address all these problems with simple and practical methods that will turn your hair problems around in short order. Meanwhile, let’s get back to the normal hair you have. The Life Cycle of a Hair Every hair on your head starts growing at the rate of about half an inch a month. If you’re generally healthy, an individual hair will keep growing for about five to seven months before it goes into a resting phase that lasting about three months. About 15% of the hair on your head is in its resting phase and sheds at the rate of around a hundred hairs per day, while about 85% of your hair is in its growing phase at any given time. At the end of its three month resting phase, the hair gives up the ghost and falls out. A new hair begins growing in its place – if the hair follicle is healthy and unclogged - and the entire cycle repeats itself. It’s a Balancing Act! Remember the seesaw you played on as a kid? Imagine one shaped like an “X” that balances in four directions. That’s the way your hair is. Healthy hair is
balanced in its four essential components: protein, acid balance (pH), sebum and moisture. Too much or too little of one or more of these components and the seesaw tips, giving you a bad hair day. You already know what your hair looks like when it’s healthy. It’s shiny and manageable, right? That means the hair’s surface is smooth and nonporous, which comes from healthy protein levels, your scalp is properly protected by its acid mantle, the hair is properly lubricated with sebum and it has the right moisture content. Let me explain. Protein Healthy hair is about 97% keratin, the same protein that makes up your fingernails. There are any number of factors that can damage the structure of your hair, causing it to lose keratin. When that happens, your hair becomes weak and brittle. Moisture Content The moisture content of your hair can be as low as three percent if you live in the desert or as high as fourteen percent if you live in the tropics. It all depends upon the humidity of the air, but when its moisture content is correct, your hair will be elastic and easy to manage. Too little moisture and the hair’s fibrous structure is compromised, becoming brittle, tangled and easily broken. Sebum Your skin has sebaceous glands that secrete sweat, ear wax and a very important substance in the scalp called sebum. This natural oil travels by capillary action up the hair, just like the mercury in a thermometer. Sebum protects your hair against sun, rain and wind, seals in the hair’s moisture and lubricates the hair externally, keeping friction and wear at a minimum. When your sebum is messed up, so is your hair. The Acid Mantle The fourth component is the acid mantle, the environment on your scalp and on the surface of each hair. When you mix sweat and sebum, the resulting acid/alkaline balance (pH) leans slightly towards the acid, producing the ideal pH for healthy hair. When everything else is in balance, a healthy acid mantle means strong and flexible hair. Believe me when I say there’s plenty more technical information about hair, in fact way more information than you need or even care about. This basic information however, will help you understand just why the exercises, lotions, tonics, nutrients and other approaches in "Hair Again!" can work for you. This old remedy worked for me and my friends, and I bet it will work for you too.
First Things First Something’s out of balance with your scalp and your hair, otherwise you wouldn’t be having the problems you’re having. What needs to happen first is for you to clean your hair and scalp of excess sebum, stimulate the blood supply to the hair and clean out your pores and follicles. If you take the time to incorporate the routine I’m about to share with you and stay with it for two to three weeks, you’ll lay the groundwork for the other methods in “Hair Again!” to really take hold and go to work for you. The Old Standby: OLIVE OIL! One of the most common hair problems is an excess of sebum clogging your hair follicles, your hair and your scalp. Now, you can spend all kinds of money on expensive oils and shampoos if you want, but it’s been proved down through the years that pure olive oil does an excellent job of cleaning out your follicles and restoring your scalp’s integrity. Olive oil is a monoglyceride, which is why it’s a great choice for anyone wanting to eliminate cholesterol- producing oils from their diets. It is easily used and assimilated by your body and by your hair. And if you’re plagued with dandruff, as most hair loss sufferers are, olive oil’s antioxidant properties will quickly neutralize the bacteria that may be aggravating your condition. Olive oil is also a terrific natural lubricant. When you use it to massage your scalp, the excess sebum will begin to break up and migrate away from your clogged follicles. At the same time, any buildup of dead skin or other matter clogging your pores will break up and be washed away. How to Do It It really doesn’t matter what type of olive oil you use. Just get whatever brand is available. Each night before you go to bed: 1) Warm up a capful or two of olive oil on your fingers by briskly rubbing the fingers of both hands together for about ten seconds. 2) Gradually work over your entire scalp using your fingers, not your palms, vigorously massaging your hair at the roots and working the olive oil into your
scalp. This will clean out your hair follicles. and warm up as needed.
Add more olive oil to your fingers
3) Once your entire scalp has been thoroughly massaged, begin working the olive oil from the roots out to the tips of your hairs. Just use the oil already present, no need to add more. If you use the right amount of oil, most of it will be absorbed and you won’t need to worry about staining your pillow. If you’re worried about it, just lay a towel on your pillow for now until you get the feel for the right amount of olive oil to use. That’s it! Just go to sleep and in the morning, shower and shampoo as you normally do. You’ll wash out all the broken-up sebum and other junk loosened by the massage and your scalp will start coming alive again. You’ll want to make this pleasant massage a habit each night for the next two weeks in preparation for the other therapies in "Hair Again!". You’re laying a solid foundation on which to rebuild a healthy head of hair. Puttin’ the Pig to Work One of the most valuable weapons you can have in your hair restoration arsenal is a boar bristle brush. If you’ve never seen one before, a boar bristle brush uses the stiff hairs from a wild boar’s back instead of using synthetic bristles. You’ll spend a bit more money on a genuine boar bristle brush than you would on a synthetic one, but it will last you for years. And there’s no need to break the bank buying a 100% boar bristle brush. You can also get mixed natural/synthetic brushes for a lot less and still enjoy the benefits of the boar bristles. Boar bristle has a unique property that synthetic brushes simply can’t replicate: it will very effectively drag the sebum away from the roots while giving your scalp a great massage. Also, the boar bristles continue the same job they had on the pig’s back: retaining moisture and repelling oils. Your boar bristle brush will also trap dirt and particles as you brush, so you’ll want to clean it regularly with shampoo and let it dry thoroughly before each use. A boar bristle brush is easy to use. Simply brush your hair from roots to tips and watch the sebum getting properly distributed over the surface of each hair where it belongs instead of clogging your follicles. Your hair will begin to shine and become flexible and strong. The old wives’ tale of brushing your hair 100 strokes each night probably has some validity. I never took it to that extreme, but you’ll
discover that a thorough, firm but gentle brushing will begin to work wonders for your hair and leave your scalp tingling. You’ll want to be certain to untangle your hair before brushing by using a widetooth comb or your fingers, because a boar bristle brush won’t untangle your hair. You’ll just snag and break hair unnecessarily. Brush in small sections, working from the roots to the tips with long, firm strokes. Boar bristle hair brushes are easy to find in any store that has a hair care section. You can also go online and find some great brushes. My hair stylist swears by the hand-made Mason Pearson brushes, and, I have to admit I really like the one I have. But you don’t have to spend a ton of money on a boar bristle brush. Just Google “boar bristle hairbrush” and you’ll get inundated with varieties in all price ranges, from 100% bristle to natural/synthetic mixtures. So, what kind of hair loss is bugging you? We’ll find out in chapter three!
Chapter Three The Many Faces of Hair Loss Determining which type of hair loss you suffer from can be helpful in determining what course of action to take in order to best remedy your situation. Establishing a Baseline You will find it very useful if you take the time to establish a baseline. Grab your digital camera and take a dozen or so photos of your hair from the front, the sides, the back and the top. Try to cover every angle in good light. A good set of photos will be invaluable for gauging your progress as hair starts to regrow. Believe me - you’ll be encouraged when you compare a photo of yourself from three months ago with a photo of the same “problem spot” today. The Hamilton-Norwood Scale We could go into all the fancy Latin names they’ve come up with to describe Male Pattern Baldness, but a picture, as they say, is worth a thousand words. Enter the Hamilton-Norwood scale. This handy reference scale was developed by Dr. James Hamilton back in the ‘50’s and twenty years later was updated and revised by Dr. O’Tar Norwood.
There are seven levels of hair loss depicted in the Hamilton-Norwood scale.
Norwood I shows a normal head of hair with no visible hair loss. Norwood II shows the hair receding in a wedge-shaped pattern. Norwood III shows the same receding pattern as Norwood III, except the hairline has receded deeper into the frontal area and the temporal area. Norwood IV shows the hairline receding more dramatically in the frontal region and temporal area than Norwood III and there is the beginning of a bald spot at the back of the head. Norwood V shows the same pattern as Norwood IV but with much-reduced hair density. Norwood VI The strip of hair connecting the two sides of the head that existed in Norwood IV and V no longer exists in Norwood VI. Norwood VII shows hair receding all the way back to the base of the head and the sides just above the ears. Beyond Male Pattern Baldness While men are subject to the genetic testosterone-based effects of Male Pattern Baldness, women can experience hair loss through too much perming and excessive use of hair coloring or bleach. Severe emotional stress and hormonal changes as well can lead to hair loss in women, as can toovigorous brushing, which eventually causes the hair to weaken and break. Another type of baldness affecting both men and women is called traction alopecia, which is caused by excessive strain on the scalp. You’ll find this comes from tight ponytails, corn-rowing or tight braiding of hair and from curling the hair too tightly with rollers. If that’s your problem, you really need to loosen up! Another increasingly common cause of hair loss is associated with stress and trauma, two factors on the rise in our modern culture. But you can also bring this upon yourself by obsessively worrying about your hair loss, real or imagined. The more you fear it, the more likely it is to happen. We’ll address some practical solutions for stress in just a bit. One other culprit you should be aware of is a condition resulting from autoimmune disease, where the immune system gets so busy and confused it actually starts attacking the body. Alopecia areata is the Latin term for it, and one of its early signs will be problems with your fingernails. Remember that your fingernails are made of the same protein – keratin – as your hair? Your hair
follicles soon come under attack by your immune system and a small round patch of hair will fall out, sometimes overnight, anywhere hair grows on your body. Women are no exception when it comes to hair loss, though their problems tend to manifest differently. Typically the hair will begin to thin on top of the head, this area gradually spreading as the hair thins out and becomes fine. While the hair doesn’t fall out as in male pattern baldness, it becomes so thin that the scalp may be clearly seen. Alopecia androgenetica, as it’s called, can be brought on by hormonal imbalance or by our old friend, DNA. “Toxic alopecia” is the technical term for hair loss brought on by ingesting certain chemicals and pharmaceuticals. It can also be a response to ravaging diseases such as leprosy, typhoid fever, syphilis, advanced dysentery and malaria. We all know people who, when battling cancer and receiving chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment, lose all their hair. The same thing can happen as a result of arsenic poisoning, which is most common in those who work around chemicals used for raising farm animals or who have extensive exposure to the chemicals in paints, dyes, pigments and assorted wood preservatives. Another culprit causing toxic hair loss is thallium, a highly toxic metallic salt. Thallium’s popularity as a murder weapon (both in fiction and in real life) has earned it the nickname of “Inheritance Powder” and “The Poisoner’s Poison”. Thallium is widely used in the electronics industry, in pharmaceuticals and in manufacturing glass, rat poison and insecticides. If you work in these industries or use rat poison and insecticides incautiously, your exposure to thallium may be causing your hair loss. Parasites can also be devastating for your hair. A parasitic condition is normally relatively easy to diagnose and treat by your doctor, though you may wish to examine your activities, habits and even your living environment if parasites are taking over your hair. You need to understand that anyone can pick up parasites. They’re in your lawn, in the dirt, on your dog or cat and even in the air. If you routinely handle your pets, just make sure to wash your hands when playtime is over. Eating undercooked pork or shellfish can let parasites sneak into your system. Bug bites of all kinds can introduce parasites into your bloodstream. Intimacy with an infected person is another surefire way to give parasites a new home. Watch for parasitic symptoms like anal rashes or itching, broken skin around the anus, persistent digestive disorders and chronic and debilitating fatigue. The list of symptoms goes on for pages, but there’s one you already know about: hair loss. Check with your doctor if you suspect you have parasites. There are effective treatments available that will quickly rid you of your unwanted guests.
Instead of suffering from parasites, genetic disease or hormonal imbalance, stress and toxic reactions, you may be one of the relatively fortunate folks who simply aren’t getting enough of the right nutrition. We’ll cover that in detail later, but the good news is that when you get your nutrition right, your hair follicles will come back on line and begin happily growing hair again. There can be strictly physical reasons as well to explain your hair loss. An accident, bad fall or even misaligned teeth can result in considerable and often unconscious tension in your neck, shoulders and back. This tension impairs the blood supply to your head, affecting your brain and your scalp. The result ends up in your hair brush. If you have mercury-based amalgam fillings in your teeth, the mercury is decidedly toxic and can literally kill your hair over time. You may wish to consider having your fillings removed and replaced with a less lethal substance. There are many dentists today who specialize in this procedure. There are many more factors which can lead to hair loss, but it all boils down to this: either the factors are internal (e.g. genetics, psychological condition, hormonal imbalance, faulty nutrition) or they’re external (e.g. mechanical stress on your hair, toxins, parasites). Either way, there is a solution for whatever is assaulting your hair. You just have to identify the “why” of your hair loss to find the “how” of restoring your hair. Before we move on, however, let’s address one of the single largest factors affecting each one of us, whether it brings about hair loss or just poisons every aspect of your life: stress. Managing Stress In our busy culture, stress-inducing situations seem to target us from every direction, in endless variety. Job, family, finances, other’s expectations, you don’t need me to detail your stresses because you know them all too well. The question is, what are you doing about it? That query isn’t meant to evoke guilt. That’s just more stress you definitely don’t need. But I have found that many people get so caught up in the drama and stress filling their lives that they have no idea whatsoever how to step off the merry-go-round and reclaim the perspective they need. If you’re totally and completely free from stress, then you might as well skip to the next chapter. You are one in a million and a truly blessed individual. But if you’re like me, you could really use a break from the problems that are pulling you in ten directions at once.
Sometimes when I talk to people about relieving stress, I’ll hear, “I’m just too busy. I don’t have time for this!” If that’s you talking, then that sentiment is a dead give-away that you need to make the time! Too often, people respond to stress by drinking, abusing drugs, abusing themselves or those close to them. Or maybe they just internalize it all and their bodies respond with illness, or possibly…hair loss. In any case, the destructive cycle makes them feel worse and pollutes everything in their lives. If this is you, it could be that you’ve forgotten how to quiet your mind. Quieting the Mind Why not make an investment in your well-being and carve out some time for yourself? Quieting the mind is a powerful and extremely useful pursuit. It doesn’t necessarily have to be for spiritual purposes, although spirituality seems to spring naturally from such practice. Whatever you enjoy that relaxes you and is not harmful, do it. Often stress is quickly remedied by regular exercise. A sunset walk, morning bike ride or some other noncompetitive exercise releases stress held in your musculature. Follow your exercise with a hot shower or an extended soak in the tub. Turn off the rap music and the pounding heavy metal and let silence or soft, gentle music bathe your mind just like you are bathing your body. Or make the time to get a professional (non-sexual) massage. You may be surprised at how much unconscious tension has been wracking your body, especially when it disappears. The point is, finding ways to slow down your mind can be a lot of fun. Let your imagination inform you. You have to decide consciously to set aside your stress each day, even if it’s just for five minutes. Don’t worry. It’ll still be there when you’re ready to pick it up again. But it might be useful to ask yourself the simple question “Why?” We all have our reasons, and some of them may even be pretty good ones. Just make the time to become quiet, and you’ll soon find yourself much better able to handle not only stress, but everything else in your life as well.
Meditation This book is not intended to be a course in meditation. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t give you a quick overview of the subject, as I sincerely believe meditation can be an important ingredient in the process of hair restoration. Of course, the classic mind-quieting pursuit is meditation. Too often, though, meditation comes with all kinds of extra cultural baggage that requires a good deal of adjustment. Follow your instincts on this one, but basic meditation is really quite simple and is very effective at lowering blood pressure, removing stress and awakening oneself to the finer qualities of mind and spirit. To experience meditation, simply sit quietly in a comfortable position, spine erect, eyes closed, all distractions put off for now. Ear plugs may help blot out the sound of the world around you. Breathe through your nose. Let your closed eyes comfortably focus between and above your eyebrows as you begin to “watch” your breath. In…out…in…out… You’ll find your mind wandering, and the inner dialogue seems to ramp up as, from a place of increasing quietness, you begin noticing the chatter. When your mind gets busy, simply bring your awareness back to your breath. “Watch” your breath. You may notice that every time your mind gets busy, your eyes are looking down. Refocus them between and above your eyebrows. After some time and practice your breath may become more and more shallow until it actually seems to stop. Don’t worry about this if it happens – it’s a good thing! You won’t suffocate, nor will your heart stop. Just simply dwell in that “breathless” space for as long as you feel comfortable doing so. Rather than trying to do a lot or getting frustrated that “It’s just dark in here!” or “Nothing’s happening!” (That’s the point), under-do! Meditate just a couple of minutes a day, but try to do it at the same time each day in order to train your body to accept that specific time as a quiet time. You may or may not see images or even hear sounds. That’s not the goal. Those are just things that happen. Just stay with it, a little bit every day, and a year from now you will be a very different person. OK. Snuff out your incense and let’s have a look at some of the many physical options available to hair loss sufferers.
Chapter Four Exploring Your Options It used to be you just had to accept growing bald, or maybe, buy an ill-fitting wig that fooled no one. Things have changed! Today’s options are many and varied, and one of them is going to be right for you. Keratin Fibers One of the quickest, simplest and least expensive remedies is to apply a masking agent to cover your hair loss. When your scalp shines visibly through your thinning hair, you can apply keratin fibers. Keratin is the same protein your hair is made of. The fibers cling by static electricity to your scalp and hair, covering the shine of your scalp and giving your hair a bulkier appearance. They’re also available in virtually any color, so you should have no problem finding a match. There are many different brands, but one of the most popular is Toppik (http:// www.toppik.com/toppik.asp). Most masking agents like Toppik are resistant to wind, rain and sweat and stay tenaciously in place until you wash them out with shampoo. Covering Lotions Along the same lines, covering lotion, a film industry trick of the trade is widely used to cover the shine of balding scalps. It’s also very useful after hair transplant surgery to bolster your scalp’s appearance until the transplants take hold. Most covering lotions are formulated to not clog your pores or follicles while allowing for normal hair growth. Various thickening shampoos are also available that give your hair more fullness. Laser Therapy Hand-held laser devices, which are beginning to appear on the market, are said to stimulate the hair follicles and improve your hair’s appearance with a couple of fifteen minute sessions per week. Technically, this is known as “low level laser light therapy”. Typical claims say you’ll experience thicker, fuller hair in six weeks. Proponents maintain these are safe to use in conjunction with chemical therapies like Rogaine or Propecia, and involve no pain, feelings of heat or other unpleasant side effects. These devices tend to be rather expensive, plus I’ve never tried one so I can’t vouch for their effectiveness. But they may well be worth a try. In the end, it’s all about
stimulating your scalp, and in my opinion you can do that just as effectively and for a whole lot less money just by trying some of the exercises in this book. P.U.V.A Therapy P.U.V.A. is a form of light therapy for patients who have suffered hair loss because of skin pathologies like psoriasis. Psoralen Ultra-Violet Radiation therapy is demanding of your time, requiring two to three sessions per week for at least twenty weeks. Psoralen is a light sensitizing drug you take before each session: this leaves you vulnerable to the rays of direct sunlight for a while after each treatment. While positive results can be obtained, the success rate is not encouraging. Hair growth, if any, can be spotty. Unfortunately, as soon as your treatment comes to an end, any new hair will usually fall out again. The side effects can be unpleasant as well, with burning, blistering, nausea and stinging being just a few of the commonly reported symptoms. For me personally, I’d buy a wig before I’d undergo P.U.V.A. therapy! Wigs There may be a bit of a psychological hurdle in deciding to purchase a wig, kind of like when I had to get my first pair of bifocals. The bifocals were confirmation that I was getting older, and a wig means admitting you have a serious hair problem. But a wig may be a viable solution, according to your circumstances while you work on restoring your hair. If you live in a metropolitan area, you should have no problem finding a shop that specializes in fitting and selling wigs. These shops will typically have cubicles where you can try on different wigs away from prying eyes, though you should be aware that some shops charge for this “privilege” while others don’t. Maybe they get a lot of tire kickers or folks who are just messing around trying on wigs for fun. If you indicate you’re a serious customer, most shops will waive the fee as a courtesy – especially if you are a serious customer! You’ll be faced with a number of choices at a wig shop. “Do I get a synthetic wig or one made of human hair? And what exactly is a vacuum wig?” Let’s take a look at each.
Synthetic Wigs Synthetic wigs are the most widely available and affordable variety. They tend to hold up quite well to the weather and they’re simple to care for. Just comb out your wig and then give it a quick cold water wash with shampoo – basically, just letting it soak for about five minutes. Rinse it out with cold water and give it a shake over your tub, then pat it dry with a towel. You’ll want to give your wig another shake to fluff it out a bit, then put it on its stand to air dry. One recent development with synthetic wigs is weaving the “hair” into a monofilament base, allowing your scalp to be visible. This makes for a much more natural look. One thing that will destroy that natural look in a hurry though is heat. Synthetic hair will frizz out if you have repeated close exposure to heat sources like ovens, fireplaces, grills and the like. Also, synthetic hair tends to get a matted look after repeated exposure to skin or clothing. If you don’t mind the extra work, you can extend your synthetic wig’s life by combing out the back each night. You’ll want to spray some wig conditioner on it and then untangle the strands by combing them out with your fingers. Synthetic wigs are fitted tightly to your head, and frankly, having the blood supply restricted to your scalp isn’t the greatest idea if you’re trying to regrow hair. A synthetic wig can also depart suddenly in a gust of wind, and it makes a rather poor swimming cap – it’ll float away in the opposite direction unless you keep your head high and dry. With reasonable care, you can expect your synthetic wig to last about three months before needing replacement. Tip: buy two wigs instead of one, then when you switch out it’ll match what people expect you to look like. You’ll probably want to pick up another identical wig as soon as you go to the replacement just to be safe. You wouldn’t want to come to the end of your wig’s life and wait a month for the back order to be filled! Human Hair Wigs Because of their expense and limited availability, human hair wigs don’t offer the same range of styles and colors as the synthetics. A human hair wig certainly has a more natural look, but there are some disadvantages you should be aware of. The first one you’ll run into is cost. There’s no sense in quoting prices here due to the rapidly changing economy, but trust me, they’re expensive. Since these wigs are made of real hair, you have to treat them just like real hair, which means shampooing and restyling each night. They are no more reliable than synthetic wigs when it comes to gusting wind and swimming, and their life span is about the same as (perhaps a tad longer than) synthetics.
Whether you buy a synthetic or a human hair wig, stay away from those that have a fixed part. I’ve never seen one yet that looked real, and I’ll bet you haven’t either. Part it yourself or get your stylist to work on it for you. I know one thing I’ve worried about and that we’ve already touched on: wigs versus wind and water. There’s probably nothing more embarrassing than losing your hair unexpectedly. That’s where vacuum wigs come in. Vacuum Wigs Vacuum wigs are, in my opinion, the way to go if you’re going to invest in a wig. They are literally molded to the shape of your head, allowing them to suck right down onto your scalp. That gives you a nice sense of security, though you may have to mortgage the house to buy one. We’re talking four figures here, but when you’ve tried the others and are just tired of dealing with their disadvantages, maybe the cost will be worth it to you. Vacuum wigs use human hair, of course. It would be an insult to use anything else at that price! Getting fit for a vacuum wig is an involved process. You can expect to invest several hours on your first visit just having an exact plaster cast of your scalp made. Once that’s finished, you’ll return on your next visit to verify that the wig’s base is a perfect fit, and of course, choose your new hair color. Once it’s all put together you’ll return for a final fitting and have your wig customstyled exactly the way you want it. You’ll have to admit – it looks pretty darned good! Of course, since it’s called a vacuum wig, that means it won’t make a vacuum unless your head is as smooth as a billiard ball. You’ll have to keep your head smoothly shaved to achieve the level of suction – and security – necessary. Transplants Being a medical procedure, a hair transplant operation is something better discussed with the surgeon doing the procedure. We’ll cover some basics here, so hopefully you can make an informed decision about whether a transplant is right for you. Hair transplants have come a long way since they were first attempted in pre-war Japan. Transplants today, done at the follicle level, are called “micro-grafting” and mimic the natural groupings of hair on the scalp. Donor hair is taken from an area on your scalp where healthy hair still grows and is then grafted in at about fifty percent coverage (the highest practical density), achieving the appearance of nearly full hair density when the process is complete.
Typically you will meet with your surgeon to discuss your goals and the outcome you expect from the procedure; then your surgeon will develop a plan. Your personal plan will involve surgical procedures scheduled every four to six months, thus giving the transplants a chance to take, eventually reaching the desired density of coverage. “What’s it like?” The donor portion of your scalp where healthy hair still grows will be targeted to have a narrow strip removed under a local anesthetic. The small surgical wound will be sutured and will result in a thin, horizontal scar that is scarcely noticeable. Your surgeon will be careful to leave normal-density hair growing on either side of the scar line. Once you’ve healed, even your stylist will be hard-pressed to find the harvesting scars. Under high magnification, the strip of scalp will be carefully divided into its natural grouping of hairs (or follicular units). The resulting follicular units are then placed in a chilled saline solution. Meanwhile, the surgeon has been preparing the grafting site on your upper scalp. Many small incisions with a special needle are made in your upper scalp. Each of these incisions will mimic the natural angle and direction of your hair growth in preparation for the follicular units to be grafted in. Each incision and each graft is carefully sized for a snug fit, meaning normally you won’t be bandaged. You can expect a small scab at each graft point, and these scabs will take a week to ten days to heal. The surgeon will also trim each hair prior to grafting so you won’t have to worry about snagging your hair each time you shampoo or comb it. The scary part is that your newly grafted hair will fall out within two weeks of the procedure. Don’t worry though. It will begin to grow again in three to four months, which is your sign that the next round of surgery is due. Hair transplants are expensive and are not a quick fix, but the results are impressive, long-lasting and quite satisfying. The Good, the Bad…and the Hairy? Minoxidil and Propecia Due to the massive amounts of advertising revenue generated by the hair-loss pharmaceutical trade, chances are you knew about the existence of Minoxidil (Rogaine) and Propecia long before your hair started to slide down the shower drain. Set aside those TV images of male models with glamorous women running their fingers through Mr. Studly’s thick, wavy (and oh, so sexy) hair. Let’s take a
balanced look at these two hair-loss remedies away from the spotlights and hype. Minoxidil (perhaps better known by its trade name, Rogaine) started out as a prescription tablet to treat ulcers. But one of its early side effects was expanding the blood vessels, so it soon became preferred as a treatment for high blood pressure. But when Upjohn noticed that excessive hair growth occurred in over 80% of the patients taking Loniten (Minoxidil’s earliest form), that little light bulb snapped on and Rogaine was born. Hair growth caused by Loniten occurred all over the body: back, arms, head, eyebrows and anywhere else hair would grow. By creating a liquid from the hairinducing properties of Loniten, non-prescription Rogaine could be topically applied in problem areas and the hair growth controlled. The best part (for Upjohn) was that Rogaine had to be applied for at least three months before the customer could expect hair to reappear. Ninety days of product sales on spec per customer was, and is, a real windfall! Rogaine works best for those with spotty hair loss, but in clinical trials only one third of users showed any significant benefits. They still haven’t figured out exactly why it works - or in the case of the majority of users, why it doesn’t work. Some of its effects are a bit daunting as well. Users have reported inflamed skin, racing heart beat, chest pains and…wait for it…HAIR LOSS! “Oh well” you may be thinking. “Then I’ll just take Propecia.” Propecia is a drug which blocks the formation of 5 DHT, a male hormone found in excess in those with male pattern hair loss. There’s an enzyme in your testosterone that converts your go-juice into 5 DHT. Propecia nips that enzyme in the bud, stopping the formation of 5 DHT dead in its tracks. One of the problems with Propecia is that if you are lucky enough to experience any hair growth, you’d better keep taking it. If you stop, any regrown hair, more than likely, will fall out. Also, since it’s a male hormone, Propecia has zero effect on women. That is, zero positive effect. In fact, the warning label on Propecia states: "Women who are pregnant or may be pregnant must not take Propecia, handle crushed or broken tablets or handle tablets with wet hands. If the active ingredient in Propecia is absorbed after swallowing the tablet or through the skin by a woman who is pregnant with a male baby, it may cause the male baby to be born with abnormalities of the sex organs. If a pregnant woman swallows Propecia, handles crushed or broken tablets or handles tablets with wet hands, her doctor must be consulted immediately. Do not give Propecia to children or women".
Propecia’s side effects aren’t great news for guys either. They include decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction and dwindling semen production. More Options to Consider You may also hear about various irritants that can be painted on your scalp to induce an allergic reaction. This is supposed to confuse the immune system into ceasing its attack on the hair follicles. If it works at all (about one third of patients respond to treatment), hair growth is usually patchy, and once again, your new hair stops growing as soon as the treatment stops. But don’t worry: the side effects aren’t nearly as bad as those from some of the other remedies. You can expect the treated areas to itch like crazy as they develop a monumental case of dandruff, while you enjoy continuous burning sensations on your scalp and, with a little luck, swollen glands as well. And then there are steroids, which can be ingested as pills, injected into your scalp or applied as a cream. Regardless of which method you choose, the steroids end up coursing through your body where their primary mission is to suppress your immune system. Steroids can be life saving if you are suffering from Addison’s disease (your adrenal glands shut down cortisone production) or anaphylactic shock (a sudden and deadly drop in blood pressure that, if untreated, can kill you within minutes). Steroids are quite difficult to wean yourself from and require as long as two years of very gradual reduction in dosage so as to encourage your body to begin manufacturing its own cortisone again. They also come with a host of side effects, only a few of which include: diabetes, brittle bones, high blood pressure, manic depressive episodes, impotence and (trumpet fanfare)…HAIR LOSS! It seems like a truly high price to pay for uncertain benefits, but you’ll have to be the judge. You may be an ideal candidate for one of the foregoing remedies, so get with your doctor and talk things over. Perhaps now you know why I tend to be a proponent of natural remedies? Before we go into all the really fun stuff you can make yourself, let’s visit your local drugstore and see what your options are for over-the-counter products.
Chapter Five Quick and Easy: Over-the-Counter Hair Products Philosophical Considerations As we look at the various over-the-counter remedies, there are a couple factors to consider especially when it comes to shampoos. It makes sense to me that if possible, any shampoo you use should have a natural and preferably organic base and natural ingredients. You’re already loaded with chemicals inside and out, and some of those chemicals could very well be contributing to your hair loss. Why add to the mix? You’ll want to check if the product is biodegradable. If it doesn’t break down in the environment, then it’s going to stay forever in one form or another on your scalp and hair. Not so good in my opinion. You may part company with me philosophically on these next two points, but I personally feel that ingredients derived from animals aren’t a good choice. Neither are products that involve testing of laboratory animals. That’s something to work out with your own conscience. About the Products Remember those baseline photos you took of your hair? You’ll want to have those handy to reference any progress you make with these products. Please bear in mind that I am not shilling for these companies, nor in mentioning their products am I necessarily endorsing them. They are simply some of the more popular and commonly available products for guys like you and me. Rather than me giving you a bunch of web sites that carry these products, just Google the product name for your best price, quickest shipping or whatever else is important to you. The hair-loss product market is fiercely competitive; web sites come and go, and what you need is today’s best choices, not something that may be out of date by the time you read this. “Thicker Fuller Hair” has a variety of shampoos, gels, sprays and conditioners, all of which work great. They’ve recently made a few changes to their formula which most agree have improved it, though I’m not sure why they’ve put caffeine in their shampoo’s new formula. Maybe that’ll wake up your hair.
“Fat Hair” is another popular product line, and their mousse really does the job. They have the same variety of products as “Thicker Fuller Hair”, so you won’t lack for diversity. If you suspect that toxins or other chemicals may be contributing to your hair loss, you might consider Aveda’s “Hair Detoxifier Shampoo”. This will also remove buildup of other products from your hair, a useful starting point when you initiate a new program of treatment. American Crew makes a nice styling gel called “Citrus Mint Paste”, though that’s getting a little tough to find. The reason this list is short is because the product lines involved contain everything you may need to experiment with and because this is the stuff that works! Check eBay for some really great prices on your favorite product. Walgreens.com and drugstore.com both have opt-in email lists, and they’ll send you coupons that you can print out and use for some pretty good discounts. Hey – I don’t know about you, but absorbing all this information is making me hungry!
Chapter Six Quit Starving Your Hair! Nutrition That Makes a Difference FEED ME! Hungry hair is an easily remedied problem. The nutrients coursing through your blood and feeding your scalp and follicles have a direct effect on how your hair grows, how it looks, how long it lasts and whether it’s flexible, strong and shiny. As you begin to incorporate into your diet the foods and supplements that support healthy hair, one of the immediate benefits you’ll enjoy will be an overall improvement in your health and your sense of well-being. You’ll also enjoy watching your hair becoming healthier and, in most cases, beginning to regrow. We’ll be covering a lot of foods and supplements here. The idea isn’t to load you down with taking 50 supplements a day, but rather to give you an idea of what your body needs. Listen to your gut, talk with a nutritional therapist, get with a kinesiologist or simply experiment with different foods and supplements to see what resonates with your system. Often, when you take a supplement that your body really needs, you will feel a distinct sense of “Yes!” afterwards as your body goes to work assimilating it and putting it to use. Eating Your Way to Better Hair You can easily structure meals from the list of foods below. Also, when cooking with oil, use olive oil. It’s easy to digest, doesn’t make “bad” cholesterol and has a pleasant taste. Obviously, it would be better to eat organically if possible. Here’s a tip: you know those irritating little stickers they put on fruit? If the four-digit PLU code starts with “4”, it was grown with pesticides, herbicides and other petrochemicals. If it’s organic, it will start with a “9”. Genetically modified “frankenfoods” begin with “8”. Now you know. If you can’t buy organic produce, at least give your produce a good washing before eating. Products such as Veggie Wash or Clean Greens do a good job of removing chemicals, wax and dirt from your produce.
If you want to save some money by making your own effective produce wash, put one tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar in a cup of water. Put it in a spray bottle and shake before use. After you spray your produce, give it a thorough rinse and you’re good to go. In terms of the way you eat, consider gradually transitioning over to a low fat, high fiber diet. As you concentrate more on fresh fruits and vegetables, you’ll discover they play a key role in slowing down and stopping hair loss as you get older. The key word here is “fresh”. Canned and otherwise processed fruits and vegetables have been heated, loaded with salt and sugar, and in general have had their nutrition and vitality stripped away. You’ll want to eat foods containing biotins, which play an important role in healthy hair. You’ll find ample biotins in fish, cooked eggs, whole milk, nuts such as cashews, almonds and walnuts, in brown rice and also in oats and bran cereals. Iron-rich foods are important as well. Mollusks like clams, oysters and mussels will load you up, as will beef, pork and chicken liver. Any time you’ve eaten a meal rich in iron, you’ll want to follow it with citrus fruit of some kind - oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, lemon or lime. The vitamin C they contain, in addition to being good for your hair, is essential to complete your body’s assimilation of iron. If you want to get into some really serious health benefits, consider adding to your diet an ounce of pure wheatgrass juice, taken every morning on an empty stomach. Wheatgrass juice has literally everything your hair needs, plus it slows the graying of hair, detoxes your body and supercharges your blood. You can buy it flash-frozen on the internet or sometimes at your health food store. Flash-frozen is the best and most consistent form of top quality wheatgrass juice. High quality proteins are important too, since these are what your hair is made of. Start rebuilding your hair’s protein with lean poultry, fish, beans and nuts. Oils and unsaturated fatty acids are critically important to healthy hair. Foods rich in omega 3 and other essential fatty acids include salmon, walnuts and flaxseed. A couple tablespoons of flaxseed ground up and scattered in your salad, soup, yogurt or other food will give you concentrated amounts of omega 3 in a very easy to assimilate form. Flaxseed has a mild, nut-like flavor and is a very inexpensive way to supercharge your meals with exactly the kind of oils your hair needs. More sources of unsaturated fatty acids include cereals, soybean oil, poultry and eggs.
If you want to strengthen your hair and encourage its growth, you’ll want to add silica-rich foods to your diet. Sprouts of all kinds, potatoes (skin on), peppers and cucumbers with the rind on are all great sources of silica. Soy is another bean that strengthens your hair and aids in its growth. Soy is readily available in tofu and the many flavors of soy drinks found in most stores. Foods rich in vitamin A also play an important role in restoring your hair. You don’t want to overdose on vitamin A, so exercise that awareness. But when you get your vitamin A from natural sources (not supplements), it’s not likely you’ll overdose. Look for mangos, dried apricots, mozzarella cheese, liver, carrots, sweet potatoes, milk, spinach, egg yolks and cantaloupe. A good avocado is always a treat in a salad, in guacamole sauce or just by itself. Avocados provide exactly the proteins your hair needs and moisturizes the hair shafts. The Dawn of Wisdom Are you starting to get the idea? Whole, natural, unprocessed and, if possible, organic foods will go a long way toward restoring your hair and improving your overall health. As you start adding these types of food to your diet, you’ll naturally feel less inclined to eat foods that will undermine your quest for more hair and better health. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that sugar, coffee, refined or processed ingredients of any kind and of course, processed foods are all working against restoring your hair. So are hydrogenated and saturated fats. Instead of eating deep fried foods and feasting on junk food at the local drive-through, why not just rip out a handful of hair and get it over with? Drinking Your Way to Healthier Hair Sorry, I wasn’t talking about booze! Another essential for hair restoration and general health is hydration: are you getting enough water? Most people’s bodies are literally starving for water. They exhibit symptoms like constipation, eczema, thick dandruff, wrinkled skin, foul breath, thick dark urine…and hair loss. Your body is 98% water; why not give it what it’s made of? Drink pure water, or better yet, distilled water to keep your body properly hydrated. An easy way to quickly establish enough water in your body is to routinely drink at least eight ounces of water immediately after urinating. You’ll urinate more frequently and
clearly as your water intake rises, and you’ll hit the balance point where you know that your body has enough water. At that point, you will begin to meet your body’s hydration needs automatically. Supplements: The Ground Rules The fact that you’re experiencing hair loss is a sure indication that something isn’t quite right in the nutrition department. It’s OK to take supplements in pill form, but just be aware that your body will only absorb a small percentage of what you ingest, depending upon the state of your digestive system. Your absorption can be as low as 2%! Taking liquid vitamins or vitamins in colloidal form will boost your aborption rate up into the 80% level. Properly formulated sublingual vitamins can really go to work for you; their absorption rate is at or above 98%! Sublinguals are a bit hard to find, but CVC makes an outstanding B complex/folic acid sublingual, as does TriVita. In any case, it is far better to absorb your nutrients from a healthy diet of fresh, vital whole foods than to take fifty pills a day. But any supplementation is better than none at all, and you will see improvement. Taking supplements consistently is the key, and results are usually visible noticeable within sixty to ninety days. To start off with, find a good multivitamin for men and be religious about taking it according to directions. A good multivitamin’s scattergun approach will ensure you get at least some of what you’re missing and will back up whatever you’re lacking in your diet or supplement plan. For best results you may want to talk with someone at your health food store. Their multivitamins will cost more, but you want something that’s powerful, effective and contains all the vitamins you need. Brand-name vitamins tend to have more filler and fewer active ingredients, so it’s worth the extra expense. Find a multivitamin that contains amino acids. These are directly involved with restoring healthy hair. You’ll have to read labels and ask questions, but it’s worth the extra effort. Be certain to check how much vitamin A you’re getting in your multi. You don’t want to overdose on this vitamin by overlapping with other supplements. Here again, it’s better to get your vitamin A from food sources, but it’s OK to take your multi as well in addition to your food sources. Healthy Hair Supplements Ginseng is an ancient herbal remedy particularly useful in restoring hormonal function, something important to consider if your hair loss is genetic or caused by a hormonal imbalance.
Horsetail (equisetum) is extremely rich in silica, which fortifies the hair follicles and strengthens hair structure while stimulating increased growth. Horsetail also boosts the absorption of minerals throughout the body. Nettle is another rich source of silica and is a great conditioner for your hair, having the same basic effect as equisetum. You’ll often find nettle in combination with equisetum at the health food store. Valerian is the herb to consider if you’re experiencing stress in your life, as it has a pronounced soothing effect on the nerves. Stress starves your scalp of blood and reduces nutrients to the hair root. If you take valerian, combine it with a good B complex to maximize its effects. Zinc is usually contained in a good multivitamin, so there’s no need to take it separately. Saw Palmetto and Beta-Sitosterol caused new hair growth in about 60% of men in one study sponsored by The Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine. The levels used in the study were 400 mg of saw palmetto extract and 100 mg of beta-sitosterol per day, and results were observed after about five months of usage. Black Currant Oil supports hair growth by virtue of the presence of gammalinolenic acid. You might try about one gram a day for sixty to ninety days. Capsicum can stimulate hair growth by increasing blood flow to the scalp, accelerating growth by as much as 50%! Red Sage (danshen) is another ancient remedy said to maintain and preserve the hair you still have. You’ll see red sage as an ingredient in some of the shampoos you try. You can purchase it as a liquid and add it to your shampoo. Chinese Angelica (dong quai) naturally blocks the creation of 5 DHT, thus allowing hair to regrow. It is one of the few vegetable sources of B-12 and traditionally has been considered an aphrodesiac. There are currently no studies to back its claims, but it’s not likely to have survived thousands of years as a hair restorative remedy if it weren’t working for someone! Evening Primrose Oil is similar to black currant oil in its concentration of gamma-linolenic acid. It supports hair growth from the inside, with visible results typically reported in the sixty to ninety day range. Flaxseed Oil is readily available in liquid and tablet form; the tablet is a bit more palatable. Take about 4000 mg/day. In my opinion, the most potent and tasty way to get your flaxseed oil is as mentioned earlier: grind up a few tablespoons and sprinkle it into your food.
Fo Ti (he shou-wu) is another Chinese herb said to slow and even stop hair-loss altogether. Try taking 500 mg three times a day. Full Spectrum Enzyme Complex is a good bet if you’re not certain what enzymes you may need. Take one with each meal. Ginger is a great source of essential fatty acids. It has been shown to boost blood circulation and stimulate hair follicles. Grape Seed Extract has flavinoids that stimulate the growth of skin cells. About 150 mg/day is the normal dose. Green Tea Extract is another natural source for blocking the production of 5 DHT. Jojoba Oil is a traditional remedy for restoring hair growth and for getting rid of dandruff. It is chemically very similar to the sebum produced by your own scalp. L-Arginine is one of the natural amino acids essential to new hair growth. L-Lysine is like L-Arginine and works with it to re-establish your hair. Lemon Grass restores the natural oil production of your scalp and makes hair “fatter”. Licorice is another natural blocker of 5 DHT. We’re not talking about the candy. You can get it in liquid form and add it to your shampoo. Licorice isn’t recommended if you have problems with low potassium, as it can aggravate that condition. Omega 3 can stop hair loss and restart hair growth. Most people are deficient in omega 3’s. Take as a supplement or eat salmon, herring or mackerel, or get into the flaxseed habit! Rosemary boosts circulation, gets rid of dandruff and breaks up deposits of sebum. You can add some to olive oil for use in your scalp massage regimen. You can also add four or five drops to your shampoo. Safflower supports the stimulation of your scalp’s blood vessels, allowing more nutrients to be absorbed by the follicles.
Sesame supports healthy hair growth in a number of ways. Try adding sesame seeds to your food or cooking with sesame oil. Homeopathic Remedies Homeopathic solutions typically have a tiny (nearly non-existent) amount of the active ingredient suspended in pure water or some other liquid. Science has no idea why homeopathic solutions work, but they do. If they didn’t, commercially available products like Zicam cold medicine would be drummed out of the marketplace by the FDA and consumers alike. Homeopathy has a long and successful history, which we won’t go into here. It’s a good idea to work with a practicing homeopathic healer rather than just trying to treat yourself. Their insights into treatment regimens are worth knowing. Certain homeopathic solutions are available or may be concocted to treat the following conditions: Hair loss due to disease or chronic illness: silica Hair loss due to depression: natrum muriaticum Hair loss due to grief/sorrow: phosphoric acidum, also ignatia Premature hair loss and graying hair: lycopodium Hair loss due to stress: arsenicum album Your homeopathic practitioner will advise which strength of the solution to take, and normally you will take the remedy twice daily for two weeks. When positive results are attained, you will stop taking the remedy until you experience a return of your symptoms. Next we’ll learn how to combine some of these solutions into home-made remedies that will have you back on the road to a full head of hair!
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Table of Contents Introduction - What`s the Purpose of Staying Young……………………………………………….3 Staying Young is About Attitude And Mindset……………………………………………………...5 Why You Should Refrain From Negative Thoughts………………………………………………....6 Look, Think And Feel Young………………………………………………………………………...7 Healthy Eating And Nutrition………………………………………………………………………...8 Taking Vitamins, Supplements & Xanthones……………………………………………………….10 The Secrets to Staying Young……………………………………………………………………….12 Kick the Nicotine Habit……………………………………………………………………………...17 Lay off of the Booze…………………………………………………………………………………18 Drug Additions………………………………………………………………………………………19 Get Plenty of Rest…………………………………………………………………………………....20 Take a Mental Health Day Without Feeling Guilty………………………………………………….21 Your Emoticons……………………………………………………………………………………...22 Make New Friends…………………………………………………………………………………...24 A Pet Can Be Just What You Need………………………………………………………………….24 Conclusion…………………………………………………………………………………………...25
`Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young `
Introduction – What’s The Purpose of Staying Young? What’s the purpose of staying young, you ask yourself. Well, there are a lot of positive aspects of staying young in a person’s life. Staying young is something that is in demand now. There are many ways that you can look and feel that way, especially without having to spend a lot of money. How do you define being “young”? Being youthful describes a state of mind, body and heart. Being young usually refers to being healthy and that your mind is sharp. It is important to a lot of people as to why they would not want to age. Some people know that aging can present some effects that they don’t want others to see. It can also slow them down from functioning, which is something a lot of people don’t want.
The Factors of Aging The aging process is not always a pretty sight. It causes changes that affect you internally as well as externally. The two places that they are noticeable are your hair and your skin. You can also feel a difference in your tissues and cells, but you won’t see them. However, you may feel them inside your body. When you age, it affects each cell in your body. The presence of fat comes about on your tissues and other organs inside your body. Because of this, your organs slowly start losing cells and your body doesn’t function like it used to. Your bones, muscles and skin began to get stiff. The cell membranes lose their ability to retain oxygen and start releasing carbon dioxide. Since there are so many cells in your body, you probably won’t recognize that your body is constantly losing cells and therefore your body’s ability to function is weakened. When cells disappear, your organs start acting different. With some people, they can start aging as early as 40 or 50 years old. When you age, your blood circulation is affected. There’s the possibility of losing your memory slowly and could suffer from other health problems. Even with that, you may not notice under you get up in age. Did you know that some of the medications you take may actually contribute to aging prematurely? Some of the medications on the market today are so strong that they may possibly play a role in that.
`There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age`
It seems that Stress is ever-present, attacking us at work, at school, on the road, and at home. I knew I had to do something. How did i do it? Exhibiting the rigors of stress can play a part in aging. The strain that you exert on your mind and your body can actually speed up the process. You’re missing out on the chance to feel free. Instead, you’re allowing your body to take in all of the cares and pressures that you cannot possibly solve by yourself. If you are exposed to toxins in the environment, they may affect your body in an adverse way. Genetics can also influence the way and how fast people age. If you start smoking, drinking or using illegal drugs when you’re young, it will definitely show as you get older. These habits contribute to poor nutrition because you don’t think about eating healthy. You’re thinking about puffing that next nicotine stick, hitting that next bottle or finding that next sniff or smoke on the pipe. As your liver and kidneys flush out the toxins in your system, some of the medicines you take for certain ailments may remain in your system. As you age, your liver and kidneys may not function like they used to. Any leftover medicines in your system can contribute to you aging prematurely. If you liver starts to slow down, your cholesterol levels may be affected. The liver is responsible for the maintenance of cholesterol levels. If your cholesterol level is high, you could be prone to more ailments within your body. For these reasons mentioned, it is imperative that you would want to stay young and not look like a prune. Doing the right things that will keep you healthy and vibrant can help to hinder the aging process. You can be older chronologically, but you don’t have to be old physically.
`When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it's a sure sign you're getting old`
Staying Young is about Attitude and Mindset Attitude Your attitude is a state of mind and the way we perceive things. It is what sets us apart from others as far as anything in life is concerned. It represents your likes and dislikes. Attitudes can be defined as positive, negative or neutral perceptions of certain things or ideas. Attitudes can be formed as different forms of judgments that may be true or untrue. As people grow up seeing things around them, they can form attitudes based on what they see. What they see can affect their perception of a certain person, thing or idea. Attitudes are part of a person’s personality and the well being of a person. Attitude is responsible for projecting a personality, be it positive or negative. Your personality can be a factor in determining a mental state of being and contributing to the aging process. Your attitude can also be defined as a form of an egotistical state of mind, regardless of whether it’s about acceptance, expression of control or other traits that are considered to be selfish in nature. If you are continuously angry and feel a hatred towards others, that can be described as having a negative attitude. These forms can affect how you think and act towards others. When you start having negative thoughts, you open yourself up to premature aging and possible health issues. It’s very important that you steer clear from having a constant, negative mindset. Of course, this transformation takes time. After all, you didn’t form these negative thoughts overnight. You have to work at making an honest effort to change your attitude and your outlook about things. If there were things that bothered you in the past, you have to release them and move forward. Being bitter will not help you; it will only accelerate the aging process and could also affect your health, physically and mentally. It’s easier and healthier to look at the bright side of life. Doing this will refresh your mind and your body. Don’t let things that are out of your control get you down. A lot of times, it may be out of your control. Don’t be mean to people because they are mean to you. Being nice will help to maintain a positive attitude, no matter what the situation is.
`We don`t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing`
Why you should Refrain from Negative Thoughts When you think negative, it can affect your mind and your spirit. Everyone in their lifetime has either said or thought something that did not line up with anything positive in their life. It seems as though people spend more time in pessimism than they do in optimism. Some people tend to make negative thinking a part of their daily lives. There are obstacles that seem to block us from what we want to do. Instead of pushing those obstacles out of the way, some people find it easier to complain. They don’t realize that it won’t help the situation. They will still be stuck in the same place with no movement. You will continue to be stuck in the same place if you are a constant complainer. Everytime you complain, you take away a moment of happiness and fulfillment that you could have. Plus, other people don’t care to be around chronic complainers. Think about what you are saying when you do that. You could be using your time doing things that will uplift you and keep you active. Before you know it, you’ll be so involved in what you’re doing you won’t even think about complaining anymore. When you think negatively, you want everyone else to think the same way. People that think negatively often have imbedded bitterness because of things that happened to them in the past. They never got over the situation; it may have been from being passed over for a promotion; a boyfriend, girlfriend or spouse leaving them; or feeling rejected from a parent when they were little. Any of those scenarios can still up feelings of bitterness. Or they can be jealous of someone else that is doing better than them in things like losing weight, making more money or just being happy. They can’t stand to see the other person happy and they continue to ingrain bitterness inside of their soul.
`If you don`t do anything stupid when you`re young, You won`t remember anything funny when you are old` 6
Bitterness can take a toll on a person’s health. It can cause them to have wrinkles and create health issues, such as high blood pressure or cancer. If you need help releasing these bitter tendencies, it’s best to seek counsel from a family member, therapist or minister. Otherwise you will look old before your time.
Look, Think and Feel Young To prevent the presence of aging, you have to focus on doing what you can do to stay young. You have to work at implementing a few ways that this can be done. There are three areas in particular that will help you get to this point. They deal with the physical, mental and emotional aspects of not wanting to age.
Looking Young Looking young is just not about dyeing your hair to get rid of the gray strands. It also speaks of how you act and how you dress. You don’t want to sound or look like an old person if you’re trying to look young. Try to maintain a good posture; you can do that by staying fit. When people get older, some of them feel that they need to dress up like an old maid. That is far from the truth. If you don’t look as old as you are, then dress a little more upscale and get rid of the granny clothes.
Feeling Young Your feelings come from your internal state of mind. If you’re looking to maintain your youth, you shouldn’t feel that you can’t be active. Even if older people don’t look their age, it’s ok to get involved in activities. Of course, you’ll want to check with your physician first.
Thinking Young You should not be thinking pessimistic thoughts just because you’re older. Pessimistic thoughts spread faster, like a virus. It’s important to remain positive in the midst of what is going on in your life. You need to know that things in your life will work out for the best. You have to keep the mindset that you know things are going to work out for your good and in your favor. The best way to keep a balance in looking, feeling and thinking young is to take good care of your body. Also, stay far away from people who don`t bathe or wash their hands regularly. They can carry germs and put your healthy condition at risk.
Only those who believe they are old, feel old
Healthy Eating and Nutrition
People who don`t eat properly are not of much help to you or themselves. They tend to have a low energy level and are sometimes ill-tempered. They become ill more easily. It does not require strange diets to eat properly, but it does require that one eats nourishing food regularly. Eating a balanced meal is the key to having a healthy body. It helps you to stay strong and keep your immune system healthy. It can also help you to ward off health ailments that could hinder your body. Along with exercise, it’s important that you eat healthy and be sure to eat your three main meals each day. It’s also important that you eat small meals in between. You should eat at least three to four of them. This will help your metabolism and also set you straight on getting enough nutrition in your body. Also, make sure that you don’t overeat during meals, whether they’re the main ones or the small ones. Even with the main meals, you should be cautious of your portions. Don’t even think about engaging in one of those crazy diets. You may quickly lose the weight with a crash diet, but it will hurt you in the long run. Not only will it mess up your immune system, but when you go back to eating normally, you will gain the weight back quickly. It’s imperative that you eat meals that contain plenty of nutrients.
`Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature` 8
Eating smaller meals can help you to keep your blood sugar level stabilized. Try not to consume foods that contain a lot of sugar, sodium or saturated fats. For breakfast, you can eat carbohydrates. You can also incorporate fiber during breakfast. A good choice would be a bowl of oatmeal. Be sure to include protein for your muscles. For dinner, eat some raw vegetables with your main meal. You can also do this if you are dining out. Having a salad provides you with plenty of fiber. Fiber is important for your body because it helps to regulate your digestive system. In addition to that, you will not feel so hungry because fiber is a filler. As you reach your twenties, your calcium intake should increase. Calcium is a key ingredient to prevent osteoporosis from occurring. Calcium helps to keep your bones healthy and strong. Folic acid is another component to have in your system at a young adult age. Anything vegetable that is green and leafy is a good choice. Also, citrus fruits like oranges can provide you with plenty of folic acid. Make sure that you include other fresh fruits and vegetables in your eating plan. It’s essential that you have as many healthy foods as possible. As you get into your thirties, your metabolism starts to slow down. It is more important than ever to eat balanced meals daily. You should avoid most if not all junk food. As you enter your forties, it is critical that you watch what you eat. At this stage, you need to get as many nutrients as possible so your body can function properly. As you get older, additional fat deposits travel to your organs. You will definitely have to watch your fat intake. If you’re not sure about this, consult with your physician or nutritionist and they can help you create a plan that’s beneficial for your health. Also, make sure you’re going for your regular check-ups to make sure you’re healthy and fit.
Binge eating Another no-no when you’re eating is binging. If you do that, you should stop right away. This eating disorder can have serious consequences if done constantly. Some of the food that you consume may not digest in your stomach properly. It sits dormant, and you increase your chance of developing colon cancer. You should learn to eat properly when you are young.
`The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age `
Taking Vitamins, Supplements and Xanthones
In addition to healthy eating, you must consider including vitamins and minerals to have a balance. Sometimes, even though you’re eating healthy, you may not have enough vitamins and minerals to sustain you. For example, if you eat vegetarian dishes, some of them may not contain enough minerals. You could add zinc, which is a mineral supplement that can help to balance what you’re already eating. Supplements are important to finish out the balance you need to make sure you’re getting enough all the way around. Vitamins and minerals are imperative to have in order to maintain our body’s health and well-being. We have to get vitamins through the foods we eat. Even with that, we have to keep in mind that everything we eat will not supply us with all of the vitamins. Depending on what we need, we could take Vitamin A, B, C, D or E, or a combination of them. These five vitamins do the following:
Vitamin A – maintains healthy teeth and good vision Vitamin B – help you get energy, help carry oxygen to your body Vitamin C – help keep your gums and muscles intact, also helps to prevent infections Vitamin D – maintains strong bones and teeth Vitamin E – contains antioxidants, maintains your eyes, skin and liver
It’s important that you try to take all of them because they all serve a specific purpose in your body. These vitamins are also key to us maintaining that youthful look and vitality. If you are lacking in one of these, it’s possible that you will feel the effects by way of illness or other health ailments. It is advised that people should take a mineral and vitamin supplement daily. If you’re not sure what you should be taking, consult with your physician.
Supplements Dietary supplement A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantity in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while in others they are defined as drugs or natural health products. Bodybuilding supplement Bodybuilders often take a powdered form of protein, which contains the essential building blocks for muscle. The powder is mixed with water and often flavoring, resulting in a form marketed as a "shake" (as in milkshake) or "pudding". Protein powder is generally consumed immediately before and after exercising, or in place of a meal. The theory behind this supplementation is that having a sufficient protein intake allows for efficient growth and repair of muscle tissue.
Xanthones In some cases it is even better to deploy the so called turbo vitamins. These are Xanthones that can be found in some tropical fruits like the mangosteen, which is used as folk medicine in Asia. While most people know about the antioxidant benefits of vitamins C and E, far fewer are aware of the incredibly potent antioxidant power of xanthones. In nature xanthones can be found in tree-bark and in fruits. There are about 200 xanthones found in the mangosteen fruit. The peel of the mangosteen contains more than 40 of these xanthones.
Dr. James Duke says: â€œEvery system, organ, cell, muscle or nerve has good powersupply for optimal operation of it.The mangosteen has a beneficial effect on the entire human body.â€? The Mangosteen fruit is tangerine-sized, deep purple on the outside, with a bright white pulp inside. For centuries the traditional medical healers of India, China, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam have employed mangosteen for its beneficial use. Many now believe the mangosteen will be the most important fruit on earth.
`A kiss makes the heart young again and wipes out the years `
The Mangosteen : tissue tract
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The Secrets to Staying Young Staying Active You should engage yourself in some form of movement, whether it’s exercising or a hobby. Being active is a constructive way to make good use of your time. It will also make you feel useful and give you something to strive for. It could be something that pertains to a goal or just something to pass the time away. If you like hobbies, they will definitely keep you busy. There are gifts that you have that no one else has. For instance, you may be able to crochet or knit a sweater within a few days while it takes others weeks to complete.
Or you could have a gift for music where you didn’t even take one music lesson. Whatever your hobby is, make use of it for your own well being. This is a way you can have a connection with your innerself and gain satisfaction. If you haven’t exercised in a while, now is a good time to start. Being overweight or obese is one of the main causes that people age quickly. Too many people prefer to live the sedentary lifestyle and not get enough movement in their life. Staying young includes being fit and in shape. Being overweight or obese is a serious health issue for many people and if not corrected, can cause other health issues. Incorporating exercise in your daily routine will not only help you take off the weight, but you’ll also feel better about yourself. If you choose not to become active with exercise, you become less robust. Your body slowly starts to become immobile and then your ability to move around becomes limited. Your joints can become stiff and prone to injuries. You can also lose your sense of balance with a lack of exercise. As you get older, these issues could worsen, especially if you decide to remain inactive. For instance, if you have a hip injury from a fall, it could have resulted from lack of balance. In addition to that, you would have lacked strength and endurance in your body to be able to keep your balance. If you had those two ingredients, you may have been saved from the hip injury. It’s never too late to start a fitness regimen. If you haven’t started, don’t waste anymore time. You need willpower to make a fresh start, even if it starts out for 10 minutes a day. It won’t take a long time for you to see results. You have to get in a mindset of being disciplined to start exercising or any other physical activity. Once you start, it won’t take long before you start to feel better in your body. As long as you do it on a consistent basis, you will gain more strength in your body and you will become more flexible.
It’s important for older people, such as senior citizens to engage in workouts such as cardiovascular training, strength training and exercises that will help your body to be flexible. These workouts will help you to stay in shape and provide your body with the physical boost you need. Before you start, you need to determine what kind of workout routine you want to do. There are different things that you can do to keep your youth. Exercise has proven to increase the quality of life for older adults. It can make a way to hinder the aging process.
Massage A full body massage could be a must! You feel so relaxed, both mentally and physically from the tips of your toes to the top of your head. Massage involves acting on and manipulating the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, and feet. There are over eighty different recognized massage modalities. The most cited reasons for introducing massage as therapy have been client demand and perceived clinical effectiveness. Massage therapy is recognized as one of the oldest methods of healing. Today massage is used for the benefit of the musculoskeletal, circulatory-lymphatic, nervous and other systems of the body. In most cases massage therapy is offered for:
Relaxation Pain Relief Hospice Prenatal back pain Postpartum Stress Reduction Infant Massage Senior & Geriatric Massage
`Age isn't how old you are but how old you feel`
Osteoporosis With the lack of exercises health issues come. If you get stagnant and don’t engage in any physical activity, you could find yourself developing issues with your heart, or osteoporosis. With osteoporosis, it would be difficult for you to get around and worse yet, your bones would become brittle from lack of calcium and exercises. Exercising can help to reduce the onset of both of these health issues. If you exercised on a daily or regular basis, your blood pressure and cholesterol level would stabilize. It would also lower the chance of you getting diabetes.
You could start out with 15 minutes of aerobic exercise. Then work your way up to 30 minutes, continuing in 15 minute intervals until you get to an hour. You should do cardio workouts at least 3 to 5 times a week. It is not recommended to start out doing an hour’s worth of exercises if you haven’t exercised in a while. Start slow and gradually increase the time and the pace. Another way to get involved with exercise is to join a health club. They have plenty of machines such as ellipticals, stationary bikes and treadmills. Health clubs have trainers that can work with you in getting an exercise routine together. If a health club is out of your financial reach, you may want to try a YMCA in your area (if there’s one nearby). They have classes available on health and fitness for a minimal charge. Or if that’s not for you, you can always go walking in your neighborhood or at an area park. You can start by walking for about 15 minutes until you can muster up the strength to push it to 30 minutes. You can walk at your own pace and not feel rushed. However, you will eventually want to pick up the pace at some point because you will get more energy. A great way to get in shape is with water aerobics. This exercise can help your joints and muscles. This exercise can also be a lot of fun.
15 In addition to the above, it’s a good idea to get in some strength training as part of your exercise routine. In your strength training, you should include weight lifting as part of your workout.
Some people think that weightlifting is not safe for older adults, but that is far from the truth. Weightlifting helps older adults gain additional strength, bone density and balance. Studies have shown that women between the ages of 50 and 70 years old that engaged in strength training, gained more bone density in their hips and spine. The group that refrained from weightlifting lost twice as much bone density as opposed to those that included weightlifting in their workouts. The more that weightlifting was included, the more strength they gained. With that, their activity level increased. If is important that you try to exercise all of your muscle groups as least twice a week. It’s better if you start out with lightweights in order to get accustomed to working with weights in general. You can start out by doing a few repetitions at a time until you get familiar with those. Then you can move on to heavier weights. As you do that, you must increase the repetitions and the weights themselves. Make sure that when you lift weights, it doesn’t pose a danger to your body. If you have to stick with lighter weights for a longer period, then it’s better to do so than risk incurring an injury to your body. Exercising is beneficial to everyone, whether you’re young or old. Remember that some type of physical exercise is better than none. Also, keep in mind that exercise is a good weapon to ward off many health ailments.
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` I wonder what we would "feel" like if we didn't know how old we actually are`
Kick the Nicotine Habit If you smoke, it won’t do anything for your appearance but make you look old and haggardly. In addition to that, smoking seriously affects your skin. If you’re trying to stay young, kicking the nicotine habit immediately is the best thing you can do for yourself. The more you smoke, the more the blood vessels in your skin shrink. They are already small and smoking just adds to their diminished size. When this happens, your healthy blood flow is reduced. In addition to that, you start to lose key nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and collagen. The collagen in your skin starts to crumble, thus losing the elastic movement in your skin.
Chronic smoking helps to waste your skin away. You will start to look older before your time and your skin will be dry and wrinkled. As you smoke, your face tends to create squinting movements, causing even additional wrinkles to appear. Soon, you will start to look as through the frown on your face is your natural stature. An obvious sign of a chronic smoker is their lips. Their lips turn dark from the inside and spread to the outer lips. This makes your mouth look ugly. If you have wounds or scars that need to heal, the healing process will take longer. As you’re smoking, you have sucked the vitamins and minerals that are needed to help with the healing. Also, you have less blood flow and that also impedes the healing process. The most common thing that smoking does is cause different kinds of cancers. The number one cancer from smoking is lung cancer. This is because you’re inhaling the nicotine straight from the cigarette into your lungs. Even if you don’t smoke, you can still inherit lung cancer by inhaling second-hand smoke. The sooner you quit, the better your chances are to reverse this. Your skin will start to clear and the blood will start flowing in your body. With more added circulation, your skin can be restored to its natural state. If you don’t stop, you will end up looking like a prune. You have the power to change the way you look before it’s too late.
`We are taught to consume. And that's what we do. But if we realized that there really is no reason to consume, that it's just a mindset, that it's just an addiction, then we wouldn't be out there stepping on people's hands climbing the corporate ladder of success` 17
Lay off of The Booze Did you know that being an alcoholic could affect your skin as well as your health? If you knew what some others knew about it, you probably wouldn’t drink it at all. It’s ok to have a glass of wine occasionally, but once you start making alcohol your god, then you have a problem. When it becomes a chronic problem, you can damage your body both in- and outside. Being an alcoholic won’t help you if you’re trying to stay young. You skin starts to age before your time. This would be the opposite of what you’re trying to do. You can’t expect to stay and look young if your lips are always touching a glass or a bottle. Did you know that you can gain weight and look out of shape if you become a chronic drinker? As you gain weight, your skin stretches. You may also have red patches on your skin. This usually means that your blood vessels are getting larger from your chronic drinking. Chronic drinking can also affect how you think. If you get depressed, you immediately want to get something to take away that feeling. However, alcohol is not the answer. As far as their thought process goes, they forget about their emotions and they’re not paying attention to much of anything. If you drink too much alcohol, you could get very sick and get alcohol poisoning.
Your kidneys are a very important part of your body. Kidneys are needed to help flush out the toxins that you don’t need. When you drink alcohol, you can dry out because you would not have consumed more water. Therefore, your kidney will not work the way that they should. Chronic drinking can mess up the liver. The more you do it, the worse your chances for liver damage are. People that can’t or won’t try to stop drinking can end up with cirrhosis of the liver, which ends most of the time fatal. There are things you can do to combat this problem if you want to stay young. Drink plenty of water, eat healthy and get lots of exercises. If you find yourself having problems trying to stop drinking, seek assistance as soon as possible. The sooner you do it, the sooner you can regain your youth you have left.
`Young people need models, not critics` 18
Drug Addictions People who take drugs don`t always see the real world in front of them. They are not really there. On a highway, in casual contact or at home they can be very dangerous to you. People mistakenly believe they `feel better` or `act better` or `only happy` when they are on drugs. That is just another delusion. Sooner or later the drugs will destroy them physically.
Crack cocaine, LSD and Ecstasy are the most addictive drugs on the streets today. You definitely won’t look, feel or act young if you get hooked on one these stuffs. These drugs affect the nervous system and can wreak havoc on your body. Once people get addicted to these drugs, whether it’s the powder or the rocks (crack), it’s difficult to stop using. The drugs give them a “high” that they feel they can’t get anywhere else but from that drugs. However, the downfall of being addicted to these drugs has many consequences:
Accelerated heartbeat Chest pain Heart attack Seizures Strokes Nosebleeds Chronic runny nose Limited flow of blood HIV infection
The use of drugs is also known to decrease an addict’s appetite. When they don’t eat, they start to look gaunt. Their skin starts to wrinkle and they start to age very quickly. Methamphetamine abusers also experience health problems as chronic users. Their brain is affected as far as remembering things and they can’t think straight. Their health is threatened, and they start to look old. The drugs make their skin wrinkled and they start looking at least 10 to 15 years older. Their teeth start to fall out, which adds to their aging process.
`It is hard to understand addiction unless you have experienced it `
Other issues that could affect methamphetamine abusers are:
High blood pressure Accelerated heart rate Anxiety Convulsions Tremors Irritability
Trying to get off drugs is not an easy process. However, there are people out there who would be willing to help those in need in order to get rid of their addiction. Discourage people from taking drugs! When they are doing so, encourage them to seek help from a licensed professional or a minister.
Get Plenty of Rest In order for your body to stay healthy, you must get plenty of rest. You should try to go to bed before midnight if possible. It’s important that you get some sleep at least between 6 to 8 hours per day. Each individual is different. Some need more hours, others need less. Only you would know how much sleep you need. If you deprive yourself of the sleep you need, you will start to feel it. Your body can slow down from a lack of sleep. If your body starts to slow down, it could be a sign that you’re starting to age, which is what you don’t want. If you continue with this route, your lack of sleep can cause you to get wrinkles, making you look older than what you are. Did you know that lack of sleep can harm your brain? You can’t function or think properly if you don’t get enough sleep. You need to get enough sleep because without it, you won’t be able to connect to information that you need to commit to your memory.
If your memory is failing, then people may consider you
as “old”. You can also gain weight by not getting enough sleep. It affects the way carbohydrates are collected in our bodies. It may even change the hormone levels in your body. This in turn, can alter our appetite. Lack of sleep during the night can contribute to sleeping during the day to make up for it. Plus, you wouldn’t be paying attention like you should. This can cause you to have an accident or cause you to err on a project or assignment. 20
You can also get mood swings by not getting enough sleep. You will get irritable, impatient and wonâ€™t be able to concentrate. You can experience bouts of hypertension. You can also experience issues with your cardiovascular system by not getting enough sleep. Your immune system could be affected by this. If your immune system is failing, it will not be able to ward off diseases from your body. You would be able to ward off illnesses such as cancer if you got enough sleep. For those who need to think in peace, meditation is a way that you can get some rest by just blocking everything out of your mind. Your brain is brought into a level of consciousness and you can heal from whatever is bothering you. This self-healing process allows plenty of oxygen to flow in your body. The more you get into meditation, the more you will start to feel a sense of peace and personal gratification. Another method that you can use for peace and tranquility is yoga. Yoga is becoming more popular now for those that need to have a sense of peace and purpose. In addition to that, yoga can help you lower and stabilize your blood pressure, stabilize your heart rate, and decrease your stress level. It can also help your body relax and provide the release you need. Stress is the last thing you need when youâ€™re trying to stay young.
Take a Mental Health Day Without Feeling Guilty
Taking a mental health day is a good thing to do every once in a while, and can really help to clear your mind and refocus. However, you shouldn't just wake up one morning and say "screw it! Today's a mental health day!" It should be planned, or else it may make you more stressed than you were before. 1. Figure out when you want your mental health day to be. It is best to do so on days when things are supposed to be slow. Taking a mental health day when things are going to be busy is probably not the best idea. 2. Get ahead in your work. Whether it be school, work, whatever, get ahead. Work extra hard for a couple of days beforehand, and make sure you are ahead of schedule 21
3. Be responsible. Don't take a mental health day when you know you have a lot of work piled up, or when you know you really should be there. Even on a day when nothing important is happening, arrange with a friend or coworker to pick up your missed work, and have them fill you in on anything that happened afterwards. It is crucial that this doesn't happen on the day of your mental health day, because it makes the whole point of taking the day off moot. 4. Plan your relaxing day. Sounds kind of like a contradiction, right? Wrong. The goal with a mental health day is to sleep enough and not leave the house for anything you don't want to do(on the most basic level) Plan what you intend to do, that way you know what you're expecting. You want to get that DIY (Do It Yourself) chore done, or clean out the closet? Fine. You want to lay on the couch all day, watching bad sitcoms and eating ice cream? Fine. You want to wake up, and spend the entire day completely bored out of your mind? So not fine. Being bored does nothing for your mental health, it just annoys you and prevents you from getting anything accomplished, physically or mentally. 5. Plan, plan, plan. If the goal of your mental health day is to not leave the house all day, then you need to make sure you have everything you will need to keep yourself occupied, fed, and comfortable. If you want to go to the manicurist and the spa and the pool, then set up reservations, plan it out, make sure your car has enough gas, and try to pay in advance. Spending money is hardly ever relaxing, at least for most people.
`Mental health is often missing from public health debates even though it's critical to wellbeing`
Your Emotions Don’t Feel Guilty Aging can come on you when you’re faced with unnecessary pressures in life. You can be blamed for some of the unhappiness that someone else is dealing with and it wouldn’t be your fault. However, since you’re closest to them, they have to blame someone. How you are affected by it, or rather how you allow it to affect you can make the difference in whether or not you choose to rise above it. Allowing situations to affect you that you have no control over does nothing but bring stress and grief. We all know that stress is an anti-friend to staying young. You may have to distance or even break off from that person in order to get the peace that you need. 22
Cry When You Need To Most people cry when they’re feeling a sense of emotional pain and hurt. This may come from the way someone has treated you, or some other event in your life. It is not wrong to cry. A lot of times, it’s best to get it out. Crying can actually make you feel better, as long as you don’t overdo it. Crying can release some of the pent up feelings you have inside your body. If you keep them holed up, it can affect your health and eventually cause you to look old before your time.
Laughter It’s good to laugh, as long as it’s not ridiculing or making fun of anyone. Laughing has some benefits as far as your health is concerned. You can actually laugh your cares away. Laughing can remove some of the pain that you may be experiencing. Laughing is considered a therapeutic process. You don’t necessarily have to have a reason to laugh, you can just laugh because you want to. Laughing also relieves you of any stress you may have pent up inside of you. It’s good to release it and let it go. Did you know that laughter can strengthen your immune system? It can also help you to retain your memory and provide exercise to your muscles and your heart.
Enjoy The Simple Things In Life This is something a lot of us fail to do. People spend so much time worrying about things that are out of their control instead of focusing on things that are constructive. Some of the things are so simple, that you don’t have to spend a lot of money doing them. Try taking a walk in the park or going to the library. You may want to take a writing class. You may think these are not the most exciting things to do, but when you think about it, they are constructive activities that can add to your well-being.
have different emotional levels. Especially when you're young`
Make New Friends It’s good to have a few friends around to keep you company. You don’t have to have an army full, just two or three is fine. Besides, if you had so many, how would you be able to keep up with them? Living longer and staying young also depends on your circle of friends. They can’t just be any friends. They must be people of substance, people that will be with you in good and bad times. They must be people that won’t put you down when you make a mistake; instead they will lift you up with encouragement. It’s usually better to stick with true friends than always commingling with relatives. There are times when relatives will try to undercut you just because you’re related to them. They are also quicker to take advantage of you than your friends will. Your real friends will genuinely care about you. They will make sure that you are taken care of and that your needs are met. However, keep in mind that friendships are not created overnight. You should have positive relationships with your friends. This is what will keep you going and not to stray into the aging process. When your friends are positive, then that positive vibe can rub off on you. You need friends to go out to dinner or a movie with just to have a good time. You can have a freedom with your friends that you may not have with your relatives. These relationships will make you feel vibrant and refreshed. You will have renewed energy in your life. You won’t necessarily have to concern yourself with being stressed when you’re with friends as opposed to relatives. Because your relatives are familiar with you, they think that they can run over you and treat you any way they want to.
Do You Have Enough Friends? Would You Like To Attract People Into Your Life?
A Pet Can Be Just What You Need
Do you own a pet? You want to think about getting one. A pet is great to keep you company. Whether it’s a dog or a cat, pets can help keep you calm and focused. Older people in particular will enjoy their company, especially if they’re living alone. Loneliness is not a good thing for older people. A pet would be the perfect choice to give them that boost that they need. Loneliness can affect your health. You can start to feel sad, which can lead to you neglecting yourself. People with health problems that own pets will probably live longer than those that don’t have pets. People with pets feel loved and wanted. They may not want a companion living with them. Pets can help people to relax. Petting an animal can help to reduce your blood pressure level. It’s been recommended by doctors to advise their patients to consider getting a pet if they suffer from blood pressure. Pets can also be considered emotion rescuers. There may be a time where the person is going through significant changes in their lives. The pet is able to provide them with unconditional love, something that humans sometimes fail to do. With that unconditional love, people feel as though they have a reason to live on. If you have a dog, they can help to provide discipline. While you’re walking with the dog, you are able to make eye contact with other people. Plus, both you and the dog would get plenty of exercise by walking. You would feel at ease and wouldn’t feel stressed. People that have pets are usually more happy and keep a positive outlook on life. This is essential for trying to stay young and not age.
Conclusion If you want to start feeling, looking and staying young, you’ve got to make that step today. Each day that you wait to make a move is a day less to your goal of getting that vibrancy in your life. You will have to purpose to remove the negative images and aspects from your life in order for this to happen. You will have to incorporate positive things to change that. You really have to work on staying young and not wanting to look or feel old. The old vices that you may have dealt with have to disappear. The new you has to be more youthful and healthier. There are too many things out there that can destroy your youthfulness if you allow it to. Take charge of your life and seek out a new younger you, today!
`Gray hairs are signs of wisdom if you hold your tongue, speak and they are but hairs, as in the young`
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