It’s important to look after ourselves, especially when we’re getting older.
A healthy body and mind is the key to a full and happy life.
After all, what’s the point of living if you aren’t able to do anything?
I’m aware I’m no spring chicken, but I make sure I (try to) eat as healthy as a can on a some what regular basis, and I do the odd bit of exercise here and there.
If I plan on being around for a long time I have to be fit enough to fight Death away!
Grey hairs are inevitable, most of us will have them and some of us even get them from a very early age!
I started getting grey when I was in my early twenties!
But these days it seems like grey hair is the sought after look, with many young people dying their hair grey!
I mean most women spend a fortune trying to hide their grey hairs, and these youngsters pay a fortune to get old hair!
Grey hair is usually associated with the sign of old age, because no one ever looks old enough!
But it looks like your grey hair isn’t just an indicator of old age, but also an indicator of some very serious health problems!
Just like our skin, hair follicles contain melanin. This creates the color pigment in our bodies.
Though their is no exact math behind going grey, scientists have estimated that 50% of people over the age of 50 are grey.
Gray hair is a bit of a mystery as doctors believe grey hair is produced when there is a reduction of pigment, but this is perfectly natural because our bodies begin to produce less pigment over time.
As I said, grey hair is also the result of problems with your health, and it could actually help indicate any underlining problems.
Here are just a few of them.
You may need a few more vitamins in your daily diet.
Low levels of vitamin D3 and B12 are associated with premature loss of hair pigment, leaving your greyer and in serious need of some vitamins!
You could actually be at risk of heart disease.
In a recent study, researchers found that male participants with coronary artery disease had significantly whiter hair than those without heart disease.
The study suggested that grey hair and heart disease share many of the same molecular mechanisms like impaired DNA repair and hormonal changes that could potentially link the two.
If your parents or grandparents developed grey hair at an early age, then I’m sorry to say, you’ll most likely too!
It’s just genetics!
According to the Indian Dermatology Online Journal smokers are two and a half times more likely to develop grey hair than those who don’t smoke.
There are certain chemicals in smoke that break down hair cells and can even cause hair loss or premature balding.
Stress, particularly oxidative stress can cause an imbalance in the production of reactive oxygen, this is caused by pollution or poor diet which outnumbers antioxidants.
Oxidative stress can cause your hair follicles to produce an increased amount of hydrogen peroxide, a chemical which is known to lighten hair.
According to The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, people who develop grey hair preamturely are four tomes more likely to have Osteopenia, which is a bone condition.
Osteoporosis is an illness that increases the risk of broken bones.
Dry, fine grey hairs are a potential indicator of problems with your thyroid.
It shows that your thyroid is operating at substandard levels and may be worth a check up with your doctor!
The quality of your blood and the health of your kidneys could be taking it out on your hair.
According to the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda, the quality of blood and health of kidneys can be seen in the condition and color of your hair.
There you have it folks!
Like usual, if your worried about any of these topics, consult your doctor to see if that could be the problem.
After all, it’s always better to be safe than sorry!
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