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Hair By Anni Dahms

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By Anni Dahms
Owner of the retail chain
ANNI’s VITAL SHOP.
Nurse- & Health
specialist,  Biopath and Nutritional Adviser.

 

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There are many legends and myths seen throughout history, providing accounts on the impact of hair length. The most famous one is the heroic narrative of the Israelite judge and war hero, the invincible Samson, who had promised God never to cut his hair and in return had the gift of invincible strength bestowed upon him. He falls in love with a woman called Delilah, who belonged to Samson’s opponents, the Philistines.

Delilah nags him into revealing the secret of his hair, the Philistines then manage to cut off his hair and he loses his strength. He gets captured, his eyes are gouged out and he’s left to be ridiculed.

‘Unfortunately’ the Philistines forgot to think about his hair growing back. The story ends with Samson destroying the Philistines temple and many people die, including Samson.

There are many spiritual scientific philosophies on the importance of hair.

If you belong to those who are bald, then take it lightly. As a small curio, you may think of the Tibetan monks who are either bald or very smooth. They are considered to be both wise and calm, and people to whom you go to for advice and guidance.

Today we choose hairstyles as it suits us, our maturity and as our head of hair allows.
Throughout my life I have had many different hair lengths. As I got older, I found long hair too annoying and time-consuming, and have had short hairstyles for many years now.

At the moment, however, I have decided to let my hair grow longer.
How long will it stay, well that depends on how long my patience stretches and if the quality of my hair stays good.

I believe that I can feel a new femininity and openness growing out of me, with the slightly longer length of my hair – but it’s possible that I change my mind about it tomorrow.

No matter what hair length or not, we all wish to have healthy, strong and well groomed hair.
Adult hair usually grows at about 1/3 mm a day for around 1000 days. After that comes a resting period of 100 days, and then the process is restarted. We have about 100.000 hairs on our head, and we would prefer to keep every one of them. Some of us suffer from oily hair, while others have to deal with dry hair. Some lose their hair, while others suffer from their hair splitting.
There are numerous reasons for difficulties with hair, e.g. loss of blood supply to the skin, stress, anger, smoking, shock, infection, contamination, allergies, hormonal changes, medicine e.g. chemo, radiation, etc.

Diet plays a substantial role, and it is of great importance that there is a sufficient supply of the right vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids.

Diet

What you choose to put into your mouth is of vital importance. The hair needs all the good in which the body absorbs via correct daily diet. Through diet we can provide the best conditions for healthy hair. By eating right, we are giving ourselves the best hair treatment.

In many cases, it can help to change the diet into one that is more alkaline oriented. I.e. more vegetables and less meat. First and foremost, you must quit or minimize caffeinated drinks and food. They stress and weaken the adrenal glands.Likewise you should avoid sugar, candy, soda drinks, cola and similar drinks, as well as other refined carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta, juice, etc. They break down all the nutrients that are necessary for our hair’s growth. Instead, make sure to be eating enough of the slow, coarse carbohydrates, e.g. apples, carrots which give you a healthy scalp, broccoli, spinach and other green vegetables. Coarse rye bread, muesli, corn products, oats are all rich in B vitamins, which are very important for the hair. Coarse corn products are rich in fibre and pure joy for the digestive system which is important for healthy hair. A healthy digestion is necessary if you want to absorb nutrients from your food and your supplements too.

Make sure that your diet contains healthy proteins. Protein strengthens the hair and helps it to grow. Let them come from dates, beans, lentils. Eggs which also contain Biotin – a special B vitamin that is especially healthy for hair. Fatty fish, e.g. mackerel, herring, anchovies, light meat and a bit of calf meat. Yoghurt without sugar. Cheese e.g. cottage cheese or goat’s cheese. Always organic whenever possible. Remember the healthy fatty acids, olive oil, linseed oil, coconut oil. Avocados are really good too. Complement your diet with walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds. It helps to nourish the roots of the hair.

Plenty of healthy fatty acids help a sensitive scalp, and there are studies showing that hair grows better with a supplement of omega 3 oils.

Eat plenty of berries. They are teeming with antioxidants.
Stop or reduce your alcohol consumption. Better to have a small amount but of better quality. You can find organic wine and beer.

If you are gluten intolerant, then you can find a tasty, gluten free, organic beer. Also, if you would like a beer without alcohol, there are really tasty and organic ones available.

Remember to drink plenty of good water. Drink about 1.5 litres daily. More in hot weather. Hair requires moisture. If you are on a diet, then be aware that your daily diet contains enough of all the necessary nutrients. As soon as the body starts to lack the critical nutrients, it affects our hair.

Supplements

• As a foundation, it is necessary that you take a good multivitamin/mineral product.

• You can supplement with a little extra zinc, e.g. 20 mg per day. It is an important mineral for hair growth.

• Other minerals which are especially beneficial for hair are calcium, magnesium and silicon.

• The group of B vitamins are crucial if you wish for beautiful hair. It is especially important with sufficient B3, B5, Biotin and Folic acid. There are references from people who have taken extra B5, biotin and folic acid their grey hair has disappeared. Biotin can be taken in doses of 1000 mcg.

• If you are taking contraceptive pills then make sure to be getting enough B6.

• Gingko Biloba helps to improve circulation in the scalp.

• Remember to take an extra omega 3 supplement.

• There are many combination products that are intended for strengthening hair.

• Hair Nutrients by Solaray contains the vitamins and minerals that are considered to be important for hair growth.

• Priorin is a popular diet supplement, and it’s been on the market for more than 50 years. It is one of the most sold supplements in Europe. The maximum effect can be felt after three months.

It contains among other things biotin, cysteine, millet and pantothenic acid.

• Hair Volume contains extract of apple, millet and horsetail along with amino acids, biotin and zinc.

• Silica contains silicon as well as biotin and zinc.

• Berthelsen has produced pure silicon.

• You can find Silicium by Naturdrogeriet, which is also good for hair.

• Hair Plus is a combination of brewer’s yeast, pantothenic acid, silica and a lot of herbs such as rosemary, nettle, paprika, guarana, etc.

• Arcon Tisane is a documented dietary supplement known for giving thicker hair as well as increasing hair growth, reducing hair loss while enriching the hair’s roots. The product consists primarily of fenugreek seeds in combination with vitamins and minerals.

• It has been found that the Arcon Tisane works in 80% of hair loss – except in cases where hair loss may be disease or genetically related.

• Arcon Tisane also has a shampoo available, which may be a good idea to use during the diet. Furthermore, there is an Arcon tincture for the scalp that can be combined with capsules and shampoo.

Tips

• Be careful when drying your hair with a strong and high heat. It makes your hair brittle.

• Brushing hair was once considered to be beneficial, but again balance is key. If you brush your hair too hard, you may risk pulling the hair out of your scalp. Brush your hair carefully and use a good, gentle hairbrush. You could ask your hairdresser for advice.

• Massaging the scalp with aesthetic oils can be both nice and effective. Allow an educated aromatherapist guide you on which oils are best suited for your needs.

• It can be very good to give yourself a daily scalp massage, it only takes 3 minutes. This increases blood flow to the hair follicles and aids hair growth. Rub your fingertips carefully all over your scalp. Don’t be too hard-handed.

• Bidro Gel is a gel consisting of 3 organic willow extracts and Jelly Royal. It is especially suited for people who have problems with their scalp, eg. psoriasis. It is a very comfortable gel that is applied to the scalp in a thick layer, about 2 times a week or more often. It’s applied for about 20 minutes before being washed out with, for example, Jelly Royal shampoo.

• If you feel that your hair problems may be caused by difficulties with your digestive system, then it may be a good idea to supplement with a good quality lactic acid product. Take it for a couple of months and see what effect it has upon you.

• Has your hair along with your skin suddenly become inexplicably dry, in addition to you feeling unexplainably fatigued, then it would be a good idea get your metabolism examined.

• Make sure to get a proper nights sleep.

• Drop washing your hair daily, this drains your hair of natural oils.

• Use good quality shampoos and remember to use a good conditioner after washing.

• Be careful not to rub with coarse towels – this wears out fragile hair.

• Go to a good hairdresser who can give you good advice that helps your hair specifically.

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Advice for diabetics

Anni’s Vital shop Blog – Maria, Carrefour

Hi. My name is Maria. About a month ago my father had a doctor’s appointment. I went with him. The doctor had the results from my father’s blood tests, and the results show that my father has type II diabetes.

The doctor told him to do physical exercise, and to take care of what food he eats, which is always important for a healthy life and is especially important if you are suffering from type II diabetes. The doctor also said that if after a few months my father’s blood sugar hasn’t improved, then he would be prescribed medication (oral anti-diabetic).

Personally, I prefer to focus on his diet and exercise and also on dietary supplements. All of these are very important.

Food is important. The nutrients that are related to glycemic (blood sugar) are carbohydrates. It is important to know how many foods we eat are rich in carbohydrates. Once we know the recommended daily amounts, we then have to know how quickly the carbohydrates are absorbed and you have to know their glycemic index. This index expresses the increase of blood sugar (glucose) after ingestion.

Therefore, we should choose carbohydrates that are absorbed slowly. What we want is what is known as “the flattening of the glucose curve”.

To achieve this, fibre is highly recommended. Especially soluble fibre. One type of soluble fibre is beta-glucan. I recommend the oat cereal called “Betaglucare” and also oat bran. I also recommend “Guarmin” which is galactomannan guar gum ingredient. Is there anything more natural than fibre?

Another advantage of the soluble fibre is its great ability to ferment in the colon. The result of the fermentation process is the creation of new colonic microbiota. So this will be beneficial for our good bacteria.

There is a new product called “Bio Gluco Control”. This product apart from having chromium also has Delphinol. This product is also related to slowing the absorption of carbohydrates.

We can not forget “Bio Insu Complex” and “Kanel+”, which are products containing cinnamon. These have a hypoglycemic effect on the body.

Another piece of advice is: “Be careful with: amaranth, dates, white rice, white wheat flour, baked beans, watermelon, and fried and boiled potatoes.”

Fighting diabetes naturally is worth it. Against diabetes and the complications that come with it.

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Hola. Mi nombre es María. Hace un mes mas o menos mi padre visitó el doctor. Yo le acompañé. Cuando el doctor vió el resultado de sus analisis (pruebas) mi padre fue declarado como diabetico tipo II.

El doctor le dijo que hiciera ejercicio físico y cuidara su alimentación lo cual siempre es importante para llevar una vida saludable y es especialmente importante en la diabetes tipo II. El doctor dijo también que si pasaban unos meses y su glucemia no mejoraba tendría que prescribirle medicinas (antidiabeticos orales).

Yo prefiero que se centre en cuidar su alimentación y en el ejercicio físico y también en los suplementos dietéticos que al igual que los anteriores son muy importantes.

La alimentación es importante. Los nutrientes que tienen relación con la glucemia (azúcar  en sangre) son los hidratos de carbono. Es importante saber que cantidad de alimentos ricos en hidratos de carbono ingerimos. Una vez que sabemos las cantidades recomendables hay que conocer la rapidez con la que los hidratos de carbono se absorben o lo que es lo mismo hay que conocer su índice glucémico. Este indice expresa cuanto aumenta el azúcar en sangre (glucemia) tras ingerirlo.

Por tanto elegiremos los hidratos que se absorban lentamente. Lo que queremos conseguir es lo que se llama el aplanamiento de la curva de glucosa.

Y para conseguir esto es muy recomendable la fibra. Sobre todo la fibra soluble. Un tipo de fibra soluble serían los betaglucanos. Recomiendo los cereales de avena llamados “Betaglucare” y también “Havreklid”(salvado de avena). También recomiendo “Guarmin” cuyo ingrediente sería goma guar galactomanano.

También relacionado con este enlentecimiento de la absorción de los hidratos un nuevo producto que aparte de llevar cromo lleva Delphinol llamado “Bio Gluco Control”.

No nos podemos olvidar tampoco del psyllium y de las semillas de linaza que aunque tienen efecto hipoglucemiante no es ésta su principal función.

Otra ventaja de la fibra soluble es su gran capacidad de fermentar en el colon. Como resultado del proceso de fermentación es la creación de nueva microbiota colonica. Así esto será beneficiosa para nuestra buenas bacterias.

Porque ¿Habrá algo más natural que la fibra?

Vale la pena de luchar contra la diabetes. Contra la diabetes y contra sus complicaciones.