One of the first signs of aging, whitening hair is considered by most to be an embarrassing change to their physical appearance. In today's hectic world, it is not uncommon to find that this phenomenon is happening to adults at a much younger age than ever before. This can be attributed to the environment, stress and genetic pre-indicators.
Many people will resort to chemical treatments to try and cover up the gray hairs, but these contain agents that cause the hairs natural nutrients to be stripped away. If you want to eliminate gray hair while still retaining its luster you will need to resort to more natural methods.
Figure out the Root of Your Problem
To effectively eliminate gray hair, you will first have to find out what is causing it. If it is genetics, then your only recourse will be to find natural ways to cover it up. If other factors, such as harmful vices, unhealthy diets and stress are causing you to turn gray prematurely, you can change your lifestyle now and reverse the process.
Gray hairs begin at the follicle, where the pigment melanin is not being applied to the strand. When you encourage healthy hair growth and restoration of melanin you will be able to prevent gray hairs from forming in the first place. Focus your attention first to natural treatments before resorting to medicinal ones or cover-ups.
There are certain treatments available, such as the Ayurvedic process that incorporates a number of natural treatments into one convenient product. Free of any ammonia, sulfur or other harmful elements you can treat you whitening hair without damaging it.
Three Natural Ingredients to Restore Hair Color
When used consistently, the natural Ayurvedic method for the treatment of white hair can help to restore your original hair color in only a couple of months.
Curry leaves and coconut oil combined together will help to bring back the damaged pigments in your hair. If allowed to be absorbed for 25 minutes before washing your hair daily you will see a reduction of white hair in no more than three months.
You can also preserve the melanin in your hair by combining coconut oil with dried ribbed gourd. Boil them together and after it has cooled use the mixture to massage your scalp an hour before washing your hair.
One cup of water mixed with a tablespoon of amla powder, coconut oil and lemon juice will add the moisture needed to promote healthy hair growth. They will also remove toxins naturally, restoring the pigments in the process. You will find great result with this method if you use it consistently for one month.
In addition to adjusting your daily diet to a healthy one rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals, you can also deter the growth of gray hair by massaging your scalp daily with one of the above mentioned solutions.
There is no need to despair if you are starting to see signs of premature graying. If you adopt one of these methods and practice it routinely, you will begin to reverse the affects that aging has on the color of your hair.
There is a new article up on the stress levels and management for caregivers helping cancer patients.
Murray and colleagues conducted 42 interviews with lung cancer patients and 46 interviews with their family caregivers. The interviews took place every three months for up to a year or until the patient died.
He tells WebMD that the caregivers reported feeling overwhelmed and depressed more often during these key times, as if they were riding an emotional roller coaster.View Thread
More than 130 million people live with chronic illness. Award-winning journalist Richard M. Cohen is one of them, and he writes about what it means to be your own health care advocate and how to claim your own voice.
Here he is giving us a day in the life of someone who suffers from Chronic Pain, on WebMD TV.
Caring for an Alzheimer's patient at home can be difficult. In taking the proper steps to become a successful caregiver, it is essential that you prepare your home for your loved one's arrival. Likewise, if your loved one's Alzheimer's is mild and they still live on their own, it is important that you ensure that their living environment is safe...
Here are several free and low-cost health care resources that may be helpful. If you know of any in your community and want to share the URL (web address) please go ahead and post them here in this thread.
Together, we can help one another through these difficult times.
HRSA.gov --Have you heard of HRSA-supported health centers? They care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income. These include dental, immunizations, and mental health care resources.
BenefitsCheckUp.org -- “Many older people need help paying for prescription drugs, health care, utilities and other basic needs. Ironically, millions of older Americans — especially those with limited incomes — are eligible for but not receiving benefits from existing federal, state and local programs.”
Free Clinics-- Use the search to find state and local free clinics and see if one is near you.
NeedyMeds.org Clinics--You do not have to provide any documentation to validate your income. You do not have to provide any other form of identification, such as proof of citizenship or “green card.”
Other--Please make sure and check local resources for tests PAP smear, mammograms, pregnancy testing, prostate cancer screenings, cholesterol screenings, bone density tests, and blood pressure checks. Drug stores, grocery stores with pharmacies, Planned Parenthood, community health centers, local hospitals, senior centers and women's clinics will often have these tests/exams available at low cost or even free. Keep your eyes peeled!
Note:None of these are WebMD sites, so we cannot guarantee content. Clinics may change requirements and/or services offered. Please contact them directly to find current information.
If you're a Caregiver because of a loved one with Alzheimer's, make sure to check out the Alzheimer's Exchange , too. our Health Expert, Helene Bergman is there, along with other members to help share information and support.View Thread
This article has information on handling stress, when it’s time for homecare to end, worksheets to help you keep track of things, and tips on taking care of yourself. Feel free to add your own!View Thread
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