Body building and Hair loss | Creatine and Baldness

In today’s post we will answer two frequently asked questions on hair loss in men – Does body building cause hair loss and do creatine supplements for body building lead to baldness.

Having done so many episodes on DHT and hair loss, most of you may develop misconceptions that DHT – Dihydrotestosterone is some evil androgen hormone that serves no purpose in the body but to make our prostates bigger and cause baldness. But infact the actual situation is much more complex. For some people, reducing or eliminating DHT may be the only concern but for some other people keeping DHT levels under control may be the best option.

To understand whether body building causes premature baldness, You need to know the differences in the functions of DHT – dihydrotestosterone and its precursor Testosterone.

To quickly sum up DHT is biologically important for:

  1. Sexual differentiation into a male foetus during embryogenesis,
  2. Maturation of the penis and scrotum at puberty,
  3. Growth of facial and body hair after puberty.
  4. Development and maintenance of the prostate gland and seminal vesicles.
  5. Lastly the negative one: That’s Receding Hairline and Male Pattern Baldness by gradually miniaturizing the hair follicles.

DHT – Dihydrotestosterone is produced from the prohormone testosterone by the action of enzyme 5α-reductase in selected tissues, like in the genitals, prostate gland, seminal vesicles, skin, and hair follicles.

Now, Let’s quickly sum up the Functions of the hormone Testosterone. It’s important for:

  1. Sperm production and Male Fertility
  2. Muscle and Bone development – Remember this.
  3. Voice Deepening from puberty onwards
  4. Acne and sebum production
  5. Libido and Erections.

You can clearly see Testosterone is important for Muscle and bone development function. It is also important to understand that even though testosterone is the active androgen in muscle, and DHT exhibits relatively little direct anabolic effects on muscle in men, DHT is still very important for the full performance enhancement effects from testosterone. What I specifically mean here are the effects of DHT on the central nervous system that lead to increased neurological efficiency (strength or power of muscles), and it’s also important for increased resistance to psychological and physical stress and finally for optimal sexual function and libido. Hence you notice adverse effects of DHT blockers like finasteride on long term use in a small percentage of hairloss patients.

Now let’s Answer the question – Why do most body builders get bald early?

There are bodybuilders who do not use steroids or exogenous testosterone and build muscle naturally, And then there are professional bodybuilders who use a muscle building drugs that are high in testosterone.

Natural ways of body building like lifting heavy weights and weight training programs increase the circulating testosterone levels and help in muscle development. But anything in excess is converted to DHT and may cause some hair loss. But according to studies High levels of testosterone specially the exogenous formulations or steriods can cause increase in levels of DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) which can induce premature male pattern baldness in body builders.  But remember, baldness is multifactorial, the most important factor being your genes.  Remember those with DHT sensitive hair follicles and not everyone will go bald and this is genetically programmed.

Now, the next question: Do Creatine supplements for muscle building cause hair loss?

Creatine is one of the most widely used bodybuilding supplements. It’s naturally found in animal products like red meat, but can be easily purchased as a supplement from any drug store. Many studies have shown creatine to increase muscle strength and athletic performance.
A 2009 study published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine says that creatine may increase the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and may accelerate male pattern baldness in genetically predisposed individuals. Remember, Creatine in addition to hair loss can cause kidney failure in many body builders.

 

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19741313

https://academic.oup.com/edrv/article/38/3/170/3861397s

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15 Shocking Milk Nutrition Facts Debunked!

Today article is on the top 15 interesting facts and myths on drinking milk – topics like
Milk and Kidney Stones, Milk and Sleep, Milk and Weight Loss, Milk and Asthma, Goats Milk, Milk Contains Hormones, Milk + Fish = Vitiligo (White Patches), Milk and Puberty and many other truths on milk.

 

  1. DRINKING RAW MILK IS GOOD FOR HEALTH?

This is a Myth. The consumption of raw milk increases the risk for infection and serious illness. All milk intended for direct consumption should be pasteurized. Pasteurization kills potentially harmful bacteria without affecting the taste or nutritional value of milk.

 

  1. MILK CAUSES EARLY ONSET OF PUBERTY? Particularly in girls.
    This is a Myth. No doubt the age of onset of puberty in girls has now significantly decreased, but milk is not the reason for early onset of puberty and there is no scientific evidence to support milk or diary products for early onset of puberty.
  2. MILK IS THE BEST SOURCE OF CALCIUM AND VITAMIN D?
    Milk is a source of calcium and vitamin D, but certainly not the best. For example, two tablespoons of chia seeds have six times more calcium then milk! 100 ml of milk contains 125mg of calcium while 100 grams of ragi contains a whopping 344mg of calcium. That says it all.
  3. BOILING MILK REDUCES ITS NUTRIENTS?
    This is again a Myth. Raw Milk has to be pasteurized to kill all potentially harmful bacteria and, there is absolutely no harm in boiling milk again and again. There is no significant loss of its nutritional value.
  4. DRINKING MILK IS GREAT TO START YOUR DAY?
    This is True. Milk is actually great for breakfast because it gives you the essential nutrients right at the start of the day.  But drinking milk on an empty stomach as soon as you wake up may not be the best thing for you. Drinking a glass of water is actually beneficial as soon as you wake up.
  5. DRINKING MILK CAUSES BLOATING AND INDIGESTION?
    Well, This is true for people with Lactose intolerance, but not for normal people. Lactose intolerance is a digestive disorder in some people who do not have sufficient enzyme called lactase to digest the sugar lactose which is the main sugar in milk and other diary products.
  6. MILK IS HEART HEALTHY FOOD?
    This is false! Whole cows milk contains 5 to 10 mg of cholesterol per 100gms. Milk and other dairy products are one of the top sources of artery-clogging saturated fat.
  7. MILK CONTAINS HORMONES?
    This is a Fact! Hormones are naturally present in most foods of plant and animal origin. In cow’s milk, it called Bovine growth hormone (bGH). Bovine growth hormone is a peptide made up of amino acids and when ingested, is completely digested in the gastro-intestinal tract like any other protein and thus has no hormonal activity in humans.
  8. MILK HAS A LOT OF SUGAR?
    Sugar is a general term used many times for any carbohydrate whether its glucose, fructose or lactose. Milk contains a carbohydrate called lactose. Many people confuse this natural sugar in milk for table sugar which is sucrose. But remember, Chocolate and other flavored milk contains added sugar (sucrose), making it much heavy, specially important info for people who intend to loose weight.
  9. DRINKING MILK CAUSES KIDNEY STONES?
    This is a big myth most people do not know. Many studies have shown that Drinking milk or calcium derived from foods does not increase kidney stone risk, but calcium from supplements has been associated with higher risk of stone formation.
  10. DRINKING MILK CAUSES MUCUS AND ASTHMA?

This is another myth with no scientific basis. There is no relationship with milk and bronchial asthma.

 

  1. DRINKING A GLASS OF MILK BEFORE BED GIVES YOU SOUND SLEEP?
    This is actually True. A glass of milk helps to induce sound sleep because milk contains a protein called Alpha-lactalbumin, which is a source of the amino acid Tryptophan, which is essential for synthesis of serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter hormone that helps to regulate mood and sleep.
  2. GOATS MILK has lower fat content than Cows Milk?
    This is True. When it comes to the trans fat content, Buffalo milk has highest fat content, then comes cow’s milk and lowest is goat’s milk.
  3. DRINKING MILK CAN HELP YOU LOOSE WEIGHT?
    Drinking milk will not make you slim. There are no studies suggestive of any benefit of milk to loose weight. Instead, depending on your total calorie intake value, it can actually make you more fat.
  4. EATING MILK AND FISH TOGETHER CAUSES VITILIGO OR WHITE PATCHES ON SKIN?
    As per medical science, Vitiligo is an auto-immune disorder and has no direct relationship with food. There are no research evidences to support this claim. Infact, In many parts of the world, fish dishes are cooked with milk, yogurt or other dairy products without any problems. But as per Ayurveda, this combination can trigger some sudden chemical changes in the body to pollute blood and cause skin problems. But no studies have proved this claim.

Reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4983121/

 

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5 Super Foods in Breakfast to be Active and Energetic all day

Most of us depend on Caffeine and Fast foods whenever we feel lack of energy or get that lazy feeling.  Having a cup of tea or coffee will certainly make you feel energetic, but only for a short period of time and your energy levels crash again.

Before I list out 5 Magic foods, Please take as second to click on the Subscribe button and the bell button, so that you will get notified whenever we add any useful episode.

Well, Before you start your day, make sure to include one or more of these Top 5 foods in your diet for your breakfast to be active and energetic throughout the day.

05: A Glass of Water After You Wake up from Bed: Start Your Day with a glass or two of water. It just fires up your metabolism. You are dehydrated when you wake up after sleep and water also helps flush out toxins and Dilutes and pushes the gastric acidic secretions down into your gut.

04: Melons and Citrus Fruits: These are best taken on empty stomach or atleast half and hour before breakfast. Or You can just squeeze half a lemon in your First Glass of water after your wake up from bed. Melon is full of electrolytes for instant energy and hydration whereas lemon provide the starter dose of vitamin C for the day.

03: One Whole EGG: Egg is an excellent source of inexpensive, high quality protein. Eggs for Breakfast Can actually Help You Lose Body Fat. They contain only trace amounts of carbohydrates, but plenty of protein and fat. Eggs also are high in vitamin A, vitamin D, B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper and even selenium.

Though eggs are high in cholesterol, but the effect of eggs on blood cholesterol is minimal when compared with the effect of trans fats and saturated fats. Most healthy people can eat up to seven eggs a week with no increase in their risk of heart disease. Infact Cholesterol is very much essential to your body and it’s a raw material for synthesis of various hormones including sex hormones.
Dietary Guidelines recommend eating only 100 to 300 milligrams (mg) of cholesterol a day depending on your caloric level. And generally one large chicken egg has only about 186 mgs of cholesterol — all of which is found in the yolk. So that says it all.

02: Soaked Almonds: When you soak them overnight, their nutrient value is enhanced. You can eat about 5-10 almonds. It gives you loads of nutrition and also improves satiety through the day and you wont feel hungry during the day.

01: Dates: Dates are a great addition to kick start your day. Dates help relieve constipation and the potassium content in dates can also treat stomach upsets and diarrhea.

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Vitamin D deficiency Hidden in most of us – Easy Treatment Steps

Most people ignore this cause of hairloss, pains, depression, digestive upset and vertigo and suffer from poor quality of life. This easy DIY approach to diagnose a common cause for certain common signs and symptoms like hair loss or hair thinning, muscle pains, digestive upset, depression, back ache and many others health problems which can be due to vitamin D deficiency in your body. If neglected, in the long run, this can be life threatening. We will show you an easy DIY approach to diagnose this common problem of vitamin D deficiency, particularly in adults.

Lets Start with our  Approach:

Age Sex Race Risk factors signs and symptoms, diagnosis, investigations, treatment and the take home message finally.

Starting with the Age Sex and Race

– According to many studies and researches, this vitamin D deficiency is more prevalent in the 40 to 60 year old age groups.
– Male population is more affected than females.
– Over 80 percent African-Americans are Vitamin D deficient, 40 to 45 percent of adults in the US, 70 percent in Hispanics and in Indians.

Lets learn about Risk Factors: If you have one or more of these, then you must be double cautious about this problem.
–  Staying indoors or always using sunscreen when going out.
– Pure Vegetarians (specially those who do not eat diary products, meat fish,etc)
– People Having dark skin (synthesis of Vitamin D from sunlight reduced).
– Being elderly
– Being overweight or obese.
– Recent Major surgery.
– Living far from the equator where there is little sun year-round.

Signs and Symptoms: If you have one or more of these signs and symptoms, then follow the advice given towards the end of this video.
– Falling Sick or Getting Infected Frequently (this is due to weaking of your immune system due to Vitamin D deficiency).
– Feeling of Tiredness and inability to perform routine day to day activities.
– Frequent Muscle Pains, Back pain specially lowet back pain, Headaches.
– Depression, mood swings, irritable bowel and feeling of passing motions frequently and anxiety.
– Impaired Wound healing and Bone loss (because Vitamin D is required for Calcium absorption) – This can make you more prone to fractures with simple imjuries.
– Alopecia – that’s Hair Loss which is often attributed to stress and nutritional deficiencies. Hair loss can be in the form of hair thinning or even female pattern baldness or alopecia aerate.
– Dizziness or vertigo is another common symptom of severe vitamin D deficiency.

Now the Investigations required for final diagnosis:

If you think you have these matching symptoms, you need to confirm the diagnosis. You can consult with your doctor and get your Vitamin D blood levels measured.

0-20 ng/ml – deficient , 21 to 30ng/ml – Insufficiency and normal range is generally Above 60ng/ml.

Now the Treatement Part: Watch Video.

Now Finally the Take Home Message:
Vitamin D deficiency is incredibly common and most people are unaware of it. And Fortunately Fixing your deficiency is simple, easy and can have big benefits for your health.

 

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10 NATURAL CURES TO REDUCE BAD CHOLESTEROL

If you are suffering from high cholesterol, you are at a higher risk for heart disease. But the good news is, it’s a risk you can control. Yes, You can lower your “bad” or  LDL cholesterol and raise your “good” or HDL cholesterol. You just have to follow these 10 tips to reduce the bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.

 

  1. Eat Monosaturated Fats. You might have heard about a low-fat diet for weight loss, This definitely reduces the cholesterol levels, but the problems is it reduces not only the bad LDL cholesterol but also the good beneficial HDL cholesterol. In contrast, a diet high in monounsaturated fats reduced harmful LDL, but also protected higher levels of healthy HDL.
    So what foods are rich in monosaturated fats.
  • Olives and olive oil
  • Canola oil
  • Tree nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts and cashews
  • Avocados
  1. Eat Polyunsaturated Fats especially Omega-3s: Research shows that polyunsaturated fats reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart disease. Polyunsaturated fats also seem to reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.

Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of polyunsaturated fats. They are found in seafood and fish oil supplements specially in fatty fish like salmon.   Other sources of omega-3s include seeds and tree nuts, but not peanuts.

  1. Avoid Trans Fats. Trans fats are unsaturated fats that have been modified by a process called hydrogenation. The resulting trans fats are not fully saturated, but are solid at room temperatures. This is why food companies use trans fats in products like spreads, pastries and cookies — they provide more texture than unsaturated, liquid oils.
    Trans fats increase total cholesterol and LDL, but decrease beneficial HDL by as much as 20%.
  2. Eat Soluble Fiber Diet and Probiotics. The beneficial bacteria that live in your intestines can digest soluble fiber. In fact, they require it for their own nutrition. These good bacteria, also called probiotics and these reduce the bad cholesterols – LDL and VLDL.
    Some of the best sources of soluble fiber include beans, peas and lentils, fruit, oats and whole grains. Fiber supplements like psyllium are also safe and inexpensive sources.
  3. Exercise. Not only improves physical fitness and helps combat obesity, but it also reduces the bad LDL cholesterol and increases the good HDL cholesterol levels. 30 minutes of activity five days a week is sufficient to improve cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.
  4. Loosing Weight. If you are obese, do anything you can to reduce your weight because weight loss has a double benefit on cholesterol as it increases the good HDL and decreases the harmful cholesterol.
  5. Stop Smoking. Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease. Smoking increases bad cholesterol and decrease good cholesterol and hinder the body’s ability to send cholesterol back to the liver to be stored or broken down. Quitting smoking can reverse these effects.
  6. Alcohol Moderation. Moderate alcohol intake reduces heart disease risk, too much alcohol harms the liver and increases the risk of dependence. The recommended limit is two drinks daily for men and one for women.
  7. Change Your Lifestyle. If you have a sedentary lifestyle beware on the risk of obesity and change to an Active lifestyle. Stop using lifts, make a habit to walk a few kilometres daily and making these small changes in your lifestyle will have a major long term impact on your health and cholesterol.
  8. Supplements. Do not hesitate to take supplements like fish oil, omega 3 fatty acids and soluble fiber. This improves cholesterol and promotes heart health. `

If you’re concerned about your cholesterol levels, have them checked by your doctor. A simple blood test called LIPID PROFILE, after an overnight fasting, is all that’s required.

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8 Vital Functions of Cholesterol | Its Important

I randomly asked some of my patients.  “What is cholesterol?”  I got the following answers from well educated patients:

  • “Bad fats.”
  • “Blocks your blood vessels.”
  •  “You get it from Fatty and Oily foods.”
  • “Bad for your heart.”

Actually, cholesterol isn’t a fat, nor does it come from eating fat. In fact, every cell in the body makes cholesterol. If we eat more cholesterol, our cells make less. And.. If cholesterol is bad for our body then, why would our cells be making it?

 

  1. Very important to maintain Cell Membrane integrity.
  2. Synthesis of Vitamin D in the Skin by Sunlight. When sunshine strikes the skin, it converts a substance in the skin called 7-dehydrocholesterol into vitamin D Vitamin D is so important for calcium regulation and immune functions of our body, and without this our bones could break easily and our immune functions will be supressed and we would be prone for frequent infections.
  3. Synthesis of Testosterone – that’s The Male sex hormone which is very important youth hormone for stamina and muscle mass.
  4. Synthesis of Progesterone – which is an important hormone for brain function, as well as regulation of menses in women
  5. Synthesis of Oestrogen – which is a female sex hormone and very important to maintain all female functions.
  6. Synthesis of Cortisol – which is Also called Stress hormone produced when your body is in stress.
  7. Synthesis of Bile Juice by liver – which is so important for the digestion of oils and fats, and also absorption of very vital vitamins A, D, E, and K.
  8. For Myelin Sheath Production – it’s a sheath that protects nerves and helps conduction of signals similar to plastic insulation around an electrical wire.


The bottom line is:
the Lack of cholesterol results in early aging, reduced immunity, disturbed reproductive functions, depression, Vitamin D deficiency and a series of health problems.

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5 Surprising Cholesterol Myths and Facts

Are you worried about high Cholesterol levels? Stop worrying about it and Check out these 5 common myths and facts about high cholesterol. If you think you know these already, there may be a few more surprises for you.

Normal Values: Americans have the highest cholesterol in the world according to WHO statistics.

So What are the Normal Levels in Adults: The blood test is called LIPID Profile and  the Desirable or Normal Lipid Profile includes:

Total cholesterol: Desirable level < 200 mg/dl

LDL or “bad” cholesterol – Desirable level < 100 mg/dl

HDL  or “good” cholesterol – Desirable level  > 60 mg/dl

Triglyceride or Fat Levels in blood – Desirable level  < 150 mg/dl

  1. Cholesterol is BAD: When most people hear about “cholesterol” they think its something “bad.” This is not always true and the reality is more complex. High cholesterol can be dangerous, but cholesterol itself is essential for various important  body functions like the synthesis of sex hormones, Vitamin D production, cell membrane making and integrity and so on.

    How does high cholesterol cause heart disease?
    LDL or bad cholesterol is the main source of forming atherosclerotic plaque or clogging your arteries. HDL or the good cholesterol actually works to clear the bad cholesterol from the blood.

  2. Eating cholesterol increases your bad cholesterol. Most of the cholesterol circulating in your blood is manufactured by your liver. It’s actually not made from the cholesterol in your diet. The cholesterol medications prevent this synthesis by blocking the enzyme HMG Co-A reductase which is responsible for cholesterol production.  So if your dietary intake of cholesterol is high, then your body or liver need not manufacture that much cholesterol.
  3. Eggs are evil. It’s true that egg yolk is a source of dietary cholesterol. Though eggs are high in cholesterol, but the effect of eggs on blood cholesterol is minimal when compared with the effect of trans fats and saturated fats. Dietary Guidelines recommend eating less than 300 milligrams (mg) of cholesterol a day. And generally one large chicken egg has only about 186 mgs of cholesterol — all of which is found in the yolk.

But dietary cholesterol isn’t nearly as dangerous as was once thought. Only some of the cholesterol in food ends up as cholesterol in your bloodstream, and if your dietary cholesterol intake rises, your body compensates by producing less cholesterol of its own.

  1. Your cholesterol should be as low as possible in blood. This is not true. Certain levels of cholesterol needs to be maintained for many important functions in your body. Infact People with too-low levels of cholesterol have increased risk of death from other non-heart-related issues. Please checkout my video on the important functions of Cholesterol from the end screen links.
  2. Drugs are the only way to reduce high cholesterol levels. Most drugs actually lower the cholesterol the bad as well as the good cholesterol. But we need the Good cholesterol for our protection. SO how do we achieve this?

The most important way out is a balanced Diet and exercise!  Check out my video on the 10 natural ways or remedies to reduce your bad cholesterol from end screen link or from description link.

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You Are Drinking Water the Wrong Way | 10 Myths Busted!

Water! We all need water to live. 60 percent of your body weight is nothing but water. Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to work smoothly.

There are so many myths and facts about water that one should be aware of to stay healthy.  Some of these misconceptions might cause you more harm than good.

Lets Take this QUIZ on Water and check out which one is a MYTH and which one is a real FACT based on scientific and medical knowledge.  Please watch this interesting episode till the end and it will certainly benefit your health during hot summer days ahead and rectify your mistakes to stay healthy.

So Lets begin busting these myths and know the true facts.

 

#10: Drinking Water during a meal is good for Digestion! True or False?

This is a Myth. Actually Drinking too much water, just before a meal, during a meal and immediately after a meal is not a healthy habit. Too much water can dilute the gastric acidic secretions that are necessary for digestion of food. Sipping small amounts of water during a meal will not cause any harm.  So, What s the best time to drink water? Ideally avoid drinking water 30 minutes before a meal, then atleast 60 to 90 minutes after a meal.
But Some studies conducted on weight loss have shown that drinking water during meals can help reduce weight by preventing you from overeating and help in weight loss.  We will look into this topic later on.

#9: You Must drink 8 glasses of 8 ounces each daily to be healthy! True or False?

This is Partly False! The amount of water your body needs for optimal hydration depends on so many factors, like the climate you live in and how active your lifestyle is, any pre existing kidney or heart ailments you have and so on.
The advice of :  “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.” That’s cool and easy to remember, and for normal moderately active adults and in temperate climates it’s a reasonable goal .
But Most healthy people can stay hydrated by drinking water whenever they feel thirsty. For some people, fewer than eight glasses a day might be sufficient. But some other people might need more.

#8: Drinking Water in three breathing pauses and not Gulping or Chugging water is a healthy habit!

Yes, this is True!  We start gulping or chugging water heavily even in a single gulp when we are extremely thirsty specially after a workout. Remember drinking too much water within a short amount of time can be sometimes be dangerous and can dilute your blood sodium levels and lead to a condition called Hyponatremia or Water Intoxication which can cause your cells to swell and this can be dangerous when the cells in your brain swell up and cause a serious condition called cerebral edema.
If you drink one or two glasses of water when you exercise or when you are feeling hot, you will be fine. But you will run into problems if you are drinking way too much and too fast.

 

#7: Drinking lots of water is healthy for the skin! True or False!

This is a Myth. The actual beauty and appearance of your skin is the result of many factors like your genes, diet,  lifestyle, weather and so on. But keeping yourself adequately hydrated is also important for your health including skin health. There is no scientific evidence or studies to say that drinking lots of water will keep your skin glowing and healthy.

#6: Drinking lots of water before meals helps in Weight Loss! True or False!

There is some scientific evidence that Water really does help you lose weight. Studies have shown that water consumption increases the rate at which people burn calories – that is the metabolic rate. And to avoid over eating and help you loose weight, its recommended you drink atleast two glasses of water 30 minutes before meals and not drink too much during or immediately after a meal as already discussed.

#5: Drinking Water in a Sitting Down Posture is a Healthy Habit! True or False!

This is absolutely true!  Drinking water on the go! Whether standing, walking or even running can be harmful to your body. Drinking in a standing position, you are most likely to start gulping or chugging water and this we have already discussed. It is said that in a sitting posture, your muscles and your body are relaxed and also kidneys perform their function better in this posture. And moreover when you drink water on the go it can cause a splash on you stomach walls and can even cause choking sometimes aspiration of water into the respiratory passages.

#4: Drinking Ice Cold Water is Bad for Health! True or False?

This is actually controversial! One Hypothesis states that Having cold water or a cold drink reduces our body’s  core temperature. It also causes our blood vessels to constrict. Therefore, the body spends valuable energy in bringing our core temperature back to normal. This energy could have instead been spent digesting the food we ate. Therefore, it affects our digestion by slowing it down.
Some also say that due to constriction of blood vessels in the throat, this can cause you a sore throat.  So its always better to consume room temperature or warm water during meals.

#3: Your Urine Color is an Indicator of your Water Intake! True or False!

Yes its absolutely true.  When you are dehydrated or when you are not taking enough fluids, urine turns darker. I have a detailed video on this very useful topic on  Urine colors as an indicator of Your health.

#2: Drinking Water as soon as you are Wake up Early Morning even before brushing teeth is a good habit! True or false?

This is absolutely beneficial ! When you wake up after a long sleep, your body is naturally dehydrated. So drinking a full glass of water recharges the dehydrated cells of your body and provides other benefits like flushing out toxins, improving your metabolism, specially for weight loss, avoids constipation, hydrates your brain and so many other benefits of taking a glass of water as soon as you wake up.

#1: Drinking Water Just before Bed is Good for Health! True or False?

This is False!. There is little evidence to suggest any specific benefits of drinking water at bedtime. Actually Drinking too much water just before sleep can disturb your sleep by causing nocturia – thats urge to pass urine in sleep. This can disturb your sleep and affect your quality of life and work performance during the day. Specially diabetics and people with prostate problems should avoid this habit.

And Normally Your urine output decreases at night, allowing you to sleep six to eight hours without interruption. Drinking a glass or two of water before bed can change this cycle.

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REVERSE HAIR LOSS by Understanding Hair Growth Cycle

Understanding How Your hair grows is really important in learning why your hair thins and falls out and also this knowledge can help you for regrowing your hair or maintain your existing hair by minimizing hair loss.  Animated Video explanation at the end.

In this Article, I will explain in simple terms using an animation showing different phases of hair growth.  This can certainly help you combat hair loss or hair thinning and can even help you reverse hair loss. We will also look into Some Anagen Hair stimulators and Factors.

We will first begin with the parts or the structure of a single hair. Do not worry, we will not go into full details. Just look at the labels of this diagram and try to understand the structure.

It Made of Two Main Parts:

  1. The Hair Root or the Hair Follicle
    2. Hair Shaft – what we see outside the skin.

This is very important for you to understand that nutrients reach your hair follicle by no other means except blood supply. Understanding this also busts all myths about applying special oils and stuff like that that promise to grow hair. But some topical applications like minoxidil increases the blood supply and hence increases the supply of nutrients or supplements we take orally as a part of hair treatment.
Also remember this tiny projection called dermal papilla which anchors the hair bulb to the hair follicle and to the blood supply.

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Now lets understand the different phases or stages of Hair growth Cycle. Remember all your hair are not in the same stage of hair growth cycle at a time otherwise you would intermittently look bald during these hair growth stages.
Well, Starting from new growth of hair from the follicle to bulb and shaft and then falling off or shedding off, there are Four stages: Anagen, Catagen, Telogen and Exogen Phases. Lets start with

  1. Anagen or Growing Phase: This growing phase lasts from about 2 years to 6 years. This decides the length of your hair. The longer this phase, the lengthier your hair, specially in females who have grown very long hair, this phase is longer. This length also varies in different races and your genes also plays a very important role.  During this phase, a hair grows about one centimeter, or roughly about half of an inch, every month.


Now, Why this Anagen Phase is so Important?

Well, Remember – At any Point of time, over 80 percent of hair on your head are in the anagen phase. And during this phase – the cells in the hair follicle multiply rapidly and keep adding to the hair shaft and your hair grows. And the nutrition to carry out this function comes from the blood supply as already discussed in the structure of hair follicle and this is very important to understand that you must have some great hair growing foods to provide nutrients to these cells through blood supply. Check out this list of some great foods for hair loss.

  1. Catagen Phase (Transition Phase): The catagen phase is a short transition phase of about 2 weeks when the anagen phase or growing phase comes to an end. It signals the end of the active growth of a hair. In this phase, the hair bulb detaches itself from the dermal papilla and hence from its blood supply and starts to shrink and goes into the next phase.
  2. Telogen (Resting Phase): This is simply the resting phase and lasts about three months before it goes into the exogen or shedding phase. When hair is in this resting phase a new hair bulb forms to begin the new growth or the anagen phase.
  3. Exogen (Shedding Phase): Its important to understand this phase for people who panic loosing 50 to 100 hair daily. You see around 10-15 percent of your hair are in this resting phase and out of these they can go into exogen or shedding phase any time. So loosing about 50 to 100 hair daily is completely normal. Never panic when you get hair in your hand while shampooing or combing your hair on if your find some 10 to 20 hair on your pillow. That’s completely physiological.

Now Finally important info on things that can shorten your Anagen or the growing phase. Avoid these and implement some good steps to make your hair healthy and stronger.

  1. Stress: Any form of stress whether due to illness or even emotional stress, can shorten the anagen phase and more follicles will go into the telogen phase and then shed out.
  2. Nutritional Deficiencies – Anagen phase needs good supply of nutrients through the blood supply for cells to multiple and contribute to hair growth. This is really important for people who do extensive dieting without proper supplements.
  3. There are some rare cases of unlucky people with unlucky genes who have short anagen syndrome, where they can never grow longer hair for reasons that are unknown. These people say they never needed a haircut.
  4. Anagen Stimulators: Some pharma company products claim to be anagen stimulators that help hair stay in the anagen phase for longer duration of time. Before using any of these over-the-counter products, please consult with your dermatologist. But remember the most important part of this episode  – that is your hair get nutrition from the blood supply at the base of the hair follicle and this scientific knowledge of hair growth cycle busts a lot of myths on some non sense hacks to regrow your hair circulating all over the internet. I hope you got my point. And am not here to promote any pharma products.  Will discuss more on these hair growth stimulators or anagen stimulators in another detailed episode.
    So the bottomline is:  A healthy scalp with adequate blood flow will absolutely impact the health and length of your hair. Make sure you read Hair Growth Foods article.

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5 SHOCKING EGG FACTS AND MYTHS – HEALTH Q & A

In this article we will look into 5 Surprising facts and myths related to Egg and Egg yolk. I guarantee! you will be absolutely surprised to watch this eggs surprise episode and learn a lot of truths and shocking things your knew before!

 

So, Lets begin with the Egg facts myths and Questions:

 

  1. Egg Yolk Contains High Cholesterol and Bad for Health!

 

This is a Myth! One average sized chicken egg contains about 186 mg/dl of cholesterol and all of it is present in the yolk. So its obviously true that eating egg yolk should increase your blood cholesterol!  But the good news is – It’s the GOOD Cholesterol or the HDL cholesterol that increases. The higher this HDL value, the better it is for your heart health. So eating eggs is actually good for your health because in addition to raising your good cholesterol and being high in the best quality protein and amino acids, it contains a lot of other useful vitamins and minerals. You know you get a life out of an egg!, so obviously eggs are Superfoods! – Infact the Natures Perfect Food!

 

  1. How many Eggs can I eat per day?

Well this varies from person to person and your digestive system and also depends on the type of egg you eat – and this we shall discuss later. Studies have shown that eating up to three whole eggs per day is perfectly safe and there is no evidence that eating more that three will cause you any harm.  And Moreover, eggs are so inexpensive and easy to prepare and also taste awesome. Is n’t it?

 

  1. Eating or Drinking Raw Eggs is good for Muscle Building and Health?

Well, this is the biggest myth! It is infact bad for your health. Let me explain this! Whether raw egg or cooked egg both are nutritious and have lot of nutrients.
The three main reasons or concerns you should avoid eating or drinking raw eggs are:

  1. a small risk of Salmonella infection which can cause a bad diarrhoea or gastroenteritis in some people, specially if you have low immunity and things like that.
  2. Eggs contain all 9 essential amino acids and hence they are rightly called “complete” protein. The problem is eating the eggs raw can reduce the absorption of these quality proteins. So, protein is better absorbed from cooked eggs or partly cooked eggs, though some other nutrients may be slightly reduced by the cooking process.
  3. Another concern is Eating Raw egg can cause Biotin deficiency. Biotin is a very important B complex vitamin and very important for hair loss patients. Biotin is found in egg yolk and its enemy called Avidin is present in egg white. If you consume raw egg, this avidin bind to biotin and blocks its absorption. When you cook the egg, heat destroys this avidin and you get biotin available for absorption. As simple as that.

 

  1. Brown Eggs or Desi Eggs are Better than White Eggs:

 

I am sure most of us know the price difference of these two eggs. Do these brown eggs have a high nutritional value when compared to white eggs or the cheaper eggs? Do the brown eggs contains any special vitamin or mineral that’s exclusive for this type of egg?

Does the colour of its shell, make it healthier than white eggs? Or Whats hidden inside is what really matter!

Most of us think expensive things are good! But the truth is – other than the price difference and the hen that lay these eggs – that’s White-feathered chickens with white earlobes lay white eggs; red or brown ones with red earlobes lay brown eggs. Other than that there is absolutely no real difference in nutritional value between brown and white eggs. But some studies have shown that a very negligible amount of Omega-3 fatty acids –  little higher in brown eggs. But for us this actually does not really matter. So this is the fact!

 

  1. What Type of Egg is Good for Health?

There are lot of labels for egg types like organic, vegetarian-fed, free-range, cage-free, Pasture raised eggs and so on. So Where do you start? Well, where do all these egg types come from: a Chicken. Right?  Though Pasture raised eggs are considered the best. If you trust your grocery store or the brand, you can go for it. Because No hormones or antibiotics are injected into this poultry and they are considered best.

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