Here’s a look at every important point, you need to know about the new deadly Chinese coronavirus. This newly identified coronavirus has been spreading in China, and has now reached several other countries.
Where did the Virus Come From?
Since the virus first popped up in Wuhan, China, in people who had visited a local seafood and animal market and the scientists say they originated from two kinds of snakes, the many-banded krait and the Chinese cobra.
Can the virus spread from one person to another?
Yes! Coronavirus can spread between an infected person and others via:
the air (from viral particles from a cough or sneeze);
close person to person contact (touching or shaking hands);
through an object or surface with viral particles on it (then touching your mouth, nose or eyes); and
rarely from fecal contamination.
How would this virus cause a pandemic?
To become a pandemic, it needs to do three things: efficiently infect humans, replicate in humans and then spread easily among humans. But according to sources, Right now, this virus is spreading between humans in a limited manner, but they are still investigating.
What are the symptoms of the new coronavirus?
The main symptoms of the new coronavirus include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Despite sharing some symptoms that were similar to SARS virus, there are some important differences, such as the absence of upper respiratory tract symptoms like runny nose, sneezing and sore throat and intestinal symptoms like diarrhea.
What is the Treatment for this Coronavirus Infection?
There are no specific treatments for coronavirus infections and most people will recover on their own. So treatment involves rest and medication to relieve symptoms. If you are mildly sick, you should drink a lot of fluids and rest but if you are worried about your symptoms, you should see a healthcare provider, especially children, the elderly and the immunocompromised. Moreover, There is no vaccine for the new coronavirus but researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health confirmed they were in preliminary stages of developing one.
How to Prevent the spread of the coronavirus?
The Chinese government has stopped most of the travel to and from Wuhan as well as 12 other nearby cities, according to The New York Times. This “lockdown” affects about 35 million people, the Times reported.
How can people protect themselves and others? You should avoid contact with sick people, avoid dead or alive animals, animal markets or products that come from animals such as uncooked meat. You should often wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Other steps to follow are: wearing a face mask, covering your coughs and sneezes and washing your hands.
In Today’s post we will list out 10 steps to naturally cleanse or detox your lungs. Lung cleansing techniques may benefit smokers, people who get regular exposure to air pollution, and those with chronic respiratory conditions.
The idea of cleaning out your lungs might sound very appealing. But if you’re tempted to buy vitamins, teas, or essential oils that say they will “detox” your lungs, Save your money!
Here are 10 steps you can take to keep your lungs as healthy as possible:
No 10: Stop Vaping: Vaping means smoking electronic or e-cigarettes. Vaping is less harmful than smoking, but it’s still not safe! E-cigarettes heat nicotine, flavouring agents and other chemicals to create a water vapor that you inhale. There has also been an outbreak of lung injuries and deaths associated with vaping. This is especially true for vaping products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). And moreover, Electronic Cigarettes Are Just As Addictive As Traditional Ones.
No. 9: Avoid Passive and Active Smoking: Cigarette smoking is the cause of death for one in every five people in the United States, And this includes passive or second hand smoking. The combination of the smoke coming from the end of a cigarette, plus the smoke that comes out of the smoker’s mouth, contains hundreds of toxic chemicals which can accelerate development of Lung Cancer.
No. 8: Steam Inhalation: Inhaling water vapor opens up the airways and help the lungs drain out mucus and mucus plugs. Steam adds warmth and moisture to the air, which may improve breathing and help loosen mucus inside the airways and lungs. Inhaling water vapor can provide immediate relief and help people breathe more easily.
No.7: Controlled Coughing: Coughing is the body’s natural reflex or defence mechanism to expel toxins trapped in mucus. Controlled coughing loosens excess mucus in the lungs, sending it up through the airways.
You can follow these steps for controlled coughing:
sit on a chair upright and relaxed
slowly inhale through the nose
slowly exhale while leaning forward, pushing the arms against the stomach
cough 2 or 3 times while exhaling, keeping the mouth slightly open
slowly inhale through the nose
rest a while and repeat if necessary.
No. 6: Green Tea: Green tea contains many antioxidants that may help reduce inflammation in the lungs. These compounds may even protect lung tissue from the harmful effects of smoke inhalation.
No.5: Anti-inflammatory foods: Foods that help fight inflammation include turmeric, leafy greens, cherries, blueberries, olives, walnuts, beans and lentils.
No. 4: Keep your lungs strong with exercise. There is some evidence that cardiovascular exercise — anything that makes your heart beat faster — can help your lungs work better! It also makes the heart and muscles more efficient, so when you do physical activity, there is less demand on the lungs, so you feel better and breathe more easily.
No.3: Prevent Infections: Protect your lungs from further harm by getting flu and pneumonia vaccines. Also, frequently washing your hands, and avoiding contact with anyone who has a sniffly nose or other illness are helpful points to remember.
No.2: Avoid Air Pollution both Indoors and Outdoors: Keep your house clean! Make it a habit to vacuum your home regularly. You can also use Vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters and Even Air Purifiers with HEPA filters to get rid of those toxic carcinogenic gases.
If you are going outdoors, avoid spending time outdoors on days with poor air quality and use good quality pollution masks. You can check air pollution index in your zone using some standard apps on your phone.
No.1: Breathing Exercises: We already discussed how exercise and physical activity can improve our lungs and heart. Taking a step further, Diaphragmatic breathing, also known as “belly breathing,” is an effective technique that can be used to strengthen the diaphragm and increase the oxygen carrying capacity of the lungs. This technique is performed by taking a deep breath in, almost as if you were attempting to breathe all the way in your stomach. As the inhalation occurs, you will feel the diaphragm contract. Then you can exhale slowly through pursed lips. This create back-pressure in the alveoli which is great for improved lung compliance and detoxifying your lungs.
In today’s post, we will discuss on receding hair line in men, what causes this and the best treatments to treat receding hairline.
Receding Hairline in men can start any time after puberty. It is one of the first signs of male pattern baldness and can be caused by a variety of factors like:
Age: Most men in their 30’s have a receding hairline. But for some men, it can start very early and can be the first sign of male pattern baldness.
Family History: The Genes play the most important role in male pattern baldness and receding hairline.
Hormones: Dihyrotestosterone, in short DHT is the main hormone responsible for causing the follicles to shrink or miniaturise them initially and then it completely kills the follicles and no hair can grow in them anymore. More than DHT hormone, the sensitivity of hair follicles to DHT is the major concern which is again genetically determined.
Let’s discuss the treatment options for a receding hairline. There is no instant cure for receding hairline and baldness. The medical treatment aims at reviving the shrunken hair follicles back to normal, but cannot revive the hair follicles that are already dead!
On #1: Changing Hair Styles or growing longer hair in the frontal region can be a temporary solution to make your feel confident and positive!
On #2: Minoxidil: This is an over-the-counter scalp solution to help slow the rate of hair loss. The effects typically last as long as a person uses the treatment, but baldness will return once a person stops using it. You can start with 2% or 5% minoxidil solution once daily or twice daily depending on the severity of hair loss.
On #3: Finasteride, 1 milligram daily is the best medical remedy to block DHT and hence can bring back a shrunken hair follicle back to life. But remember, It may not work if the hair loss is more than an year old, because the follicles in the bald patch have no life.
On #4: Laser therapy using a red light or laser at a wavelength of 660 nanometers may also increase hair growth in some people.
On #5: Hair Transplantation: This is a permanent solution to solve the problem of receding hairline. Before you undergo this procedure, you have to opt for either FUE or FUT method and also choose the best possible clinic with sophisticated robotic surgical device like the ARTAS system for best results. We have discussed Hair Transplantation in detail in another post.
There are tons of misconceptions in the world of hair care! Every guy is at risk of losing his hair, some more quickly than others. In Today’s episode we will reveal the true facts and answer the most frequently asked question: Is it Possible to regrow Lost Hair?
Well, To understand the situation, you need to know some basics like How your hair grows from your hair follicle or hair root and also Temporary hair loss and permanent hair loss.
So, let’s quickly understand the structure of hair follicle or hair root in most simplified way. You can imagine the hair follicle as a vase and the hair as the stem of a flower. As you can see in this illustration, the hair follicle is underneath the skin and has its own blood supply which supplies nutrients and minerals for hair growth. The hair that grows above the skin surface is a dead structure made of a collagen tissue called keratin.
Having said that, now let’s classify hair loss. Hair loss can be either Temporary or Permanent. Temporary hair loss can be due to many factors like Stress, Nutritional deficiencies, certain medications like the anti-cancer drugs and stuff like that! Whereas, the Permanent hair loss is the Male Pattern Baldness or Andro-genetic Alopecia.
Now, Let’s answer the question: Is it possible to regrow lost hair?
Well, in the first scenario, that’s Temporary baldness due to stress and nutritional factors, the Answer is a Big YES! Once the cause of hair loss is withdrawn or rectified, your hair grows back to normal most of the times!
Whereas, in the second scenario, that’s Permanent Baldness or Male pattern hair loss, the Answer is YES as well as a NO! Let me explain this further.
You must know the process of Miniaturization of Hair follicle. Miniaturization simply means shrinking of the hair follicle. This is due the action of a male hormone called DHT – Dihydrotestosterone which is formed from Testosterone by the enzyme 5-Alpha Reductase. This DHT hormone acts on the hair follicles and persistent action of this DHT on hair follicles causes a gradual shrinking or weakening of the hair follicle. Remember! It’s a gradual process which ultimately kills the hair follicle which no longer produces any hair.
Now Let’s again go back to our Question in this scenario of permanent hair loss.
Is it possible to regrow lost hair?
Well, If your hair loss is recent with a family history of baldness, then probably your hair follicle is still in miniaturized state and not completely dead. The sooner you start the treatment, chances are more likely that you can convert the miniaturized follicle back to a healthy follicle and again remember it’s a gradual process. You need to have full patience with regular treatment. We will discuss the treatment part in the end.
Now, what if you have this bald patch or frontal hair line recession which is more than a year old? Well, in this case, it’s unlikely to grow back your lost hair. The only solution or treatment for this is Hair Transplantation. We have discussed in detail about hair transplantation.
Well, Now the treatment part for recent onset male pattern baldness. The only way to treat this baldness is to block or reduce the DHT levels in blood and increase blood circulation for proper nutrient supply to bring back the miniaturized or shrunken hair follicles back to normal.
Androgenetic Alopecia or Male Pattern Baldness is the commonest cause of Hair loss and balding in both men and women. The hormone DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) produced in the body is responsible for this type of hair fall and ultimately leads to baldness.
DHT accumulates in the scalp and miniaturises hair follicles and ultimately kills the hair follicles which are sensitive to it. Lucky people are those who do not have DHT sensitive hair follicles. This sensitivity depends on hereditary or genetic factors.
Now, we will discuss on the natural remedies for hair loss that reduce the DHT levels in the scalp or prevents its accumulation and damage by splitting the topic into three methods:
Increase blood circulation to prevent accumulation in the scalp.
Provide essential nutrients to damaged hair follicles.
Reduce DHT levels in the scalp.
Good blood circulation is very important to carry the nutrients to hair follicles and it also prevents DHT accumulation in the scalp. To increase blood circulation at the scalp, you can perform the following tasks:
Head Massage: Gently massaging your scalp in circular motion and pressures, can improve the blood flow to the scalp hair follicles. Perform head massage at least twice daily.
Yoga specially the Head down position called “SheershaSan” is very beneficial to increase blood flow suddenly to scalp and wash out any accumulated DHT and prevent damage to hair follicles. Be in this position for atleast one minute and perform 3 sets of this yoga once daily.
Regular Exercise of atleast 30 minutes daily like jogging, treadmill, pushups or any kind of activity is proven to be beneficial to improve blood circulation.
Then the next step is to provide some essential nutrients to rejuvenate the damaged and weak hair follicles. Nutrients are carried to hair follicles through the blood stream and hence apart from eating a well balanced diet, you need to include few foods in your diet rich in protein, minerals and anti-oxidants like Eggs, nuts, green vegetables, whole grains, lentils, etc. We will list out the top 10 foods that can lower DHT levels and fight hair loss in a shortwhile from now.
Then, Avoid alcohol consumption and smoking. And, If you are dieting in order to lose weight then do not overdo it as it can cause hair thinning due to nutritional deficiencies.
Lastly, we will discuss on some natural ways to reduce DHT levels in the blood.
Stress and Sleep deprivation can accelerate hair loss. So keep your stress levels low and have a sound sleep of atleast 8 hours daily.
Regular Exercise has been shown to lower DHT levels. Perform any form of exercise for atleast 30 minutes daily.
SAW PALMETTO: Studies have shown that this naturally occurring substance blocks the enzyme 5-Alpha Reductase and hence reduces DHT. Sawplametto is approved in many countries and you get capsules of this substance along with multi vitamin and zinc magnesium supplements.
FOODS THAT LOWER DHT LEVELS:
10: Beans and Soybeans: beans are a excellent and an inexpensive source of zinc, which helps in hair growth and hair repair. Studies have shown that compounds in soybeans may promote hair growth. One of these compounds is spermidine, which is abundantly found in soybeans.
9: Meat: Specially Red meat is rich in iron and this increases your red blood cell count, which in turn helps the red blood cells deliver oxygen to all cells in the body, including hair follicles.
8: Oysters: Oysters are one of the best sources of zinc in the diet. Zinc helps in hair growth and repair.
7: Seeds: Specially flaxseeds and chia seeds in addition to vitamin E, zinc and selenium, also provide omega-3 fatty acids and all of these promote hair growth.
6: Nuts: specially almonds and walnuts provide vitamin E, B complex vitamins, zinc and essential fatty acids, all of which promote hair growth and they are also proven to protect your heart.
5: Avocados: They are not only super delicious but also an excellent source of vitamin E and also rich in Vitamin C, K and Omega-3 fatty acids.
4: Fatty Fish: Fatty fish like salmon, herring and mackerel are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to improved hair growth and even density.
3: Spinach: Spinach is loaded with folates, iron, and vitamins A and C, which may promote hair growth. A deficiency in these nutrients may result in hair loss. Spinach is a best plant-based source of iron, specially great for vegetarians.
2: Eggs: Eggs are a great source of protein and biotin, which are so important for healthy hair and hair growth. Eggs are also a great source of zinc, selenium and other nutrients. This makes them one of the best foods for optimal hair health.
Another Important Nutrient in Egg – Biotin is essential for the production of a hair protein called keratin. Research has shown that consuming more biotin can help improve hair growth in people with biotin deficiency.
1: Berries: berries are loaded with beneficial compounds and vitamins that promote hair growth. This includes vitamin C, which has strong antioxidant properties.
For example, strawberries are rich in vitamin C, which help in collagen production and iron absorption which are two factors that can promote hair growth.
Today we will discuss on the 5 miraculous, scientifically proven benefits of using apple cider vinegar for your hair and skin. We will also learn how to use this properly to improve your hair and also some precautions to take while using apple cider vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar is a very popular, 100 percent natural health food made from apples using a fermentation process enriching it with live cultures, minerals, and acids.
Without any further ado, We will now list out the 5 scientifically proven benefits of apple cider vinegar for skin and hair.
1: PH balance of Your skin and scalp:
Vinegar is chemically acetic acid – that’s an acid with a PH value of around 3. Dull skin and brittle hair has an alkaline PH. The concept of using an acidic substance, like Apple Cider Vinegar is to help lower this pH and bring back skin and hair health back into balance!
2: Anti-microbial Properties:
Apple Cider Vinegar is also a home disinfectant due to its anti bacterial and anti fungal properties. It may help control the bacteria or fungi that can lead to scalp and hair problems, such as minor scalp infections, dryness, itchiness and dandruff..
3: As Facial Skin Toner and After Shave Lotion: It balances the pH level of your skin and makes it healthy. Hence it is a good idea to replace your skin toner with Apple cider vinegar. It can be used as an excellent alternative to a regular after shave lotion. It is also used in the treatment of Acne and to get rid of warts. We will tell you how much and how to use this, in a while!. Please watch this video till the end.
4: Oral Consumption of Apple Cider Vinegar:
When taken orally it can boost your immune system, help fight against intestinal infections, constipation, aid in proper digestion and helps detoxifying the body.
5: For Healthy Hair:
An after shampoo apple cider vinegar rinse is proven to do wonders to your hair by balancing the alkaline PH of you scalp. It also tames rough hair cuticles and fights split ends. This PH balancing and application of Apple Cider Vinegar keeps hair healthy and prevents hair loss. Regular application of this can not only treat hair loss in many patients but it’s also used for prevention of hair fall and hair thinning.
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Hair rinse?
Step 1: Prepare the Solution by mixing a quarter cup of vinegar to half a cup of water.
Step 2: Apply this solution gently on your scalp after performing your regular shampoo hair wash.
Step 3: Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly with water.
Use this weekly twice for best results. If scalp irritation start, you can reduce the dose, otherwise you can slowly increase the dose to half a cup of vinegar to half a cup of water depending on your previous results.
Also other precautions to take care of: Avoid contact with eyes. If contact happens, quickly rinse your eyes with water. Scalp irritation if occurs should generally subside within a couple of days. If it doesn’t subside, please consult a doctor.
In Today’s article, we will discuss on the best combination treatments for hair loss in both men and women. We will also list out the 5 best topical minoxidil formulations with no side effects. We will also discuss on how to use and which formulation to use depending on your stage of baldness and also briefly discuss on how these medications work to promote hair growth.
Topical Minoxidil solution is the only non-prescription, over-the-counter hair loss treatment, clinically proven and FDA approved medication for female and male pattern hair loss.
Minoxidil belongs to a class of medications known as VASODILATORS, that means those medications dilate the blood vessels.
Minoxidil was actually discovered in the clinical trials for high blood pressure treatment. During the trials, oral use of minoxidil showed unexpected increase in scalp and body hair. These incidental findings led to the development of topical minoxidil for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia.
Now lets quickly discuss on the Mechanism of action by which minoxidil works:
Minoxidil is a potassium channel opener which dilates the blood vessels of the skin around the hair follicles and this allows more entry of oxygen, blood, and nutrients to the hair follicles. This increases follicular size and hair shaft diameter and prolongs hair growth and keeps hair in anagen phase for a longer time. This brings back miniaturized hair follicles back to normal. Miniaturized follicles are those that are weakened by the action of DHT – dihydroxytestosterone.
Minoxidil may cause follicles in the telogen phase to shed – that is why you experience hair loss for intial few days after minoxidil application! These hair are then replaced by thicker hair in a new anagen phase. You can check out a detailed animated explanation on hair growth cycle to understand the how hair grows from HERE.
For what Type and Stage of Baldness is minoxidil effective?
Minoxidil is more effective in younger people who have experienced hair loss for less than 5 years. Minoxidil is less effective when the area of hair loss is large.
Minoxidil use is more effective for central or vertex hair loss and may not be effective to treat receding hairline.
You can start minoxidil from early stages of baldness like Stage 1 and 2 to prevent progression of baldness. You can watch a detailed video on the stage-wise treatment of male and female pattern baldness from links at the end screen of this video.
It is proven that about 40% of men experience hair regrowth after 3–6 months of minoxidil treatment. Minoxidil must be used indefinitely for continued support of existing hair follicles and the maintenance of any experienced hair regrowth.
Before we move on to the Different formulations and combinations of Minoxidil, we will quickly list out some rare side effects of minoxidil.
Burning sensation or redness at the application site may occur. If these persist or worsen, contact your doctor or try a different formulation like minoxidil foam.
Rarely, this medication can be absorbed through the skin and cause systemic side effects including: unwanted facial/body hair, dizziness, fast/irregular heartbeat, fainting, chest pain, swelling of hands/feet, unusual weight gain, tiredness, difficulty breathing especially when lying down.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is very rare.
And lastly, Alcohol and propylene glycol present in some topical preparations may dry the scalp, resulting in dandruff and contact dermatitis.
Now let’s discuss on the different Formulations and Combinations of Minoxidil for Hair loss Treatment:
Minoxidil 2%, 5% and 10% solution or foam. 2% is recommended twice daily for stage 1 and 2, 5% for stage 2 onwards twice daily and 10% stage 3 onwards once daily. Minoxidil foam is recommended for those who have scalp irritation on using regular minoxidil solution.
Minoxidil 5 and 10% + Finasteride 0.1% – This is really effective hair loss treatment for stage 3, 4 and 5 and can revert your stage to previous level within 6 months to 1 year. 5% solution should be used twice daily and 10% once daily one or two hours before bed and hair can be washed with a mild shampoo the next day morning. This is also recommended for those who cannot tolerate oral finasteride of 1 mg daily and report adverse effects like erectile dysfunction and loss of libido.
Minoxidil + Diaminopyridine – This is another effective combination. Here Diaminopyridine prolongs life cycle of a follicle by stimulating the anagen phase.
Minoxidil + Aminexil – Here aminexil increases the circulation of blood to hair follicles which triggers an increase in hair growth and also prevents the hardening of hair shaft and the build-up of collagen around it. It can be used by both men and women dealing with hereditary hair loss or androgenic alopecia. Aminexil has no reported side effects.
5% minoxidil and 0.01% tretinoin is another proven topical combination where tretinoin increases the percutaneous absorption of minoxidil and hence the efficacy and safety of combined 5% minoxidil and 0.01% tretinoin once-daily therapy appear to be equivalent to those of conventional 5% minoxidil twice-daily therapy for the treatment of Andro-genetic Alopecia.
In Today’s article we will discuss on the 10 Genuine Home remedies for hair loss and hair thinning for both men and women. Some of these are proven to work and have a scientific basis while other natural remedies have no scientific background and either do not work, or act through a placebo effect.
There are many Hair loss solutions and treatments like hair fall shampoos, lotions and pills! There are 100s of products that claim to cure hair loss. Which one can you trust?
Now, Lets list out the 10 natural remedies for hair loss treatment based on research studies conducted in various years. Some of these might be very helpful, whether you’re trying to regrow hair that you’ve lost or simply like to improve your existing hair or to treat hair thinning. And all Links & references to these research studies on hair loss remedies are provided in description below this video.
10. Head Massage: Gently massaging your scalp in circular motion and pressures, can improve the blood flow to the scalp hair follicles and stimulate hair growth. Doing this at least twice daily is found to be helpful. This can not only strengthen your existing hair, but it also proven to treat hair thinning, specially if its due to nutritional deficiencies. Supplements like biotin, collagen, vitamin C, zinc and others, along with scalp massage will revert your hair back to normal within 3 to 6 months if the cause is due to nutritional factors. In addition, head massage also relieves stress and anxiety!
Before I list out the other remedies for hair loss, you should know that hair growth is primarily determined by genetics and on an individual’s overall health. But the good news is! These are natural remedies and have no side effects! So, why not try these! Whether singly or in combination, these can have an impact on your hair! And also remember ! any treatment must be followed for atleast 6 months to see any kind of result.
9. Aloe Vera: Fresh aloe vera gel extract from a leaf has great anti-inflammatory properties. It reduces scalp inflammation specially in seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff and reduces itchiness and scaling to a considerable extent. Studies also say, it stimulates blood circulation and improve delivery of oxygen and nutrition to hair follicles.
So, Now! How to use Aloe vera gel?
– Cut a healthy leaf from aloe vera plant.
– Peel one side of this and Scrape out the gel using a spoon.
– Apply this gel directly to your scalp and massage in circular motions.
– Leave it on for an hour or two and then wash off with a mild shampoo.
– Use this two or three times in a week for atleast 6 months consistently to see any results.
8. Ginseng: Taking ginseng supplements can promote hair growth by stimulating hair follicles and blocking the hormone DHT – DiHydroxyTestosterone. The active ingredients in ginseng are called Ginsenosides. Ginseng is a special short plant with fleshy roots and the Asian variety is considered the best because it contains these active ingredients for hair stimulation. There are many supplements with ginseng available to purchase online. The link to this research study is provided in description below. And one more point to note: Ginger and Ginseng are not the same!
7. Coconut Oil: Though Coconut oil contains seven different types of fatty acids like the caproic, caprylic, capric, lauric acid, etc, there is no study to prove that coconut oil promotes hair growth. It is only a good conditioner and improves the luster of your hair, especially if you have dry hair. It also protects your hair by coating it and prevents damage to your hair shaft. Some recommend mixing lemon into coconut oil and apply on hair. This is not proven to promote hair regrowth.
6. Onion Juice: Onion juice has been shown to successfully treat patchy hair loss also known as alopecia areata by promoting hair growth in bald areas or patches. But only one such study is conducted in the year 2002 and with a small number of only about 38 patients. Also, it is not proven to grow hair in male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia. I have discussed about onion juice and hair growth in a detailed episode. You can find that link in the video description below.
5. Garlic: Similar to onion juice, a 2007 research study found that applying garlic paste along with betamethasone valerate cream on bald areas produced more hair regrowth than using a placebo treatment with the steroid cream betamethasone. Again, this study was conducted only in 40 patients with alopecia areata and not androgenetic alopecia. Much like onion, garlic is also full of minerals and vitamins that might help, but no proper scientific evidence found. Applying a paste of blended garlic cloves can be tried as a home remedy for hair loss without any adverse effects. Do let me know the results if you have tried by commenting below!
4. Viviscal: Viviscal is an oral hair growth supplement containing a wealth of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids said to combat hair thinning. The key ingredient in Viviscal is the AminoMar Marine Complex, which contains shark cartilage and oyster extract powder. Studies have been conducted on this many times and all studies have shown its efficacy in hair thinning patients in both male pattern baldness and female alopecia. I recommend using this for stage 2 and 3 and to treat hair thinning in combination with minoxidil.
3. Biotin: Biotin, zinc, copper and collagen supplements or from foods rich in these sources are also very useful for hair regrowth if used in conjunction with other treatments like minoxidil.
2. Jojoba Oil and Rosemary Oil or any other Oil: These have no effect on hair growth and hair regrowth and these work similar to coconut oil as already discussed!
1. Licorice roots: Licorice is thought to opens skin pores and strengthens weakened hair follicles by its antiandrogenic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, angiogenic, and hair-stimulating features. It is also found to be helpful in hair loss due to telogen effluvium.
One last and very important natural DHT blocker to mention is Saw Palmetto. This is a proven remedy for androgenetic alopecia. This is also used for the treatment of prostate enlargement. There are many supplements available which contain this substance.
Links to all these research studies are provided in description below, for your reference.
Today we will look into some basics of Diabetes Mellitus like, What is Diabetes, What are the causes of diabetes and what are the different types of Diabetes. Understanding this basic knowledge and mechanism is very important from the point of view of prevention, and treatment of this deadly disease which affects almost all organs in your body.
What is Diabetes Mellitus and Diabetes Insipidus?
Diabetes Mellitus is a chronic (long standing) disorder in which blood sugar or glucose levels are abnormally and persistently high because the body does not produce the hormone insulin sufficiently to meet its requirements.
We call it Diabetes Mellitus or in short DM, because there exists another disorder called Diabetes Insipidus which is a rare disorder that does not affect blood glucose levels but, just like diabetes mellitus, also causes increased urination. This occurs due to lack of the hormone vasopressin (also called Anti-Diuretic Hormone or ADH) that causes excessive production of very dilute urine (that’s called Polyuria).
Now to understand the Mechanism of what causes Diabetes, we need to look into some basics, like the relationship between Glucose in the blood and the hormone Insulin. Please stay hooked!, as this knowledge is very important for prevention and treatment of diabetes. This means this is equally important for both diabetics, pre-diabetics and even non-diabetics like youngers to prevent the occurrence of diabetes in later part of their life.
The three major nutrients present in our food are Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Fat. Carbohydrates are the starches and sugars which can be simple sugars like monosaccharides to complex sugars like polysaccharides.
Let’s quickly look into this biochemical classification of carbohydrates as:
Monosaccharides or single sugars or simple sugars (for example Glucose, Fructose and Galactose)
Disaccharides or double sugars
Whatever it is, these sugars are broken down into simple sugars like glucose by enzymes in the digestive tract before the body can absorb them.
So after absorption, everything is converted to glucose, which is the most important source of energy for the body. This glucose is transported through the bloodstream and taken up by cells for their functions.
Remember, one most important point – The body can also make glucose from fats and proteins and similarly, If all the glucose is not needed for energy, some of it is stored in fat cells and in the liver as glycogen
So, Now! What is INSULIN?
Insulin is a hormone produced by our digestive organ – Pancreas. This organ Pancreas is located behind the stomach that also produces many digestive enzymes which help in the digestive process. Insulin is secreted by specialized cell in pancreas called islet cells of pancreas.
This hormone insulin helps glucose to move from the blood into the cells.
The levels of glucose in the blood vary normally throughout the day. They rise after a meal and return to pre-meal levels within about 2 hours after eating. Once the levels of glucose in the blood return to premeal levels, insulin production decreases. The variation in blood glucose levels is usually within a narrow range, about 70 to 110 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) of blood in healthy people. If people eat a large amount of carbohydrates, the levels may increase more. People older than 65 years tend to have slightly higher levels, especially after eating.
If the body does not produce enough insulin, the glucose from blood does not to move into the cells, or if the cells can sometimes stop responding normally to this action of insulin which is called insulin resistance.
This is the cause for high levels of glucose in the blood in Diabetes Mellitus and this inadequate amount of glucose inside the cells produces the classical signs and symptoms of diabetes and responsible for multi organ damage in diabetes.
In our next posts, we will discuss on What is Pre-Diabetes, Types of Diabetes, Signs and symptoms of Diabetes and the treatment options for Diabetes Mellitus. Please follow our Playlist on Diabetes.
In today’s post, we will not only debunk the top 10 myths on beard growth, but also tell you a magic treatment that is scientifically proven to grow a beard faster or fill in a patchy beard. Will also discuss on the true facts on beard oil and beard growth supplements.
Let’s start listing out the top 10 myths & facts on beard growth and simultaneously touch on some important scientific aspects. The first few myths are on some basic facts on beard growth and then next few are on the treatment for beard growth.
On #10. Shaving or trimming makes the beard grow thicker!
This I am sure, most of us have heard about and even believe it! This is completely false. This is actually an illusion! because when the beard hair or any hair for that matter is shaved off or trimmed, the thicker portion of the hair is exposed just above the skin, giving the illusion of a “thicker” hair. So, shaving has no physiological or biological effects to your beard density or beard growth rate, and this applies even to your scalp hair.
On #9. Beards are itchy, scratchy, and create flakes or dandruff!
This is actually not true for everyone. This may be true if you are growing a beard for the first time and in initial 1 or 2 months. As you continue to grow your beard and start caring for it, you will never face this problem.
On #8. Age and Beard Growth: Like for instance, I am more than 20 years old and I have very few beard hair or a patchy low density beard and as I already have crossed 18 years, My beard will never fill in!
This is a myth! Beards improve and develop more as you get older. Typically, men report peaks in the beard growth around 30s and sometimes even in their mid 40s. So, if you fall in this category, have hopes! and stay positive!
On #7. Full bearded look is the only attractive beard style!
This is not true! This depends on which beard style best suits your face and personality. There are many beard styles to choose like the solo mustache, mustache & goatee, stubble, 5 o’clock shadow, short beard, long beard, lumberjack and so on.
On #6. I have a Patchy Beard or no hair at all on my face and I can never grow a full beard!
The truth is: Everyone of us have the required facial hair follicles to grow a full face of beard. These were already formed when you were a 5-month old fetus. These tiny hair are called vellus hair, which are difficult to see with your naked eye. At the end of this episode, we will show you the remedy to convert these vellus hair into full thick beard. Please stay hooked!
Well, Beard growth normally starts at puberty due the effect of androgens mainly testosterone and the di-hydroxy-testosterone (DHT). This beard growth depends on two main factors – the levels of androgen in your blood and the sensitivity of androgen receptors located on the hair follicle, to DHT and testosterone. We have discussed this mechanism of DHT and hair loss article.
Well, Some of You may have normal androgen levels in blood, but still do not have a proper beard. This means the sensitivity of androgen receptors is the reason for this and this in turn depends on your genes and the race. So people who do not have proper beard growth may be completely normal in all aspects.
On #5. I cannot grow a beard or beard growth is too slow, My father or uncle had no beard or patchy beard!
This is not always true. As I already discussed, Beard growth rate, the density of beard and the thickness of beard hair depends on numerous factors like the androgen levels, sensitivity and even genetics. But most of the times, this bad result is due to lack of commitment! and lack of patience!
So the amount of time it takes to grow a full beard varies from person to person and can take anywhere from 3 months to 1 year. In initial stages, it may appear patchy and this is the crucial period where most men try to trim it off or shave it off because it is looking ugly and patchy. Never do this! Continue growing it without trimming it or shaping it for atleast 3 months before you decide to remove it.
On #4. Beards make you feel hot in the summer!
This is a myth. Beards actually act as a protection from the sun and block the harmful Ultraviolet rays from falling directly on your skin. It actually provides a “cooling” effect under the skin when you sweat and then get some breeze into your beard.
On #3. Beard Growth Oil can boost or promote beard growth
This is a myth. Whether its beard oil or beard cream or gel, it never promotes hair follicle growth. Many beard oil formulations contains oils like tea tree oil. But apart from moisturizing your skin which might help to prevent an itchy beard, they do not have any effect on growth of beard hair.
On #2. Beard Growth Supplements like the Biotin and Collagen help boost beard growth
This may be true if the cause of slow hair growth is due to nutritional deficiencies, which also equally applies to your scalp hair. Most men are found to be deficient in these elements and even vitamins. If your diet is deficient in these elements like biotin, collagen, zinc, magnesium and even vitamin A and D, taking these supplements will certainly help nourish your hair follicles and even helpful for your overall body health.
On #1. Minoxidil Solution (brand names like Rogaine, tugain or mintop) can promote facial hair growth and help grow a full beard.
This is a fact!. Many research studies have proven that minoxidil can increase beard growth and help men achieve a full beard or fill up that patchy beard by converting the vellus hair follicles into mature hair follciles. Minoxidil is an FDA approved treatment for hair growth which increases the vascularity or blood flow around the hair follicle and promotes hair growth. More blood supply, means more availability of nutrients and better the hair health. So the best solution for beard growth is apply minoxidil like 5% on only the area where you need facial hair and take biotin, collagen and other supplements as discussed already. Make sure to protect your eyes from minoxidil during application. You might experience some minor side effects of minoxidil, like skin irritation and dry skin and serious allergic reaction is extremely rare.