When you first step out of the shower or bath, you likely feel clean, refreshed, and ready to face the day with confidence. Unfortunately, that sweet-smelling feeling of confidence may not last nearly as long as you would like. Vaginal odor is the most common feminine hygiene issue faced by women and most are embarrassed to discuss.
If you are concerned about vaginal odor, you may be tempted to purchase one of the many products marketed to clean your vaginal area or mask the scent. It’s important to know that these products often offer only a temporary effect and can be quite irritating. It can actually do little to stop vaginal odor at its source. Using a product that is scientifically proven to minimize odor-causing bacteria will help you feel fresh and confident throughout your day.
The Factors that Can Influence Vaginal Odor
If you have concerns that your intimate area does not smell as fresh as you would like, it may be helpful to know that having a slight vaginal odor serves a purpose. Research suggests that your vagina communicates important information about your health and fertility by releasing pheromones. The fragrance changes with hormonal shifts during the different stages of your menstrual cycle, and also during pregnancy and menopause.
While a certain amount of odor is to be expected, many women significantly underestimate the number of factors that contribute. Just a few of the numerous factors that can contribute to vaginal odor include:
The interaction between vaginal fluids, blood, semen, lubricants, and condoms, can alter the natural pH of your vagina. This can cause an overgrowth of normal bacteria leading to odor-causing bacterial vaginosis. Rinsing with plain water and avoiding flavored or scented lubricants can help reduce the risk irritation and temporarily reduce unpleasant vaginal odor. Best way to solve the issue is to reestablish normal vaginal acidic pH. When left alone, your vaginal flora will re-establish balance. Alternatively, one can use suppositories or supplements that are designed to maintain normal vaginal pH and thus control unwanted bacterial overgrowth and odor. It is a good idea to use after menses or intercourse to reestablish balance instead of waiting for the odor to develop.
Personal Hygiene Practices
Anywhere you sweat will eventually develop an unpleasant odor. If you are concerned about feminine odor after working out, consider washing your vulva with water and a warm washcloth after exercise (or between showers). Odor-causing bacteria thrive in a warm moist environment. Remember yeast loves alkaline soap so excessive washing with soap can actually make skin irritation worse. Simple warm water and gentle drying would be best. Avoid soap when the skin is irritated. Removing sweat before bacteria can multiply reduces the likelihood of odors developing. Bacteria can grow and form an irritating slimy film called biofilm. Biofilm can be found in any body surface that is moist such as gum, armpits, under our breasts, skin folds and our intimate area. This biofilm enables bacterial to grown and causes unpleasant odor as well as irritation. Key to maintaining good hygiene is to reduce biofilm formation and thus reducing environment for bacteria overgrowth.
Your Choice of Menstrual Products
Some women notice a strong metallic odor during their period. While many women are bothered by this somewhat unpleasant odor, that metallic smell you might notice is caused by the natural breakdown of blood. Blood also alters normal vaginal pH to cause an overgrowth of normal bacteria. Some women susceptible to vaginal irritation notice the same odor after intercourse. Changing pads more frequently or using an internal feminine hygiene product (tampons) could help you feel fresher throughout the day. It is best to use an organic unscented product as many pad and cotton are bleached with chemicals during the manufacturing process and can cause irritation when in contact with our intimate areas. If you chose to use a tampon, best to use one without applicator to not only reduce contact with potential irritants but also to be environmentally friendly.
Vaginal odor is a common complaint, even for women who do everything “right.” If you notice a strong “fishy” odor or experience other symptoms such as burning, itching, or discharge that does not resolve, it’s always best to consult your health care provider. These symptoms could suggest the presence of a bacterial infection or a sexually transmitted disease. Left untreated, vaginal infections can spread to your cervix and fallopian tubes causing pelvic inflammatory diseases leading to scars that can cause pain or infertility. The irritation caused by an infection can also increase your risk of contracting an STD if the normal integrity of your skin is damaged.
Avoiding Odor-Controlling Methods That Can Compromise Your Health
Many feminine deodorant sprays, powders, suppositories, and wipes promising to eliminate vaginal odor can create more issues than they solve. Far too many contain irritating fragrances, chemicals and other harsh ingredients that can disrupt your delicate PH balance and leave you susceptible to vaginal infections.
The increased risk of vaginal infection is also the primary reason doctors commonly advise women against douching. While douching may have been a common practice of women in previous generations, today we know that flushing your vagina with products containing vinegar, baking soda, or iodine can eliminate both harmful and beneficial bacteria. When essential balance is disrupted, your risk of developing a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis increases dramatically. Forcing fluids into your vagina can also push bacteria into your uterus, fallopian tubes, or ovaries and have a significant impact on your reproductive health.
A Scientifically Proven Solution for Vaginal Odor
Many feminine hygiene products intended to eliminate vaginal odor temporarily mask the problem. Most fail to provide a safe, proven method of inhibiting the growth of odor-causing bacteria and are only effective for a few hours at best.
If you are one of the many women who feel more self-assured and confident knowing vaginal odor is under control, consider the benefits of MD® Intimate Fresh. MD® Intimate Fresh is a 100 percent natural product that reduces odor-causing fungi and bacteria while maintaining a natural moisture barrier. By inhibiting the formation of odor-producing biofilm, MD® Intimate Fresh keeps you feeling clean and confident for up to 12 hours with the combined effects of two safe, effective odor-inhibiting ingredients:
Peppermint Essential Oil
Natural essential oils have been used medicinally throughout the ages to control infection. While our early ancestors may not have fully understood why this sweet-smelling herb prevented infection, researchers today confirm that peppermint is effective against 22 strains of bacteria. In addition to reducing or eliminating bacterial growth, peppermint also calms irritation while providing a safe, natural method of odor control.
Silver Sol Solution
MD® Intimate Fresh relies on the biofilm-inhibiting properties of Silver Sol, a colorless, odorless blend of elemental silver and deionized water. The nanosilver particles from a sphere surrounding a molecule of nanosilver to emit energy wavelength between890 and 910 nanometers. This is a natural drug-free method to break down the biofilm making the skin much cleaner and less irritated. Silver ions are shown to inhibit the formation of odor-causing biofilm, including the bacteria that can cause candida This colorless, odorless compound is probiotic-friendly and provides a natural barrier against odor-causing bacteria. Unlike the ionic silver or mild silver protein used in other wellness products, Silver Sol will not accumulate in your body due to its small size and its safety has been demonstrated. It is approved in Europe to use intravaginally but not yet in the US.
MD® Intimate Fresh is a vegan-friendly formula with ingredients that are proven safe and effective in more than 400 safety reports and independent studies. Developed by a gynecologist, this natural product could be ideal for anyone looking for a safe, long-lasting way to minimize feminine odor, including those living with incontinence. Intimate fresh contains no mineral oils, parabens, fragrance, or BPA. In addition to reducing vaginal odor an irritation, Intimate Fresh also addresses pain, itch, and dryness. It contains natural essential oil to control bacterial overgrowth and maintain pH. Hyaluronic acid and glycerin for a natural moisture barrier. These simple, natural and drug-free formulation when applied externally can provide up to 12 hours of freshness and confidence.
Feeling Fresh and Confident with MD® Intimate Fresh
Just like any other area of your body, including your hair and skin, your vagina has a unique, natural odor. That odor can be influenced by a significant number of variables, including hormonal changes, activity levels, the foods you eat, and the clothing you prefer to wear. Many women, just like you, feel entirely more confident knowing the potential for minimizing vaginal odor is within their control.
Rather than masking the vaginal odor, or using a product that could cause further complications, consider the value of selecting a product shown to effectively minimize the growth of bacteria, so you feel fresh and confident throughout your day, MD® Intimate Fresh.
For MD® Intimate Fresh and a quality selection of scientifically supported health, wellness, and beauty products visit MD®, where science meets beauty and wellness. Founded in 2006 by Susan F Lin MD, we combine the best of eastern and western science to formulate effective hair, skin, lash, and wellness products that empower you to look and feel your best.
Can Playing Golf Help Me Get Fit?
The advantages of playing golf
Playing golf can definitely help you get fit, but it does depend on how you do it. Playing 18 holes is the equivalent of walking 3.5 to 6 miles depending on the course.
Calorie-wise, walking an 18-hole course burns about:
- 721 calories, if you carry your bag
- 718 calories, if you pull your golf clubs in a two-wheeled cart
- 411 calories, if you ride in a golf cart.
Add in some hills on the course, then you’ll burn even more calories and get more exercise.
Benefits of Playing Golf
While golfing develops many of the same lower body large muscle groups as waking, namely the quads, calves, and buttocks. Golfing goes further by also developing the abdominal core and upper body.
Because of the twisting/turning action of the torso when swinging a golf club, the muscles running alongside the spine – the external obliques – become stronger as do the chest muscles, latissimus dorsi and the muscles in the forearm.
Affected Upper Body Muscle Areas
1. Abdominal Muscles
The external obliques help control your torso as you rotate through your golf swing. They run from the sides of the spine and across the ribs ending just above the hip joint.
2. Chest Muscles
The Pectoralis Majors run from your chest bone to the shoulder joint on each side of your body and helps support you when bent over and while rotating your body.
The Latissimus Dorsi run from underneath the armpit around the ribs in the back and connects to the shoulder blade. They help your arm move toward the middle of your body.
The muscles of the forearm are what give you the grip on your golf club. It is also what gives you control of your golf swing. In all, 22 different muscles work in conjunction with each other as you grip the club, rotate back, come forward and down with your swing and follow-through.
Based on a 300,000 participant Swedish study, not only does playing golf tend to get you into better shape, but the death rate for golfers is 40 percent lower. As compared to the similar sex, age and socioeconomic status of people who do not golf. This resulted in an increased life expectancy of 5 years for those who play. Who knew!
Because playing golf is fun, many overlook its health benefits when it comes to being a full-body development workout. Round out your workout with occasional strength-building exercises, such as weight lifting or a kettle-bell routine and you’ll reap even more health benefits.
To live longer and enjoy better health, play more golf!
Don’t Make These Mistakes When Exercising
Common Misconceptions Men Make When Getting Fit
Men usually have the best of intentions when it came to exercising. Reasons for exercising regularly may vary. Staying in great shape is one of the biggest motivating factors for most guys.
It is important to avoid mistakes that will compromise your results. whether you’re trying to maintain your fit physique or plan to take the plunge into fitness training.
Unfortunately, mistakes made during fitness routines have kept men from achieving quality progress. It also led to avoidable injuries.
If you don’t want to learn the hard way, then avoid these four mistakes men make when trying to get fit.
Here are some mistakes that can be avoided:
#1: Lifting too Much Weight or Overestimating Endurance
A lot of men make the mistake of overestimating their limits regarding strength and endurance. This attitude stems from the notion that having the stamina or strength to do more than other men is macho.
However, lifting too much weight than you can handle, or trying to complete one too many reps, or attempting to jog for distances equivalent to a marathon too often can wear your muscles and cause overuse injuries. Instead, focus on exercising safely. Don’t overstrain in your workouts just to impress others or boost your ego.
#2: Not Exercising All Muscle Groups
A common mistake male gym rats make during weight training is only focusing on the upper body.
After all, the ladies find big biceps and bulging chests to be attractive attributes of their male counterparts. Besides, if you can’t flex certain muscles in public why bother?
Focusing on appearance over function creates an imbalance in muscular conditioning. Like the sample the above, the results would be a ripped upper body but scrawny legs. Male bodybuilders who neglect their legs usually have this physique.
For the best results, make sure to work on all muscle groups. By ensuring that the supportive muscles used in certain lifts are not weak. Not only will it improve your overall physique, but also reduce the risk of injury.
#3: Trying to Imitate Other Behemoth Athletes
Another mistake is trying to imitate the biggest guy in the gym. Or taking on the fitness routine of a favorite accomplished athlete. It usually sends many men into a downward spiral.
Yes, it can be motivating to have a role model you can look up to when it comes to fitness training. But, trying to imitate their fitness routine can be frustrating and even eat away at your self-esteem. Especially if you are not yet at an advanced level.
The physiques you see with professional bodybuilders and athletes took time to develop. Therefore, it will take a while before you can manage an advanced workout. Unless you want to injure yourself due to overtraining or discouraged by burnout. It is best to find a fitness plan that works for you. Remember, fitness training is a marathon, not a sprint.
#4: Falling Prey to Harmful Performance Enhancement Drugs
Another trap is making use of performance enhancement drugs.
First off, if you plan on competing in a certain sport, doping puts your career at risk of getting caught.
Secondly, even though you don’t join in a competitive sport, this does not give you a pass to use performance enhancers.
Case reports have shown that abuse of anabolic steroids causes various health problems. Research on the long term effects of using most performance enhancement drugs is lacking.
Instead of cutting corners, take a much safer approach when it comes to fitness training. While the results may be slow, exercising regularly and eating healthy eventually pays off without risking your health.
The Essentials of Men’s Grooming
Grooming and skin maintenance aren’t just for women— there are simple things that guys can do that will visibly improve the look and feel of their skin.
Though men’s grooming is on the rise, it is often when guys hear the words “grooming routine”. They envision a lengthy process involving many products. Similarly, spending as much time in front of the mirror as their wives and girlfriends. This misconception about skincare can have painful consequences:
Think about this: 50 percent of men experience some form of underarm discomfort or itching. and believe this is the price to pay for using a powerful deodorant. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Practical Grooming Tips for Men
Here are some tips to help guys take better care of their skin without cutting into their free time.
Ditch the Soap
Guys often rely on a generic bar of soap (or worse, shampoo) to wash their bodies. These products are too harsh and strip essential oils from the skin. The dryness caused by soap is cumulative—the more you use it, the more damage you do to your skin.
Upgrade Your Workout Gear
While working out or playing sports, try wearing fabrics that wick sweat away from the skin. This is to help prevent skin from staying wet (when moisture is trapped on the skin, it is at a greater risk for infection).
Cotton, for example, is not ideal because it absorbs moisture. Check your local sports shop for moisture-wicking apparel made of materials like polyester or microfiber.
Don’t Forget Your Skin on Game Day
Tailgating and getting painted up in your favorite team’s colors is a tradition for many guys. Still, face paint makeup can clog pores and lead to irritation. After the big game, to completely remove the gunk, use a moisturizing body wash in the shower.
Remember That All Deodorants Are Not Created Equal
If the skin under your arms starts to itch or you see a rash developing, your deodorant is likely the culprit. Never treat this with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to “disinfect” the trouble spots.
The problem is almost never an infection. It’s usually a contact irritation. Look for a formula that works best with your skin. And also gives you the odor and wetness protection that you need.
Have a Good Road Warrior Routine
When traveling to and from new regions with differing climates, know your skin and use products that you’re already familiar with. Now is not the time to experiment with new lotions and deodorants that hotels might give you. Always have these basics in your travel bag: facial wash, moisturizer, and sunscreen.
Small Moments With Your Children Make a Big Difference
Studies confirm that fathers play a central role in their children’s lives
There are about 74 million children in America today. If you’re a parent, here’s something you should know:
Involved fathers—whether they live with their kids or not—can help their children lead happier, healthier and more successful lives. Children who feel close to their fathers are two times more likely to go to college or find a job after high school, 80 percent less likely to end up in jail and 50 percent less likely to experience depression. The small moments kids enjoy spending with their fathers can make a big difference in their lives. If you’re like most fathers, you’re already doing what you can to be a great dad. Here’s a look at five easy ways to keep it up.
What You Can Do
- Spend time with your children.
- Be a positive role model.
- Send a text to stay connected when far away.
- Read to your children.
- Remember #DadJokesRule!
Over decades there has been a massive growth in fatherhood involvement. Fathers now spend nearly triple the amount of time with their children than fathers did in the 1960s.
What Dads are Already Doing
Recent research suggests fathers are already very involved:
- 90% consider the role of dad is to be rewarding every day.
- 78% talked to their child’s teacher about progress in school.
- 61% have attended a PTA or other school meetings.
- Over half have helped with a class trip, special project or activity.
- Over a third of fathers have helped with coaching their children’s sports teams.
Even though fathers are largely more involved than in previous generations, dads today still want to be more engaged. Half say they don’t spend enough time with their kids and want to do a better job at parenting.
To help more fathers understand the importance of their role in their children’s lives, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse and the Ad Council have partnered on a national Responsible Fatherhood Campaign.
“All dads should be supported and celebrated for their efforts on Father’s Day and year-round because we know how the story ends for the kids whose fathers show up for them consistently—these children and families thrive,” says Kenneth Braswell the Director of National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse and Fathers Incorporated.
The campaign drives to Fatherhood.gov a free resource that offers information, tools and more. Dads can visit the website for ideas to get involved and stay involved in their children’s lives. Other resources include activity suggestions, homework help, online games and a long list of dad jokes! No matter how busy you may be, make time for your children. It only takes a moment to make a moment.
Learn More. For helpful tips, tools, information, jokes, and resources, visit www.fatherhood.gov.
Making memories on Father’s Day
Father’s Day is a holiday of honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood. We usually show our appreciation by giving gifts to our fathers. Then you’ll notice that your dad’s closet is overflowing with ties. He is ahead of two wallets and has enough shaving lotion and men’s colognes to last him the rest of his life.
So, what to do for Father’s Day? What would you do when your father seems to have everything? That special day can be made a memorable one with a little creative thought. What makes your dad his happiest?
Here are some tips you can do on Father’s Day:
- Take him to his favorite restaurant and slip a gift card for that special place or another purpose, into his Father’s Day card.
- Be a slave for a day. Mow the lawn. Wash his car. Cook him a lavish meal and wait on him hand and foot.
- Most men have a hobby or multiple hobbies. If he likes to garden, get your hands dirty and help him weed the produce patch. If he likes photography, plan a special scenic day trip with you driving, so he can be photographically creative.
- Does he enjoy finer tastes in life? Some specialty liquor stores have sample-size bottles of single malt scotches or glass-size bottles of wines. Accompany these gifts with food items that act as pallet cleansers for the tastings.
- Brew him a pot of his favorite coffee, make him breakfast, and prepare a basket full of sample coffees for him to try later. Baskets are always a good choice. You can put one together from various items, like books for reading, CDs, DVDs, or foods he likes but doesn’t usually buy for himself.
Remember, whatever the gift, it’s the thought that counts.
“Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.”
Happy Father’s Day!!
Injectable fillers are most commonly used for the face. But generally applies in other body parts as unknown to many.
Samantha Stone from Aedit
Because they are non-invasive, dermal fillers have become popular to restore lost volume, smooth out fine lines, or diminish wrinkles. It works by plumping up the injection site to fill out the targeted wrinkle, fold, or line. And the result of it? Leaving patients with a refreshed vibrant look.
Different types of filler’s use are depending on the patient’s goal. Because not every filler is right for every wrinkle or skin type.
Most common types of FDA approved fillers are:
- Hyaluronic acid (e.g. Juvéderm®, Belotero®, or Restylane®)
- Calcium hydroxylapatite (e.g. Radiesse®), and
- PPLA (e.g. Sculptra®)
While some fillers are approved for a specific area, you’ll find some doctors use them for other sites as well.
8 new and unexpected uses for injectables that may surprise you:
1. To combat cellulite and dimples
While there are natural techniques to reduce cellulite and dimples, there are just as many procedure types too. Typically, when people think about cellulite or dimple procedures, they think of lasers or radiofrequency (RF), surgeries or Lipomassage therapy. Unknown to most, injectables are also a way to minimize divots. It is because they can fill out undesired dimples, even lift up some of the skin to diminish the cellulite.
Sculptra® is one type of injectable that is not explicitly approved for the butt area. Combat dimples and cellulite is sometimes the use of it. It’s a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid (PPLA) that is gradually absorbed into the skin to rebuild lost collagen. Patients may usually require treatment administered by a trained specialist monthly for three months. And results lasting up to two years.
2. To plump up earlobes
With statement earrings being on trend and Kris Jenner confessing her insecurity about her ear lobes, this year, ears have been a hot topic in the beauty treatment industry.
Ears may not be the first feature you think of when you think of the signs of aging, but they can also become wrinkly and sagging.
Common among older women who have worn heavier earrings and may even suffer from stretched out earlobes. Luckily, there is a quick fix to rejuvenate earlobes such as filler treatments!
Restylane or other hyaluronic acid fillers can quickly plump up the lobe to mask any wrinkles, sagging, or stretching. Executing by a dermatologist, it takes roughly five minutes and the procedure is practically painless. Costing about $500 and lasts around six months, which comes out to about $1,000/year for young-looking earlobes.
Dermatologists and plastic surgeons are already lifting sagging skin around the face and neck. So the addition of restoring volume in the earlobes makes for a complete transformation.
3. To restore volume in temples
With aging and fat loss, there is commonly facial volume loss, especially in the temples region. They’re located on each side of the face above the top of the cheekbones and below the brow ridge. Loss of volume creates an undesired, tired looking shadow.
There are several different types of injectables to choose from: Hyaluronic acid fillers or collagen-replacing fillers. Your dermatologist should be able to determine the best type or combination of fillers to suit your needs. The injections will plump up the hollowed region and also lift the outer corner of the eyes. Also, contouring the face for a refreshing look. Filler injected into the temples typically lasts six months to a year, depending on the type of filler used.
4. To smooth wrinkles on knees and/or elbows
Another sign of aging can be sagging and wrinkling of the skin around the knees and elbows. While not the most common procedure, it can certainly be done. Smoothing the knees and elbows is quite similar to the one for cellulite or dimples. Sculptra® is one type of injectable that is not specially approved for the knee or elbow area. It is sometimes used to soften the lines around them. Since knees and elbows are less commonly treated areas, it might be appropriate that patients carefully select a practitioner. A professional who has extensive experience in injectables specifically for the knees and/or elbows.
5. To augment the chin and/or nose
Surprisingly, a rhinoplasty (nose job) is not the only way to restructure the nose. Small amounts of dermal filler can lift the tip of the nose and reduce the appearance of dorsal humps. While you can make significant changes to the nose with injectables, it does have its limitations. For instance, you are not able to reconstruct the nose (e.g. make the nose smaller or narrower). Additionally, non-surgical and non-permanent option to augment the chin can be provided by dermal filler. By adding fullness to give the chin more definition.
6. To smooth out scars
Another transformative way to use injectables is to smooth out acne and surgical scars. By lifting up the skin, so it is flush and no longer creates shadows. Because there are so many different types of scars and many varieties of dermal filler that can be used.
By speaking with a dermatologist, you can determine which filler will best lift depression and increase volume from scars. For instance, Bellafill® is a popular choice that specifically corrects acne scars. Bellafill® is FDA approved and is a mix of both collagen and acrylic, which gives long lasting results. Bellafill® lasts around 12 months when treating acne scars and up to five years. When correcting nasolabial folds, making it considered a semi-permanent filler.
7. To rejuvenate the hands
While most cosmetic procedures are focused on the face, one of the most age-telling features is actually the hands. They are constantly at work and unknowingly exposed to sun damage, especially during activities like driving. As a result, the hands can begin to look saggy, bony, and even show vein and/or joint protrusion.
Radiesse® is a versatile facial injection that has become increasingly popular for hand rejuvenation. It restores volume and smooths out the back of the hands. It is currently the first and only filler that is FDA approved to correct volume loss in the hands. Its results are immediate and expected to last one to two years.
8. To slim the face
Unknown to most, BOTOX® injections can do more than just smooth lines and wrinkles. it can actually slim the face too! If liposuction is to reduce fat, BOTOX® is a much less invasive way to achieve similar results in the face. When it is injected into the masseter muscle (the muscle used for chewing), it relaxes the muscle. It can round out a square jawline or slim down “chubby” cheeks. Results typically take around two weeks to be noticeable and can last around three to four months. And with extended results upon completing a few treatments.
Remember to do your due diligence
It is an exciting time in the cosmetics procedure industry as new treatments and uses are being approved daily. But it is still so important to do your due diligence. Make sure you ask all of the right questions beforehand and seek out a top injector or dermatologist. Particularly when targeting a less common feature or requiring off-label usage.
Inquire about the name and type of filler. Afterward, confirm a doctor’s perspective if has experience using that type on the desired feature. Once you are confident in your choice of doctor, you are ready to get started!
So, did any of these 8 uses for injectables surprises you?
Achieving fast hair growth is the dream of millions who suffer from embarrassing health/beauty issues nowadays-hair loss. In recent statistics by American Hair Loss Society
, approximately, 35 million men and 21 million women who suffer this problem.
Hair shedding is a normal cycle of physiology. It is considered normal to shed 100-150 strands of hair per day. However, with aging, one is unable to replenish as fast as our loss. This leads to gradual thinning of hair, receding hairlines, or eventual baldness in men.
For women, onset can start as teens if one experiences hormonal imbalance due to the polycystic ovarian syndrome. Childbirth or anemia from heavy menses can further contribute to hair shedding. Hair shaft becomes thinner making it more difficult to maintain hairstyle. By the time she notices scalp is visible, over 50% of hair has been lost.
Instances that should raise a red flag if you experience them:
- Hair fall more than 150 strands a day
- Hairs shed or fall off at an increased rate
- Hair thinning or baldness comes at an earlier age
- Premature graying of hair
- Strands of your hair are abnormally brittle
- The appearance of bald patches
- Slow down on the growth of hair length
Remember, excessive hair shedding can happen to people under certain circumstances. It shouldn’t be a concern if it is temporary, meaning it stops once the trigger is gone.
A serious form of hair loss condition known as “alopecia areata” or spot baldness. It is due to an auto-immune disorder, where the body attacks the hair follicles. This may affect hairs in all areas of the body.
Baldness patches may occur in the scalp, which may no longer regrow. Alopecia treatment would depend on the type of this disease, age of affected of individual and severity of hair loss.
Currently, there is still no single treatment that can be applied and be proven effective for all that have this condition. For mild alopecia, common treatments are applying a topical cream/ointment like Minoxidil, Anthralin, and corticosteroids.
Reported to halt or reverse the progression of alopecia recently:
Another form of hair loss is called “Telogen effluvium”, where the hair follicle prematurely enters the resting phase. Causes of this is hair to fall quicker than the normal phase, which could progress into chronic hair loss.
According to American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, the common causes of this hair ailment are – high fevers, childbirth, severe infections, severe chronic illness, severe psychological stress, major surgery or illnesses, over or underactive thyroid gland, crash diets with inadequate protein, and a variety of medications.
Most hair loss from medications is this type and causes include retinoids, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, antidepressants, and NSAIDs (including ibuprofen).
There are other known factors that contribute to hair loss such as the following:
Male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness is a hereditary condition of hair loss. It happens gradually as the individual ages. It can be addressed with prescription medication Propecia or with plant extracts that naturally block enzymes that convert testosterone to DHT, the main etiology of male pattern hair loss.
Women are more susceptible to this. Pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause are some conditions that can affect hair health.
Stress can trigger abnormal cortisol levels from our adrenal glands and disrupt our endocrine system. By doing so, it will cause an excess androgenic hormone that affects hair growth. For women, this is not an ideal situation as androgens can result in the eventual destruction of hair follicles.
So high-stress level can overstimulate the adrenal glands, leading to autoimmune issues or adrenal fatigue. One often sees accelerated hair shedding or patchy hair loss. It is recommended to use adaptogens in natural ayurvedic herbs to support adrenal and minimize the abnormal rise in cortisol level.
Medication and Treatments
Also known as drug-induced hair loss. Some drugs can possibly interfere with hair health. Examples are medication for cancer, high blood pressure, anti-convulsants. anti-depressants, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and in some cases antibiotics. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy and hormonal therapy are treatments that were said to cause hair thinning or hair loss.
Nutritional issues can also aggravate hair health. Zinc, iron, biotin and protein deficiency can most likely affect hair growth. Not getting enough vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin E can also be the culprit of hair loss. In particular, vitamin D deficiency has been associated with alopecia.
Underlying Health Conditions
Irregularities in hair appearance and volume can signify health problems. Thyroid disorder (Hypothyroidism), anemia, Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are some of the ailments that can cause hair loss.
Environmental stress from overprocessing, exposure to chemicals and over the styling of our hair can damage hair significantly leading to hair loss. So by stripping away natural protective keratin layer, hair becomes dull, brittle and breaks easily.
Hair loss is more than just a physical problem. Those who suffer from this issue may also be subjected to emotional challenges like embarrassment, anxiety, discomfort, and loss of self-confidence. We all know that “Hair is a crowning glory” and hair loss definitely affect a person’s appearance and quality of life.
Fortunately, there are novel hair growth treatments that are now widely available. Such treatments included medication, scalp treatments, laser hair therapy, surgical or non-surgical procedures, effective supplements, and topical regimens.
But of course, before using any of these, one must exercise precaution! Knowledge is the key.
So before we go into what products or treatments to do to make our hair grow faster, let’s first go through a fact check about hair growth.
Facts about Hair Growth
Here are few facts according to Mayo Clinic:
- Normal hair grows is 1 cm per month or six inches per year
- 3 stages of hair growth: (1) Anagen phase is known as the growth phase; (2) Catagen phase, also known as the transitional phase; and (3) Telogen phase, or resting phase (also known as shedding phase)
- Our hair is composed mainly of a protein called Keratin, which forms the building block for healthy hair.
- A hair follicle is a dynamic organ found in mammalian skin. It regulates hair growth via a complex interaction between hormones, neuropeptides, and immune cells
- Humans have the longest growth phase of scalp hair compared to hair growth on other parts of the body.
But hair growth is not something that could happen overnight. One needs to be persistent in using effective regimen to see improvement after 2-3 months and optimal result at 6-12 months.
Some tips you can do to help your hair grow faster or minimize hair loss.
1.) Trim your hair regularly
Sounds odd right? Why cut your hair to make it grow? Well, the aim in doing this is to prevent split-ends, which is a sign of damage to the hair strand. If neglected, the split can progress and extend all throughout the strand then make its way to the hair shaft. At this point, the hair strand can no longer be repaired.
Trimming your hair of less than an inch every 10-12 weeks will help to get rid of the unhealthy hair tips. This will allow the hair to regrow healthier ends.
2.) Use a conditioner
Most often than not many of us use conditioner for its beauty effect. Well, actually there are many health benefits of using it like the following:
- Conditioners act as a moisturizer making our hair soft and manageable. Aside from the easy styling benefit, we can enjoy, it also helps the hair strand to avoid from getting tangled that cause it to break.
- It helps our hair cuticle in repairing the damage that can lead to hair breakage and also produces a protective coating to give further protection
- Conditioners also hydrate the hair strands helping it restore oiliness. Dry hairs are easy to break
- Aids the scalp in clogging pores to decrease hair loss
- With ingredients to calm the irritated scalp and to stimulate hair growth
It is best to use a conditioner that suits your hair type to maximize the benefits of conditioning your hair. A revitalizing shampoo and conditioner is a good combination to achieve healthier hair growth.
3.) Give your hair a vacation
Some of our hairstyling and daily routines that if we do frequently can damage our hair. Thus, it would be good to change some of these old habits:
- Heat styling – blow dry, or flat-iron or curling iron can damage the cuticle of the hair and its proteins.
- Chemical treatments like coloring and perming – exposing your hair to chemicals can affect the keratin of the air which can weaken the hair strands.
- Wrapping your hair with a towel can cause your hair strands to tangle with the towel’s fibers. Your strands may end up breaking as you unwrap the towel from your hair. Use cotton fabrics instead of an old t-shirt.
- Brushing your hair immediately after bath is not good for your hair because it is very fragile when wet. Wait a while and use a wide tooth comb.
- Tying your hair with elastics can lead to what stylers’ call as “chemical cut”. This is when the hair breaks due to tension from the elastic tying. It is encouraged to use clamps, clips, pins or fabric ponytails.
- Sleeping on an ordinary pillowcase. We spend hours resting our head in our pillows when we sleep, so it won’t be a surprise if hair strands get caught up on your pillowcase. To avoid friction between your hair and the pillowcase, invest on silk or satin one that has a softer surface.
- Always wearing a ponytail or bun. Constant tension on the hair may cause it to break over time. If it cannot be avoided, frequently change the location of your ponytail or bun.
4.) Have a balanced diet and eat nutritious food.
According to studies, Biotin and protein-rich foods can aid to accelerate hair growth.
Commonly known food that is good for the hair:
- Eggs; nuts (e.g walnut, almonds);
- Berries; fruits (e.g avocado);
- Meat (lean chicken or pork);
- Fish and other seafood (e.g salmon, shrimp, oysters);
- Green leafy vegetables (e.g spinach);
- Seeds (e.g chia, flax, pumpkin) and,
- Sweet potatoes.
Vitamins and nutrients that are important for hair growth:
- Vitamin A
- B-Vitamin called Biotin
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
5.) Explore hair-growth supplements.
Our body is unable to absorb the nutrients we need at times. And this may be due to factors like stress, trauma or not eating a balanced meal. Supplements can assist the body in getting an appropriate amount of nutrients. Novel hair supplements can block DHT and counter-inflammatory causes of hair loss. Also, it helps boosts anti-age your follicles to boost hair growth cycle.
However, you must talk to your doctor and rule out other medical causes of hair loss before deciding to take hair growth supplements.
6.) Apply oils. Coconut oil, olive oil, and castor oils are the most popular home remedies for hair.
Below are some significant benefits of oils.
- It can stimulate hair growth since it can enter deeply and quickly into the hair follicles.
- Has anti-bacterial properties that are good for the scalp
- Moisturizes hair
- Helps to reduce protein loss of hair
- Makes hair shiny
For better results, put on oil on damp hair. Leave it for 5-10 mins. before shampooing and conditioning.
7.) Use quality hair serums.
These natural peptide and oil based product has many benefits for the hair including:
- Making the hair shinier and softer.
- On the hair care side, serums give the hair fibers added protection against harmful elements that can damage our hair. A protective coating is formed in the hair cuticle when this hair treatment is applied.
- Hair serum also helps straighten out frizz that could help avoid the use of heating tools to rid out unwanted fly away or unruly hairs.
- It is very helpful in treating damaged hair since serums also have strengthening features.
Depending on your hair type and hair care needs, there are different types of hair serums in the market.
8.) Keep your scalp healthy. Healthy scalp = healthy hair.
Our scalp cradles our hair from the time it is born until it grows, so give your scalp utmost care.
One basic treat you can do for your scalp is giving it a message. Just as body massage relaxes the muscles and improves blood circulation, doing the same to your scalp can also give the same effect. This can be done while applying oils, scalp serums or while shampooing or conditioning.
9.) Consider hair growth and hair loss treatments.
The science of hair care has grown and developed immensely, which lead to the introduction of a variety of products. Advance science has aided in producing more innovative hair products that can target as far as hair follicles.
However, you must be critical and wise in choosing what treatment you will take. It is advisable that you do research and read first before deciding.
10.) Consult a doctor.
If worrying about your hair health starts to set in, don’t be hesitant to seek medical help.
We hope that reading this article has been helpful. As you continue your hair care journey, let MD Hair products be your partner in achieving healthy hair growth.
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When many hear the name cannabidiol (CBD), they think of getting a “high”, “stoned” or otherwise becoming intoxicated and immediately dismiss the therapeutic effects it may offer. Let’s debunk this myth right from the start. It is not cannabidiol that causes these intoxicated states, but rather its close cousin tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly known as THC. CBD and THC behave differently and act on different receptors in the body, therefore you do not experience an altered state of mind when taking CBD. Its therapeutic qualities, combined with its safety and ease of use make
What is CBD and Where Does It Come From?
CBD is derived from the cannabis plant. The strain of cannabis plant designated for CBD oil production has been specially bred to contain less than 0.3% THC. Plants that fall below this level of THC are referred to as hemp plants. Once the plants have reached the ideal level of maturity, they are harvested. In some states, each crop must be tested to make sure they don’t exceed 0.3% THC before harvest. The harvest is hung in a ventilated barn for three to four weeks to air-dry. Once cured, the flowers (part of the plant where CBD is located) are sent to a processing facility, where they undergo the extraction process.
Once the oil has been extracted and tested, it is ready for use as the main ingredient in a variety of natural remedy products. Look for quality CBD that is processed using cold extraction when purchasing. It should be free from chemicals and have certifications demonstrating that it comes from a nonGMO batch that is free from heavy metals and pesticides.
What Are Endocannabinoids and What Do I Need to Know About It?
Endocannabinoids are specific molecules that seek out and bind to cannabinoid receptors found throughout the body. Currently, there are over 180 known cannabinoids that have been identified and research is ongoing to discover more. They are part of a class of natural compounds that work together synergistically to enhance what is known as the ‘Entourage effect.’
It is important to note that full-spectrum products contain THC, but broad-spectrum products do not contain THC. Many believe that full-spectrum products work better than CBD alone. This due to the fact that too much CBD will oversaturate the receptors. However, broad-spectrum CBD products do not cause negative side effects when they are consumed in high doses.
Research shows that THC has negative effects on dogs when consumed in high dosages. For this reason, it is recommended to only use broad-spectrum products for pets, avoiding full spectrum altogether. Similarly, the long-term effect of THC on the developing brain has not been determined, thus unless directed by an experienced medical practitioner, it is best to use pure CBD isolate or broad spectrum when given to children.
How Does CBD Work?
Endocannabinoid systems exist naturally throughout the human body. Your body naturally produces endocannabinoids and therefore has two receptors for cannabinoids to attach to. They are called the CB1 and CB2 receptors. Although CB1 receptors are found throughout the body, they are mainly located in the brain. CB1 receptors affect the movement and coordination of the body. They also have an effect on physiological states such as emotions, memories, and mood.
On the other hand, CB2 receptors are located primarily in the immune system and have an effect on immune function, specifically inflammation and pain in the body.
CBD does not directly attach to CB1 and CB2 receptors but instead balance the homeostasis of the body’s endocannabinoid system. They promote and replenish the body’s naturally occurring endocannabinoids and encourage them to attach to the CB1 and CB2 receptors. The result is a myriad of natural health benefits to the user.
Benefits of Using Endocannabinoids
Now that you understand where CBD is derived from and how it works in the body, let’s talk about the benefits of using it to address a variety of ailments.
Temporary Reduction From Pain
CBD oil promotes the body’s endocannabinoids to interact with the CB2 receptors, which have an effect on the inflammation in the body. This means users may temporarily experience a reduction in inflammation which directly translates into a reduction from chronic pain in the body.
Ease the Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and depression is an inward daily struggle for many that can’t be seen on the outside. Treatment with the use of medications can cause unwanted, nasty side effects. The ability of CBD to ease anxiety and depression in individuals is related to its ability to interact with the receptors that control serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical in the brain that has an effect on an individual’s mood and emotional state.
Insomnia or the inability to sleep is a common problem among Americans. Some data show that the use of endocannabinoid can make it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep. This can be due to cannabinoids homeostasis to relax the mind and body by easing anxiety and relieving pain, which is two of the most common reasons people are unable to get a good night’s rest.
Treatment of Autism
Autism is a developmental disorder that can range from very mild to very severe. Those who are diagnosed with autism suffer from some level of impaired communications and social skills. According to the CDC, 1 in 59 children will be diagnosed with autism. Boys are much more likely than girls to be diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Studies show that CBD is a potential alternative for individuals that fall onto the autism spectrum.
Relieve Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating and progressive neurodegenerative disease for which there is no known cure. Research shows that endocannabinoids may be beneficial to those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease by reducing the inflammation on the brain and cell damage in the brain, which in turn temporarily minimize the progression.
Ease Symptoms Related to Cancer
Nausea and vomiting are two of the most common and unpleasant side-effects of chemotherapy used in cancer patients. CBD has been shown to be effective in providing relief from these two symptoms as well as increasing the overall comfort level of those who suffer from the side-effects of cancer and cancer treatment. Studies show that it has been used effectively to alleviate pain during cancer treatment.
The health benefits of CBD seem to spread wide and far with new benefits being discovered on a regular basis. Over 2,000 published medical studies have been conducted on potential beneficial effects of CBD on neurologic conditions, ADHD, antipsychotic properties, skin care, PTSD, and veterinary applications.
How To Use CBD
CBD is most commonly taken orally by users with a couple of different options for ingestion. Individuals who are looking for the fastest absorption method that delivers the strongest effect, then placing the recommended amount directly on or under the tongue is the best method. The CBD oil is absorbed by the mouth and digestive tract delivering health benefits to the user quickly. If you prefer a more subtle approach. CBD can be incorporated into baked goods or beverages such as smoothies.
CBD oil can also be incorporated into lotions and soaps, which are then applied to the body and absorbed through the skin. The method you choose depends on your overall goal and personal preferences when it comes to CBD.
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Should Different Diet matter for weight management? Men and women generally train in the same way when it comes to strength training. If you think about it, how many different ways are there to lift weights? Not many. So if men and women strength training routines are the same, do their diets have to be that much different?
Yes, and here’s why:
Many females also lift weights and do a lot of cardio training as part of their exercise routine. All of those for an effort to lose body fat and thus weight. While cardio training does burn calories, the female body can sometimes react differently. And that is by holding onto body fat instead of getting rid of it. What you eat is far more important than how much you exercise, when it comes to weight loss.
Think about what you eat as being the responsible agent for weight loss. Cardio, on the other hand, is good for your heart. It helps direct more calories toward muscle and fewer to fat cells.
So what should a female diet look like?
Not that much different from men, but typically women tend to gravitate having more sugar in their diet than men.
This generally means women are not getting as much protein as they should:
- A diet that is 80% carbs
- 10% protein and
- 20% fat, will create entirely different results than one that is
- 40% carbs,
- 40% protein and
- 20% fat.
Protein is the building blocks of the body. An adequate amount of it is responsible for repairing the damage done to muscles when you lift a weight. Don’t worry – the damage is only temporary and necessary for good toning. However, without enough protein in your diet, muscles won’t repair fast. It will take longer to get that sleek lean look.
Without adequate protein, your body could see muscle as a source of calories if you are not eating enough. Thus consuming muscle mass instead of increasing it slightly.
When thinking about diet:
- Choose fresh wholesome foods over the prepackaged ones.
- Prepackaged food can be are loaded with added sugar and high in saturated fats.
When on a weight-lifting diet:
- Counting the types of calories (carbs, protein and fats) is more important than the total number, although it is important that you get enough each day.
To tone muscles:
- Eat 500 more calories per day than what is recommended for maintenance at your age and activity level.
- Go 500 calories less and make sure your diet has at least 1.7 to 1.8 grams of protein per pound of body weight.
Keep in mind that weight is mainly controlled by diet; strength and muscle mass by weight lifting. Controlling these two variables will get you the results you seek.