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Natural Remedies to Treat or Reduce Hair loss

Recently we published a post on hair loss, and what might be the causes.  Well if you are dealing with hair loss, don’t despair, there are several all natural ways that you can begin reducing and even treating the problem.

Hair loss can be caused by a variety of things:

  • stress
  • hormone imbalance
  • heredity
  • poor diet
  • or even some prescription drugs

Luckily you may be able to slow down the process by examining your diet.  Your hair needs proper nutrition to grow, strengthen, and shine.  You may notice that people who don’t look healthy and aren’t receiving proper nutrition also have thinning hair.  This is because vitamins and minerals are very important in ensuring thick, beautiful hair.

Examine your diet and make sure that you are getting the following vitamins and minerals, and when unsure, try incorporating supplements into your routine.

1. Eat your Fruits and Vegetables

More specifically eat those high in Vitamin A, Beta-carotene, Iron, and Vitamin C.

The scalp uses vitamin A to create sebum, which lubricates the hair roots and keeps your hair from getting dry and brittle.  Brittle hair can easily break and fall out.  Beta-carotene is converted in the body to vitamin A.

Iron is very important in your bodies, as an iron deficiency can lead to anemia, which is reduction in red blood cells. This is one of the most common causes of hair loss in women.  Eating foods high in vitamin C along with vegetable sources of iron like spinach and broccoli will increase absorption of the vegetables’ iron.

Vitamin C is also instrumental in the production of red blood cells.  These are what keep your hair healthy.

The best sources are:

  • spinach
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • apricots
  • peaches
  • strawberries
  • pineapple
  • kiwi
  • citrus fruits
  • Tomatoes

 

2. Add Liver to your diet

Liver is one of nature’s most potent superfoods.

A common reason people avoid eating liver is because they believe it store toxins.  While it is true that one of the liver’s role is to neutralize toxins, it does not store these toxins. On the other hand, the liver does store many important nutrients: Vitamins A, D, E, K, B6, B12, biotin and folic acid, and minerals such as copper and iron. These nutrients provide the body with some of the tools it needs to get rid of toxins.

Vitamin B6 is important to your hair as it stimulates hair growth due to its effect on blood circulation and cell building.  Thus, it is a very important component in treating hair loss.  You can also get B6 from eating whole grains and eggs.

Vitamin B12 is a common factor in women’s hair loss. It is an important nutrient in the growth and strength of hair.  Other good sources of Vitamin b12 include chicken, eggs, milk and fish, and if you are vegetarian you can choose to eat bananas and sunflower seeds.

Biotin enhances growth, thickens the hair shaft and lessens hair loss.  Biotin can be found in some shampoo formulations.  Other food sources include eggs and dairy.

 

3. Choose healthy meats and fish

Seafood and healthy meats are great sources for essential minerals and vitamins like Magnesium, Niacin, and Zinc.

Magnesium is required for strong bones.  A deficiency in magnesium is linked to muscle spasms, hair loss and anxiety.  If you are vegetarian you can choose to eat beans, apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, whole grains, nuts, dairy and cocoa or drink mineral water as your source of magnesium.

Niacin, a B vitamin, helps with blood circulation to scalp, which is important for hair growth and keeping the follicles healthy.  Try wheat germ if you are vegetarian.

Not enough zinc in the body can lead to unhealthy hair follicles.  If the hair follicles are not healthy, then hair will not grow properly or not at all. Zinc ointments and shampoos with zinc included are helpful. Multivitamins always include zinc.  Vegetarians can get a good amount of this mineral from whole grains, nuts and brewer’s yeast.

 

4.  Choose Whole Grains

Adding more whole grains to your diet is not only great for your hair but for your health in general.  Not only do they provide the vitamins, nutrients and minerals needed to keep your family healthy and strong, but whole grains also contain dietary fiber, which may help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other health complications.

Finding whole grains can be tricky with all the products that advertise themselves as “wheat” or “multi-grain”.   To ensure that you are buying products that are really made from the best grains, check the Nutrition Facts Panel to make sure whole-wheat flour is listed as the first ingredient and find loaves made mostly with whole-wheat or other whole-grain flour.

In addition to the many benefits listed above, whole grains also include Inositol and Patothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) both which are very important in hair growth.

Inositol has an important role in maintaining healthy cell membranes that make up the hair.  Pantothenic acid is also well known for promoting healthy hair and is often found in many shampoos.  It is thought to help prevent graying hair too.

 

5.  Take a Multi-Vitamin

The best way to ensure that your body is getting the proper nutrients is to take a daily multi-vitamin.  At Milagros de Mexico you can find multi-vitamins specifically designed for men, women, and children.  Choose the one that best suits your needs and add it to your daily routine.

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Great hair starts with a great diet.  Make sure that you are getting the proper amount of vitamins and minerals and you will find that your hair is thicker, stronger, and shinier.  And in turn, you will feel happier and more confident too.  Great health doesn’t just make you look better but it also makes you feel better.

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At-home facials have many benefits!  In your home you can find a time and place to really relax with an at-home spa treatment that can make you look and feel better.  The best part, besides being way more affordable than a spa treatment, is that your know your skin best and with an at-home facial you have the ability to completely customize the facial to your skin type and sensitivities.

“When used at home, facials can be quite helpful including using at-home peels as well as calming, soothing masks  and mud or clay masks. ” says Dr. Jeannette Graf, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY.

At- home facials are also much easier than you would think.  Here are 6 easy steps to follow when doing an at-home facial.

How to do an At-home Facial in 6 easy Steps:

What you will need:

  • Cleansing Oil
  • Facial Cleanser

Step One: Massage

At first you might think it is weird to clean  your skin with oil.  But using a natural oil on your skin is a great way to cleanse the skin and naturally balance the skin’s natural oils.  Using oil as a cleanser produces much more nourished and moisturized skin that traditional soap and detergent based facial cleaners can’t do. As the website dedicated to the oil cleansing method explains:

“The basic concept of this skin care and cleansing method is that the oil used to massage your skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores. The steam will open your pores, allowing the oil to be easily removed. Should you need it, the smallest drop of the same oil formula patted over damp skin will provide the necessary lubrication to keep your skin from over-compensating in oil production.”

Start by finding a cleansing oil that works great for your skin, some great natural options include Castor Oil, Olive Oil and Coconut Oil.

coconut oil

Massage with a cleansing oil
Gently work the oil into your face, not forgetting your neck and under your chin and spend a good minute or so massaging this in with your fingertips. Wet your hands to turn the oil into an emulsion and go over the face again gently massaging all areas, especially around the t-zone, forehead and chin, then rinse with warm water.

 

 

 

 

 

Step Two: Clean

Again pick a cleanser that is designed for your skin type.  And then spend a minute or two massaging the cleanser onto your entire face, starting at the bottom and working your way up.  Then wash off the cleanser with warm water.

Step Three: Steam

Boil water in a pot. Find a good clean towel and place it over your head.   Place your face over the top of the water, being careful not to touch your face to the water or any hot surfaces.  Stay over the water for about 30 seconds.  Do a series of three steams with a break in between. This loosens oil and dirt.

Alternatively you can use the washcloth trick. Fill your sink with hot water and soak a washcloth in it. Ring out the towel and then press it to your face. Repeat this 2 to 3 times.

Step Four: Exfoliate

Using your fingers gently rub an exfoliating facial scrub in small circular motions all over your face. Make sure you focus on areas around your nose and forehead. If certain areas of your face are oilier than others, give that section an extra scrub. To get extra smooth lips also use a scrub on your lips.

Mirada Beauty has an excellent exfoliating facial scrub that uses the natural power of mango:

EXFOLIANT with Mango

 

 

Step Five: Mask

Your face should already feel sooo much better!  Your skin will feel softer and look cleaner.  But a mask is an excellent way to really improve your skin and see great results.  Depending on your skin choose a mask that focuses on your problem areas.  For example, if you have oily skin, use a clay mask. For dry skin, I suggest using a hydrating cream or gel mask. Depending on the mask, leave it on for the suggested amount of time and then rinse completely.  10-15 minutes is generally a good amount of time for a mask, but always follow the instructions on the mask.   Remove the mask with a warm damp muslin cloth softly wiping it off in small motions without dragging your skin.

Mirada Beauty has some excellent masks to choose from, the Honey Based Moisturizing Mask is great for dry skin, and the Mineral Clay Mask is great for oily skin.

HONEY BASED MOISTURIZING MASKMINERAL CLAY BASED CLEANSING MASK

 

Step 6: Moisturize

The final step is to moisturize.  I love serums, and I use them every night under moisturiser and think they are worth the added extra step.  Finish with your choice of moisturiser or night cream, if you choose to use a serum use the serum under your moisturizer.  It is also a great idea to gently dab an eye cream around your eye bones, no matter what your age, eye creams provide great results.  And finally make sure you go to sleep on clean pillows!

The Mirada Beauty Serum enhances natural collagen production to keep your skin looking younger, smoother and more hydrated.

If you are dealing with dark spots on your skin from aging or acne, the Mirada Beauty Birghtening Cream has AMAZING results, and I really mean they are amazing!  The dark spots will disappear before you know it.

 

SERUM with Hyaluronic AcidBRIGHTENING CREAM

And finally, Mirada Beauty Aloe Vera Facial Cream and the Mirada Beauty Oxilift Facial cream are great all natural moisturizers that hydrate skin and tighten and brighten your skin.

ALOE VERA FACIAL CREAMOXILIFT FACIAL CREAM

 

Following this at-home regimen leaves your skin refreshed and “very clean” with a “healthy glow.”

 

A detox is a great way to reboot your body.  Some signs that you should detoxify are the following:

  1. Unexplained Fatigue
  2. Irregular bowl movement
  3. Allergies
  4. Bloating
  5. Puffy bags under the eyes
  6. Lack of clarity of mind

There are many simple things you can do to detox your body.  The best detox will be when you do them all and don’t take shortcuts! For a good detox, here are the things you should do:

  1. No alcohol
  2. No coffee
  3. No cigarettes
  4. No refined sugar
  5. No simple carbohydrates
  6. Eat plenty of fiber
  7. Drink lots of water
  8. Replace some heavy meals with green smoothies (a delicious one can be made from kale, parsley, apple and banana)
  9. Exercise & make sure you sweat a lot
  10. Exfoliate
  11. Drink lots of tea
  12. Eat organic
  13. Dry brush your skin
  14. Get an intense massage (to get the blood circulating!)
  15. Try acupuncture
  16. Sleep
  17. Incorporate super foods (salmon, tuna, avocado, walnuts, almonds, olive oil, flax seeds, blueberries, raspberries, spinach, kale, eggplant, tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, apples, oranges, butternut squash)
  18. Juice your veggies and make smoothies
  19. Meditate
  20. Yoga
  21. Lower stress

With a good detox, you could eliminate toxic substances from the body.  Many people feel more focused and energetic after detox diets.  A great way to do a detox is with a friend or with your family.  Making it a community activity will add to the experience and make it much more fun!

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Scaling • Itching • Cracks in the skin

Dry skin

Dry skin is most common in your lower legs, arms, sides of the abdomen (flanks), and thighs. The symptoms of dry skin include:

  • Scaling
  • Itching
  • Cracks in the skin

Causes

Dry skin is common. It happens more often in the winter when cold air outside and heated air inside cause low humidity. Forced-air furnaces make skin even drier.

The skin loses moisture and may crack and peel, or become irritated and inflamed. Bathing too frequently, especially with harsh soaps, may contribute to dry skin. Eczema may cause dry skin.

Home Care

Keep the skin moist (called lubricating or moisturizing the skin). Use ointments (such as petroleum jelly), creams, or lotions 2 – 3 times a day. Moisturizers should not contain alcohol, scents, dyes, or other chemicals. Using a humidifier in your home will also help.

Moisturizers and emollients work best when they’re applied to skin that is wet or damp. After washing or bathing, pat the skin dry and then apply the moisturizer right away.

You can use different types of emollients or moisturizers at different times of the day. Apply these substances as often as you need to keep your skin soft.

Avoid anything that makes your symptoms worse, including:

  • Sweating — be careful not to overdress during warmer weather
  • Strong soaps or detergents, as well as chemicals and solvents
  • Sudden changes in body temperature or stress, which may cause you to sweat and make your condition worse
  • Triggers that cause your allergy symptoms

When washing or bathing:

  • Bathe less often and keep water contact as brief as possible. Short, cooler baths are better than long, hot baths.
  • Use gentle skin care cleansers instead of regular soaps. Only use them on your face, underarms, genital areas, hands, and feet.
  • Do not scrub or dry the skin too hard or for too long.
  • After bathing, apply lubricating creams, lotions, or ointments on the skin while it is still damp. This will help trap moisture in the skin.

Other tips include:

  • Use a humidifier if the air is dry.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Apply cool compresses to itchy areas, and try over-the-counter cortisone creams or lotions if your skin is inflamed.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call your health care provider if:

  • You feel itchy without a visible rash
  • Dryness and itching are preventing you from sleeping
  • You have any open cuts or sores from scratching
  • Home care measures do not relieve your dryness and itching

Alternative Names

Skin – dry; Winter itch

References

Habif TP. Atopic dermatitis. In: Habif TP, ed. Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 5.

Lim HW. Eczemas, photodermatoses, papulosquamous (including fungal) diseases, and figurate erythemas. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 446.

Update Date: 8/10/2012

Updated by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.

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The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Links to other sites are provided for information only — they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. Copyright 1997-2014, A.D.A.M., Inc. Duplication for commercial use must be authorized in writing by ADAM Health Solutions.

 

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Recently we published a post on hair loss, and what might be the causes.  Well if you are dealing with hair loss, don’t despair, there are several all natural ways that you can begin reducing and even treating the problem.

Hair loss can be caused by a variety of things:

  • stress
  • hormone imbalance
  • heredity
  • poor diet
  • or even some prescription drugs

Luckily you may be able to slow down the process by examining your diet.  Your hair needs proper nutrition to grow, strengthen, and shine.  You may notice that people who don’t look healthy and aren’t receiving proper nutrition also have thinning hair.  This is because vitamins and minerals are very important in ensuring thick, beautiful hair.

Examine your diet and make sure that you are getting the following vitamins and minerals, and when unsure, try incorporating supplements into your routine.

1. Eat your Fruits and Vegetables

More specifically eat those high in Vitamin A, Beta-carotene, Iron, and Vitamin C.

The scalp uses vitamin A to create sebum, which lubricates the hair roots and keeps your hair from getting dry and brittle.  Brittle hair can easily break and fall out.  Beta-carotene is converted in the body to vitamin A.

Iron is very important in your bodies, as an iron deficiency can lead to anemia, which is reduction in red blood cells. This is one of the most common causes of hair loss in women.  Eating foods high in vitamin C along with vegetable sources of iron like spinach and broccoli will increase absorption of the vegetables’ iron.

Vitamin C is also instrumental in the production of red blood cells.  These are what keep your hair healthy.

The best sources are:

  • spinach
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • apricots
  • peaches
  • strawberries
  • pineapple
  • kiwi
  • citrus fruits
  • Tomatoes

 

2. Add Liver to your diet

Liver is one of nature’s most potent superfoods.

A common reason people avoid eating liver is because they believe it store toxins.  While it is true that one of the liver’s role is to neutralize toxins, it does not store these toxins. On the other hand, the liver does store many important nutrients: Vitamins A, D, E, K, B6, B12, biotin and folic acid, and minerals such as copper and iron. These nutrients provide the body with some of the tools it needs to get rid of toxins.

Vitamin B6 is important to your hair as it stimulates hair growth due to its effect on blood circulation and cell building.  Thus, it is a very important component in treating hair loss.  You can also get B6 from eating whole grains and eggs.

Vitamin B12 is a common factor in women’s hair loss. It is an important nutrient in the growth and strength of hair.  Other good sources of Vitamin b12 include chicken, eggs, milk and fish, and if you are vegetarian you can choose to eat bananas and sunflower seeds.

Biotin enhances growth, thickens the hair shaft and lessens hair loss.  Biotin can be found in some shampoo formulations.  Other food sources include eggs and dairy.

 

3. Choose healthy meats and fish

Seafood and healthy meats are great sources for essential minerals and vitamins like Magnesium, Niacin, and Zinc.

Magnesium is required for strong bones.  A deficiency in magnesium is linked to muscle spasms, hair loss and anxiety.  If you are vegetarian you can choose to eat beans, apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, whole grains, nuts, dairy and cocoa or drink mineral water as your source of magnesium.

Niacin, a B vitamin, helps with blood circulation to scalp, which is important for hair growth and keeping the follicles healthy.  Try wheat germ if you are vegetarian.

Not enough zinc in the body can lead to unhealthy hair follicles.  If the hair follicles are not healthy, then hair will not grow properly or not at all. Zinc ointments and shampoos with zinc included are helpful. Multivitamins always include zinc.  Vegetarians can get a good amount of this mineral from whole grains, nuts and brewer’s yeast.

 

4.  Choose Whole Grains

Adding more whole grains to your diet is not only great for your hair but for your health in general.  Not only do they provide the vitamins, nutrients and minerals needed to keep your family healthy and strong, but whole grains also contain dietary fiber, which may help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other health complications.

Finding whole grains can be tricky with all the products that advertise themselves as “wheat” or “multi-grain”.   To ensure that you are buying products that are really made from the best grains, check the Nutrition Facts Panel to make sure whole-wheat flour is listed as the first ingredient and find loaves made mostly with whole-wheat or other whole-grain flour.

In addition to the many benefits listed above, whole grains also include Inositol and Patothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) both which are very important in hair growth.

Inositol has an important role in maintaining healthy cell membranes that make up the hair.  Pantothenic acid is also well known for promoting healthy hair and is often found in many shampoos.  It is thought to help prevent graying hair too.

 

5.  Take a Multi-Vitamin

The best way to ensure that your body is getting the proper nutrients is to take a daily multi-vitamin.  At Milagros de Mexico you can find multi-vitamins specifically designed for men, women, and children.  Choose the one that best suits your needs and add it to your daily routine.

fortis_men_30-b fortis-_fem-30

Great hair starts with a great diet.  Make sure that you are getting the proper amount of vitamins and minerals and you will find that your hair is thicker, stronger, and shinier.  And in turn, you will feel happier and more confident too.  Great health doesn’t just make you look better but it also makes you feel better.

What do you use to get great looking locks?

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Often, we think that treating Acne only has to do with what we put on our skin (skincare, makeup, etc.).  Being able to successfully treat acne has many steps.  Here are the most important:

CHANGE YOUR DIET: Many foods cause inflammation, and inflammation can be linked to acne. Other foods actually help your skin!  Here’s a list of what to avoid and what to include:

Foods to avoid:

Sugar, refined white sugar and brown sugar

Refined carbohydrates (e. g. breads, rice, pasta)

Fruits that cause inflammation (e.g. bananas, mango, papaya)

Vegetables that cause inflammation (e.g. corn, peas, potatoes)

Junk food

High concentrations of natural sugar (e.g. fruit juices, dried fruit)

Dairy (for some people)

Foods to include in your diet:

Anti-inflammatory foods

Water (lots and lots of water! Drink at least 8 glasses a day)

Nuts (e.g. almonds, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans)

Green vegetables (e.g. brussel sprouts, asparagus, celery, lettuce, kale, spinach)

Fruits (e.g. apples,  berries, cherries, honeydew, pomegranate)

Protein such as chicken, turkey, and fish (salmon is great due to the omega-3’s it has!)

Beans

Yogurt

DE-STRESS:Stress can cause acne in many ways.  Skin sebum production can increase during stressful times, making your skin oilier.  Stress also causes inflammation, which exacerbates acne. Here are some ways to reduce your stress levels:    

Get more sleep: A lack of sleep causes many diseases and illnesses, and it also produces acne!  Make sure you get between 7-9 hours of restful sleep.

Exercise: Exercise is a great way to release stress.  A simple walk around your neighborhood works.  While you’re walking, maybe choose to take a run for a bit!

Meditate: Meditation is a great way to reduce stress.  Just 1 minute of taking time to pay attention to your breadth makes a difference.  5 minutes would be great!  Incorporate a meditation practice into your every day.  Remember, meditation is as simple as noticing your breadth as you inhale and exhale.

TAKE PROPER CARE OF YOUR SKIN

Cleanse your skin with a facial skin cleanser appropriate for your type of skin.  Just because you have acne does not mean you need an oil free cleanser!  You might be stripping your skin from needed oils, over drying it, and causing your skin to produce even more oil.  You do not want to do this.  Instead, look for a mild cleanser.  There are great milk and soy based cleansers in the market.

Exfoliate your skin.  How often again depends on the type of skin you have.  The range could be from daily to once a week.  Test different frequencies to see what works best for your skin.

Moisturize your skin.  This is very important!  Again, many times it is believed that acne prone skin has too much oil and should not be moisturized.  This is a mistake, and it will lead to over drying your skin.  When your skin is over-dried, it will produce even more oil, which leads to more acne.  Use the moisturizer that is right for your skin (if you do indeed have oily skin, there are oil-free moisturizers in the market for you!).

Use a topical acne treatment where you have acne breakouts if need be.

BE CAREFUL WHAT TOUCHES YOUR SKIN. You are now eating healthy, managing your stress by getting the right amount of sleep, exercising, and meditating.  You are also taking care of your skin with a nice skincare routine.  Great job!  Now make sure you do not become your worst enemy by bringing germs to your beautiful skin:

Make sure your cell phone doesn’t come in contact with your skin.  Cell phones have a ton of germs on them.  Use a hands free head set for your phone calls.

Keep your hands away from your face!  Picking at your face, or touching it throughout the day brings unwanted germs to your skin.

Have you noticed that many times you breakout where your hair touches your skin?  You might want to keep your hair away from your face with a bobby pin until your skin gets under control.

We wish you all the best!

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