Hair Care to avoid damage to hair strands and reduce hair fall

A lot of my patients who come for diet for hair loss treatment keep asking me which shampoo should I use or how should I comb my hair or should I use perming and hair colours. After collating all the questions I thought it would be good to share my thoughts on the blog for the benefit of all:

Washing – Hair Should be washed with cold to luke warm water. Remember too hot water is not good for hair as it can damage hair and also irritate scalp. People can follow some standard guidelines for washing hair
a) For dry hair – 2 times a week
b) For Normal hair – 3 times a week
c) For oily hair – 7 times a week

Which Shampoo to use?

The optimum pH balance of scalp has been calculated as 6.5. Accordingly a mild shampoo with pH balance of 6.5 sould be used. Harsh shampoos can damage strands.

How to Shampoo ?
Wet hair and scalp with water. Best method is to start using shampoo with the scalp and roots of hair and then gently massage down to the ends of the haor. Gently run fingers through the hair to make sure that the shampoo is evenly distributed, especially if you have thick hair. Wait for 2-3 minutes and then rinse the shampoo with fre flowing water. Females generally end up squeezing their hair – this should be avoided as wet hair are fragile and weak and will get damaged easily.

Is Conditioner required after shampooing
Conditioner is recommended after shampooing to replace moisture that has been lost while cleaning of hair. It serves as a source of protein which attaches to the hair thereby protecting hair strands from breakage while aiding detangling and manageability. Conditioner should be applied in the same manner as the shampoo and one needs to wait for 2-3 minutes before rinsing it off.

Drying – Is Blow dry recommended ?
Hair should be allowed to dry naturally. Avoid blow drying. A hair dryer releases gusts at high temperature (~300C) that can cause hair to break. In case you want to still go ahead and use the dryer hold it more than 6 inches away from your hair when using it and use it low to medium heat.

Rubbing with Towel                                                                                                                   
Vigourous rubbing of hair should be avoided as it weakens the hair roots and aggravates hair loss.

Type of Comb – Comb should be wide toothed. Hair brushes should be avoided as it has a larger surface area which can fracture hair shaft. Never comb wet hair as hair is elastic when moist and can reach its breaking point.

Hairstyles – A hairstyle that puts pressue on the hair like tight ponytails can cause damage to the hair. One should also keep changing ones hairstyle often to avoid damage to one section of hair.

Oiling – Hair oil acts as a moisturizer for the hair and scalp. It is advisable to apply at night and shampoo the next morning. Avoid excessive oil application and keeping oil on for longer than overnight as it attracts dust and grime.

Colouring – Hair colour contains alkaline chemicals such as ammonia, hydrogen peroxide etc that can penetrate and damage the hair. In case one wants to colour hair – ammonia free hair colour should be used which is less damaging.

Hair Treatment – Chemical treatments for perming, ironing, crimping and straightening should be avoided as they damage the hair strands.

For more information on what to eat to improve your hair loss condition users can visit
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Health Benefits of Barley Grass Powder

Barley Grass Powder is known to have anti-bacterial properties and thus help in protecting against infection. It is very similar in structure to haemoglobin, and can help recovery from anaemia It reduces blood sugar tissues, so can help with diabetes and weight loss. It is also known to neutralize toxins in the body, making it an effective element in detoxification programs

It helps to purify the liver. Rich in organic sodium (improves digestion by producing more hydrochloric acid) &  Rich in natural level of Enzyme SOD (superoxide dismutase) powerful antioxidant that protect cells.

Numerous benefits have been reported by those who consume barley grass regularly. Scientific research at present lags behind what people are discovering for themselves. While exaggerated claims should be treated with caution, the impressive list of illnesses that show improvement when people add barley grass to their diet make it well worth considering if you suffer from any of following conditions:

Arthritis ; Asthma , Blood clots, Cancer , Excessive low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the ‘bad’ cholesterol), Blood sugar issues, including hypoglycemia and diabetes , Fatigue, Migraine, Inflammation and inflammation-related pain, Stomach and intestinal disorders

Nutritional Values of Wheat Grass

Wheat Grass – Nutritional facts

Serving Size; One (1) tsp. (Approx 3.5 gms)

Calories 13.3 kcal

Amount per serving

%DV     *

Amount per serving

%DV       *

Total Fat                         0.24 g

0%

Protein1.04 g

2.0%

Saturated Fat                  0.05 g

0%

Chlorophyll 31mg

**

Mono saturated Fat          0.03 g

0%

Vitamin A 1200 IU

24.0%

Poly saturated Fat            0.16 g

0%

Vitamin C 6mg

10.0%

         Trans fat                            0                                

0%

Folic Acid 0.03mg

6.0%

         Cholesterol                        0

0%

Nilacin 0.14mg

0.7%

         Sodium                             5.94 mg

0%

Calcium 4 mg

0.4%

         Total Carbohydrate            1.75 g

0%

Iron 1.31 mg

7.0%

         Dietary Fiber                     1.21 g

0%

         Sugars                              0.21g

0%

* Percent daily values are based on a 2000 Calories Diet
**Daily Values not Established
Ingredients : 100% Pure and Natural Wheat Grass Powder (Triticium aestivu,)
Doses : 1 tsp(Approx. 3.5 g ) of Powder in the morning

 

Health Benefits of Wheat Grass Powder

Wheat Grass
Benefits of Wheat Grass

Wheat grass powder contains high amounts of chlorophyll, which helps detoxify the body. The Chlorophyll aids in sending more oxygen to the cells. Chlorophyll can also stop the activity of certain substances that can cause cancer, and may be able to shield the body from harmful effects of carcinogens, such as premature aging and malfunction of the internal organs.

Wheat grass powder is also considered to be beneficial in repairing and rejuvenating cells due to a glycoprotein called P4D1, which can help to repair DNA that has been damaged. Wheat grass also contains abscise acid – a hormone that is derived from plants and is said to have the ability to kill cancer cells in the body.

Some renowned doctors like Dr Benjamin Gurskin suggest that wheat grass can heal wounds due to its antiseptic properties. Wheat grass may also be able to speed up healing time and can neutralize unpleasant odors that come from wounds.

Net net Wheat Grass is claimed to be helpful in Wound healing, Cellular Repair and strengthening of Immune system and as a detoxifying agent.

Home Remedies for Healthy Glowing Skin and Beautiful Hair

Arrival of Winters i.e dip in temperatures and cold winds affect our overall well being. Our Skin, Health and immunity levels suffer with the changing weather. To ensure that we maintain good appearance i.e. external and internal health, we need to maintain good nutritional levels.

Nature has given us a number of natural substances to help protect our body against the extreme climatic conditions. Following are some of the natural substances that can help us during this winter season.

1. Aloe Vera – Aloe Vera’s herbal and medicinal properties also help in making our body stronger and skin better as it hydrates our body and compensates the loss in moisture from our body.  Its natural calming & soothing properties offer perfect solution for skin and hair disorders.

2. Neem – Since ages our parents have used Neem to solve skin related problems. It is known to be one of the most reliable cures for skin related problems like acne / pimples etc. Skin deep blood impurities and poor levels of digestion in the body lead to zits and bacterial breakouts. Neem consists of blood purifying and cleansing properties thus helping get flawless bright skin.

3.  Amla – Amla is said to be the most quintessential element for beautiful, strong and lustrous hair. Amla is highly enriched with vitamins and minerals particularly Vitamin C & B Complex. It also contains calcium, phosphorous, carotene and iron as nutrients which are good for hair. It helps prevent hair pigmentation and hair loss. It is also rich in anti oxidants thus making it perfect ingredient for maintenance of overall health. Amla is also known as an anti -ageing agent and prevents medical condition hyperlipidemia which means excessive amount of fat developed in the blood.