Top 3 Ways to Stop Hair Loss

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The Ultimate Hair Loss Guide

Even if you have thick hair, you might notice it looking thinner as you get older. Plump your mane with these easy tips!  And yes, they do work!

Disclaimer:  Statements and opinions expressed in this article are true.  Skip reading this article at your own risk.  The content will particularly benefit ageing humans, new mothers, and those who skimp on nutrition.

By: Vivien Veil

We know that our skin will undoubtedly change with the decades.  Nevertheless, who knew that the clock ticks away at our hair the same way?  Many people believe that thick and healthy hair creates beauty, yet, thinning hair is enormously widespread.  A UK study by Dr Kurt Wolff in 2013 reported that 78 percent of women worry about losing their hair, a number far greater than men.  Plus, in a UK survey of general practitioners, 64 percent said they had observed more female patients with hair loss since 2008. 

While baldness is less common in women, their tresses can begin to thin and look lacklustre.  In fact, a third of women from the age of 40 experience hair loss at some point in their lives.  Unfortunately, this brutal trend is not just hitting the age 40 gals.  More and more youngsters are complaining of hair loss – some even in their early 20′s!  And while we all love quick fixes, hair loss cannot be treated instantaneously as skin issues can – with fancy creams and trips to the beauty salon.

We pay more attention to our skin, and yet, when it comes to our hair, we feel that washing it is enough.  How many of us are bombarded with toners, moisturisers, serums, and sun protectors when we open our bathroom cupboards?  Yes, many of us are suffering from product overkill, and while we are giving our skin a lot of attention – we are neglecting and destroying our hair.

Outside and internal sources of stress attack us every day.  These pests disturb everything related to hair – from its condition, feel, and vitality to its shedding cycle.  We need to put on our armour and fight them back!  How do they assault us?  Well, these invasions include stress, toxicity, trauma, smoking, pharmaceutical drugs, pollution, lousy nutrition, the dreaded ageing process, and the use of chemical laden hair care products.  Even giving birth can trigger hair loss, but calling that a pest is equivalent to the unpardonable sin.  Here is a friendly reminder:  Shun hair care products that contain petroleum, sulfates, silicones, and parabens if you want to keep your hair.

Male or female –  hair loss can be a traumatic experience.  However, it could be a sign that your body lacks the vitamins and minerals necessary for healthy hair growth.  Remember that we remove strands by showering, blow-drying, and hair brushing – all of that is completely normal. 

“Your hair changes every seven years,” points out hair restoration guru Lucinda Ellery.  “There are 150,000 to 200,000 hairs on our heads; we actually shed 100 a day, 36,000 in a year on average.  By the time you are 30 there will be a significant change in your hair, but not one you may have clicked into mentally.  By the time you are 37-40, there is a marked change.  This is when people panic – it is a natural cycle of ageing.”

But instead of panicking at your tresses on the floor or brush, take a good look at what you are putting in your mouth and how you are living your life.  Doing so can lead you to the culprit(s).

My Brush with Hair Loss (Yes, Pun Intended)

I never tormented myself with the thought of losing hair until it occurred after my first ever juice fast (or feast – however you like to call it) in 2008.  Seeing copious amounts of hair on my pillow and clogging the shower drain became the norm back then.  A hairdresser in the lovely city of Cape Town spotted my thinning locks and recommended I try some popular hair loss “fighter” brand.

She certainly freaked me out.  At the time, I thought female hair loss only happened to menopausal women.  I later found out that my hair loss stemmed from giving up the birth control pill, anaemia, nixing dairy, and my juice fast.  The last two were due to my body ridding itself of toxic waste.  I used to be a walking TOXIN!

Thankfully, my hair grew back three months later and believe it or not – it actually grew back healthier, thicker, and more lustrous.

Now get rid of all distractions.  Grab your favourite drink and get comfortable.  You will need all of your concentration if you want to possess healthy and voluminous hair.  Here are my 3 tips to get the mane of your dreams (or at least make the one you have 10x better).

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Follow this “Plant Food Pyramid” to thoroughly cleanse your body of a lifetime of toxicity. I am not saying to give up animal products forever, but simply try eating this way for a short while to give your body the detoxification it desperately craves. Photo Credit: Raw Food Chef Matthew Kenney

Tip One:  Fight Falling Locks with Nutrition

Hair shows the state of a person’s health, and rotten eating habits and stress induce hair loss.  “Poor hair growth and hair loss can be caused by vitamin and mineral deficiencies,” asserts Maryon Stewart, founder of the Natural Health Advisory Board. “Hair will reflect the health of the body 2-6 months previously,” she says.  Those with eating disorders repeatedly undergo hair loss.  So, if you badly want to look like Skeletor (if you don’t know who that is – please by all means – Go Google him), your hair will suffer.  I do not know about you, but I prefer having healthy hair than starving myself to death.

Healthy hair marks a sign of good health.  Fortunately, hair renewal can occur as soon as the deficiency is fixed.  Nutritionist Angela Dowden says, “Any improvements you make to your diet now will not be reflected in the health of your hair for at least 3 months.”  Patience is a virtue will have to be your new mantra.

It is important to keep a nutritious diet for well-nourished, gorgeous hair.  I cannot stress that enough.  Find out how to feast your way to tempting tresses below.

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1.  Protein

Protein plays a crucial role for healthy hair.  The protein “keratin” makes up 85 percent of our hair.  Keratin helps make hair strong, flexible, thick, and elastic.  Lack of protein or low quality protein can create weak and fragile hair – eventually leading to hair loss.  According to Harvard University, the majority of Americans eat enough protein; however, any deficiency means they are not absorbing the protein well enough.

Many uninformed people still carry preconceived notions that animal products are the only methods of obtaining protein.  They think all vegans and vegetarians are protein-deficient.  I have been asked many times, “Vivien, where do you get your protein from?” As the good ole English would say, “Bless them.”

Vegans get their protein from a variety of foods – the trick is eating enough plant-based protein sources.  Plus, I bet you did not know that fruit also contains protein.  In general, it is impossible to be deficient in protein unless of course you are on a crash diet or anorexic.

The USDA recommends that women eat about 46 grams of protein daily whereas men should eat about 56 grams a day.  Common sense tells us that athletes, pregnant ladies, and breastfeeding mums need more.

Eat These Protein Rich Foods
  • Nutritional Yeast – 2 tablespoons contain 9 grams of protein.  That is more than 1 large egg (6 grams).  It is an excellent source of vitamin B12, iron, selenium, zinc, folic acid, 18 amino acids, and is loaded with fibre.
  • Lentils – 1 cup of lentils packs 18 grams of protein.  That is about the same as a 3-ounce (85 grams) steak!  Lentils are also loaded with iron – making lentils a “hair growth” winner!  I now see why mother dearest forced us to eat them.  Thanks, mama!
  • Almonds – A handful contains 6-8 grams of protein.  I like spreading almond butter on romaine lettuce (contains protein, too) and celery.  Word of advice:  It is a good idea to soak your almonds or any other nut. Why? It removes their enzyme inhibitors – making them easier to digest. Say sayonara to bloating and gas!  You will need to let them soak in a bowl of water for 12 hours.
  • Spirulina - Holds a whopping 65-71 percent protein!  Take that Cows!  Beef only has 22 percent.  Spirulina also contains amino acids and minerals, which will help you feel and look your best.  Yeah, it does not taste phenomenal, but there are ways to mask the taste – just put 2 tablespoons of spirulina powder into your banana and date smoothie.
  • Hemp -  3 tablespoons of hulled hemp seeds gives you 10 grams of protein.  It also contains essential amino acids, which will give body builders and athletes more muscle.  The fatty acids in hemp will boost your immune system, too.  So give hemp a go!
  • Chia Seeds – Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!  Chia seeds take in 4 grams of protein per ounce.  Yes, it is not as much as spirulina, but chia seeds contain other goodies.  One – they will help you go number two.  Two - they contain 18 percent of your daily calcium requirement.  That is 5 times the calcium of milk.  Three – It has 3 times more iron than spinach.  Lastly – it includes omega-3 and omega-6 essential acids, which are great for your hair.  How to eat this ancient superfood?  Well, you can add some into your water.  Just let them sit in water for 15 minutes before drinking.  I simply stir in 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, juice of one lemon, and a bit of maple syrup into a 500ml (17 ounce) glass of pure water (fluoride-free please).
  • Tempeh – A 1/2 cup of this bad boy makes up 15 grams of protein.  The better cousin of Mr Tofu – this fermented protein prince is actually much healthier than super processed tofu.  I would actually stay away from tofu, but that is another article.  According to Dr Mercola, eating tempeh will help give you a better memory, so make sure to give this to your parents and grandparents if you want them to recognise their grandkids.
  • Quinoa – 1 cup (185 grams) of cooked quinoa has 8.14 grams of protein.  Plus, it contains 9 of the essential amino acids that are vital to our health – a rarity in the plant kingdom!  This South American gem is also high in magnesium, iron, copper, and vitamin B2.  Can I eat it uncooked?  Yes, just soak 1-cup of quinoa in water for 40 minutes or more (it all depends on how crunchy you want it).  Afterwards, empty the water.  Take the quinoa and mix it with some spinach, shredded carrot, and some chopped broccoli.  Top with some lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, and fresh cilantro (coriander).  Voila!  You have a delicious sprouted quinoa feast!  You can also check out my awesome cooked quinoa recipe here.
  • Peas -  Each 1/2 cup contains 3.5 grams of protein.  Peas also contain B vitamins, iron, potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, and vitamin K.
  • Sunwarrior Protein Powder – This is my all-time favourite protein powder.  It is GMO free, vegan, gluten-free, organic, and dairy free.  At 85 percent protein, it is the best raw protein powder on the market.  One look at its amino acid profile, and you will be sold.
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This my dear reader is nutritional yeast. Make sure this superfood is always sitting nicely in your kitchen cupboard.

2.  B Vitamins

Munching on vitamin B foods reduces your chances of hair loss.  You can expect to lose your hair if you turn away these members of the B-Complex family.  So, instead of snubbing them – invite B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12 over for all meals.

Research done by Harvard University suggests that biotin is one of the most vital nutrients for maintaining hair strength, texture, and function.  While we can obtain vitamin B from food, those suffering from hair loss should consider taking supplements – especially if it has to do with a vitamin deficiency.

A B12 deficiency can trigger hair loss in women and vegans.  If this sounds like you, make sure to eat enough high quality B12 foods, such as mackerel, sardines, organic beef, raw (unprocessed) milk, and free-range organic eggs.  For vegans – well, plant foods do not contain vitamin B12 except when contaminated by manure fertilised soil, but that is another story.  In a nutshell, vegans tend to get their B12 from fortified foods or vitamins.  You can also pull a Madonna – and get B12 injected into your derriere.

My favourite vitamin B food is nutritional yeast.  It tastes a bit like cheese, but it is completely dairy-free.  Blend nutritional yeast and pine nuts in a food processor and scatter them on top of brown rice pasta.  You can even mix it with popcorn.  Try preparing a super “hair booster” salad with it.  Remove the kale stems, chop the kale, and top kale leaves with broccoli sprouts, 1/2 avocado, lemon juice, Himalayan sea salt, and 4 tablespoons of nutritional yeast.  Mix well and enjoy!

Eat These B Vitamin Rich Foods

B1 (Thiamine)

  • Vegetables - Spirulina
  • Fruit – Tomatoes, watermelon, and papaya
  • Nuts and Seeds – Pistachios, Brazil nuts, pecans, cashews, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds
  • Beans and Pulses – Green peas, edamame, navy beans, and black beans
  • Grains and Starches – Brown rice and butternut squash
  • Animal Flesh – Mackerel and salmon
  • Condiment – Nutritional yeast

B2 (Riboflavin)

  • Vegetables – Broccoli, spinach, parsley, mushrooms, and spirulina
  • Fruit – Papaya, avocados, and zucchini (courgette)
  • Nuts and Seeds – Almonds and sesame seeds
  • Beans and Pulses – Green peas and tempeh
  • Animal Flesh – Mackerel and salmon
  • Dairy – Sheep’s yogurt, goat’s cheese, raw (unprocessed) milk, and free-range organic eggs
  • Condiments – Maple syrup and nutritional yeast

B3 (Niacin)

  • Vegetables – Broccoli, Portobello mushrooms, and asparagus
  • Fruit – Avocados, papaya, nectarines, and mangoes
  • Nuts and Seeds – Sunflower seeds and sesame seeds
  • Beans and Pulses – Green peas and lentils
  • Grains – Brown rice
  • Animal Flesh – Mackerel, salmon, and sardines
  • Condiment – Nutritional yeast

B5 (Pantothenic Acid)

  • Vegetables – Broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, and kale
  • Fruit – Avocados
  • Nuts and Seeds – Cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, and sunflower seeds
  • Beans and Pulses – Chickpeas, green peas, and lentils
  • Grains and Starches – Buckwheat, oat groats, wild rice, and sweet potatoes
  • Animal Flesh – Salmon and trout
  • Dairy – Free-range organic eggs and sheep’s yogurt

B6 (Pyridoxine)

  • Vegetables – Kale
  • Fruit – Dried prunes, raisins, bananas, plantains, and durian
  • Nuts and Seeds – Sunflower seeds, pistachios, and walnuts
  • Beans and Pulses – Lima beans
  • Grains and Starches – Buckwheat, brown rice, and sweet potatoes
  • Animal Flesh – Venison and salmon
  • Condiments – Nutritional yeast and molasses

B7 (Biotin)

  • Vegetables – Swiss chard, cauliflower, romaine lettuce, and carrots
  • Fruit – Bananas, avocados, berries, watermelon, grapefruit, and cucumbers
  • Nuts and Seeds – Almonds, walnuts, and sunflower seeds
  • Starch – Sweet potatoes
  • Animal Flesh – Salmon and raw (unprocessed) milk
  • Condiments – Molasses

B9 (Folic Acid)

  • Vegetables – Spinach, collard greens, mustard greens, romaine lettuce, asparagus, broccoli, okra, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, beetroot, carrots, and celery
  • Fruit – Papaya, oranges, grapefruit, berries, and avocados
  • Nuts and Seeds – Sunflower seeds and almonds
  • Beans and Pulses – Lentils, chickpeas, black beans, adzuki beans, green peas, and green beans
  • Grains and Starches – Flaxseeds and butternut squash
  • Condiments – Nutritional yeast

B12 (Cobalamin)

  • Vegetables – Seaweed and spirulina
  • Beans and Pulses – Fermented soy
  • Animal Flesh – Mackerel, sardines, salmon, organic beef, organic liver, and organic lamb
  • Dairy – Raw (unprocessed) milk and free-range organic milk
  • Condiments – Nutritional yeast

I recommend vegans and vegetarians take a good quality B12 supplement – as the effects of B12 deficiency can be irreversible.  B12 plant sources do not function the same way as animal products.  According to Chris Kresser, a practitioner of integrative medicine, “It is crucial for those that abstain from animal products to understand that there are no plant sources of B12 and that all vegans and most vegetarians should supplement.  This is especially important for vegetarian and vegan children or pregnant women whose need for B12 is even greater than adults.”

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3.  Essential Fatty Acids

Include essential fatty acids into your diet for bountiful hair.  We need them to grow hair, and sadly, our bodies cannot produce fatty acids.  We must obtain the two main essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6, through the foods we eat – especially if we want thick hair.

“About 3 percent of the hair shaft is made up of omega-3 fatty acids,” says New York nutritionist Lisa Drayer, MA, RD, and author of The Beauty Diet.  The cell membranes in our scalp and the natural oils that keep our scalp and hair hydrated all contain omega-3s.

People on low fat diets are especially at risk of losing their hair.  A deficiency causes dehydration to your scalp and skin.  Our scalp demands that we feed it omega-3s and omega-6s, which we can get from both plant and animal sources.  Word of adviceeat more omega-3s than heavily processed omega-6s as eating too much omega-6 “damaged” fat (corn oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, cottonseed oil, soybean oil, margarine, and any hydrogenated fats) sets the stage for horrendous health problems, e.g. depression, Alzheimer’s, and even cancer!  So where do we find these treasures?

Eat These Essential Fatty Acid Foods

Omega-3 Foods
  • Vegetables – Kale, romaine lettuce, spinach, and brussel sprouts
  • Fruit – Berries and avocados
  • Nuts and Seeds – Chia seeds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and hemp seeds
  • Beans and Pulses – Navy beans, kidney beans, and edamame
  • Grains and Starches – Flaxseeds, wild rice, and butternut squash
  • Animal Flesh – Salmon, mackerel, salmon, sardines, and organic beef
  • Dairy – Raw (unprocessed) milk
Omega-6 Foods
  • Fruit – Avocados
  • Dairy – Grass-fed organic butter
  • Oils – Extra-virgin olive oil and coconut oil

 

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4.  Vitamin A (and Beta-Carotene)

Hair growth relies heavily on vitamin A.  Vitamin A helps purify your liver and blood – allowing the nutrients to quickly reach your scalp and hair.  This antioxidant-rich vitamin can then do its job of lubricating your scalp with sebum and preventing your hair from drying out and becoming brittle.  You can thank sebum, your hair’s natural conditioner, for that!

Vitamin A also assists in strengthening and thickening your hair, but remember that too much vitamin A can cause hair loss.  Ingesting really high levels of vitamin A-containing supplements or medications will cause that unwanted effect.  However, hair will grow back again once the vitamin A overload ceases.

Eat These Vitamin A Rich Foods
  • Vegetables – Carrots, kale, romaine lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, asparagus, leeks, brussel sprouts, parsley, broccoli, rosemary, fennel, thyme, dill, and cilantro (coriander)
  • Fruit – Apricots, cantaloupe, sweet red pepper, mangoes, oranges, papaya, tomatoes, grapefruit, cucumbers, and watermelon
  • Beans and Pulses – Green peas and green beans
  • Starches – Sweet potatoes and butternut squash
  • Animal Flesh – Mackerel, salmon, and sardines
  • Dairy – Raw (unprocessed) milk and free-range organic eggs

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5.  Vitamin D

Avoiding the sun as if it were “an intense water fast” is not a good idea.  Acting like a vampire could cost you your hair.  Low levels of vitamin D and iron leads to hair loss.  Hair loss investigators at Cairo University unearthed a big discovery – vitamin D and iron deficient women suffered hair loss.  And it got worse as their levels dropped.

“This is the first time vitamin D’s possible role in hair loss has been highlighted,” explains Rania Mounier Abdel Hay, MD, a dermatologist at Cairo University.  “It might regulate the expression of genes that promote normal hair follicle growth.”  Vitamin D stimulates the hair follicle and is in charge of activating cells within the hair shaft.

According to Dr Mercola, a popular osteopathic physician, “An estimated 85 percent of Americans are vitamin D deficient, and many scientists and researchers consider this an unrecognised global epidemic.”  I can only imagine what the figures are in the UK.  So, go get yourself some of God’s “sunshine vitamin” or risk losing your mane.

Sunbathing the Right Way

Every once in a while, try getting some sun without sunscreen.  Dr Mercola advises to expose as much of your body as possible to sunlight until your skin turns the lightest shade of pink.  You never want to burn.

Caucasians usually need about 20 minutes of sunlight for vitamin D production.  Darker skinned people need to stay in the sun longer – about one to two hours.  “The optimal time to be in the sun for vitamin D production is near to solar noon as possible.  That would be between roughly 10:00am and 2:00pm,” says Dr Mercola.  And FYI:  Trying to catch sun through a window will not work.

You can also resort to UV-emitting lamps, especially during the winter months.  “These are similar to tanning beds, but smaller.  The lamp is only about 24-inches by about 16-inches,” says Michael F Hollick, MD, a professor of medicine, sociology, and biophysics at Boston University Medical Center.

Vitamin D supplements can also help you get your daily dose, but no pill, lamp, or tanning bed will ever replace the real thing.  Remember that.

Eat These Vitamin D Rich Foods
  • Vegetable – Mushrooms
  • Fruit – Oranges
  • Animal Flesh and Oils- Raw fish (sushi), mackerel, salmon, oysters, sardines, and cod liver oil
  • Dairy – Free-range organic eggs

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6.  Iron

Anaemia or low iron levels can cause hair loss.  Most of the time it happens to women after childbirth, athletes, vegetarians, vegans, and in women who experience heavy periods.  Even people who participate in medical trials may develop anaemia.

Iron deficiency is very common in the world.  “Up to 60 percent of women have low iron and it is often undiagnosed,” states Lorna Vanderhaeghe, a health journalist and author.

Therefore, if you find yourself lacking energy, looking like a vampire, having raccoon eyes, and shedding hair like a Persian cat – it may be time to see a doctor for some blood tests.  Hair follicles contain a protein called “ferritin” – this protein requires iron for hair growth.  It helps produce hair cells, which guard against hair thinning.  Without ferritin, non-pigmented fine hairs will develop.

Vegetarians and vegans should always eat vitamin C rich foods when taking iron.  This enables the absorption of non-heme iron, which is iron from non-animal sources, e.g. beans.

Eat These Iron Rich Foods
  • Heme Iron – Organic beef, oysters, turkey, organic chicken, and organic lamb
  • Non-Heme – Sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, almonds, pistachios, cashews, macadamia nuts, lentils, chickpeas, black beans, oatmeal, buckwheat, spinach, Swiss chard, kale, thyme, parsley, spirulina, kelp, nori, chlorella, quinoa, butternut squash, molasses, raisins, tempeh, artichokes, prunes, and pears

 

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Zinc infused protein bar – loaded with pumpkin seeds and quinoa

7.  Zinc 

Do you want healthy hair?  Then you better get enough zinc.  Insufficient zinc levels invite hair loss and premature greying.  Two studies published in the Journal of Nutrition and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that roughly two billion people worldwide are zinc deficient.  Now that is a lot of people!

However, zinc deficiency is a rarity in North America.  Although, vegetarians and vegans are the ones who need to worry about zinc as this almighty mineral is naturally found in animal products.

Eat These Zinc Rich Foods

  • Vegetables -  Spinach, asparagus, mushrooms, broccoli, parsley, and sea vegetables
  • Nuts and Seeds -  Sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, and cashews
  • Beans and Pulses -  Lentils, chickpeas, tempeh, and green peas
  • Grains -  Brown rice and quinoa
  • Animal Flesh –  Organic beef, organic lamb, and turkey
  • Dairy –  Raw (unprocessed) milk and goat’s cheese

*Remember that soaking your seeds and beans facilitates zinc absorption.

8.  Water

Dehydration can make your skin and hair look unflattering.  Water triggers hair growth and makes your hair look full of life.  On the other hand, toxicity makes your body too acidic.  An overly acidic body can lead to hair loss, and H2O flushes those crazy “acid” critters out of your physique.

Allowing all of those poisons to float around in your system is not a good idea, so try and drink at least two litres of water per day.  And please, I repeat, stay away from fluoridated water.

How To Get Enough Hydration

While it is important to drink a lot of water, you can also hydrate with fruits and vegetables.  Try quenching your thirst with these massively hydrating foods – all of which contain at least 90 percent water.

  • Vegetables – Cucumbers, lettuce, celery, radishes, green peppers, cauliflower, spinach, broccoli, and baby carrots
  • Fruit – Tomatoes, watermelon, star fruit, strawberries, grapefruit, and cantaloupe

9.  Vitamin C 

One of vitamin C’s major tasks involves producing and sustaining healthy collagen – the tissue within hair follicles.  One of the ways this antioxidant-rich vitamin prevents hair loss is by producing sebum.  This oily substance keeps your hair from breaking off.  Plus, vitamin C boosts iron levels, which is key in thwarting off hair loss.

Eat These Vitamin C Rich Foods
  • Vegetables – Bell peppers, kale, turnip greens, Swiss chard, spinach, brussel sprouts, red cabbage, green peas, parsley, asparagus, carrots, basil, garlic, dill, sea vegetables, romaine lettuce, beets, cucumber, cilantro (coriander), and thyme
  • Fruit – Guavas, kiwis, berries, oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, tomatoes, papaya, pineapples, cantaloupe, avocados, watermelon, bananas, apples, plums, cranberries, and apricots
  • Starches – Sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and pumpkin
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Tasty magnesium rich foods. Note: Pepitas is another name for pumpkin seeds.

10.  Magnesium

Magnesium insufficiency disturbs hair growth and prompts hair loss in both men and women.  Hair follicles depend upon this essential nutrient to create strong hair strands.  However, research from the Medical University of South Carolina unveils that almost 70 percent of American adults do not receive enough of this important nutrient.

“Foods rich with magnesium will alleviate this problem and help with hair growth,” points out hair restoration expert Lucinda Ellery.

Eat These Magnesium Rich Foods
  • Vegetables – Spinach, Swiss chard, turnip greens, bok choy, basil, romaine lettuce, broccoli, and kale
  • Fruit – Avocados, bananas, figs, apricots, cantaloupe, tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, papayas, dates, watermelon, and raisins
  • Nuts and Seeds – Pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, Brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, pine nuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, and walnuts
  • Beans and Pulses – Lentils, white beans, black-eye peas, kidney beans, chickpeas, black beans, green peas, pinto beans, and tempeh
  • Grains – Brown rice, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, wild rice, rye, flaxseeds, and oats
  • Animal Flesh – Mackerel
  • Dairy – Goat’s cheese, sheep’s yogurt, raw (unprocessed) milk, and mozzarella

Foods That Encourage Hair Loss

Adding wholesome, nutritious foods to your diet will dramatically improve your hair – BUT only if you get rid of the other garbage that is adding toxins to your blood supply.  Those waste products clog your capillaries - making it difficult for your blood to reach your precious hair follicles.

While specific factors, such as hormones, stress, smoking, childbirth, surgery, pharmaceutical drugs, illegal drugs, and serious illness can cause hair loss – eating rubbish only exacerbates the hair loss debacle.  According to hair expert Diana Dudas, a brutal diet laden with processed foods, caffeine, and alcohol will aggravate hair loss.  These types of clogging foods and beverages include:

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My Recommended “Hair Growth” Smoothie

Drinking my Save Your Hair Smoothie is an excellent way to gather large amounts of greens into your diet.  It sure beats chewing all of those vegetables!  Contrary to juices, smoothies contain the entire fruit or vegetable – giving you the fibre you need to be regular.  Furthermore, blending prevents blood sugar spikes.  Plus, smoothies are more filling.  

For a reason God created fruits and vegetables in their whole state – and why try and improve on what God created.

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Tip Two:  Heavy Metal Detox

One of the greatest health dangers involves pernicious heavy metals – a topic rarely discussed in mainstream wellness circles. We are hounded daily with all types of lethal heavy metals – usually from the most unoffending sources, e.g. cosmetics, cookware, air, and seafood.  Continual exposure to even tiny levels of cadmium, mercury, lead, aluminium, and other heavy metals can add up over time – causing hair loss and other unwanted side effects.

These poisons negatively affect your hormones and deprive your body of vital nutrients.  Worst of all, they can kill hair follicles – resulting in thinning and damaged hair.  Heavy metals pile up in the bones, liver, organs, and joints.  However, only “extreme” heavy metal poisoning shows up in blood tests.

Sadly, there is no way to completely avoid heavy metal exposure.  They are unstoppable, so fighting them is pointless.  You can, however, prevent the number of times you get attacked by these crazy invaders.

Do not worry though.  There is a light at the end of that clogged up shower drain.  A good detox plan can assist you in flushing out all of those brutal metals.

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Chemtrails are not a conspiracy anymore.

Keep Your Eyes on These “Metal Heads”

  1. BariumBarium damages the brain, kidneys, liver, and heart.  According to The London Centre of Trichology, “A build up in the system of the toxic mineral barium can adversely affect hair growth.”  Chemtrails, a part of the geoengineering programme, emit barium on a regular basis. Just look up at the sky next time it is a clear day.  And for the record, chemtrails and contrails are two different things.
  2. ArsenicThe gut, lungs, and various body organs absorb arsenic.  This negatively affects metabolism and DNA repair.  According to Genova Diagnostics, exposure to arsenic can generate “hair loss” and a whole range of unfavourable side effects.  Arsenic can be found in medicines, pesticides, mussels, oysters, shrimp, and soil.
  3. CadmiumCadmium invades the gastrointestinal system, liver, kidneys, placenta, lungs,brain, bones, central nervous system, and reproductive organs.  It basically penetrates your whole body!  Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine states that without intervention – the biological shelf life of cadmium exceeds 20 years!  Plus, severe cadmium exposure stimulates hair loss.  Cadmium hides in cigarette smoke, instant coffee, marijuana, processed meat, refined grains, oysters, tuna fish, canned foods, and soft drinks.
  4. MercuryMercury raids the kidneys, brain, lungs, skin, liver, and gastrointestinal tract.  It enters the body via the lungs, food, water, and by direct physical contact.  This toxic metal impairs copper metabolism and induces hair loss.  Mercury is found in air conditioner filters, baby powder, dental amalgams, vaccines, cosmetics, laxatives, chlorine, medications, tuna fish, swordfish, and soft contact lenses.
  5. AluminiumAluminium sneaks into the brain, lungs, liver, thyroid, and bones.  Aluminium enters humans through the food supply, water, and the air we breathe.  According to Dr Paul C Eck, “Nearly 80 percent of those tested for metal toxicity reveal excessively high hair aluminium levels.”  Your brain and lungs reveal considerable aluminium accumulation with age.  “Aluminium is responsible for hair loss in both males and females,” says Dr Michael Biamonte.  You can find aluminium in animal feed, aspirin, baking powder, cigarette filters, cookware, deodorants, pharmaceuticals, chemtrails, dental amalgams, nasal spray, pesticides, vaccines, tobacco smoke, and tap water.

Three Ways to Expunge Heavy Metals

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1.  Far-Infrared Saunas

Far-infrared saunas help flush out heavy metals found in our body.  Unlike traditional saunas, infrared heat triggers the release of waste from the subcutaneous fat just underneath the skin.  In her book, Detoxify or Die, Dr Sherry Rogers states that it also allows the body to slowly remove toxins from organs and connective tissues, which make their way to the fat tissue beneath the skin – to then be flushed out through sweating.

Dr A J Adams of the International Institute of Holistic Healing, writes in a report that traditional saunas expel up to 97 percent water – while the sweat from an infrared sauna emits only 80 to 85 percent water.  The rest of the 15 to 20 percent contained heavy metals, sodium, ammonia, fat-soluble toxins, and sulphuric acid.  Plus, listen up gout sufferers – it also releases gout’s best friend – uric acid.  All of these toxins compromise our organs, especially the liver and kidneys.

Far-infrared saunas speed up the detoxification process by heating your tissues several inches deep – purging the toxins that are making us sick and unhealthy.  According to the medical director of the Hippocrates Health Institute, Dr Brian Clement, “Infrared saunas help release every toxic contamination you have in your body; most notably mercury and lead.”

As an added bonus, you can burn as many as 300 to 600 calories during one 30-minute session.  I always leave the sauna feeling like a new woman.  Remember to consume adequate electrolyte and mineral replacements to prevent dehydration and mineral loss.  I recommend drinking coconut water during and after a session.

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Do not confuse this with parsley. This, my friend, is your new best friend. Meet Magical Cilantro.

2.  Coriander (Cilantro) and Chlorella

These two miraculous superfoods are heavy metals worst nightmare.  They bind with heavy metals and yank mercury, cadmium, lead, and other chemicals right out of your body.  “Initial studies indicate that fresh cilantro may be extremely effective in flushing heavy metals out of the blood,” states Robert C Atkins, MD. “Taking 400mg of cilantro daily can pretty much clean out heavy metals out of the body in just two weeks.”

Kale, watercress, wheatgrass, sea vegetables, and spirulina are also awesome detoxifiers and can remove heavy metals.  One of my favourite things to eat is my “Die Heavy Metals Die” recipe.  I created this magical recipe when my hair started dropping on the floor.  I add one bunch of fresh cilantro, 1-tablespoon chlorella powder, 2-3 tablespoons of hummus, 1-2 garlic cloves, and 1-2 avocados in a high-speed processor.  After pureeing, I add some “already soaked” pine nuts, Himalayan sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, some lime juice, and sprinkle nutritional yeast on top.  You can mix this with some brown rice pasta, a large salad, or spread it on rice cakes.

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3.  Iodine

Another way to rid your body of heavy metals is by eating iodine rich foods.  Your thyroid needs iodine to function properly.  Since our bodies do not store iodine, we must consume it regularly.  Eating foods containing iodine will make sure your thyroid is able to manage metabolism and detoxification.  Some foods that contain iodine are:  sea vegetables (see above image), cranberries, sheep’s yogurt, navy beans, organic strawberries, Himalayan sea salt, watercress, sunflower seeds, raw (unprocessed) milk, and free-range organic eggs.

Unfortunately, iodine deficiency can result in poor hair growth.  Farmers observed the importance of iodine levels in the coats of their herds of sheep.  The iodine-poor soils meant their sheep were severely iodine-deficient.  “These sheep, consequently, produced the least amount (and poorest quality) of wool.  It stands to reason that human beings are just as effected by iodine-poor soil and plants as animals are,” asserts Dr Edward F Group, DC, ND, and founder of Global Healing Center.  “And hair loss may be related to this decline.”

A 2001 study published in the Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology, and Leprology described how patients of alopecia (hair loss) experienced hair re-growth after supplementing with iodine.

An added bonus of iodine intake is how great it flushes heavy metals from the body.  “Iodine boosts the excretion of mercury, lead, cadmium, and aluminium,” states Dr Kenezy Gyula Korhaz.  Iodine also helps release bromide and fluoride – thus decreasing their iodine inhibiting effects.  Modern life has compromised our thyroid and iodine levels, especially with fluoride and bromide running rampant in our food supply.

Where can you find bromide?  Bromide can be found in a few forms.  Firstly, pesticides contain methyl bromide.  Strawberries are heavily sprayed with this pesticide, so always eat organic strawberries.  Next, brominated vegetable oil (BVO) is located in many popular beverages.  Lastly, some commercial bakeries use a dough conditioner called potassium bromate.  You can also find bromide in your car upholstery, floor, plastics, Mountain Dew, Gatorade, Fresca, nasal sprays, and carpet.

Where can you find fluoride?  Fluoride can be detected in fluoridated drinking water, toothpaste, mouthwashes, dental floss, processed foods and beverages, mechanically de-boned meats, infant formula, canned fish, Teflon pans, beer, wine, sodas, teas, cigarettes, and some antidepressants.

According to the World Health Organisation, iodine deficiency is a public health concern in 54 countries.  UNICEF declared that iodine deficiency is the most avoidable cause of stunted physical and intellectual development.

Anyone hoping to undergo a heavy metal detox plan should take an iodine supplement.  Nascent iodine is the best form to take because it is quickly usable to the body.  This means that most of the iodine will go straight to your thyroid.  This essential supplement also dumps radiation stored in the thyroid gland, so I highly recommend you get your hands on this potent elixir – especially if your hair thinning is caused by heavy metal toxicity.

 

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Tip Three:  Liver Detox

Your liver is the biggest internal organ, and did you know it is the only organ that can regenerate itself?  Look at it as your body’s laboratory – where it handles toxins, fats, and hormones.  The liver works harder than you can imagine – performing more than 500 important bodily functions!  For example, it combats infections, defeats toxins, controls blood sugar, burns fat, and bile transports the garbage away from the liver, helping it to detoxify the blood.

What is bile?  Bile is a yellowish-green liquid produced by your liver and stored in the gallbladder.  It assists in digesting last night’s meal.  Bile is released into the small intestine, where it helps with the digestion of fats.  “Bile is composed of cholesterol, water, pigments, lecithin, and salts (electrolytes), including calcium,” says Rupa Seetharamaiah, MD at Baptist Health South Florida.

Sadly, the typical modern lifestyle puts a lot of strain on our liver.  How many of us stress out about things?  Well, stress negatively impacts the liver.  Not to mention having to inhale second-hand smoke from annoying smokers.

What if your liver is in the pits?  A run-down liver hinders the movement of bile, resulting in faulty toxic elimination.  An improved liver will allow it to process fats, toxins, and hormones better.  The quick expulsion of waste means your body will have the time to handle less important tasks, such as growing healthy hair – instead of focusing all of its attention on poison removal.

Your body will work really well, and you will look and feel healthier.  Your hair will look radiantly healthy, and your cleaner blood will then improve circulation – allowing for the nutrients from your “new and improved diet” to actually reach your scalp.

Liver Destroyers

  • Excess alcohol consumption
  • Smoking (do us all a favour and QUIT!)
  • Pharmaceutical and over the counter drugs
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • Pesticides
  • Processed food
  • Illegal drugs
  • Laziness and lack of exercise
  • Refined sugars and artificial sweeteners
  • Fried foods (put that KFC down!)
  • Dehydration and lack of drinking water
  • Lack of raw healthy foods in your diet

*What have we learned?  You will ruin your liver if you follow a crap “lack of nutrition” diet.

Love My Liver Tips

  1. Start your day with my Save Your Hair Smoothie, and end your day with my Save Your Liver Juice. 
  2. Drink lemon water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.  The lemon juice dissolves the mucus in your body and supports the liver.
  3. Cut out or seriously reduce your caffeine intake – BUT if you must drink your coffee, at least read my article on how to drink it the right way.
  4. Try and do a 1-3 day juice and smoothie fast or a 3-day raw food “only” diet as both are effective at reducing the body’s toxic overload.
  5. Drink at least 2 litres of pure water a day, but never with food.  Sipping on water during meals will only dilute your digestive enzymes, which help you digest food efficiently.  Shunning water can increase your risk of gallstones, which is when bile becomes too concentrated in the gallbladder.
  6. Invest in some milk thistle since it protects your liver’s cells from chemicals and alcohol.
  7. Spice your food with turmeric, an ancient Indian spice.  It possesses fantastic anti-inflammatory effects – helping your liver fight off infections and viruses.
  8. Back in the day, people treasured dandelion root for healing their sick livers.  Dandelion root improves liver function by eradicating toxins and normalising hydration and electrolyte balance.
  9. Look into Methionine, an essential amino acid that is vital for optimal liver health.  A study done on rats showed that they developed steatohepatitis (a fancy name for “fatty liver”) when fed a diet devoid of methionine.  Methionine forms part of a group known as glutathione, an antioxidant that protects the liver and other cells from destruction.  Glutathione attaches itself to toxins and flushes them out of the body.  It is found in brussel sprouts, garlic, carrots, grapefruits, avocados, asparagus, and spinach.  There is one catch though.  You must eat them RAW (uncooked).  None of the foods I just mentioned contain this potent antioxidant once cooked.  Raw Food For The Win!
  10. Get in the choline.  It helps keep your liver in tip-top shape.  Choline aids in evicting unwanted fats inside your liver.  Vegans and vegetarians need this B vitamin in their diet since animal products are the best dietary sources of choline.  You can get choline in supplement form or via foods, such as organic egg yolks, salmon, organic beef, lecithin, kale, spinach, broccoli, wheat germ, brussel sprouts, and almond butter.

The path of living a healthy lifestyle is an adventure.  I understand it can be burdensome and challenging to change your whole way of living, but you will see results with your hair and your health.  If you are a skeptic, I urge you to research everything you have just read, and gently remind yourself that your body is your temple.  Let us stop treating it like it is a rubbish bin.

Love,

Vivien xoxo

 

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Adams, A J, International Institute of Holistic Healing: What is Far Infrared Therapy and How Does it Work Toward the Body? Web.2014

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Breiner, Mark A., and Robert C. Atkins.  Whole Body Dentistry. Quantum Health Press, LLC. 1999. Print.

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Geoengineering Watch: Neurologist Warns of Aluminum in Chemtrails. Web. 2014.

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Hodsman, Sherrard, Alfrey et al. Endocrine. Metab. 1982; 54:539-45.

Jenkins, D. Toxic Trace Metals in Mammalian Hair and Nails. National Institute of Scientific Research, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, EPA. Government Printing Office. 1979.

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Moritz, Andrea.  Timeless Secrets of Health and Rejuvenation.  Ener-chi.  2007. Print.

Rogers, M.D., Sherry A. Detoxify Or Die. Sarasota, FL. Sand Key Company, Inc. pages  199-200; 206-13. 2002.

Schenck, Susan E.  The Live Food Factor.  2nd ed. Awakenings Publications. 2009. Print.

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Are You Eating this Addictive and Toxic Snack?

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By: Vivien Veil

Mmm, tasty Doritos corn chips.  I remember eating those chips growing up.  My mom would buy the Frito-Lay variety pack, and I’d quickly run over and steal the Doritos.  Those were the days of unhealthy and hazardous eating.  Thankfully, I’m no longer addicted to those bad boys.  I often ask myself, “Would I have been a lot smarter if toxic junk food never passed my lips?”  Who  knows… All I know is that I killed many brain cells during that era of “Standard American Diet” living.

Deadly processed foods are very addictive.  Just try and get your family member off of Doritos and you’ll see what I’m talking about.  They say it’s easier to change someone’s religion than to change someone’s diet.  I believe that!  Sadly, food manufacturers love adding harmful ingredients to their products – causing us to buy more and more of their foods.  These foods continually contribute to us getting fatter and fatter – not to mention sicker and sicker.

All you have to do is glance at the picture above.  That photo is enough to make any Dorito lover sweat.  And to think I devoured bags and bags of those suckers!

So, how can you avoid dining on these toxic ingredients?

Well, you’re going to have to dig deep and find the will-power to abolish them from your existence.  Scale down or cut out processed foods from your diet.  I know it’s not always easy, especially if you’re starting out, but just start taking baby steps, and soon you’ll be on the road to wholesome food paradise.  Fresh and natural foods are better for you anyway.  But I’m sure you already know this.

Snack on fruit, nuts, seeds, healthy fats, or vegetable crudités and rice cakes with hummus and salsa – anything but deadly chips laced with chemicals from hell.  Soon your taste buds will be like new, and you won’t even miss Doritos anymore.

Oh, and before I sign off… For the love of God, don’t go believing people who say Doritos are not bad for you.  I say this because PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi said on a Fox Business Channel’s program that “Doritos are not bad for you.  They’re nothing more than corn mashed up, fried in oil, and flavored in the most delectable way.” Yikes!

You know what I say about that? LIES!  You’d have to be completely zombied out to believe that nonsense.  All you have to do is research the ingredients yourself.  It’s really not that difficult.  Google makes it easy for us to become food label detectives.

Americans currently spend about 90% of their food income buying processed junk like PepsiCo’s beloved Doritos.  Make a difference now by eating more whole foods.  Get those greedy companies where it hurts the most – their bank accounts!  Spend your money on quality food instead of poison.  Maybe that will get them to remove the venomous ingredients from their best-selling products.

Sayonara my faithful and healthy (or soon to be healthy) reader.  Please share this post with those you want to see live a more abundant and zombie-less life.

Celebrating the New Year in Japan

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2014 is the Year of the Horse. This painting was hanging at Futenma Shrine in Okinawa.

By: Shannon Murphy

I am not sure why I didn’t pay attention to what Okinawans were doing 12 months ago when we said hello to 2013, but this year I decided to find out what the locals do to celebrate the New Year.  What a surprise – they don’t eat black-eyed peas and greens. Ha!  In fact, celebrating New Year’s is one of Japan’s most important holidays.  Thanks to a couple of my Okinawan friends and my own research, I was able to put this article together.

The Japanese celebration of the New Year holiday (called Oshogatsu) occurs from December 28 to January 6.  Oshogatsu is the most important and elaborate holiday of the year.  During this time, many traditions are observed.  I want to share several of these with you, but keep in mind my article is just scratching the surface.

Cleaning your House

The Japanese prepare to celebrate Oshogatsu by cleaning their homes.  It is done at the end of the year so that the New Year is welcomed with a clean home.  This is a very thorough cleaning, from top to bottom.  Similar to a very serious spring cleaning like Americans do (or should do), but it’s done at the end of the year.  As I write this, I am looking around my house and am thinking to myself that I need to do the same thing once I pack up my Christmas decorations!  My house needs a serious “osoji” (cleaning.)

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Here are my boys standing underneath a large Buddhist bell that hangs on the grounds of Shuri Castle in Okinawa.

Ringing the Bells

At midnight on New Year’s, you will hear the bells at Buddhist temples ringing 108 times (called “joya-no-kane” in Japanese.)  The Buddhist religion believes there are 108 actions that defile persons and lead them away from wisdom, compassion, generosity, and creativity.  These defilements are actions that cause suffering to yourself and to others around you.  It is believed that by ringing the bells, you get rid of these behaviors from the previous year.  Therefore, you are starting the New Year “clean.”

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Okinawa soba has thick, long noodles, pork belly, green onions, and fish cake (the white oval shapes.)

Eating Soba Noodles

Traditionally, as part of the New Year’s Eve dinner or after the ringing of the bells, the Japanese eat soba noodles.  Soba noodles are made of buckwheat flour and they are long and narrow.  It is believed that eating these long noodles symbolize a long life.  These noodles can be eaten in a hot soup and when eaten on New Year’s Eve, it is called “toshikoshi” soba, which literally means “year-passing.”  Okinawa soba is one of my favorite dishes here, and I made a point to get some to celebrate the New Year.

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Futenma Shrine, Okinawa

Visiting a Shrine

A very important custom for the Japanese is to visit shrines to pray for happiness in the New Year.  This is called “hatsumode,” which means the first shrine visit of the New Year.  In fact, many are open 24 hours on January 1.  It’s tradition for the locals to visit a shrine by the 3rd of January.  I went to the popular Futenma Shrine in Okinawa with my boys and it was such a great atmosphere.  There were street vendors with toys, games, and food.  Many people were in the line waiting to enter the shrine.  The energy was hopeful and happy.

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Street vendors in front of Futenma Shrine with a plethora of food options

When you enter the shrine area, it is customary to wash your hands with water found at the entrance.  They pick up the wooden scoop with water and wash the left hand first.  Then the scoop is filled again to wash the right hand.  The scoop is filled a third time and poured on the left hand again, so you can wash your mouth and spit the water out.  As a side note, my oldest son almost contaminated the water by pouring the dirty water from his hand over the “clean” water basin.  Luckily, I stopped him just in time!  Major shrine foul averted.  Whew!

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Washing hands before entering shrine. Do not pour your dirty hand water over the clean water basin!

Many people were walking up to the shrine first after washing their hands, so of course we followed.  There was an offertory box located inside the shrine and people lined up to throw their offering into the box.  There were mostly coins, but I saw a few 1,000 yen bills and even one 5,000 yen bill.  After they throw the money in, they bow deeply twice, then clap their hands twice, bow deeply once more and pray for a few seconds.

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This line snaked around in order to buy omamori (charms.)

Many visitors were standing in a different line to purchase charms (“omamori”.)  The omamori provide blessings and protection.  The commonly purchased ones are for the protection for drivers, passing examinations, success in business and money, finding a mate and marriage, and protection for a healthy pregnancy.  The omamori are replaced once a year to avoid bad luck from the previous year.  They are returned to the same shrine where they were purchased, so they can be disposed of properly.  Then a new one can be purchased for the New Year.  Interesting enough, if you cannot find a charm that fits your blessing or protection needs, the shrine priest will customize one for you.

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Bad fortunes left behind (and maybe some good ones?) There sure are a lot, but thousands of people visit the shrines during Oshogatsu.

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Watching people purchase “omikuji” was the most entertaining.  “Omikuji” are fortunes.  Each person unfolds their fortune, reads it, and if they do not like the fortune, it is left tied to the omikuji rods at the shrine.  I read that sometimes people will also tie their good fortunes and leave them behind.  However, traditionally, your good fortune should be kept close to you, for example in your purse or wallet.  I should also mention that you can visit a shrine any time of the year to get omikuji.  It’s not just a New Year’s purchase.

The visit to the shrine was so fascinating because there were so many people and there was such a positive energy of happiness and hope for a better year ahead.  The rituals for how to enter and the different steps for each person to complete were all so interesting.  When you are living in another country with such different customs, it is just awesome to be able to witness it first hand and not just read about it.

Happy New Year! or “Akemashite oedetou!” in Japanese

A Joyous New Year

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Feliz Año Nuevo!  Bonne Année!  Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!  Voorspoedige Nuwe Jaar! Xin Nian Yu Kuai!

One of the reasons I enjoy living in London is that you can never ever get bored here.  We literally get front row seats to the many delights that take place here – from award shows and plays to parades and sporting events.  It is no wonder London is one of the most visited cities in the world.  My favorite London tradition is the annual fireworks display in central London.  All around, people are counting down in a myriad of different languages as we all bid au revoir to the departing year.

At this time of my life – I am filled with peace, bliss, hope, and faith.  I am grateful for my entire family and friends for sticking by me through thick and thin.  I am looking forward to embarking on a glorious new journey with every one of you.

Happy New Year, everyone!  A special Happy New Year’s hug to all of my loyal readers.  Your sparkling spirit tells me that 2014 is going to be a marvelous year!

And a very affectionate New Year’s hug and kiss to my mother and sisters for being so selfless, patient, and loving.  I love you four so very much.

Wishing you a healthy and blessed New Year.

Love, good health, and blessings to you all.

Vivien XO

How to Handle Rejection

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If you’re reading this, there’s a 99.9% chance you’ve been rejected at least once in your life.  Find out here how to overcome it. 

By: Vivien Veil

Rejection is one of the worst, most ignored and most common emotional wounds.  We generally avoid speaking about it to others since we crave acceptance and love from people.  Self-consciousness and embarrassment keep us from revealing those private emotions to anyone.

Denial of love emerges from rejection.  Love brings approval and recognition; rejection brings disapproval and refusal.  Each of us covets love – we need it to grow into healthy and happy individuals.  Love is to us what basil and pine nuts are to a great pesto.  Anyone who thinks they can live without love is sadly very self-deceived.  This is demonstrated by what occurs to the unloved.  Sickness of one sort or another sometimes develops.  Dogs often stop eating, get sick, and occasionally die from lack of love.

Rejection provokes a wound to “self.”  Many flaws can evolve within one’s personality when “self” is wounded.  Rebellion, insecurity, and mistrust in behavior often follow those with wounded personalities.  Rejection shoots a hole to our prideful heart – brutally harming our self-worth and self-admiration.  Oftentimes we feel cheapened to the point of even rejecting ourselves.  We may ask, “What is it about me that repels others?”  Some even resort to changing their personality in order to be accepted by people.

Given the cold shoulder by those you care about is one of the worst feelings in the world.  Yes, we are routinely rejected by strangers, acquaintances, and even work colleagues, but being denied by a love interest is most excruciating.  Some of the worst rejection traumas come via hurts linked with relationships.  We cultivate seeds of bitterness and hardness towards the person who hurt us.  Out of desperation, we even sometimes develop a stronger desire towards the person who rejected us.

I’ve seen this happen before in friends.  It is crazy, but the more rejection they faced, the more they ‘fancied’ the person rejecting them.  This happened to me once during my late teens after my first love caught me cheating on him.  He broke it off with me, and I just struggled to move on.  Rejection can definitely create negative emotions and behavior.

As bizarre as this sounds – the less you care about a person, the more they care about you.  And the more you care about someone, the less they care about you.  Yes, our “weird” world is a very strange and dark place.

Signs of Rejection

When rejection strikes, some type of reaction or response is required.  Some unwanted reactions cause us to lash out at others in confrontations of anger, bitterness, and rebellion.  The following list will help us identify the signs of rejection:

  • Rebellion
  • Bitterness
  • Self-Pity
  • Evasion and Daydreaming
  • Guilt
  • Inferiority
  • Insecurity
  • Negative Attitude
  • Defensiveness and a Judgmental Character
  • Distrust
  • Cold and Impenetrable Personality
  • Stubbornness

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To change the ramifications of rejection, we must first strengthen our self-worth to medicate the pain.  Keep in mind these tips the next time you experience rejection.

Ways to Overcome Rejection

1.  It has nothing to do with you. The blow of rejection affects us more when we are close to a person.  We will not pay much attention if a cashier at a shop rejects us.  Rejection becomes a heavy mental weight on our shoulders – we attack our character and everything we stand for.  Simply because we believe something must be wrong with our true selves to cause someone to “abandon” us.

Most of the time, the rebuff has nothing to do with us at all.  An individual may simply be too busy or stressed out to deal with a relationship at the moment.  Unless you are God, you will not know exactly what is going on in their minds.

2.  Forgiving your offenders.  Forgiveness of those who hurt us is a necessity for deliverance of rejection.  When we encounter rejection and remain in that state, we will unavoidably experience rejection by others.  However, forgiveness brings happiness, peace, and self-acceptance.  Forgiving does not mean we condone the awful things that happened to us.  Forgiveness does not deny their rejections, their selfishness, or meanness that may attach to them.

It is essential to stop viewing ourselves as their victims and holding them responsible for our emotional well-being.  Arriving to a forgiving place is a long and arduous journey, but once there, the forgiveness we gain will be a forgiveness worth having.  Unforgiveness only breeds torment and produces a toxic ‘cancer’ inside of us.  Now, if you are a Christian, God says that if we expect his forgiveness, we must forgive.  If we choose not to forgive, we can expect to be tormented until we do.  Plus, don’t forget to forgive yourself!

3.  God had better plans for you.   Things happen for a reason.  There is always something better in store for us – we just fail to see this when we are sad and hurting.  We need to see past the transitory period of heartache and sadness and realize that God allowed for it to happen for a reason.  Nothing in this life is a coincidence.  We may not understand it at that very moment, but it is normally revealed later on.

Many friends revealed to me that they felt depressed when a love interest broke up with them, only to discover a while later why it happened – they found the love of their lives when they least expected it!  Thereafter, they rejoiced at the fact they were rejected, and declared they would not have changed their past for anything in the world.  In hindsight, they laughed at the suffering they experienced.  Eventually, we will discover the real reason of our suffering – it just takes some patience to wait for that day.

4.  It isn’t you.  “Why did this happen? What did I do? Did I say something wrong? Am I not attractive enough?”  When a person rejects you, they are living out their own anxieties and fears.  Not everything revolves around you.  Keep in mind that the person who left you is going through their own private matters, and that you most likely did nothing to cause their decision.

Take comfort in knowing that the person who rejects you is dealing with their own personal battles and that you most likely did nothing to cause their outcome.

5.  Childhood rejection.  Rejection can sometimes stem from childhood.  Oftentimes, a child is deprived of a close relationship with their parents, i.e. working parents sending their children to daycare and spending very little time with them.  Sometimes the child senses rejection from the mother or father if the parents devote too little time with them.

Additionally, the death of one or both parents and a divorce can also produce an intense wound in a young child’s personality.  The child simply cannot understand what has occurred to his/her parent and relates to their disappearance as abandonment.  This ordeal becomes a persistent challenge to conquer throughout life.

Past childhood memories lodged in their subconscious minds may invoke strong panic attacks when rejected.  Remembering the source of your childhood rejection and openly speaking about it with a trusted family member, friend, counselor, or therapist can make a great impact on how you deal with this troublesome emotion in the future.  Sometimes a good “cry” is all you need to feel better.

Rejection is never going to go away.  Accepting this notion will turn you into a rejection fighter, so that you will emerge a much stronger person from each situation.  That way – you will no longer put so much emphasis on what people do to you.

6.  A learning experience.  Rejection does not always have to be doom and gloom.  We can use rejection to our advantage and become better people out of it.  If you were too controlling, too jealous, or a cheater – you can look within yourself and say, “I realize that I pushed them away because of this.  I’m going to try and change that part of me.”

Sadly, sometimes it takes a horrible emotional experience to bring humility and make us better people.  As far as I’m concerned, there is always room for improving ourselves.

7.  Harmonize and reunite.  Reconcile to restore broken relationships.  Turn hostility and animosity to friendship and good will.  Of course – the first thing you must do is forgive.  Reconciliation is a two-sided affair.  The procedure of reconciliation is executed between two people when the restoration is initiated by one person and accepted by the other.

We obviously cannot force others to accept us again, but we should aim to never let any “failure to gain reconciliation” rest at our doorstep.  Restoring a relationship with someone who caused us deep wounds can be unsettling.  Keep in mind that the true test of profitable reconciliation is when it brings peace.  If a renewed relationship is full of peace and free from hypocrisy and strife – then fear will flee and your lives will be improved.

8.  Be open to instruction.  Last, but certainly not least, you must be open for counsel.  Many changes need to be established.  Old nasty habits and negative behavior must be changed.  Everything in one’s life that is not full of positivity must be brought up to that standard.

Sometimes seeking a counselor or therapist can be an excellent idea to receive wisdom and understanding.  However, you have to leave all stubbornness and “refusal to receive advice” at the door.  The average Joe cannot properly diagnose his own problems.  He is too busy scratching the surface rather than digging for the roots.  Rejection sufferers tend to hate advice from others because they look at correction as another form of rejection.  Correction is not rejection! These people need to humble themselves and admit, “The problem is in me.  I need to change.”

Although we hate suffering the humbling effects of rejection, looking at it in a positive light will enable us to conquer it more effortlessly.

To freedom from the shackles of rejection,

Vivien Veil x :)


This Juice Melts Cellulite and Burns Fat

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By:  Vivien Veil

This anti-cancer juice is exploding with ingredients that contain high levels of vitamins A and C

Regularly drinking this pure juice will affect every aspect of your life.  We all know that beauty comes from within; and once you begin hydrating your body with the most nutritionally perfect – organic liquid – everything about you will shine!  Your hair, your skin, your eyes, your nails, and your emotional thoughts – you will be wholly renewed and transformed.

Once the body and mind start operating on the fuel which God gave you – you will instantly feel energised!  This positive outcome will then spill over to all aspects of your life – your work, your relationships, and your self-confidence.

The ingredients in this juice expunges mucus and eradicates toxins.  Toxins and a too-acidic body contribute to weight gain.  The acidic residues infiltrate your cells – causing you to store fat.  The antioxidants in citrus fruit and the metabolism booster ginger join hands and saturate the cells – flushing out all the nasty bad stuff.

Plus, the fruit acids dissolve the mucus that are keeping those deadly acids hostage in your body.  Many of our favourite foods in the Western diet are loaded with acidity – creating acidic garbage in the bloodstream.  Such foods include dairy, meat, gluten-flour, coffee, alcohol, sugar, and even pollution.  It’s not harmful if you eat acidic foods in tiny amounts, but indulging on very acid-forming foods regularly places a burdensome task on the kidneys and liver.

The goal is to ALKALISE, DETOX, and REJUVENATE.

This living juice will help you destroy that toxic build-up.  After you develop a healthy nutritional lifestyle – loaded with living raw foods – the fat will just melt off.  So, join me as we kill those intruders with the potent ingredients listed below.

The main ingredient in my special elixir is – you guessed it – grapefruit!  Grapefruits are the largest members of the citrus family.  They originated outside of Asia and were hybridised in Jamaica (possibly a cross between a pommelo and a sweet orange).  A real popular ‘weight loss’ fruit, grapefruits are ‘eliminators’ – making them the ultimate detoxifier.  Your liver will love you once you start drinking these citrus delights.

Juice fasting with grapefruits (or eating them) for 3-7 days will detoxify your body.  It’ll clean out your colon and purify the fluids in your body.

Okay… Let’s start juicing! This zingy, zesty juice will instantly wake you and your senses up – making this an excellent breakfast juice.

Ingredients

  • 5 Grapefruits
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 Limes
  • 1/4 Medium Pineapple
  • Handful of Ginger, you be the judge on how much to use

Instructions

  1. Cut the tops and bottoms of the grapefruits.  Then get a sharp knife and cut around the edges to peel off the skin.  Remember not to cut the white pith away – as it contains a ton of nutrients.  Do the same with the limes, pineapple, and lemon. (**You don’t need to peel the limes and lemon if you own a high-quality juicer)
  2. Juice the lemon, limes, ginger, and grapefruits. Then, juice the pineapple.
  3. Pour over ice.  Salud! (Cheers in Spanish for you non-Spanish speakers)

What’s So Important about Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is required for repairing and maintaining cells and bones – not to mention fighting off infections.  It even lowers your cancer and cardiovascular disease risks.  We need to continuously consume vitamin C rich foods – as our bodies don’t store vitamin C.

Health Benefits of Grapefruit Juice

  1. Cancer killer
  2. Lowers blood pressure
  3. Lowers cholesterol
  4. Makes you go number two by stimulating the digestive system
  5. Boosts the immune system
  6. Rich in vitamins A, C, folate, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, bioflavinoids, citric and phenolic acid, and pectin
  7. A great diuretic – helps reduce water retention
  8. Helps you lose weight
  9. Cellulite buster
  10. Powerful antioxidant and antimicrobial

Focus and Motivation During the Holidays

Focused During Holidays PictureBy: Gerhard de Bruin

The festival tidal wave of Christmas and New Year’s is looming ahead.  Yes, it’s only November, but it’s never too soon to begin planning for the mental onslaught they bring.  The holidays usually bring a host of undesirable consequences – less time training, weight gain, lack of discipline, and diminishing focus.  The typical person develops an iron-willed mantra:

The holidays are a time to relax and let loose.  I’ll get back on track come January.

From parties and family commitments to travelling and tempting meals – it’s no wonder that our clothes start to feel tight during the holidays.  Sadly, most people also lose the motivation to train hard, but it’s important to stay focused on your goals, so when New Year’s hits, you’re already ahead of everyone else.

Follow these strategies on how to stay on track during the holidays.  You must do whatever it takes to avoid going downhill with your training and nutritional goals.  Godspeed, soldier!  You’re going to need it!

1.  Prioritise and Plan

Devise your training schedule at least one month in advance.  Consistency and good time management techniques will bring you victory!  The holidays are an ideal time to stay loyal with your training and diet principles.  Sit down with your coach and outline your goals for the upcoming new year.  Discuss last year’s training and race results – and turn your past shortcomings into future strengths.  Don’t allow travelling to get in the way of exercising either.  If visiting family and friends will steer your training programme off path, create a way to use those travel days as recovery days.  You can afterwards intensify your workout plan to make up for those days.

Handle your time wisely!  Don’t try to be superman/superwoman.  Trying to perform too many tasks at once only brings stress and discouragement.  Wake up early and be realistic with what you can actually achieve within a time frame.  Simply following these tips alone will prevent burnout and loss of focus.

2.  Find Some Training Buddies

While solitary training allows you to press the mute button on the world, exercising with others can simplify your life and make training more enjoyable.  Working out with friends also gives you accountability.  It’s already tough waking up at ungodly hours to train, but you’ll be less likely to skip training knowing you’ve got a pal waiting for you.

Plus, working out with a friend or groups of buddies encourages a more positive mental outlook.  Believe it or not, social interaction and exercise play a pivotal role in the subconscious mind.  Researchers discovered this process called “social facilitation” with cyclists – they cycled faster when racing against someone else versus riding solo.  “The same holds true with runners.  When you run with others, you tend to give more effort,” says Cinda Kamphoff, Ph.D., a sports psychologist.  “You get caught up in the pace, and you might not recognise how fast you’re going.”

3.  Make Sleep a Priority

Lack of high-quality sleep negatively affects your training routine – not to mention your focus.  Sleeping more than seven hours a night helps  you stick to a solid exercise pattern and amps motivation.  Studies reveal that people who sleep more end up losing weight and reaching their goals.

Fatigue and sleep deprivation can easily drain motivation to exercise and even stops you from pushing yourself harder – therefore causing muscle loss and weight gain.  Your appetite grows when you sleep less.  You can’t properly hear the brain telling you to stop eating when you’re exhausted – instead, the signals to eat get louder.

The hormone that suppresses your appetite (leptin) is reduced, and the hormone that increases your appetite (ghrelin) becomes more active (Taheri et al., 2004).  “Hence, you can have a hard time differentiating between being hungry or tired.  In either case, cookies and chocolate can be very tempting,” states Nancy Clark, a board certified specialist in sports dietetics.

I often find myself feeling real tired and hungry at the end of a long training day.  I have to remind myself to get into bed, or else I’ll struggle to keep my weight and motivation in check.

4.  Join a Training Camp

Still need a push to reach your athletic objectives?  Many swear by enrolling in a great training camp.  Working alongside an elite coach might sound too extreme for some, but it’s definitely worth the expense if you require extra motivation, discipline, and are dead serious about taking your athletic performance to the next level.

Training camps during the holidays make a perfect active getaway, especially if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere during December, January, and February.  Warmer climates and professional guidance will fire up your fitness resolutions and encourage you to make better decisions.

In January, DBT Training Camp offers high-altitude training in beautiful Golden Gate, South Africa.  The camp takes care of everything for you, enabling you to gain better focus and best of all, you’ll come out of the camp with an insane amount of motivation to kick start the racing season.

5.  Set Mind-Blowing, yet Realistic Goals

Practice patience to achieve your dreams.  Impatience sets you up for disappointment and hopelessness.  Focus on  your progress rather than solely focusing on your sky-high goals.  That way you’ll discover whether or not your regimen is leading you closer or further away from you goals.

Pinpoint your goals on a regular basis, and understand the series of actions that you’re undertaking to achieve those goals.  The whole process of getting there is imperative, but having an awareness of the “bigger picture” assists you in staying motivated and focused during the fight to achieve your personal goals.

Keep a journal depicting your progress and track your athletic metrics every couple of weeks during the holiday season to remain inspired.

Source:  Taheri, S., L. Lin, D. Austin, T. Young, and E. Mignot. 2004. Short sleep duration is associated with reduced leptin, elevated ghrelin, and increased body max index. PLoS Med 1 (3): E62.

Original article can be found here