The greatest treasure we have is our health. All the money in the world is worth nothing if your body betrays you and you’re too weak to enjoy everything you have. So take good care of yourself, eat well, and don’t overwork yourself. Keep an eye on any symptoms that might indicate health concerns and heed the warnings your body is sending you before it’s too late.
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A healthy mind in a healthy body, they say, but keeping yourself in peak physical and mental condition becomes harder and trickier as the years go by. Still, we must do our best and always keep fighting to stay another day on this beautiful planet.
Yes, growing old is a natural process and we all know we are going through it. But we sort of tend to forget about it, or at least try to. But when you look in the mirror and notice the first gray hair, suddenly realization strikes and you come face to face with your most dreaded foe: your mortality.
Gray hairs are most commonly indicators of old age, but not necessarily. Your hair can start going gray even in your early twenties. For a great number of people, this signifies the necessity for one of the most tedious procedures: dyeing your hair. Sure, you have probably done it before as well, but back then it was for fun, to experiment with the way you look, whereas now, the reason is a lot gloomier: you want to cover up the fact that you’re aging.
But is gray hair really that bad? A lot of girls nowadays seem to dye their hair gray on purpose. It looks very classy, elegant, and mysterious, and it gives you an aura of wisdom and superior intelligence, no doubt rooted in the logic that gray hair equals old people and old people equal great experience, knowledge, and understanding.
And let’s not forget that gray hair on a man takes their hotness level up a few notches. Here is the finest example of the silver fox phenomenon: George Clooney.
So why exactly does your hair start to go gray? Well, it has something to do with your body’s production of melanin. Melanin is the pigment that gives your skin and hair their color. As you grow older, your body starts to produce less of this pigment, resulting in gray hair. According to some scientists, the general rule is that 50% of the population at 50 years of age have at least 50% gray hair. A study from 2012 has shown that 74% of people aged between 45 and 65 had gone gray.
But developing a gray mane at a young age is unusual and it could indicate various health issues. And since it’s much better to prevent than to lament, here are a few problems that might have caused an early breakout of the gray hairs.
The premature loss of hair pigment could be the result of a vitamin D3 and B12 deficiency. You might want to consider increasing your vitamin intake, either by supplements or consuming fresh fruits and vegetables.
Gray hair could indicate heart disease as a recent study found that males with coronary artery disease had much whiter hair than those with no heart conditions. The same study noted similar molecular mechanisms, such as impaired DNA repair and hormonal changes, in both gray hair and heart disease which could mean that the two are linked.
Genetics says that if your parents or grandparents were plagued by gray hairs from a more tender age, your chances of avoiding the same fate are pretty slim.
The Indian Dermatology Online Journal states that the likelihood of developing gray hair is two and a half times greater in smokers than in non-smokers. This is caused by some chemicals contained in the smoke which damage the hair cells and can even lead to hair loss and premature balding.
Oxidative stress is the imbalance between the production of free radicals (which cause damage to nearby cells and DNA) and the antioxidant defenses, i.e. the body’s ability to repair the damages. This can be caused by pollution or poor diet, and it can lead to an increased production of hydrogen peroxide in your hair follicles. This compound is known to lighten hair.
A person who’s gone prematurely gray is four times more likely to have a bone condition called osteopenia, says The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Osteopenia is reduced bone density, but to a lesser extent than in osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a bone disease which increases the bones’ fragility making them susceptible to fractures.
If you are encountering dry, fine, gray hairs, there might be something wrong with your thyroid gland. Check if it’s functioning properly by paying your doctor a visit.
Both the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and the Indian Ayurveda believe that the quality of the blood and the health of your kidneys can have a great impact on the condition and the color of your hair.