Diabetes and Hair Loss?

One of our Facebook fans had a question about diabetes (type 2), and whether it can cause hair loss. Indeed, yes; hair loss may actually be one of the first signs of diabetes. Hair loss associated with diabetes occurs due to the poor circulation that this condition causes; diminished circulation slows the body’s recovery rate, overall, including the rate of regrowth of hair. The result? Hair loss or thinning hair. Medications prescribed to help manage diabetes can also cause the… Continue reading

Perimenopause – Balance is Key!

Following up on our previous posts on PMS, we now move a stage further along in the journey that each woman takes towards menopause: Perimenopause. Beginning in our mid-30s to early-40s, a woman’s ovaries naturally start to decline in their production of estrogen and progesterone. This stage is known as ‘perimenopause’ and lasts for several years. When 12 full months have lapsed since the last menstrual period, menopause is officially considered to have begun. During the perimenopausal time, hormones besides… Continue reading

PMS – Part 2

Yesterday we took a look at PMS and its association with excess estrogen, which creates an ‘estrogen dominant’ state, relative to progesterone. Excess, unopposed estrogen, by way of the complex symphony of hormone feedback loops involved in a woman’s menstrual cycle, causes the many and varied symptoms of PMS. To help rebalance your estrogen-progesterone levels, the first step, as mentioned yesterday, is to maintain a healthy liver. This ensures the proper metabolism of estrogen so that it is excreted from… Continue reading

PMS

It’s estimated that up to 75% of women experience at least one symptom of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) monthly. (Bet having only one symptom would likely be welcomed by many with PMS!) There is a wide and varying spectrum of symptoms in PMS including bloating (water retention), breast swelling and pain, headaches, acne, insomnia, food cravings (especially salt or sweet), fatigue, mood swings, anxiety, irritability, and depression. One or more of these symptoms may occur 2 – 14 days prior to… Continue reading

Sneezing? Runny nose? Itchy eyes?

Spring is the season that many allergy-sufferers dread the approach of, as hay fever (or allergic rhinitis) kicks into full gear. Allergic rhinitis is an umbrella term for allergic reactions to irritants such as pollution, dust, or pollen. It may occur throughout the year, while ‘hay fever’ is usually caused by seasonal grass or pollens (so named because it was discovered during haying season). In addition to pollens, however, molds also play a significant, oft overlooked role in allergies. Molds… Continue reading

Magnesium: Master Mineral

Magnesium is the 4th most abundant mineral in the body, yet deficiency of this vital mineral is common nowadays. This is primarily due to depleted soils from commercial farming practices: Crops can only take up what is available in the soil they’re growing in – so if that soil is depleted, then the vegetable and other crops growing in them will be, too. Selenium is another example of a mineral that is vastly depleted in our soils (probably more so… Continue reading

Arthritis Got you Down? Get Back Up – to What you Enjoy Doing, Faster!

Though we typically think of arthritis as something that happens ‘when we’re older,’ joint and soft tissue inflammation can occur at any age. Osteoarthritis, which simply means inflammation of the bone or joint structure, can arise from injuries, repetitive strain, or the general wear-and-tear associated with aging. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), on the other hand, is an autoimmune disorder associated with an overactive immune system. We’ll take a look at RA in a separate post. If you’re suffering from pain and… Continue reading

Lovely Lavender

For many, Lavender is the fragrance that comes to mind at the mention of aromatherapy. With good reason: Of the thousands of essential oils in nature to choose from, Lavender is by far the most popular. And within the ‘field of Lavender’ itself, there are several dozen different types of Lavandula species to choose from! Its lovely, lavender-colored flowers yield one of the most beloved of fragrances of all time. Along with its calming and relaxing aroma, Lavender is also… Continue reading

Zinc Deficiency and Hair Loss?

One of our Fantastic Fans, Elizabeth, had some interesting questions for us about zinc and its significance with hair loss. She was also curious as to whether zinc was included in Hair Essentials as an “aromatase-inhibitor.” Aromatase is an enzyme necessary for the conversion of testosterone to estrogen. Zinc is, as Elizabeth had noted, a natural aromatase-inhibitor (limits the conversion of testosterone to estrogen). Though aromatase inhibition is a desirable therapeutic outcome in certain conditions (such as estrogen+ breast and… Continue reading

Herpes Happens

Cold sores and genital blisters are infectious conditions caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). While cold sores on the mouth are usually associated with the type 1 strain of the virus (HSV1), they can occasionally be caused by type 2 (HSV2). The type 2 strain is typically associated with genital herpes, but both types can actually cause infection in either location. The virus presents itself as painful blisters containing infectious virus particles. The first outbreak is usually the worst… Continue reading

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