There are many different kinds of hair problems, from dry or oily hair to premature hair loss, but most are linked to what you eat. Oily hair can occur with vitamin B deficiency. Dry or brittle hair is often a sign of essential fat deficiency. Poor hair growth, or loss of colour, is a sign of zinc deficiency. Hair loss is connected with general nutritional deficiency, especially a lack of iron, vitamin B1, vitamin C or lysine (an amino acid). Some hair supplements contain all these. Massaging the scalp also helps, as does hanging upside down, including headstands and ‘inversion’ poses in yoga, which improve circulation to the scalp. The combination of optimum nutrition, stimulating scalp circulation and correcting underlying hormonal imbalances has proved the most effective answer for hair loss. Unfortunately there is no answer yet for grey hair, or any apparent connection with nutrition.
The symptoms of excess alcohol are half dehydration and half intoxication. Once the liver’s ability to detoxify alcohol is exceeded the body produces a toxic substance and it is this that brings about a headache. The advice below, if followed before drinking, will reduce any ‘morning after’ symptoms. So will drinking masses of liquid, which dilutes the alcohol. Needless to say, drinking large amounts of alcohol is not optimum nutrition!
Even though allergic reactions to pollen are the identified cause of hay fever, other factors make one person more likely to sneeze than another. The incidence of hay fever has risen dramatically in cities compared to rural areas, which led to the discovery that pollutants such as exhaust fumes prime the immune system to react. During the summer the air in polluted areas contains more free radicals due to the action of sunlight on oxygen molecules, so city-dwellers breathe in more pollutants. Taking a good all-¬round antioxidant supplement containing vitamins A, C and E, betacarotene, selenium and zinc, plus the amino acids cysteine, cysteine or glutathione, helps increase your resistance (the most effective form of these amino acids is N-Acetyl Cysteine, sometimes called NAC, and ‘reduced’ glutathione). The amino acid methionine, in combination with calcium, is an effective anti-histamine. You need to take 500mg of l-methionine with 400mg of calcium twice a day. Vitamin C helps to control excessive histamine levels. Vitamin B6 and zinc have a role to play in balancing histamine levels and strengthening the immune system. Vitamin B5 helps reduce symptoms.
The three most common substances reacted to are pollen, wheat and milk. Although there is no proven connection, it is interesting to note that all these are originally grass products. It may be that some hay fever sufferers become sensitised to proteins that are common to grains, grasses and possibly milk. In any event, dairy products encourage mucus production. Similarly, modern strains of wheat are high in gluten, which irritates the digestive tract and stimulates mucus production.
Hypertension or high blood pressure can be caused by atherosclerosis (a narrowing and thickening of the arteries), arterial tension or thicker blood. Arterial tension is controlled by the balance of calcium, magnesium and potassium in relation to sodium (salt). Stress also plays a part. Correcting this balance can lower blood pressure in thirty days. Vitamins C and E and fish oils high in EPA and DHA help to keep the blood thin. To reverse atherosclerosis, see page 000.