The Role of He Shou Wu in Reversing Gray Hair

The Role of He Shou Wu in Reversing Gray Hair

Some people consider gray hair as a usual distinguished appearance that’s a sign of character while other people see this as unwanted, everyday reminder of advancing age. Dyes and other synthetic processes are some examples of the conventional and mainstream approaches to cover up the graying of hair. However, traditional Chinese medicine has its own alternative to these methods, which doesn’t only cover up the signs of graying but also turn back the time by getting to the “root” cause of the problem.

He Shou Wu

He Shou Wu (or Fo-Ti root) is a plant that’s known for its medicinal qualities of anti-aging. This plant is a native of China but it is also available in countries like Taiwan and Japan. It is revered by people who are used to traditional Chinese medicine because of its longevity-promoting and anti-aging effects. Literally translated as “the black hair of Mr. He”, its name was derived from an old Chinese man who restored his vitality, youthfulness and black hair after taking the herb. This is what Fo-ti root is known for – its ability to restore the black hair color of a person.

Melanocytes

Melanocytes are hair-pigmenting cells within the hair follicles capable of producing hair color. The pigment manufactured by melanocytes is called melanin. If more melanin is produced, hair will have a darker color. If there’s a decline in melanocytes’ activity, the production of pigment will stop, which results to graying of hair. Another factor that contributes to the graying of hair is the excessive hydrogen peroxide in the body.

Enzymes

Enzymes that are excellent at preventing the occurrence of gray hair are: the catalase and the Superoxide Dismutase or SOD. How can the levels of these enzymes be raised? It is by taking Fo-Ti root because it has an indirect effect on kidneys and liver.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

For Chinese traditional medicine, it is believed that the color of the hair reflects the kidney strength of a person. It says that weak liver blood and kidneys cause the hair to turn to gray, which is a sign of early aging. Taking He Shou Wu helps in working out the kidneys and liver to reduce the liver fat buildup and to improve red blood cells’ quality. In return, this stimulates the scalp’s blood circulation, which results to a normal melanin production as well as nourished and improved hair follicles.

Source:
He Shou Wu: Benefits, Side Effects and Uses written by nick eberle, published on Urbol.com

Eating Raw Greens to Fight Diabetes

Eating Raw Greens to Fight Diabetes

Hanne Marqurat found out she had diabetes when she was 45. It was a shock to her because she thought that she had been relatively healthy all along. She lived a typical modern lifestyle: her work kept her busy, family demands were constant, and her social life was active, both online and off.

She accepted the fact that stress and the worries she faced were the just trade-offs for the life she chose to live—until she had a creeping feeling of tiredness that won’t go away no matter how much she rested. She cut back on her activities but she still felt exhausted. She thought she was just having the blahs or maybe it was the weather. What bothered her more was that she was steadily losing weight, and this confused her because she wasn’t even on a diet at all. Most alarming of all, she kept getting up at night to urinate. She also noticed that she was peeing more than the usual.

She thought the culprits might be the creamy coffee she grabbed in the morning on the way to work or the sodas she drank throughout the day. It was only after a friend mentioned that she ought to have her blood checked did she finally find out she had type 2 diabetes. Her doctor prescribed insulin-regulating medications to help her manage her diabetes.

The idea of managing diabetes didn’t appeal to her at all. She had seen what diabetes has done to her father and to her sisters. She didn’t want to end up like them—insulin-dependent and living a restricted lifestyle. Hanne thought that there was no way she was going to be diabetic forever, even if science says that a diabetic condition can’t be reversed and may only be managed. She didn’t want to be increasingly dependent on pills and, ultimately, insulin injections for the rest of her life.

Furthermore, the doctor told her being diabetic puts her at a greater risk for heart disease and other health complications. Thinking of her young family left motherless spurred her to change her life. She gathered as much information she could get to start looking after her health more effectively.

Diet and exercise were the keys to controlling diabetes, as any medical expert would say. She walked more and went to the gym daily—something she never did—but slowly, she went down 5 dress sizes.

She took a critical look at what she had been eating and what she found dismayed her. Fast food, potatoes and other starchy food, processed meat, junk food, sugar-loaded cold drinks and lattes, added sugars on almost every other supermarket food—all high in fat, high in sugar, and low in nutrients, she and her family consumed these regularly. It was more convenient but disastrous to health in the long run.

Hanne started going on a food plan—a raw food diet rich in green leafy vegetables and herbal supplements to help her recover from diabetes. Her plant-based menu of low-calorie and nutrient-dense foods had a minimal impact on blood sugar.

At the top of her list were non-starchy dark leafy greens such as spinach, broccoli, Swiss chard, kale, asparagus, arugula, Brussels sprouts, romaine lettuce, chard, and collard greens which were all rich in vitamins A, B, C, and K, calcium, protein, potassium, iron, and fiber. A serving of these vegetables either 1 cup raw or ½ cup cooked contains around 5 grams of carbohydrates only. And because these were low-calorie, high-quality carbohydrates, she got to eat as many of these as she wants. She didn’t feel deprived in any way.

Hanne got creative in her meal preparations. Her freshly made and brightly colored salads, flavorful and hearty soups, and even her sauces had surprising and delicious ingredients of greens that even her family had turned to eating vegetables with her.

She found that the best way to start their meals was with a mixed green salad. Her breakfast now starts with a green smoothie that she prepares herself. She makes extra to bring to work so anytime she wants a pick-me-up when her energy levels are down, she doesn’t reach for the candy bars in her drawer anymore (Those have been forever banished to the trash can.). She also makes time to prepare salad-in-a-jar to bring to work or to the gym. She regularly comes across so many creative ideas on meal planning on the internet that she never runs out of inspiration.

Coupled with the right supplements and a healthy change in lifestyle, Hanne proved that eating raw green vegetables is the perfect way for her to recover from her diabetes.

Now that I have told my story, I want to introduce myself, I am Hanne Marqurat.