Winter gloom: failed goals and vitamin D deficiency
The new year has started and wise people say it brings brand new possibilities. While for some others, it’s nothing special. New year, same problems. Do you feel something like that? For a few days we can believe that anybody can make a change and it’s really just up to ourselves to reach what we want. We are full of energy, plans and joy. Nevertheless, for a lot of people, after the Xmas holidays, everything go back to normal. The belief in a brand new life fades, The strength to reach the goal weakens. It’s still the same problems, the same boring job. A lot of people get stressed and kind of depressed. Maybe it’s because of Vitamin D defiency. Maybe because they feel, they have not done all they should have in the last year. So because of this, the new year brings disappointment. And if you are disappointed, it’s harder to set the new goals, for the new year. Wise people say you’ve got to set goals and it will bring some new meaning into your life. Yes, it’s true. It’s really good if you have goals. It’s even better if you can make a plan how to reach it. We see, hear or read all the good things about goals. But there’s one more thing what is not so often told. The risk of setting the goal and fail to make it.
Goals will make you feel better. Sure?
Every goal you have set, but failed to reach, will make you feel you are not good enough. Every goal you failed will make you feel less strong and valuable. Of course, when something is really important to you, you will not just forget it after the first fail. You think you will do it in the new year. But realise it or not, you will not have the same belief and energy to do it. The fact that you failed adds some negative feelings to the goal. The belief in yourself will be weaker. Your goal becomes something that you must do instead of something that you would love to do. That’s a trap of setting goals. We all should learn how to properly set goals. Goals to make our lives better instead of bringing disappointment. Unfortunately, I don’t think there’s one perfect way to do it.
New goals or Vitamin D
So, the new year may cause some depressed feelings. This weather without sun can make it even worse. Sun not just make us feeling happier, but makes us healthier because of vitamin D. It’s a fact that most of us are lack of this vitamin during the winter season. We need it for our health and it can also help to get rid of the gloomy feelings. So, from this point of view, vitamin D can do a lot for starting the new year in a better mood. It can make us more balanced what is essential to get back the belief in ourselves, in our goals. Of course, vitamin D will definitely not fight the battles instead of you. But it can really support you.
What other benefits has vitamin D
Maintain healthy bones and teeth.
Support the immune system.
Regulate insulin levels.
Support the health of the nervous system.
Help to prevent some diseases.
Support healthy hair and skin.
After starting the new year, before setting the new goals, it’s better to make sure that your body has all the nutrients it needs. If you are balanced, it will be easier to make the year better. Of course, I don’t claim that vitamins will do all instead of you, but the lack of them can make it harder. If you have a low mood, make sure to spend 10-15 minutes outside 3 times a week. It will give the chance to your body to produce Vitamin D. The other way is taking supplements to cover your needs. This way or the other, it can help you to have a better mood, better health and better results.
Every season has its own beauty and of course its own little things to make us moaning. Summer is not an exception either. Generally the hottest season means more freedom to the kids and more possibilities to go out to the nature for all of us. For me it means long days and long talks with the folks under the sky. It means sweet strawberries and cool watermelons. It means the seaside and the sunshine. All sounds good, right? It’s good enough to make us easily forget about other summer things. Things that are for certain kinds of protections. To protect our skin and our hair, as well. Sun protection for hair belongs to summer hair care.
Most people are aware of the importance of skin protection. Many people have accepted that sunburn has several risks and it’s really better to apply that cream.. even if one don’t really like it. At the same time, there are not so many people to take care about the sun protection of their hair. Of course, there is a big difference between these two. Running the risk of a serious skin disease is not equal to losing the beauty of your hair, I see. Nevertheless, it’s better to protect it than working for months on getting it back.
And what are the most important steps?
I know you’ve heard or read it too many times already, but it cannot be missed from such a list. Drink enough water. Dehydration can cause not only headache, dizziness or low blood pressure. It can halt hair growth. A lot of people prefer mineral water and they can buy it almost anywhere on their way. Others choose tap water and take their bottle with them. Do you like environment-friendly solutions? You can choose water in 100% recyclable carton.
Sleep enough: Long, summer days can make you feel like having more time. Just hanging out with friends a little more and you’ll realise that it’s too late again. Wise people say to go to bed early and get up early. But I’m not that wise person so I say to find what is best for you. Create a sleeping habit that fits your work and lifestyle best. Night owls go to bed early in vain, but you have to listen to your body. If you feel to be tired all the time, it’s better to make a change and ask a doctor’s advice to help about it. Poor sleep can have a bad effect on your overall health and it can cause hair problems as well.
Enjoy summer fruits and vegetables (strawberry, watermelon, apple, cherry, cranberry, cucumber, carrots…) It’s strange to give an advice about eating enough (especially when almost everybody would like to lose some weight for the perfect summer body) but my experience is drinking more and eating less in summer. The weather can make you feel thirsty then drinking too much can make you feel full. Your body still needs nutrients and vitamins so keeping a balanced diet is important also in summer. Summer fruits can provide necessary vitamins also for your hair.
Protect your skin and hair: There are some natural oils that have UV protection properties. Using them for hair can be a natural and good solution, but I would not recommend to use them on the skin instead of a sunscreen. High factor sun protective products are still the best option to prevent sunburn and some skin problems. If you prefer, you can choose such a product also for hair. The product range contains hair oils, sprays, shampoos. Using such products should be a part of summer hair care.
Choose summer beddings: In summer most people prefer light and airy beddings with breathable fabrics, like linen or cotton. It’s healthier and more likely to have a quality sleep if you can keep your body cool thanks to summer beddings. Good for your health and good for your hair.
If you can afford and you don’t go far, leave your car at home as many times as you can. Of course not when it’s 35-40 degrees outside, but in the U.K. it doesn’t happen very often. Walking is a good, but not really exhausting way of exercising. Being active is good for your body and for your hair. When you go somewhere on foot you have the chance to see the beauty of summer, the beauty of nature. From another point of view, you can be alone with your thoughts. Or you can have the time for your favourite music or listen to an audio book you like.
I’m a little afraid of writing down the last step, but I go on. Put aside some housework just for a while. Don’t stress about it. Spend time with your family and friends instead. Of course I don’t say to be lazy and dirty. But if you don’t clean the windows on Saturday, but spend it with your family, making a trip or a barbecue, the world will not end. You can have wonderful summer memories and recall them with satisfaction later. You just have to allow it for yourself. Or you can remember how much you worked at home also in this season. Any connection to summer hair care? Less stress, less stress-related hair loss, not only in summer.
Summer can be fun. Or it can just go by like any other seasons. No one but you can fill it with memories. And no one but you can protect your health and beauty.
I suppose, you are interested also in taking good care of your skin. If so, click the button below and read the article that was originally appeared on Aedition.
I keep on writing about bad habits also in this post. This time I decided to have a closer look at the effects of consuming alcohol. Is there any relation between alcohol and hair loss?
The short answer is yes. Keep on reading and learn more about the reasons.
I suppose we all know the two faces of drinking alcohol. It can be a special part of a wonderful meal or make you feel good going out with some friends. And it can also destroy lives. Drinking too much alcohol obviously has several negative effects. Drinking regularly makes it even more serious. But is there any relation with hair loss? Our human body is wonderful and it tries to compensate as long as it’s possible, but anything that is wrong to your body may cause health issues sooner or later. Given the complexity of human body these problems can vary. Excessive alcohol use will not just make you sick the day after but may have an effect on your sleep, the vitamin levels in your body or even your blood sugar. And just one of these can be enough to face hair loss. So the answer is yes. Alcohol use can cause hair loss.
The reasons why alcohol may cause hair loss:
Poor nutrition: Alcohol means empty calories. Usually the more you drink, the less you eat. It’s like cheating your body. You possibly don’t feel to be hungry. In the meantime, you’re slowly running out of vitamins and minerals that are important for your health. It will affect your scalp and hair, too.
Inability to absorb the nutrients: Even if you do care about taking the necessary nutrients with a balanced diet, you may face with the lack of vitamins. The reason is in the stomach. Alcohol can make it more acidic by destroying the lining of it. In such a condition it’s more difficult to absorb nutrients in the proper way.
Dehydration: Not only vomiting can cause dehydration. When you consume alcohol your body will possibly lose more fluid because of the decreased amount of anti-diuretic hormone. It makes your body capable for reabsorbing water. You can do something to avoid it. Drink water along with alcohol to prevent dehydration and the hair loss, dry and brittle hair or dandruff which may come along with it.
Poor quality sleep: Maybe you doubt this point because drinking can make you fall asleep faster. Unfortunately, it’s poor quality sleep because alcohol blocks REM sleep, which is said to be the most restorative type. Poor sleep means higher stress level very often and it can be a reason of hair loss, too.
The change in estrogen levels: Yes, alcohol may influence the level of the hormone that is related to hair growth (and many more). Too much of it can lead not only to hair problems, but depression or putting on some weight. Changes in blood sugar: Depending on the amount of alcohol you consume, it can increase (less drink) or decrease (more drink) the blood sugar. Long term you run the risk of diabetes, because it can make insulin less effective. And what about hair? Your hair will possibly not get the necessary nutrients from your bloodstream.
Why do we drink?
We all know the bad effects of drinking alcohol more or less. And we say that health is the most important. So why do we drink all the same? Normally drinking alcohol is not for a daily routine, but something for special occasions or going out sometimes. But if you read a little more about the facts, you’ll find that „alcohol misuse is the biggest risk factor for death, ill-health and disability among 15-49 year-olds in the UK.” (Source: Alcohol Change UK, https://alcoholchange.org.uk/alcohol-facts/fact-sheets/alcohol-statistics , downloaded: 29.05.2019.)
I know there is not one single reason to drink alcohol in a higher volume. But I also know that in a balanced life there should be more than just work for someone else, then getting home exhausted. We all need happiness and joy, but it seems that we have no time to enjoy our lives. We are struggling to meet the expectations and very often the life we live doesn’t make us happy at all. There are lucky persons for sure, who love their jobs, for example, and rather think about it just like a hobby. I also used to have a work what I loved and it was normal to still care about it after the end of the working day, or even the working week. Nevertheless, the most of us are waiting for the weekend already from Monday. Of course, work is not the most important part of our lives, but definitely the one we spend the most time with. We spend more time with work than with our loved ones. That’s why it has a really huge effect on our mood and our behaviour. There can be situations when a person feels her life (together with her work) to be a trap. Longing for some change, but strictly ruled by the things „she must do”, like work. When you only see tasks and problems to solve everywhere and every day, you may reach a point when you feel to be not enough to do it and you may get depressed. In such conditions it’s not seldom that people think or feel that alcohol is the only way to forget every day troubles. It’s really sad. It’s like escaping. It’s like searching for some moments with no stress, no expectations, no problems. Moments of ease. Easy to say, harder to make… but we all have to make some changes sometimes. Mainly if it has an effect on our health.
Instead of alcohol
It’s essential to have some rest after work or during the weekend. We all should have some time to forget problems and focus on enjoying the moment. There are several different ways to do that. Try to find yours. Some just want to spend more time with loved ones, others like to go out with friends. Maybe you prefer going on a short trip or just taking your guitar and get lost while playing your favourite songs at home. Read a new book or try a new sport. After an exhausting week, it’s essential to enjoy yourself to your heart’s content and start the next week with new energy. We can agree about that. But unfortunately it’s another example for easy to say, harder to do. Most people have no time for themselves. The reason can be having too many things to arrange but sometimes a better time management could help.
What to do to prevent medical conditions (not limited only to hair loss)caused by alcohol?
I don’t think there could be a better advice than not to drink, or at least drink wisely. Keep an eye on how much and how often you drink and consume water as well. Have a balanced diet and nutritional supplements also, if necessary. It’s widely known that alcohol intake can damage liver. N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is a supplement with a lot of benefits and easily available on the market. This is an amino acid that can be found also in foods, like chicken, cheese, seeds and more. It takes a big part of detoxification of the human body. Learn more also about alcohol units and stay in control.
I also have my own personal experience about a family member with such problems so I really could see how harmful can alcohol be to someone’s life and overall health. And when I say someone’s life, actually it’s the whole family’s life. That’s why I think it’s important to ask for a doctor’s advice and help as soon as possible. When I started to write this post I just wanted to know if alcohol could cause hair loss or not. Soon I knew the answer was yes. Nevertheless, I had to go further a bit because of the fact that it has much more negative effect than hair loss. Something that can actually destroy lives and make future kind of impossible or at least really difficult for some. It’s never too late to make a change, but we have to acknowledge sometimes that we really need some help to do that.
Sleeping can define your day. After a bad sleep you can hardly think about anything else but going to bed again. It’s not only about being physically tired but concentration is also a hard task. As long as it’s about one night it will probably not cause you big problems but there are more and more people to suffer from regular sleeping problems. Long term it may effect your health. Because of the complexity of human body the problems can be really diversified. It’s something like dominoes. One problem can easily cause another. It means that poor sleep can influence even your hair. Things change as we get older. As a child we usually don’t like going to bed but I guess all adults would be happy to have at least a short nap time after work. Sleeping during the day can make you feel better but it’s not the equal to sleeping at night. The reason is sleep cycle.
There are countless articles on internet about this topic. That’s why I wouldn’t go too deep into this and I’d rather write about my own experience. Maybe you have similar ones. I think all of us is a little different. Also regarding how much sleep we need. As far as I see no articles can define one and only truth for all. It depends not only on age but working type and the working hours, too. It makes a difference if you have kids and even the actual season matters. 7-8 hours are said to be the best for adults generally. Is that okay for all of us? On the weekends I can afford getting up without an alarm clock. It happens quiet often to me to get up earlier than I wanted. And then I can decide… to wake up that early or sleep a little more. The strange thing is that if I choose to go back to bed (and make sure to sleep 8 hours), I feel really tired after getting up. If I take this early wake-up-thing as a sign and start my day a little earlier I have a lot of energy. And it still doesn’t make any difference about being an evening person. I’m still that kind. It’s like a misery to force myself to get up at 5am because of my phone alarm. But when it’s my body to wake up without any alarm, it seems that I’ve had enough sleep. Yes, even if it wasn’t 7-8 hours. Maybe you’ve also had such experience.
Working hours and poor sleep?
Yes, I do believe that there can be a relation. In the past I was working in different shifts so I could test what is better for me. To keep it short working in night shift is the worst thing. Everybody knows it but only if you have tried it, you know the real difference. I thought it would be great for me because I’m an evening person. I made it for a few years. As time went by enough sleeping was a non-existing category. It didn’t matter how long I slept, I was never ever relaxed. And it made me feel gloomy and did made signs on my appearance. On my skin and on my hair, too. Sleeping short or long… it was still poor sleep and I saw some relations between poor sleep and hair loss.
It can have several negative effects on your health. But what’s this post got to do with hair care at all… you can ask. The answer is that some of these effects can influence your appearance. Your beauty and your hair, too. People who cannot have good sleep are often get too stressed, and sometimes depressed. In such a condition they can have poor appetite, as well. And because it’s like dominoes… poor appetite may lead to vitamin deficiency. Nutrients are necessary for overall health. Also for healthy and beautiful hair. Stress itself alone can cause hair loss. Click here to read more about hair loss and stress. The lack of vitamins and minerals can make the situation even worse. I would say that not poor sleep itself but its negative effects can create such conditions in which you may probably face the problem of hair loss.
Maybe I didn’t have up-to-date pieces of information before because I was really surprised when I read about people trying to fall asleep with noise. Of course it’s not just simple sound. It’s called white noise and it’s said to help about a better sleep for adults and children, too. It creates soothing sounds with static frequencies. Thanks to which you pay less attention to external sounds (like a barking dog). Nevertheless the story is not this simple because there are noise also with other colours, like pink, brown or grey. Special machines are available on the market to create these sounds in your bedroom. Offers have a wide price range as you can see:
And this is how white noise sounds:
If you are a person who prefers silence, you can make a try with a Himalayan salt lamp. Thanks to the negative ions that it releases, it can improve your sleep. Sleeping well and being relaxed or being exhausted all the time effect also other things in your life. It can be about some additional things regarding your life style. If you cannot have proper rest you will have no energy to make some sports, you will not longing for going outside and make a short trip for example. Maybe you won’t be in the mood to meet friends too often. And it’s not only about going to bed late, remember that sleeping too much can also be poor sleep. Try to know your body and find out what’s the best for you about sleeping habits. Search for methods of reducing stress and don’t hesitate to visit your doctor if you have such problems for a longer time.
Usually we tend to say that our century has turned into a very bad road with a lot of bad habits to ruin our health and social life, too. From some point of view it may be true because everything has become much more easier to get. The market is full of awesome (and less awesome) offers to buy and try, available to most of us. Nevertheless I’m not sure about some of the bad habits. What about one of the biggest market, smoking? It has an effect on our health and beauty as well. I can’t say it’s a good effect. And actually smoking itself has a centuries-old history. Can it have a bad effect also on your hair? Is it a possible cause of hair loss?
History of smoking
Although Christopher Colombus is said to be the first European to smoke, America discovered it ages before. It’s thought that smoking was common in shamanistic rituals as early as 5000 BC. Carvings from around 900 AD shows that Mayan civilizations also smoked and even a Mayan pot was found in Guatemala in 2012. It was full of cigars. After hand-made cigarettes and pipes, rolled and boxed cigarettes became available only from the late 1800s when mass production started and generated a huge demand on the market. It was the most popular at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. While you can see terrible pictures about the effects of smoking on boxes today, it was something „cool” before. Advertised also by famous persons. By now it’s become acknowledged that smoking is harmful in several ways but let’s get back to hair care. Does it have any bad effect on hair? Is it a possible cause of hair loss?
Smoking and your body
All of us are aware of the biggest harm it may cause: it can seriously damage your lungs. You’ve possible faced its bad effects on skin, as well. In this post I’m gonna write about something else. This is the effect smoking can have on vitamins in your body. We can say that the human body creates itself time after time by building millions of cells. To do that it needs essential vitamins and minerals, too. Unfortunately free radicals are also generated in our bodies. By toxins. Not only because of bad habits, like smoking but also through some normal metabolic processes. These free radicals can damage healthy cells and vitamins are the key to protect us by neutralizing them. The sad thing is that when you smoke the production of free radicals are faster. It means that your body uses – and needs – more vitamins.
After smoking just one cigarette you can say good-bye to almost half of the recommended daily doses of Vitamin C. To the vitamin that can strengthen your hair.
This bad habit may decrease also the levels of vitamin B what is essential for healthy scalp.
It can influence on the absorption of dietary iron. The essential mineral that can help to prevent hair loss.
Vitamin E is, the „beauty anti-oxidant” can help you to have beautiful and younger skin, of course… but it can do a lot also about neutralizing the toxins generated by smoking. The level of this vitamin may also be lower if you smoke.
Smoking effects your body’s abilty to absorb vitamins and minerals. So I think it’s just normal logic. You’re body needs sufficient nutrients to build healthy cells. Also for growing healthy hair. Smoking decrease the levels of vitamins while increase the production of free radicals that destroy cells. It sounds obvious that smoking can have a bad effect on your hair, too. Smoking may be a reason of hair loss by reducing the levels of vitamins and minerals.
In the other hand, even if we say that smoking can take part in hair loss, it doesn’t mean that the ones who doesn’t smoke never face this problem. Hair loss is a common problem among both genders, several ages. And it’s not that simple to find the real reason. It’s not something to find out in a post, not even on one single visit at the doctor. Genetics, some diseases, infections, some medicines, stress or incomplete nutrition all can be a possible reason. And smoking can make the situation even worse.
I know that quitting smoking is not easy and a lot of people claim that it makes them less stressed. It’s said that only 3 out of 100 persons can do that. Nevertheless it’s never too late to make another try and in the meantime you can focus on taking vitamins. Smokers are adviced to take higher amount of Vitamin C. A balanced diet is also important because it’s the best to get the vitamins and minerals from food.
Before taking extra amounts of any nutritional supplements, ask for advice from a doctor.
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