Why is it that some people have healthy hair color well into their advanced years, while others go prematurely gray? Are there ways to prevent premature graying? How about natural graying that we tend to accept as a part of aging; is there a way to prevent that?
Everyone wants to look young and coloring your hair might help you look and feel younger. But signs of graying may be an indication that our bodies need some rejuvenation too. Stress and the depletion of the kidneys, spleen, and pancreas may play a part in the graying process. Reducing stress and supporting these important organs may not only help your hair look younger, but may also help your body feel younger.
What Causes Gray Hair?
Gray hair, like wrinkling and other aging processes, is largely caused by the waning of testosterone and estrogen. This reduction in hormones can be prematurely advanced by the production of too much cortisol, which in turn is caused by stress and excess caffeine. Chinese herbs such as ginseng and supplements such as dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) help to build the reserves from which testosterone and estrogen are created.
If you want to avoid using harsh chemicals on your hair, try a few natural alternatives to keep your color going strong:
- Bump up your hormone levels by taking B vitamin supplements. According to animalbased research studies, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) deficiency causes hair to gray prematurely. DHEA supplements assist in the creation of hormones, which help to prevent hair loss and graying.
- Increase circulation with cat’s claw, pure cocoa, and green tea extract. Chinese medicine uses ginseng in the treatment of hair loss and graying.
- Reduce stress. Stress causes increased cortisol, which reduces the hormones in your body needed for healthy hair.