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December 02, 2020
Cold (winter) and dry (desert) climates often have one thing in common that cause breakage of natural coils and curls due to low humidity. The DRY air in these climates suck the moisture out of our hair leaving it brittle and prone to breakage. However, we have solutions to your winter and desert hair care woes. Over this cold weather season in the north (e.g. the U.S., Canada, and Europe) or dry weather season in the south (e.g. Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, and Australia), we will cover TIPS for DESERT & WINTER CARE of YOUR SKIN, BEARD, & HAIR . Let's get started.
Winter and desert climates are notoriously dry and wind sucks moisture from our skin and hair, leaving them brittle and prone to breakage.
Processed foods are usually those high in refined sugars, salt, saturated fat, and cholesterol, which contribute to their deleterious impact on our health. The high concentration of sugar and/or salts in them and other synthetic preservatives contribute to their longer shelf life, which makes them lucrative because wholesalers and retailers have a longer duration of time over which to sell them with minimal risk of loss of profits due to spoilage. Customers also like processed foods due to their longer shelf life because they have a longer duration of time over which to open and use them and because of their flavor, which is designed to appeal to our taste buds and brain. Consequently, they are perceived as more lucrative than fresh foods by many wholesalers, retailers, and customers. However, there is a tradeoff regarding their impact on health.
Sugars are osmotically active solutes, i.e. they attract water to themselves as they pass through your digestive, circulatory, and renal systems, thereby dehydrating tissues along the way. So, when you eat or drink something with excess sugar, the gut dilutes that sugar by drawing water from tissues into the lumen of the gut, which can result in loose stools and/or worsen diarrhea. Since the kidneys (renal system) are the primary organs for eliminating sugar from the body, the more sugar you eat or drink, the more water is transported out of the body along with the sugar, which worsens dehydration, resulting in loss of skin turgor. So, your skin will feel drier, loss turgor, look more dull/ashy/wrinkled, and become less resilient (i.e. more easily injured and slower to heal without water required for metabolic processes involved in tissue repair). In addition, excess sugar can raise blood pressure by: 1) exerting its own (oncotic) pressure within those vessels just by being present in excess AND 2) drawing excess fluid from tissues into the lumen of blood vessels which increase the fluid (hydrostatic) pressure within the vessels. Collectively, both elevated pressures create excess back pressure on the heart by there mere presence (in this case, it is increased diastolic (resting) blood pressure), thereby making the heart have to work harder to pump blood forward throughout the body.
Consumption of excess salt (sodium chloride i.e. table salt) will have a similar effect on your body as sugar, for both are osmotically active materials. In addition
In addition, foods with excess saturated fats (i.e. lipids that are solid at room temperature) and cholesterol lack the structural flexibility of oils (lipids that are liquid at room temperature). So, when excess saturated fats are frequently consumed, they can contribute to stiffened membranes and obstruct flow through our blood vessels (atherosclerosis), and in our skin. In extreme cases, collections of these saturated fats and cholesterol form in the skin, eyes, on tendons, and other regions on the body (atheromas) depending upon the genetic predisposition of the individual.
Taking time to read what is in consumable goods can save you discomfort, pain, and heartache.
Read your ingredients lists for your food.
Just as above, the first 3 to 5 ingredients in most food (and drink) ingredients lists comprise the majority of the ingredients in them.
Avoid foods that contain excess sugar to minimize dehydration. Look for pseudonyms for sugar in your food labels, i.e.:
Similarly, it's best to limit and or avoid foods that contain excess sodium chloride (table salt), excess saturated fat and cholesterol to avoid the consequences for eating them regularly.
Eating Natural (non-GMO) Foods is the Way to Go !
Eat natural (non-GMO) foods that hydrate and impart minerals (electrolytes), and add healthy plant-based fats and proteins to minimize dry skin and hair to support skin cell rejuvenation and minimize hair breakage. Remember: food and water are code. They are molecular messages that tell cells what to do at the molecular level. Not all carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are created equally. Our cells have been programmed over millenia to recognize, assimilate, and utilize D-sugars, L-amino acids, and plant-based fats, not processed foods and drinks. So, eat whole natural (i.e. non-GMO) AND non-processed foods.
Low Glycemic Index Fruits, Vegetables, and Beverages will Prevent Spikes in Blood Sugar and Save Your Circulation
Vegetables, fruits, and beverages that have a low glycemic index are catabolized (broken down) slowly by they body, so they do not cause a massive release of sugar (i.e. sugar spike), and a consequential dopamine release (i.e. a sugar high). As a result, they do not overwhelm the pancreas because they do not overstimulate the secretion of insulin. Consequently, the mind and body do not experience the massive rapid-onset sugar uptake into tissues (i.e. the sugar crash or sugar low) which causes lethargy after a meal. So, with low glycemic index fruits, vegetables, starches, and beverages, your blood sugar stays relatively stable, so you feel energized long after your meal. AND drink water and/or teas with no processed sugars or starches. Unprocessed fruits and vegetables naturally contain filtered water and fiber, so they hydrate you and provide roughage to help eliminate toxins through your urinary and gastrointestinal (GI) tracts. In addition, since they already contain their own water, are LOW in salt, and have a LOW glycemic index, they do not pull water from your tissues into your gut, so they do not dehydrate you. Instead, they donate water and minerals to your tissues. So, tissues gain the raw materials required for cellular repair, growth, and toxin elimination. Consider melons and cucumbers, tropical fruits (i.e. mangos, sour sop, papaya, and jackfruit), fresh dark green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, and squash.
In addition to being a good source of filtered water, fresh fruits are a good source of electrolytes and other ionized minerals (i.e. iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc). Maintenance of balanced electrolytes is required for sustaining healthy resting membrane potential (i.e. voltage) across all cells (including nerves, cardiac muscle, skeletal muscle, and smooth muscle of the respiratory system, gastrointestinal (digestive) system, and reproductive system (especially the uterus in women and the vas deferens, scrota, and erectile tissue of the penis in men). Proper resting membrane potential within and across the cells of these electromagnetic tissues is required for well-coordinated signal transduction (i.e. cell-to-cell communication) at the molecular level, and hence, synchronized organ function. Sea moss is also a wonderful way to replace minerals which are required as cofactors for metabolic processes of nutrient utilization, specifically the breakdown of foods to nutrients (i.e. catabolism) and the use of those nutrients to construct (i.e. anabolism) building blocks (i.e. sugars, proteins and fats) required for cellular repair and growth. Adding sea moss gel to your smoothies is an easy way to include those electrolytes in your meals. Also, like sea moss, sarsaparilla is a great way to repace iron if you are anemic.
Also, eat non-GMO nuts and seeds for sources of healthy polyunsaturated lipids (i.e. fats and oils), which are great sources of raw materials for cellular repair. Since your liver is skilled at converting natural sugars to proteins and fats, you will not have to worry about becoming protein deficient if you eat whole unprocessed foods. As a result, you gain healthy glowing skin and grow healthier hair. Consider avocados, chia seeds, ground flaxseeds, natural peanut butter, and walnuts. Remember, a healthy liver is excellent at converting sugars to lipids, so there is no need to over-consume them. Also, be mindful that overconsumption of some nuts and seeds may transiently increase your cholesterol, so it's not necessary to consume more than a handful of them daily.
Lastly, consider plant-based proteins (e.g. lentils, garbanzo beans, pigeon (Congo peas a/k/a pois verde) as a primary source of protein given than they are easier to catabolize and assimilate, higher in fiber (roughage), and lower in saturated fats than animal protein (e.g. beef, goat, lamb, chicken, turkey, duck, fish, shellfish, and snails). Also, plant-based proteins have the additional advantage of being relatively parasite-free compared to animal protein. Remember, a healthy liver is excellent at converting sugars to protein, so there is no need to over-consume plant-based proteins out of concerns for become protein-deficient.
A POSSIBLE SOLUTION FOR THOSE IN RENAL FAILURE:
If your kidneys can't handle a lot of water (i.e. due to any condition that leads to chronic kidney failure), then limit your drinkable water intake as per medical advice, but you may consider eating NON-ACIDIC / LOW ACIDIC, LOW POTASSIUM, LOW PHOSPHATE fruits and vegetables (e.g. cucumbers, melons, fresh spinach & kale) that have water because they also have ELECTROLYTES and FIBER that will slow down how fast the kidneys are exposed to water (i.e. they slow down the water load on the kidneys). Look at electrolytes and fiber as rocks & grasses in a stream that slow down the flow (and loss) of water. They pull water toward themselves in the gut, which softens stool so that more water is passed in your bowel movements than through your kidneys as urine. Ask your nephrologist (kidney specialist) or dietician which fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds etc. are safest for you to consume and what quantity of each is safe for you to consume. You will be assigned a RENAL DIET indicating a list of safe foods and what quantity is safe to consume daily.
In summary, being knowledgeable of what you eat and wear involves knowing what is truly in your food and grooming products. Learning to read labels and developing the habit of doing so can save you and your family illness, visits to the hospital from allergic reactions, and heartache. Good health, hair, and skin start with proper hydration, and knowing you what is in your products can save your life.
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