Glow by Christina Pirello

Glow by Christina Pirello

Author:Christina Pirello
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Penguin Group US

Gray Hair

We fight gray hair with every ounce of strength. We pluck them, color them, do anything to hide them. And while they’re inevitable, for many of us they show up long before they should.

Hair color comes from melanocytes, cells of the hair shaft that conduct color to our hair. The branchlike structures, dendrites, which are attached to these cells secrete the pigment that is absorbed into newly formed hair cells, that shows as the color in our hair. Gray hair is the result of these cells growing dry, constricted, and shriveled, which occurs when the blood vessels that feed the hair grow constricted, inhibiting the flow of nutrients to the hair shaft. Inhibiting the secretion of pigment results in less color, or no color, gray or white hair.

Caused primarily by the consumption of saturated fat and protein, as well as salt, coupled with a lack of vegetables in the diet, gray hair is a sign that our hair is starving. A secondary cause of graying hair is the excessive intake of simple sugars, which leach minerals from the blood, weakening the nutrients that reach the hair, and the melanocytes’ ability to secrete color is compromised. The more foods we consume that are either lacking in nutrients and life, or depleting to our systems, the sooner we’ll see gray hair in our lives. Premature gray hair, that is graying before we reach late middle age, is a sign that our food is not properly nourishing us. We’re starving, malnourished from the excessive intake of foods that overwork and deplete us. Along with premature gray hair, we most often see that these people are chronically tired, lacking in energy.

Gray hair is, however, natural as we age. Part of the aging process is that we don’t assimilate minerals as well as we do in our youth. As we lose or don’t assimilate minerals, again, the melanocytes weaken in their ability to secrete pigment to the hair shaft, resulting in gray hair. Gray hair is normal at this phase of life, not necessarily a sign of malnutrition. As we age, we require less food, less sleep, move a bit more slowly, and live more in rhythm with our natural cycles. With a healthy approach to eating and moderate exercise, our later lives can be as vital and strong as our youth. At this point, those white hairs are a sign of maturity, wisdom, and experience. Perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to turn them over to color in a bottle.


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