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Nature’s Bounty For Treating Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is a hormonal disorder. The condition occurs when the thyroid gland located in the neck area, secretes thyroxin below the normal secretion level. It is extremely important to cure the disorder as soon as possible because it is thyroxin that controls the secretion of other hormones in the body. It also helps in proper functioning of the metabolism of the body. In fact, this hormonal disorder is linked with other physical disorders like obesity and hair loss.

To prevent the adverse effects of hypothyroidism, it is necessary to first get the problem diagnosed properly. For this the first thing that is required is to recognize all the symptoms that characterize hypothyroidism. Some of these symptoms are

Fatigue

Rapid increase in body weight

Hair loss

Intolerance towards cold

Constipation

Heavy periods in women especially right before menopause

Pain in joints and muscles

Dry and very rough pale skin

Depression

Hearing problems

Decrease in mental abilities

Lack of proper sleep

Low fertility

Less of sweating

Distorted speech

Constant numbness in arm and leg muscles

These symptoms may seem to be related to other individual problems. That is why it is extremely difficult to diagnose the disorder on time.

However, once the nature of the disorder is understood properly, it is not a problem to treat the disorder and restore proper functioning of the thyroid gland. The main treatment that is provided nowadays is through the intake of synthesized hormones in the form of pills or injection. But now, yet another way of treating hypothyroidism has been discovered. It is the absolutely natural and complete herbal. There are various herbs that are being used in the medical world to create the best herbal medicines for the treatment of hypothyroidism. Some of these herbs are –

Mullein leaves – they have some of the best healing properties. They help in reducing inflammation caused in the muscles and thyroid tissues.

Lobelia – though not much has been researched about this herbal plant, it is being used for various health treatments. It usually helps the body in getting rid of all toxins.

Bladder wrack – also known as Fucus vesiculosus. It is an excellent stimulant and a good source of iodine. The herb is usually taken in the form of capsules or simply as tea.

Irish Moss – the herb is used for boosting the immune system of the body while it is trying to recover from some serious illness.

Cayenne – the herbs causes the body to sweat and cleanse itself of all kinds of toxins that lead to inflammation

Coleus – this is one of the most useful herbs. It helps in restoring the proper functioning of the thyroid gland so that thyroxin can be easily excreted at the normal level.

St. John’s Wort – the herb is extremely useful in the treatment of depression which will further help in boosting the immune system of the body

Kelp – this is one of the most important sources of iodine which is much needed for the treatment of goiter.

These are just a few herbs that can be used for treatment of hypothyroidism. A word of caution – make sure that you consult an expert herbalist before trying any of these medicinal herbs.

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15 Creative Gift Basket Ideas For Men

Creating your own baskets to give as gifts is really easy and fun. You can save money by making them yourself instead of buying them from a trendy store. You could also start a home based gift basket business. You only need a few simple supplies to get started.

Supplies:

Basket (base container)

Filler (shreds)

Clear Cellophane Bag or Basket Wrap

Ribbon (to tie off the bag)

Ribbon (to make a bow)

Gift Tag

Product Fillers

Scissors

You don’t have to fill your basket with all of the following product suggestions. The suggestions are just to help you with your creative process.

Try to be creative with your bases. Instead of using baskets, you can use: Chip ‘N Dip bowls, ice buckets, cleaning buckets, plastic bins, popcorn bowls or for the sportsman themes, try using small tackle boxes and tool boxes.

Now let’s get you started with some theme ideas for your gift baskets.

1. Movie Night – 2 movie tickets, 3 bags of microwave popcorn, bonus-sized candy packages, DVD movies

2. Grilling – oven mitts, BBQ apron, seasoning mixes, bottles of marinades, BBQ sauce, small grilling accessories, grilling cookbook

3. Handyman – hammer, screw drivers, wrenches, nails, screws, bolts, washers, measuring tape, honey-to-do list pad

4. Fisherman – fishing hooks, sinkers, flies, bobbers, fishing line, small tackle box, fishing books

5. Grooming – razors, shaving cream, aftershave lotion, cologne, shower gel, soaps, nail grooming accessories, male hair care products

6. Games – poker playing cards, poker chips, dice, score pads, pencils, snacks, handheld electronic games

7. Snacks – potato chips, pretzels, cheese curls, snack mix, popcorn, candy, peanuts

8. Coffee Lover – coffee mug, coffee commuter cup, 2 bags of coffee, coffee shop gift card

9. Meat and Cheese – 3 different sausages, cheeses and crackers

10. Football Fan – Nerf football, chips, pretzels, jar of salsa, jar of cheese sauce, nacho chips, peanuts and a few small items featuring their favorite team.

11. Best Dressed Man – tie, tie tack, cuff links, cologne, watch, wallet, key fob, belt

12. Mexican Night – taco chips, mild salsa, hot salsa, chipotle cheese sauce, jar of hot peppers, can of refried beans, gift card to local Mexican restaurant, bandana

13. Car Care – sponges, drying cloths, cleaning products, steering wheel cover, gift card to local car wash, gift card to local car parts store

14. Traveling Man – toiletries travel bag and travel-sized: shampoo, conditioner, shave cream, razors, after shave, deodorant, shower gel, soaps

15. Dog Lover – dog book, bones, treats, leash, collar, clean-up waste bags, shampoo, dog toys and a disposable camera.

I hope these 15 theme ideas have sparked the creative process in you.

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Color Contact Lenses – Change Your Eye Color in the Blink of an Eye

Did you ever wish that you had a different eye color? Or maybe you just want to do something a bit crazy and have different color eyes for each party? Color contacts can do wonders for your appearance, but only if you select the right type and color. Learn how to get the best out of your color lenses, what your options are and what to consider when selecting color contacts.

Do color lenses really change your eye color and look natural?

This is a question that worries most people who want to try color contacts for the first time. After all, you want people to think “what gorgeous eyes she has” not “what nice contact lenses she wears”.

Color lens manufacturers are aware of the issue and try to make color contacts look vivid, yet natural. There is a lot of sophisticated technology involved in the brand name color contacts like Acuvue 2 Colors or Freshlook. The lens isn’t just solid color, it has a pattern similar to the pattern of a human eye. Also the color isn’t consistent throughout the lens, just like in most people eyes. See color contact lens comparison

Color lens choices for light eyes

Depending on the effect you want to create, people with light eyes can wear enhancement or opaque color contacts.

If you just want to enhance your natural color, half transparent, enhancement lenses would be great for you. The best choices are:

  • Acuvue 2 Colors Enhancers – to brighten your eyes.
  • Freshlook Radiance – lenses with an illuminating effect that enhances your color and makes your eyes appear sparkly.
  • Freshlook Dimensions – unique lens design makes your eyes appear not only brighter but also creates the impression of depth and dimension.
  • If you feel adventurous and want a dramatic change, go for opaque lenses:

  • Acuvue 2 Colors opaques
  • Freshlook Colorblends
  • If it is your first time with color contact lenses and you aren’t sure what effect you want, start with enhancement lenses. This way your friends will notice that you look more appealing, but they probably won’t notice what it is about you that attracts their attention.

    Color contact lenses for dark eyes

    If you have very dark eyes and tried color contact lenses a few years ago, you probably were not very impressed with the effect. Contacts of the previous generation didn’t look quite right. However, recently developed color lenses like Freshlook Colorblends can do wonders for dark eyes.

    One thing to remember, however, is that enhancers don’t work on brown eyes, so your only choice is opaque contact lenses. Acuvue 2 Colors opaques and Freshlook Colorblends work best for dark eyes.

    Also you should be careful, when selecting the color. It should be a color that would look right with your skin and hair. See color contact lens chart with suggestions and photos.

    If you just want to make your eyes seem brighter and more vivid, without changing their color, go for brown or hazel color lenses. This way your eyes won’t look a different color, but people will notice that they are bright and lively.

    Opaque color contacts work very well. The only thing they can’t do for you is to make your eyes light. Blue, green and aqua opaque contacts create a deep, vivid color, which suits people who have naturally brown eyes.

    Do color contacts come with corrective powers?

    Acuvue 2 Colors and all Freshlook collections come with visual correction powers as well as in plano (no correction). Additionally, Freshlook Colorblends is the only color lens that comes in toric, so it is suitable for people with astigmatism.

    So which is better: Acuvue 2 Colors or Freshlook?

    There is no single answer to this question. Both brands of lens are very comfortable to wear and create a great look. The only difference is in the colors. On the same person, blue from Acuvue would look very different from Freshlook blue. It really depends on your eyes and face, and it’s almost impossible to predict the result until you wear your color contacts.

    Don’t pay to much attention to how the lens looks in the picture, because on you it will probably look different. This happens mostly with enhancer lenses – blue enhancers over blue eyes look very different from enhancers over gray eyes. Opaque color contact lenses also can look very different on different people; this is not due to your natural eye color, but because of eye shape, skin and hair types.

    When you narrow your choice to one color, I would recommend asking your doctor for two prescriptions: one for Acuvue 2 Colors and another for Freshlook. Then order both. They cost pretty much the same, so you would spend no more than if you were to order 2 boxes of each.

    Then, after wearing your new color contacts for a while, you can decide for yourself, which looks better.

    Also, doctors usually give you free trial color contacts. You can’t really wear them in public because trial lenses have the word “test” imprinted on them, but it gives you a fair idea about the color. Ask for two free pairs, one from Freshlook and one from Acuvue, and see which looks best.

    As far as the price is concerned, Freshlook and Acuvue 2 Colors cost about the same for a 6-lens box. However, all Freshlook lenses are monthly disposable, while Acuvue 2 Colors is a 2-week disposable contacts lens. So it turns out that Freshlook is twice cheaper.

    If you were thinking of giving yourself a little treat, getting color contacts would not disappoint you. And now when you know what would work best for you, you can make your choice with confidence.

    Happy changing!

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    After Your Hair Sheds Or Falls Out, How Long Does it Take it to Start Growing Back?

    I’m asked this question quite a bit. After going through the trauma of seeing shedding hair all over your clothing and home, many people are more than ready to begin regrowing their hair and to have this process finished and over. People want to know when they should starting looking for small signs of regrowth. Many people will look, see nothing, and worry that their hair just isn’t going to grow back. Knowing the correct time frame will help you to determine if everything is happening as it should. I will discuss this more in the following article.

    Typical Hair Regrowth Rates: Sometimes people confess to me that they think hair that has shed out or been involved with telogen effluvium (TE) regrows differently than hair that comes out as part of a normal follicle cycle. This really isn’t entirely accurate. Once a hair comes out of the follicle, it generally then reverts back to the growing phrase (so long as there is not some autoimmune or androgen mechanism taking place as in disorders like alopecia areata or AGA where the follicle is being attacked or compromised.) So, once the shaft is forced out of your scalp and falls out, then the follicle will begin it’s regrowth phase and this process happens quite rapidly.

    However, what’s not so rapid or fast is human hair regrowth rates. For most people, this is about 1/2 a millimeter per day so that over a month’s time, you’re looking at about 1/2 inch or regrowth. A good rule of thumb is that most people should start seeing decent levels of regrowth at around 2 – 3 months after the worst shedding took place. Some people see this earlier and some see this later, but 1/2 inch per month is considered typical or average.

    If you’re not seeing any new hairs coming in, try spraying some dry shampoo right at the top of your head by the part line (or any other area where you’ve been particularly hard hit.) This will coat your strands and should make those new regrowth strands that are just coming in stand out from the rest. Yes, these hairs will be quite short, but if you give them a little time, eventually they will begin to fill in and to give you some volume. In about six months to a year, your hair should resume a normal appearance.

    Another thing to try to see the new hairs is to pull your hair straight back or to comb it forward or against the grain. This will make those new little hairs stand up where you should be able to see them. So what happens if you’re not seeing anything? You may have somewhat slower grow rates. Recheck every week. Hopefully, in the next few weeks you should begin to see some little sprouts coming in. If you don’t, you may want to consider that perhaps your hair loss was caused by something other than TE or common shedding.

    Because in TE or seasonal shedding, the follicle is just being reset into the shedding phrase, but nothing has happened to damage it. There are other causes of hair loss (like androgenic alopecia or AGA) that will compromise regrowth. Another potential indication that something else might be going on is seeing miniaturized or very fine or flyaway regrowth that is coming in, but not really providing any volume or coverage.

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    Ringworm? It Makes Me Itch!

    Contrary to the beliefs of other people, ringworm is not caused by worms. It is an infection caused by different types of fungi, depending on the infected body part. Generally, fungi that cause the ringworm itch tend to be found on moist areas of the skin. This is because fungi live in warm and moist environments.

    The classic signs of ringworm are rashes or lesions accompanied by scaling. The infected area is also itchy. The rashes have red edges, which are usually elevated. Sometimes, the edges form a crusty surface. The center of the rash looks like a normal skin which can be sometimes scaly or shiny. With these characteristics, the rashes look like a ring on your skin. Thus, forms the name ringworm.

    The ringworm infection can spread all over your body.

    It can make your head itch. Ringworm of the scalp or tinea capitis infects the head area. It can spread out up to the back of your neck that causes swelling of your surrounding lymph nodes. Tinea capitis can be seen as patches on the head. This is really itchy, and it causes hair loss of the affected area. If left untreated, permanent scarring of the scalp can happen -permanent hair loss on the area too. This is commonly seen in children. In addition, ringworm can also infect your face (tinea faciei) and beard (tinea barbae).

    It can make your body itch. Ringworm of the body or tinea corporis is characterized by the classic signs of ringworm. It is usually seen on the areas of abdomen, chest, shoulder, and back. This type of ringworm can rapidly increase in size if left untreated. In addition, your jock itch is also a type of ringworm. Its medical name is tinea cruris. It grows on the area of the groin which can spread up to the thighs. The color of the rashes in this area is reddish-brownish. It is scaly and shiny. You can have intense itch because the groin area is warm and moist.

    It can make your hands and feet itch. Ringworm of hands (tinea manuum) and feet (tinea pedis) manifests the same characteristics. The infection is located on the areas between fingers and toes. These are scaly and itchy rashes. Sometimes, the infection can spread on the soles and make them thicker. Ringworm of feet is commonly known as Athlete’s foot. Additionally, your nails can be infected too. It presents a different set of symptoms that include yellowing and thickening of the nails. The infection can be itchy too. It is called tinea unguium.

    The treatment for milder form of ringworm is usually anti-fungal cream. Some common medications that are used topically for ringworm are ketoconazole, miconazole, and cotrimazole. For more severe ringworm infection, oral antibiotics and antifungal medications are required. Selenium sulfide is also used for tinea capitis. Another medication used to relieve ringworm itch is tolnaftate. This cools down the ringworm and also prevents it from spreading.

    These hassles can be avoided if you take measures to prevent contacting ringworm. As much as possible, avoid places that are hot. This may cause you to sweat more which make your body the perfect habitat of fungi. You also have to temporarily stay away from people infected with ringworm. But the most important prevention you can do is to have a good personal hygiene. Taking a bath everyday can wash off all the fungi and bacteria on your skin. Handwashing will also prevent you from getting ringworm. These measures, even though they are simple, will surely take you away from ringworm.

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    The Truth About Hair

    Getting your hair done is “energy” work, just like massage or touch therapy (such as Reiki or Raindrop). Think about how good you feel when you wash your hair. Do you feel a difference when you bathe and wash your hair, or just hop in the shower and don’t? The act of washing your hair makes you feel more balanced because you are working on your crown center (or crown chakra).

    Your hair carries energy or vibrations in every strand–not just nutritional information or the drug residue we often hear about. Hair encompasses cell memory. Think about the length of your hair and contemplate a moment about what you are holding onto within your life. Do you have your hair cut regularly, or just trim the ends? Do you shave your head? I spoke with a beautiful woman about losing her hair due to cancer treatment. Rather than viewing it as a loss, I suggested she look at it as a “reset button” since her body is bringing in new vibrations and shifting the cancer consciousness. It is an excellent opportunity for her to bring in new energy and to “program” that energy (hair) with positive thoughts and affirmations.

    I recently watched an old movie, “An Officer and a Gentleman.” I suddenly realized the military shaves all the old energy from the recruits! There are other circumstances where the head is shaved; perhaps a threat of lice infestation in prisons. But the other impact involves replacing one’s identity and cell memory with a new consciousness. As the affirmations “indoctrination” process takes place, the hair grows back with that shift in consciousness.

    Back in the early sixties, Catholic women were required to cover their crown chakra with a hat or a veil. Monks would have the crown center shaved to open their crown to the God energy. Remember the stories of Samson and Delilah, or Repunzel. They symbolized strength and the power of hair.

    Start paying attention to individuals who have changed their styles or kept their hair cut short. Consider those who shave their heads and those that never cut their hair. Are they part of a religious sect, or is it because of personal preference?

    Why do I drive 35 miles from home to a particular salon to have Bryan apply my color and Tomi cut my hair? There is an amazing combination of expertise and personal energy on the premises. The energy they emit and the consciousness they hold influences my energy field while they work on my crown center. The crown center is the most open and powerful energy center on the body. Additionally, there is an exchange of energy within our conversation.

    The energy of your hairdresser should resonate with your own personal energy. While you are sitting, the heart center and throat center of the hairdresser are in direct contact with your crown chakra and your third-eye center. This position creates the perfect environment to attract and absorb different energies from others. Pay attention to how you feel after you have had your hair styled. Does your hairdresser uplift your mood, or feed your fears? What is happening in that exchange?

    Corporations, such as salons, strive to achieve a form of consciousness. They perpetuate energy into their products, their image, and their brands. Ultimately, their employees and customers reflect that same energy. Their products and designers reflect and use the products to provide a positive environment, making you aware of whom you allow into your energy field. Do you feel good and uplifted after getting your hair done? Or do you feel drained and tired; exhausted; or poor? Pay attention to the correlation, and make a shift to another salon, if needed!

    Patronizing an upscale salon allows you to feel special as well as increasing your abundance/wealth consciousness. Are you spending adequate time and money on yourself? When you look and feel wealthy, you open yourself up to accept even more abundance, wealth, and opportunities into your life. Remember to take extra care of yourself–because you are worth it!

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    How to Remove Raised Moles at Home

    Learning how to remove raised moles at home is possible. It is not necessary for you to go to your family doctor and to have them frozen off using liquid nitrogen. This type of procedure usually is very expensive because it’s not covered by a lot of insurance companies since it’s classified as being cosmetic surgery. I will outline a simple technique that you can try at home for getting rid of your moles that are not flat.

    This special mole removal technique requires that you tie a piece of string around the part of the mole that is above the normal surface of your skin. I just wanted to warn you beforehand that there could be a little bit of pain involved with this method since the nerves in the mole are quite close to the surface of the mole.

    You may have read already that some people have tried just tying a piece of hair around the base of their mole in hopes of cutting off the blood supply to the mole which will kill it off. I personally prefer to use a piece of dental floss to do so since it is much stronger in its more likely to be more sterilized than a dirty piece of hair from someone’s head.

    Make sure that you clean the surface of your mole thoroughly before you try this method out. I will outline the story of how someone was able to tie off and to kill their mole.

    This woman had a mole that was lumpy and itchy that was underneath her arm and she absolutely hated it. She was afraid to go to her doctor to have it chopped off so she decided to try out a home remedy on her own which consisted of tying a piece of dental floss around the surface of her mole. Some people state that this type of method could cause scarring but the scar is usually very tiny if you perform this procedure properly. If you have a mole that is underneath your arm and it is bothering you because it rubs against your clothing, you are a good candidate for this method.

    Of course you should have your mole examined by a family doctor to ensure that it is not cancerous before you start to play around with it.

    Now what this woman does did was to tie off her mole using the slip knot and then putting another knot on top of it using a piece of dental floss. The dental floss was actually cutting into her skin that was underneath the mole. She did feel a little bit of pain but it was bearable. It started to fill up with blood and it was necessary to place a bandage on top of the mole to protect it from getting infected. After a few days or so, the mole fell off and all was well.

    As it mentioned above, it’s always advisable to get a troublesome mole checked by medical expert before you attempt any home remedy. Good luck with your goal to remove your moles and remember that if you are patient with home remedies, they may work well for you.

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    What’s the Difference Between Thinning Hair and Balding?

    I recently received correspondence in which the writer asked me how to tell the difference between thinning and balding. Specifically, she asked: “My hair is thinning out very rapidly. Will this eventually lead to complete baldness?” Is there any way to tell what is going to happen with my hair in the future?” I will try to address these questions in the following article.

    What Causes Hair To Thin? What Causes Baldness?: Sometimes, the same factors cause both of these conditions, but not always. By far, the most common cause of balding and thinning are sensitivity to androgens of the scalp or some form of androgenic alopecia (or AGA.) However, there are other conditions that will cause the hair to shed which can eventually lead to hopefully temporary thinning also.

    Telogen effluvium or TE is one such example. Sometimes, reactions to medications can cause shedding which causes thinning. Some medical conditions fall under this umbrella also, as do allergic reactions or conditions of the scalp. Most of the time, if you can stop what is causing the shedding, your hair will resume to normal growth and shed patterns so that the thinning out of your hair will eventually stop also.

    Also, there is a condition called alopecia areata (AA) which is an autoimmune disorder which will sometimes eventually cause total baldness or diffuse thinning. This condition has nothing to do with androgens, although it is relatively rare. But, with that said, specialist will often tell you that the most common culprit for changes in hair thickness and volume have to do with genetics and / or androgens.

    Thinning Can Sometimes Be The First Stop On The Path To Baldness, But This Is Not Always The Case: Let’s discuss how the path to baldness happens when AGA or a sensitivity to androgens is at play. The person experiencing this might notice an increase in shedding or hair loss or they may not. It’s typically not the rate of hair loss that is problematic here. It’s the compromised regrowth. What happens is that because of the androgens and the hair follicles being compromised by them, the hair that is coming back in is miniaturized. It may be lighter in color or more thin in diameter.

    At first, the person experiencing this may just notice a loss in volume. But with each hair loss and regrowth cycle, that same hair becomes smaller and smaller in diameter. So, it is able to cover less ground with each cycle. And, this is when people will typically start to notice thinning. Now, sometimes this cycle continues on so many times that eventually, there will only be peach fuzz in the area in questions. Eventually, the peach fuzz gives way to nothing at all and this is when you start to see bald spots in the area in question. Usually, we’re talking about high androgenic areas like the temples, top, or crown.

    However, due to genetics or treatment, some folks’ hair loss never reach the level of total baldness. Some people only thin over time and some are able to regrow their hair as medical causes are found or treatment works. Family history comes into play here as does what treatment options you are trying as well as other factors like diet, environment, and stress.

    People who are thinning often ask me if they have to just accept their fate to be bald. I don’t buy that you have to accept this. You should know that, even without treatment, not everyone will reach this balding level and there are fewer women than men who reach this. Early treatment can sometimes change the cards that nature dealt you and even mild thinning can often be improved upon.

    And, if you’re experiencing thinning due to a temporary condition like TE or a medical issue, you can often see good results if you treat both the hair and the condition that is causing the thinning in the first place. And even hair loss caused by AGA can respond well to treatment.

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    A Simple Hair Loss Solution: Chasteberry (Agnus-Castus) – Will It Work for You?

    Agnus Castus, a ‘gentle’ herb,has long been effectively used as a hormonal regulator, against acne, for PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), hormone-based infertility, menstrual disorders and even menopausal and pre-menopausal problems. In brief, Vitex has been known to effectively work against a large number of hormone-based imbalances and health problems.

    Although I could write about how Agnus Castus Vitex can work really well against acne, since it’s often a hormone-based skin problem, in this article I am concentrating on how this natural supplement can help against hair loss. The type of hair loss I am referring to here, the type Agnus Castus can treat, is the hormone-based hair loss commonly known as androgenic alopecia: this is where the hormone testosterone is converted to DHT (dihydrotestosterone) on the scalp and skin; DHT then binds to hair follicles receptors, weakening them until the hair falls out. It is the most common form of hair loss and it affects men and women. Agnus Castus affects the pituitary gland (the ‘master’ gland of the endocrine system) and helps it regulate the productions of certain hormones, resulting in a shift in the oestrogen-progesterone ratio, increasing progesterone, a very important hormone (and factor) in the most common form of hair thinning. Why is progesterone important against the falling out of scalp hair? Because, simply put, progesterone on the scalp binds to hair follicles and, this way, it prevents DHT from binding to them.

    The ability of Vitex to lower prolactin levels (or rather, to decrease the pituitary gland’s secretion of prolactin) also affects hair loss. Excess prolactin levels in your body (which can be due to stress, for example) causes a number of health issues such as loss of libido, hirsutism, weight gain and hair thinning. If you are a woman and you think that your (scalp) hair loss is connected to a number of hormonal problems, such as acne, irregular periods or ovarian cysts, pre-menstrual syndrome, excessive body hair (hirsutism), early menopause (and so on), taking adequate amounts of Agnus Castus may help greatly against (scalp) hair thinning. If you suspect your prolactin levels are high, even if only slightly, it may be wise to have a blood test. My levels were almost normal, almost marginally higher than normal: yet, by taking Vitex, I resolved my hair problem and, significantly, I no longer have the great difficulty I used to have in losing weight! This to me was a ‘bonus’ result.

    Make sure the doses are adequate and not too low, otherwise it won’t affect prolactin levels enough to make a change. I took 4 pills a day of 80g each until I began to notice significant results, and continued to take a similar amount later on; that was my choice after a long research. However, I recommend you do your own research and consult your doctor before taking Vitex, especially because it can interact with certain drugs; also because, as a rule of thumb, before starting any supplement (no matter how safe), it is always best to talk it with your doctor. The more you know about Vitex Agnus Castus, the better you can utilize it to stop your scalp hair from falling out.

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    Cat Health and Fleas – What Harm Can Fleas Do to Your Cat?

    With the responsibility of keeping a cat, comes the added task of ensuring that they are flea free. Fleas is a problem that all cat owners would have to deal with at one time or another. Ask any cat owners and I’m sure you would get a same answer from all of them and that is, getting rid of fleas on cats is not an easy task. It requires an enormous amount of effort and time to eradicate these pesky little creatures once they come into contact with your cat. What’s worse is that not only are fleas a nuisance, they are also the cause of many health problems that we see in cats.

    The most common cat fleas health hazards that we see is flea allergic dermatitis or what’s commonly known as FAD. This is a skin disorder caused by an allergic reaction to an allergen found in the saliva of fleas. When fleas bite on the cat for a blood meal, it secrets saliva. The allergen in the fleas’ saliva will result in pruritus (intense itch) causing the cat to scratch and lick itself excessively. This in turn lead to hair loss and raw and inflamed skin due to the constant non-stop scratching and licking. Affected cat will feel miserable and their appetite will tend to be affected leading to weight loss.

    Tapeworms infestation is another health concern brought about by fleas. Cats groom themselves by licking their hair coat. While doing so, they may ingest a flea carrying tapeworms larva and the cat get infected as a result. You can easily tell if your cat is having tapeworms by checking its anus. Chances are that you would be able to detect the presence of what look like rice grain segments of the tapeworms. Though tapeworms would not cause any major health issue in cats, their presence in the guts of cats may hinder the proper absorption of nutrients resulting in malnutrition and weight loss. This is especially so when a cat is heavily infested with tapeworms.

    Fleas may also cause anemia in cats. They feed on the blood of cats. Though one flea will only feed on a minute quantity each time, the combined quantity by hundreds of fleas living off the poor cat can be considerable especially in young and immature kittens.

    Feline Anemia Infection or FIA is another parasitic infection caused by fleas. Fleas are carriers of the blood parasite call Haemobartonella felis that can cause rupturing of red blood cells in cats. This again may cause anemia in cats resulting in death if severe and not treated.

    The only way you can protect your cats from these dreadful diseases is to have a proper flea control for cats. How To Treat Cat Fleas will show you how you can eradicate these pesky creatures before any harm caused. Get to know the right products to use and how to use them to keep your cat flea free.

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