We all have a lot of questions when it comes to our health and our daily routine.
Are we washing our face too often? How often should we shampoo? Is our shower water too hot?
By doing a little research you can come up with a guideline to your habits on a day-to-day basis, including everything from your sleep cycles to the best foods for your body. We’re going to answer a few of the most simple yet unknown questions that exist to the “common man”.
Showering and Hot Water
For the most part, it is suggested that a person shower every other day unless they were involved with a physical activity earlier in the day. There’s tons of evidence to suggest that showering too often can damage your skin, your hair, and your scalp. Your hair has naturally occurring oils that help to maintain a balance of moisture and self-maintenance. Without that oil, you are at risk for many things, including dandruff and other ailments. So keep the water at a moderate temperature and try not to over shower.
Overexercise and Hair Loss
There’s no doubt that exercising is good for us. More and more people are increasing their muscle and cardiovascular strength in a way that will ultimately enhance their overall health. Regular exercise can help you control your weight, fight chronic health conditions, improve mood, boost energy, and promote better sleeping habits.
Unfortunately, when it comes to hair loss, exercising too often or pushing yourself too hard and too frequently isn’t good for your health. Excessive exercise can cause sleep disorders, extreme fatigue, and at the further end of the spectrum, hair loss.
Be sure to workout within your means and be kind to your body.
Nutrition and Food
This one’s easy; you need to eat well to live well.
Your body naturally prioritizes the distribution of nutrients and gives attention to your vital organs first. After they’re satisfied, leftover nutrients are distributed to your hair, skin, and nails.
Therefore, it is important to eat plenty of nutrient-rich foods. Your hair thrives on folate, beta-carotene, iron, biotin, zinc, vitamins B and C, omega-3 fatty acids, and protein. Try to incorporate as many foods high in these nutrients as possible into your daily routine. If you have any questions about your individual diet requirements, don’t be afraid to seek out a professional opinion from your doctor or dietitian.
Swimming and Your Scalp
Before you go for a dip in your pool wet your hair with non-chlorinated water. Believe it or not, this will minimize the damage caused to your hair by chlorine. It is also recommended that you rinse your hair within half an hour of going for a swim. Otherwise, try to wear a swim cap, especially if you have a sensitive scalp.
Is Stress Bad For You?
The short answer, yes. Besides making you forget where you put your keys, stress also can have dramatic negative impacts on your health. Stress can cause you to have difficulty controlling your emotions, managing relationships, and can ruin both your teeth and your heart health. Unsurprisingly it can also cause you to have hair loss.
It’s important to have a strong support system and coping mechanisms in place during stressful times. Meditation, long walks, and even exercise has shown to reduce stress. If you’re concerned your stress is causing hair loss, see your doctor.