Gray Hair and the Kentucky Derby
Yesterday we wished you a great 3 day stretch and today we are going to talk about the gray mare. Hmm .. you say? It’s the first Saturday in May and that means the “Run for the Roses”, the fastest 2 minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby takes place in Louisville, Ky. OK, we are not going to be singing My Old Kentucky Home and “mare” is a typo. Lets talk about gray hair, a great subject on a sunny Saturday and no better read.
Gray hair is a some what interesting and debatable topic. Genetics? They say that premature graying is largely genetic. Hair follicles contain pigment cells that produce the hormone melanin, which gives your hair the color, the more you have the darker the color. When your body stops generating melanin, hair presents itself as gray, white, or silver. (Melanin also provides moisture, so when less is produced, hair becomes brittle and loses its bounce.) So the amount of Melanin in your body can vary based upon your genetics as well as where you live and your ethnicity.
Diet? Poor nutrition is thought to affect the production of melanin. Specifically, that means getting to little vitamin B12, copper, iodine, folic acid, zinc, selenium, vitamins C & E, and the amino acid phenylalanine. Maintaining a balanced, healthy diet could help keep color robust and/or delay the onset of that sign of wisdom.
Other then going the chemically enhanced route, is gray hair reversible? If an individual is genetically predisposed to go gray at a certain age, maybe not. If the gray hair is caused by malnutrition, certain illnesses and medications, maybe so. There are hundreds of articles on the internet that go back and forth on this and that is the case with any subject matter. One interesting article talks about green smoothies reversing gray hair, at least for the author. What caught our eye in this article is the mention of Ann Wigmore, who went on to write many books on natural health and healing, including The Hippocrates Diet. She called the Green Smoothie her “energy soup.” Wigmore stated that once she started drinking these smoothies in her 50s her full head of gray hair reversed itself back to a natural brown color. While in her 80s (thats a healthy sign) her students cut a piece of her hair and sent it to the lab for analysis to prove that she was not dyeing it. She always claimed that gray hair is linked to mineral deficiencies, and when the body is able to boost its mineral reserves, the natural color returns.
We are not doctors, cell biologists, or genetic engineers, but we do believe in a healthy lifestyle consisting of exercise, yoga, massages, laughter, and of course a plant based diet. Increasing your intake of greens and other veggies, fruits, nuts, and reducing your intake of processed foods and meats may or may not help with that gray hair, but as we “Run for the Roses” we will place our bet that a plant based diet will go along way in improving your health; the seen and the unseen. Those odds we will take any and every day.
So as we conclude do you think that you will see a gray mare in today’s race? It has been a rare occasion that one has participated in the Derby. You know most horses eat their greens, carrots, apples, and oats! Stay tuned for our next article on whether it should be gray or grey. Have a great Kentucky Derby Day and many blessings to you in a healthy way.
Pictured is the “Bacon” sandwich with Kale and Tomato Salad.