Peri - Menopause Article #3, Estrogen and Progesterone as I understand it

Progesterone = pro Estrogen = es

As I've stated, progesterone doesn't agree with me right now, and it may not ever. Maybe it's because my body only accepts it's own pro, as I've used both synthetic (Mirena / nighmare) and biodentical cream. Maybe it's because I'm producing enough of my own, or too much for some reason, at this time. The only reason I'd even consider using pro right now is to assist sleep. Even then I'd use only the tiniest amount of cream (1/4 teaspoon or less), only in the evening, and only once or twice a week. It takes pro a little time to get into your system no matter what kind you use, so be very careful and adjust amount very slowly. Or you could crash like I did. That's another reason I like the biodentical cream; you can adjust your own dosage. And I'd never recommend synthetic hormones, although some seem to do okay with it.

Progesterone is the pregnancy hormone. The whole goal of menopause is to no longer need or produce pro, or to only have very low amounts. As a result, estrogen anf other hormones get lowered too. This adjustment throws all your hormones out of whack, causing wild fluctuations trying to find balance, thus the awful symptoms you're probably having right now.

Pro makes your breasts bigger, makes you fertile, makes you sleepy, slows digestion (so constipation and other digestional factors may play a role. Also, high cortisol can also cause stomach issues). In higher amounts pro can make you very tired, nauseous, lacking motivation, etc. If you're having trouble sleeping, a little (start out very small in amount) progesterone may help you. Another good thing it can do, or so I've read, is reduce eye puffiness.

As for breasts, if pro is making them bigger/heavier and estrogen makes them firmer, then higher pro without enough est would definitely cause sagging.

It's hard to get a gyno to test your hormones, thus the need to pay close attention to symptoms. The reason they don't test is they say that hormones fluctuate so much during this time that no result is reliable. I disagree. If certain hormones get too low it can cause insanity and death, and other problems that need to be addressed. There are other hormones that play into the mix such as cortisol, testosterone, pregnenolone... Testing should be done, but I'm having to play doctor to myself right now, and I'm doing a much better job than the gyno I saw did. Find a good one, if you can.

On the other hand, estrogen plays it's role. Es and Pro balance each other before meno, now it's all chaos. Es makes everything "juicy." It helps your joints move smoothly, keeps your breasts firm, keeps your mood elevated, keep your vagina healthy, keeps your skin from getting dry, keeps your hair growing and healthy, etc. The problem is that there are also "bad estrogens", and your body has to balance that too. It's the bad estrogens that increase cancer risk, as I understand it. So reduce them any way you can, and take DIM! DIM will help with this so much, and will prevent or lessen estrogen dominance!!! (And you'll feel so much better and happier!)

Also, as soon as vaginal dryness or uncomfortable intercourse becomes an issue, start using vaginal estrogen cream and use it for the rest of your life. During this time the vagina can become atrophied, causing scarring, and even causing it to "fall out." This is pretty scary. The way to prevent that is to keep circulation going (with intercourse or with other devices) and keep it moisturized. (Watch Love, Sweat and Tears. Right now it's on Netflix but you may need to search for it).
Right now I'm unable to find a biodentical vaginal cream available by online purchase, so I'm just using the cream I have (which is not designed for that purpose) and coconut oil, but I need to find one, and I may have to find an good Ob/Gyn for this reason. But the regular creams are available online, via Amazon and elsewhere.

The goal with any hormone supplementation, to avoid risks, is to use the smallest amount for the least amount of time. Except for vaginal estrogen cream, which should be used daily from now on, as long as you live.

Additionally, you'll need good nutrition and adequate vitamins. Look for a vitamin that contains everything you need. Including iron, selenium, chromium, copper, potassium iodide (iodine), D-3 (please get enough D-3 or you'll have muscle pain and weight gain, etc), and magnesium. Magnesium is very very important and hard to absorb. For this reason, I recommend taking additional mag, pref in the form of magnesium glycinate. You may have to order this or find in a health store. You'll also benefit by adding additional potassium.

Everyone is different, and some swear by the benefits of progesterone, so it may work for you. If you decide to try it, I recommend never using synthetic pro, only biodentical. And start with the lowest amount, raising slowly. Es and pro can both cause some weight gain, but for me pro caused extreme FAT gain, and all the other problems I've mentioned.

I'm writing all this because the info I've found is either wrong, outdated, or just a bunch of copycat publications. I've been through it the hard way so far. Even in groups for meno, it seems they don't want to share what really helps. But you're gonna need some help. So be ready to have a stash of supplements, at the very least a good vaginal cream, an estrogen supplement and DIM. Try DIM first, buy the kind of DIM with Bioperene, or take it with a meal containing black pepper for best results. And take 200-300 mg daily, no more. Higher doses can cause side effects, and you won't need a high dose for DIM to help you immensely.

The estogen and progesterone pictured are biodentical creams that comes in a pump. These are not the only brands out there, there are plenty of good brands available online or at a health store.
P.S. New studies indicate that using estrogen does not increase cancer risk, unless it's combined with progestin (I assume progestin is the name for synthetic estrogen, the kind a doctor prescribes).

Peri - Menopause article # 2 - what helps me most right now

I don't really know when symptoms started. Having listened to the accounts of many and having watched "Love, Sweat and Tears" (on Netflix), I'm guessing it was in my early forties, way before my periods began being delayed. The "big boom", when it hit me hard, happened at about age 47. But I didn't know it was meno, because I'd just had major cancer surgery and I attributed everything to that. I was dealing with a lot at one time.

It began with bad headaches I think of as migraines or cluster headaches, fatigue, extreme anger and irritability, weight gain, extreme stomach issues (nausea, pain, burning), leg pains, joint aches, lack of motivation, burning and itching labia, etc. Then a bit later, periods began to become irregular and further apart. The gyno I went to at the time insisted a Mirena would cure everything. BIG HUGE MISTAKE. I'll write more about that later, but this only made everything worse. It also made me lose hair, and gain even more weight, and caused depression. Synthetic progesterone is not the best idea, and for me, progesterone of any kind is a no-no at this point in the game. I've even tried biodentical progesterone cream from Amazon, and it just sits in a drawer now. But if I need to use progesterone at any point, the biodentical is all I will consider after the research I've done.

Some women continue to produce progesterone in their adrenal glands well into menopause, and even after. Adding progesterone is not for everyone, and don't let anyone tell you different. Start with estrogen only and adjust amount slowly. Then add progesterone only if needed. Recent studies have stated that using estrogen (I recommend biodentical cream) only increases chances of cancer if progestin is added to it. (I guess progestin must be the medical term for synthetic progesterone).

To get on with my story, my biggest favorite of any medicine or supplementation is DIM (Diindolylmethane). I take the kind with Bioperine, which is simply black pepper extract, to increase absorption. If I had known what it would do for me before this ordeal, I would have began taking it in my late thirties. It is fairly affordable, but right now I'd pay any price. Here is what DIM did for me:

* Headaches gone, or rare now
* No more shaving bumps, or boils, in groin area
* Anger and irritated mood gone
* Depression gone, or rare
* Motivation increased
* Weight easier to manage
* Hair loss stopped
* Memory improved
And probably many more things I don't even know about or can't recall.

DIM works by balancing hormones, leveling progesterone and estrogen, and especially helps by blocking the "bad estrogens." DIM prevents estrogen dominance, also!!!

With that said, I should add that I'm also using estrogen cream (biodentical, of course) and some improvements are attributed to that as well, or maybe the combination. You will need a cocktail combo of some sort to help you during this time. Along with Hydrolyzed Collagen (wonderful for joints, skin and hair) and vitamins, DIM and Estrogen cream are my life savers right now. I'm also looking to add a vaginal estrogen cream soon, but I'll write more on that later. But for starters, Get you some DIM, and take it with food. It's even better if that food contains black pepper.

I've read that DIM in high doses can cause headaches and digestional problems, so take 300 mg or less (I take 200 mg with an occasional extra one), and never take on an empty stomach. But I've had no problem at all (other than orange urine in the beginning), and I am extremely sensitive. So give it a go, I bet it helps you!

My periods are still coming further apart and that is good. Once you reach 12 months without a period, it is said you have reached menopause and symptoms should gradually subside. You've made it through hell at that point, and things should improve vastly. You should gradually decrease and eliminate use of any hormones except for vaginal estrogen cream. We need to use vaginal estrogen for the rest of our lives, but that's okay. After all we've been through. it's a small price to pay.

Peri - Menopause article #1 Introduction (for my daughters)

This is the Intro to several articles I will write concerning peri-menopause. I'm mainly writing these for my daughters as I know what it's like to be unable to seek your mother's guidance. And anything can happen to make that so. Of course, if this helps others that is great too.

Peri can begin in your 30's, although it's usually later, and last for many years. Some people breeze through it with mild to no symptoms. But for others it can be devastating, and cause such changes in mood and behavior as to make you not yourself, even destroying marriages and, in some cases, causing hospitalization for mental breakdowns.

I've been lucky to find things that really help and I will share what I know in proceeding articles.

For now, I'd like to share the list of 66 (peri) menopause symptoms that you can find all over the internet, but I found it here. I believe this is still an incomplete list, but it's a good place to start.

66 Peri menopause / Menopause Symptoms:
1. Change in Menstrual Cycle, Cycles may get closer together or farther apart, lighter and shorter in duration or much heavier, lasting longer than one has been accustomed to. Menses may seem to take forever to begin with dark spotting for days until you actually flow, or you might feel like you have your menses every two weeks.
2. Menstrual Flooding can come on with sudden onset and feel like you may hemorrhage to death. Or it can be a gradual build up just when you think your menses will end and you start gushing for days. Flooding commonly accompanies the woman with uterine fibroids as she transits into menopause.
3. Headaches, Migraines, especially before, during or at the end of your menses debilitate and radically interferes with normal functioning.
4. Decreased Motor Coordination, Clumsiness, almost begins to make the woman who experiences this feel like she is a bit spastic, certainly less than graceful during perhaps an already awkward period in her life.
5. Lethargy, a persistent feeling sluggishness physically and mentally, that seems to negate ones ability to do much.
6. Physical Exhaustion , and Crushing Crashing Fatigue that can come on so suddenly and grip you into feeling like you will collapse unless you stop this instant.
7. Exacerbation of any Chronic Illness or Existing Condition transpires as hormones decline or deviate from their normal balance.
8. Insomnia, this includes a new or unusual pattern of either difficulty falling asleep, or dropping off to sleep for a few hours and then awakening with the inability to return to sleep.
9. Sleep Disturbances sometimes are from nightmares, night sweats, or just a vague sense of restlessness keeping you up or disrupting your precious revitalizing retreat from this realm of responsibilities.
10. Night Sweats often begin between a woman's breasts, initially a night or two before her menses, waking her from sleep, later more profoundly disturbing with up to total body saturation, followed by damp or sweat drenched chills.
11. Interference With Dream Recall interrupts the sense of normal sleep, if you are someone accustomed to vivid or at least some detailed memory of your dreamtime.
12. Muscle Cramps can occur anywhere in the body from legs to back to neck, and sometimes reflects the need for more calcium, or simply that your progesterone levels are too low.
13. Low Backache often worsens before or during menses, but if your hormones remain at low levels, you can experience it on a regular basis.
14. Gall Bladder Symptoms of pain, spasms and discomfort felt in the right upper abdominal quadrant under the ribs, which may be accompanied by belching, bloating, and intolerance to certain foods reflect the increased liver load with declining hormones.
15. Frequent Urination, or sensations that mimic urinary infections is a disturbing symptom often unrelieved by actual urination. It is often experienced as the sensation of needing to urinate all the time, even immediately afterwards.
16. Urinary Incontinence, the uncontrollable and spontaneous loss of urine, or the Urge for Incontinence, can occur suddenly or feel continuous, and not only in response to coughing, sneezing, jumping or running.
17. Hypoglycemic Reactions happen when suddenly your blood sugar crashes and you must have food now.
18. Food Cravings, often for sweets or salty foods, but can include sour or pungent foods.
19. Increased Appetite, especially at night and after dinner contributes to that unusual and unwanted weight gain.
20. Dark Circles Under Eyes can also be caused by adrenal exhaustion and thyroid dysfunctions, but no amount of sleep seems to eliminate it.
21. Joint and Muscle Pain, Achy, Sore Joints, Muscles and Tendons, which sometimes develop into actual carpal tunnel syndrome, or give rise to the questioning of other disease possibilities.
22. Increased Tension in Muscles demonstrates itself in those hunched up shoulders as you work or talk about anything uncomfortable, along with promoting lower back pain and a stiff neck.
23. Increased Hair Loss or Thinning anywhere on body, including your head, armpits, pubic area.
24. Increase in Facial Hair especially under your chin, or along your jaw line. It may be defined by generalized hair growth, or a specific and coarse single strand of hair that pokes out, even curls.
25. Unusually Hair Growth, around Nipples, between Breasts, down your back, places where your hair was finer, less coarse.
26. Acne, quite disturbing to any woman who dealt with this in adolescence and never thought it would recur.
27. Infertility causes grief in the woman who postponed pregnancy in her earlier years and now wishes to conceive, carry to term a healthy baby, and discovers she is unable to do so.
28. Loss of Breast Tissue begins with the decrease of progesterone production. Women often feel as though their breast have become empty sacs devoid of their normal fullness, with or without sagging.
29. Breast Soreness/Tenderness/Pain/ Engorgement and swelling, occurs particularly a few days to one week before bleeding actually begins, which usually potentiates complete relief of any pain or swelling.
30. Painful, or tender nipples have been described as this exquisite localized pain only in the nipples and suggests estrogen excess.
31. Cold Extremities feels quite strange especially in the presence of a hot flash, the combination of which is not impossible.
32. Being Accident Prone, bumping into things, not even realizing it until the bruise reveals itself later and then lacking the ability to recall the causative incident feels perplexing and a little scary at the prospect of something more damaging.
33. Hot flashes initially may be described as mild to severe flushes of heat waves, and for some women these evolve into intense outbreaks of sudden heat with sweating and turning bright red all over.
34. Loss of Sexual Energy, our Libido, can be marked by a gradual or sudden disinterest in sex, to the development of an actual aversion.
35. Painful Sex often described as if one's vagina would tear open at the point of penetration along with feelings of abrasion during intercourse.
36. Vaginal Dryness, Irritation, sometimes accompanied by a consistent unusual discharge - typically odor free, negates a woman's ability to be sexually active, or able to enjoy or be comfortable in her body.
37. Dizziness, feeling lightheaded and the loss of physical balance, and even a bit wobbling at times, requires pause in movement to prevent falling over or deepening into vertigo or feeling faint.
38. Ringing in the Ears, Tinnitus, can be experienced as a pulsing sensation, a whooshing sound, an almost musical or buzzing sound with a fuzzy sensation.
39. Abdominal Bloating comes on suddenly often after eating, or seems to be all the time, and can be visibly evident making you feel that you look like you are pregnant.
40. Weight Gain disturbs most women, particularly when it seems to happen over a couple of days, settles in the waist, buttocks and thighs, promoting a visceral thickening from the waist down, the classic middle-aged figure.
41. Fluid Retention, Edema, commonly with swelling in the legs and ankles, though not limited to this area and it is unrelieved by urination.
42. Palpitations or Heart Racing usually comes on suddenly, without warning or provocation, and dissipates spontaneously. The experience can be so wild and intense that a woman may become alarmed and wonder if she is having a heart attack.
43. Irregularities in your Heart Rate may feel more like your heart has just done a flip-flop or skipped a beat.
44. Constipation/Diarrhea, intermittent or alternating, results from declining hormone levels, which increase the demands on liver function and alters intestinal motility.
45. Tendency towards Candidiasis can increase, even if you have no prior known history, and if you do, it may worsen.
46. Gastrointestinal Distress, Increased Flatulence, Unrelieved Gas pains, Indigestion, Nausea all can reflect intestinal changes due to hormonal imbalances.
47. Slow Digestion often goes along with the bloat; what previously took four to five hours to digest, now seems to take all night. It seems worse in the evenings.
48. Lack of Appetite may be experienced as more of a lack of interest in food, going to the frig and standing there with the door open and staring blankly. Feeling completely uninspired, you busy yourself with something else and forget that you need to eat.
49. Changes in Body Odor especially disturbing when it seems to focus in the groin area, but can be anywhere on the body.
50. Puffy Eyes, not only from sleep disturbances, but also can accompany low progesterone.
51. Facial Pallor alternating with Facial Flushes is often intermittent with hot flashes.
52. Flare up of Arthritis worsens with low progesterone levels and increase sugar intake.
53. Loss of Bone Density, Osteoporosis, is not only an elderly woman's disease, though it seems to develop over an extended period and is triggered by the decline of hormone production.
54. Dry Hair, Change in Skin Tone, Integrity, and Texture, becomes more wrinkled, and may begin the thinning process.
55. Changes in your Fingernails characterized by easy breakage, bending, cracking and getting softer.
56. Itchy, Crawly Skin with a strange sensation like insects crawling around under the skin, quite different than the dry skin feeling.
57. Muscle tone seems to slack and sag, and loose its previous response to normal exercise.
58. Pelvic Pain can be random and independent of cycles and may feel continuous for some women.
59. Dry, Itchy Eyes felt in the deep posterior aspect of the eye socket, as well as superficially.
60. Teeth Aching or the experience of a strange sensation in one's teeth or gums, often accompanied by an increase in bleeding gums.
61. Change in the normal tongue sensation, which can be accompanied by a feeling of burning in your tongue and roof of mouth, malodorous breath or change in breath odor, and/or a bad taste in your mouth.
62. Memory Loss or Lapses in time, makes one feel disoriented and less focused, especially when you go into another room to get something specific and seconds later cannot remember what you went to retrieve.
63. Feeling Faint for no known reason (this does not include standing up too quickly)
64. Tingling in Extremities not only feels weird and like your hands or feet are falling asleep, but if persistent can be a symptom of diabetes, B12, potassium or calcium deficiency, or a compromise in blood vessel flexibility.
65. Sensation of Electrical Stimulation,or Shock occurring in the tissue under the skin, and may signal you that a hot flash will begin.
66. Increase and worsening of Allergies occurs as hormones become imbalanced, so can our immune system.

Finding a good multi-vitamin for women

I just deleted the vitamin I had posted here as I had overlooked the fact that it contains soy, which is dangerous for women.

It's very hard to find a good vitamin that eliminates the need for a bunch of separate bottles. One with zinc AND copper, selenium, iodine, chromium, silica, iron, the right kind of magnesium, and a lot of these other ingredients is quite rare. Plus it needs to be affordable.

I am currently reasearching this and will update soon.

How to whiten your teeth; cheap

You can spend thousands of dollars on cosmetic dentistry and whitening techniques. But for most people just a few dollars, and a few secrets used at home will do the trick.

Whitening toothpastes are not all that effective in reality. For best results simply chew an activated charcoal gelcap and swish it around a few minutes, then brush gently. Spit contents into toilet when finished, as it can stain your sink. You'll notice a difference right away most likely. Repeat the next day, and then make it a practice to do this once weekly (results are not in as to whether this can be damaging to enamel, so brush gently and don't do this too often).

Another helpful method is  making a paste of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and a dash of salt (optional) to use as a toothpaste about every three days. It's best to do this at night, as teeth may become more porous after a good cleaning and absorb stains from coffee, tea, etc that you consume throughout the day. Always brush very gently, and only use this recipe about once weekly.

For daily use, the new tooth powders made from clay are also very good, and may even restore enamel. Also look into Oil Pulling, it is said to even heal cavities if done correctly and may also restore enamel. Use a good oil like unrefined coconut oil.

Brush morning and night (gently, and in a motion away from gums), and be sure to floss once daily. Flossing helps to remove stains and plaque from between teeth, the hardest place to reach. Swish with water after meals when on the go.

Smile! 😀

Ways to Grow Back Thinning and Balding Hair

(List of ways to grow back lost hair with easy, affordable methods that really work.)
Do you notice more hair clinging to your brush and in the shower drain lately? Or have you found a spot on your head that is no longer quite covered by hair? The following methods, either one alone or using several in conjunction, have worked for many to re-grow healthy, thick, lustrous hair. While some of these methods may sound a bit unusual, they may be beneficial to you as well.

Increase your daily intake of the following vitamins and minerals:
Iodine (Potassium Iodide or Sea Kelp), Sodium ascorbate (an alkaline form of vitamin C; about 1000 mg.), Calcium (1,200 mg), Biotin (5,000 mcg), Horsetail, and MSM (a natural source of sulfur).

Herbs and foods:
All protein and calcium rich foods, sage, rosemary, gelatin, and pectin (an acidic extract taken from the rinds of citrus fruits and apples).
EVCO (Extra Virgin Coconut Oil) applied sparingly to hair (also great as a pre-wash hair and scalp soak, applied liberally.) Taken internally EVCO is also an efficient promoter of hair growth.
Scalp massage (massage scalp in a circular motion to increase circulation, using the fingertips and never the fingernails). Inversion Therapy is also helpful for hair loss due to poor circulation.

Use French Shampoo: Rene Furterer Astera Soothing Milk Shampoo. Users reported sprouting new hairs in as little as a week. In two months most reported thicker hair with bald spots almost completely covered.

*Original Dawn dishwashing liquid (used as shampoo).
*Borax (to wash hair, typically about one tablespoon mixed with water), (also helps cure scalp problems).
*Stinging Nettle hair wash (boil some fresh or dried Nettle leaves for a short time, and use as a hair rinse).
*Apple Cider Vinegar diluted into final rinse after washing; also makes hair shine.
*Use pure crude oil to as a hair soak.
*Eucalyptus Oil (apply to balding spots)

Baking soda and lemon taken internally for thinning hair (two tablespoon lemon plus one-half teaspoon of baking soda taken twice a day, preferably three times a day).

For aging hair: using a soft brush such as a boar bristle brush, bend forward at the waist and brush your hair toward the floor. Do not push brush into the scalp but just start at the scalp and brush to the tips. Use your other hand to hold the hair against the brush. When you have all the hair brushed well in this direction, stand straight and push the brush against the scalp while brushing your hair towards the back and sides of the head with constant pressure on the brush until all the hair all brushed well. As we age, the hair loses the ability to hold an enzyme found on the scalp. This method helps the production and distribution of this enzyme and increases circulation.

For male pattern balding, take Saw Palmetto (increased dosage- two capsules in the morning and two again in the evening.) This may help females also, but saw palmetto can cause side effects. DHA blocking hair products may be a better choice.

Eating soy is said to be very good, BUT it can affect estrogen adversely, causing other problems. Also, most soy now is GMO, so be sure your soy is organic if you choose to consume.

What works best for me is 1.Taking a prenatal vitamin 2. Super B complex 3. Hydrolyzed collagen protein 4. A healthy diet and being gentle with hair 5. Keeping hormones balanced with DIM supplement, and other measures (articles to come).

How to Help Your Hair Grow Longer, Faster

(Also works for lashes and nails)

On average, hair grows one half inch per month. If your hair seems to have stopped growing, or is thinning, the first step is to identify the cause.

Many think their hair is not growing because they are damaging it and breaking off the ends unaware. Try styling your hair in sunlight. If you see tiny pieces flying in the air as you style, this is likely the culprit. See this article to learn how to prevent breakage:

Hair, like the rest of your body, needs to be fed and nourished. If you don’t have a medical condition, such as a thyroid disorder, and you’re not breaking off the ends, your hair nemesis is most likely a vitamin or mineral deficiency.

The most common deficiency is Vitamin C. You have to consume it and/or take a supplement every single day, because your body does not store this vitamin. After a period of time, your hair will begin to thin and fall out without Vitamin C, so be absolutely sure you’re getting enough. The best source of C is sodium ascorbate.

Many Americans are iodine deficient. Iodine is essential, and hard to obtain. Without it, you will have slow hair growth, possible hair loss, and may even lose your eyebrows and eyelashes. Iodized salt is not enough for many to compensate for their diets, and many are on salt-restricted diets as well. Check your multi-vitamin for iodine or iodide. The best form is potassium iodide or sea kelp, and even many of the most popular brands of vitamins do not have it. Find a brand that does, or do an online search for high-iodine foods and other sources. If you are iodine deficient, you will have more energy as well as hair by remedying this problem. (Too much iodine is equally damaging and dangerous, be sure not to overdo it.)

MSM, or methylsulphonylmethane, is completely natural compound that our bodies use everyday. It’s essential for healing, but it also makes hair, eyelashes, and fingernails long and luxuriant because MSM is an organic sulfur, and hair and nails have more organic sulfur than anywhere else in your body. MSM is the fourth most needed element in nutrition, following oxygen, water, and salt.

Reduce your stress levels any way you can (excess stress weakens your hair), and get some sunlight. Vitamin D is crucial, and sunlight is a very good source. Additionally, take one-two tablespoons of cod liver oil, which is high in Vitamin D, about once a week, and as an extra dose take one tablespoon of linseed oil to give hair the essential fatty acids that it needs.

Protein is mandatory. Hair is made of proteins, so be sure to get sufficient amounts. An Amino Acid supplement is good to boost your protein. Try to get at least 1,000 mcg daily of Biotin as well, which helps your body use the proteins and carbohydrates you consume effectively. Biotin is relatively inexpensive, and comes in small, easy to swallow pills.

Other supplements for hair, lash and nail growth, in order of importance, are: Manganese, Vitamin K, Folic Acid, Zinc, Calcium, Vitamin B-Complex, Evening Primrose Oil, and Horsetail. Consuming gelatin is also beneficial, and is available in pill form.

(Coming Soon: Others ways to increase hair growth)

Tips and Products for Thicker, Fuller Hair:

So you have fine hair and feel so frustrated you’re ready to pull it out? I know the feeling. Although hair for hair, I have as many as almost anyone, my texture is almost baby fine. However, what works for fine hair usually works for thin hair, and vice versa. Over the years I’ve managed to texturize and plump up my hair with a great deal of research, expense, and trial and error, so let me save you some trouble:
Let’s start with the basics. The first thing you must remember is to prevent damage at all costs, and fine hair is easily damaged and extremely porous. One trick to thicker hair is to help it regenerate faster than it is broken or frazzled with split ends.
** Never bunch up or scrub your hair with a towel to dry. This is extremely damaging. Just blot and scrunch your hair gently with a towel. Most importantly, never brush wet hair. Use a wide-tooth comb to smooth it as gently as possible without any pulling or tugging. If you have tangles that require you to pull your hair as you comb, you may need to alter your shampooing methods or experiment with different conditioners. It may also help to comb conditioner through your hair with a wide-toothed comb before you rinse it out.
** Use a deep conditioner (or a home-made soak such as coconut oil, hemp seed oil or heated olive oil) at least once a week whenever possible.

** Do not try to style hair that is wet, because that is when your hair is most elastic and prone to breakage. It’s a waste of time as well, because hair can’t hold a style until it is just barely damp. Don’t style by pulling and stretching your hair; always be as gentle as possible.
With that knowledge absorbed, you’ve already made a big step. But it’s not enough. Fine hair demands more to look good, and that’s where the products come in. Additionally, you may want to consider a permanent or hair color to add volume and texture, but never both! Fine hair is too easily damaged and you’ll wind up with brittle, frizzy, hay-like hair. Get your hair in good condition, have the ends trimmed every couple of months (or as needed), and then you can perm or color. If you opt for a perm, remember that it takes up some hair length as it adds volume, so you may want to let your hair grow a bit longer first.

List of Products I highly recommend:
** Samy Fat Hair Shampoo
** OGX Thick & Full Biotin and Collagen Shampoo
** Loreal Elvive Volume Filler Thickening Conditioner
** Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Conditioner
** Got2Be Fat-Tastic Thickening Plumping Mousse
** Samy Volumizing Mousse
** Pantene Volume Root Lifting Spray Gel
** TRESemme Big Boost Root Lift Spray (if you can find it)
** Aussie Aussome Volume Texturizing Gel (if you need a gel)

** Sunsilk Anti-Flat Shampoo (May be discontinued...)

Additionally, take care of your hair from the inside out by getting all your vitamins and minerals to make it stronger and promote growth.
One trick I’ve found and stuck with is to soak my hair in warm coconut oil. Apply to dry hair, let sit about 15-20 minutes, wet with a little warm water and massage thoroughly into scalp (scalp massage also promotes hair growth). Shampoo this out, but try not to remove all the residue because leaving a little will add extreme shine and texture to your hair, eliminate the need to condition, and provide a protective barrier that will make hair stronger. Or add a little coconut oil directly to your clean hair by determining the right amount for you, warming it in your hands, and applying evenly, focusing on the ends.
Best wishes for your fine-ally thick hair!


If the title attracted your attention, you or someone you know probably suffers from Eczema. You don’t need me to tell you what it is, or the symptoms thereof. What you’re looking for is answers to help deal with and cure this irritating and sometimes debilitating ailment. As the mother of an eczema-stricken daughter and a sufferer myself, I can tell you some things that will assist you and hopefully help to put your rashes into remission.
First things first: wash skin gently with a mild, anti-bacterial soap. Do not ever use water that is too warm or too cool, as this can aggravate the symptoms. Pat skin dry with a clean towel, instead of rubbing. Avoid extremes in temperature. Keep eczema prone areas away from irritants such as household cleansers. Do not wear tight fitting or irritating clothes on the areas. If the outbreaks are on your feet, wear only plain, white cotton socks and 100% leather shoes.
Internally, avoid artificial ingredients as much as possible. Also, take Lecithin daily, which helps to moisturize from the inside. A daily dose of Benadryl is also very helpful for some afflicted with eczema. Avoid processed meats and junk foods in general and carbonated beverages as much as possible.
Skin that has a rash from eczema must be kept clean, and ultra-moisturized; the heavier the moisture, the better. With my daughter, who has finally outgrown a severe case of eczema, we often had to rub down her hands and feet with a heavy layer of Vaseline, cover with plastic wrap or plastic gloves, put socks on over the plastic on her feet, and leave this on overnight. This was the only thing that seemed to help alleviate the irritation and heal the wounds, often with better results than doctor-prescribed creams. When removing the plastic you will notice a foul smell. This is unpleasant, but it is a process of “drawing out” the disease and helps speed healing.

Other Noted Eczema Cures:
* 1200mg of Lecithin, 50mg of zinc, 400 I.U. of vitamin E and 500mg L-Lysine once daily after a meal.
* Eliminate all dairy products.
* Avoid anything containing citric acid.
* Take Vitamin B-Complex.
* Eat an apple daily.
* Apple Cider Vinegar, two or three tablespoons in water daily.
* Apple Cider Vinegar (2tbs) and Baking Soda (1/4 tsp) in a glass of water three times per day.
* Take 1/4 heaping tsp. Turmeric per day.
* Use "Free and Clear" shampoo and conditioner, or similar products free of sulphates.
* Emu Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Almond Oil and/or Coconut oil applied generously and massaged into skin.
* Apple cider vinegar mixed with water in a spray bottle and misted on affected area three times daily.
* Add salt and apple cider vinegar to bath water.
* Avoid all soaps. Wash with warm water alone, or use a little baking soda.
* Pure jojoba oil.
* Vaseline mixed with honey.
* Soak affected area(s) in a strong brew of chamomile tea every day for about 10 minutes.

Gluten sensitivity is also thought to be a cause, as well as other food sensitivities or allergies.

Also, eczema is often brought on by “external triggers” or things you come in contact with. One woman realized that her baby’s disposable diapers were causing her outbreaks, and opted for cloth instead. Analyze your daily practices and what you consume or touch. If you suspect certain things may be a culprit, try eliminating one item at a time for a week to narrow it down and help you heal much sooner.

BE NICE TO YOUR HAIR!!! (Basic Hair Care)

Everything you do and everything you purchase to make your hair look and feel good can be reversed by not adhering to a few basic facts to keep from damaging your hair unnecessarily. There’s nothing difficult about it, however. All you have to do is commit a few things to memory and then practice until it’s a habit.

1). It’s a good idea to gently comb or brush your hair before washing it, especially if you have tangles and/or styling product build-up. This also helps distribute natural oils throughout the length of your hair. If you have long hair, do not wad it up on top of your head to lather, as this causes tangles that will cause breakage to remove. Instead, lather it from top to bottom as it lays naturally. Gently massage the scalp while shampooing with your fingertips (Never your fingernails!) to increase circulation and promote new growth.

2.) This step isn’t absolutely necessary, but if you condition your hair before you wash it, it helps prevent the shampoo from stripping your hair by giving it something to wash out. This is most important if you shampoo frequently.

3.) After you shampoo and condition, use lukewarm water to rinse. Too warm or too cool can be stressful to your tresses. For added shine, add a spoonful of apple cider vinegar to your final rinse water.

4.) Never bunch up or scrub your hair with a towel to dry. This is extremely damaging. Just blot and scrunch your hair gently with a towel.

5.) Most importantly, never brush wet hair. Use a wide-tooth comb to smooth it as gently as possible without any pulling or tugging. If you have tangles that require you to pull your hair as you comb, you may need to alter your shampooing methods or experiment with different conditioners. It may also help to comb conditioner through your hair with a wide-toothed comb before you rinse it out.

6.) Use a deep conditioner (or a home-made soak such as coconut oil, hemp seed oil, heated olive oil, or even vegetable oil; use what you have) at least once a week or whenever possible.

7.) Do not try to style hair that is very wet, because that is when your hair is most elastic and prone to breakage. It’s a waste of time as well, because hair can’t hold a style until it is just barely damp. Don’t style by pulling and stretching your hair; always be as gentle as possible. Keep chemical treatments such as perms and color to a minimum. If you have fine hair, never perm AND color or you are likely to end up with brittle, frizzy, and broken hair. If you perm, don’t color and vice versa. Fine hair requires extra tender loving care in general.

8.) Finally, if you feed yourself you feed your hair. Hair needs to be nourished every few hours during your day, even if it’s just a piece of fruit or a light snack. Make sure you’re getting all your vitamins and minerals, as any deficiency in this area will definitely tell on you in the appearance of your hair.

Your hair is usually the first thing others notice about you, and it is your frame. It expresses your style and personality. If you do just a little for it, it can do so much more for you!