Will Fasting Make Your Hair and Nails Grow?
Both hair, and nails grow well during a fast. Many times people who had brittle nails happily discover that while fasting they become more pliable and less easily broken. Long fasting, in those having disproportionate reserves, may cause the hair follicle to involute while fasting and about a month to two months after the fast these experience a great falling-out of hair. This often frightens them and they think that they are becoming bald. Fasting does not produce baldness. Their hair begins to grow again until they have as many as they had before. It is common physiological process for hair follicles to involute; the hair falls out and subsequently grows again. When a hair reaches its normal potential length, then the follicle shuts down the manufacture of hair for a while and the hair falls out. For the follicles to do so all at once is a conservative process. The same thing happens during acute diseases accompanied with prolonged high fever. The body is conserving its nutritive stores for more important functions.
If this occurs after a fast, no special preparations or dietary changes are necessary unless one has been eating wrongly. Continue eating the Hygienic diet, especially concentrating on eating the nuts and salads, and the hair follicles will begin again to manufacture hair as they normally do. No diet can compare to a diet of nuts, fruits, and green vegetables for luxuriant growth of hair.
Are There Any Safe Shampoos? Is Water Alone Sufficient For Washing One's Hair?
Yes. water alone is sufficient for keeping one's hair clean. In a polluted city, you may have to wash your hair three or four times a week but plain water will suffice. Shampoos have been indicted for causing baldness, excessive oiliness, and excessive dryness of the scalp and hair.
Many women feel that their hair is dirty if they don't use a shampoo of some kind. When I first learned of the effects of shampoos and soaps, I was also fearful that my hair would be dirty without them.
However, once you get used to the new feeling of your hair with its natural oils in it, then you begin to like that feeling better than the flyaway unmanageable hair just after shampooing. Actually, when using water alone plus regular brushing, your hair is much cleaner than when using shampoos. Besides being able to wash it more than once or twice a week, you learn a whole new way of caring for your hair that makes it more beautiful, healthier and cleaner.
To wash your hair without shampoo, scrub the scalp with your fingertips under running water (the shower is best) for about ten minutes. Towel dry it or blow dry it. After it is dry, brush it with a natural bristle brush. The brushing will remove all the loosened dirt and exfoliated scalp tissues while at the same time it distributes the oils evenly throughout the hair. Your hair will shine beautifully and be very manageable. Those with excessively oily hair may wash their hair daily without shampoos without harming it, whereas using shampoos two to three times weekly is extremely hazardous.
When I comb my hair I pull out about one fourth of a comb of hair. Is this normal or abnormal?
It is quite normal for some hair to fall out when being combed. Hair grows to its potential length, then the hair follicles involute, that is, cease to produce hair for a while, and the hair shaft falls out. Then the hair follicle begins growing a new hair in its place. This is normal. It is abnormal when hair falls out daily by the brushful. This occurs occasionally after long febrile conditions, and in some people after a long fast. In each case the hair grows back.
Just how harmful is the repeated use of chlorinated swimming pools?
Chlorine gas was the gas used in World War I that was so deadly to the Allied soldiers. In hot weather when evaporation occurs, you can smell the chlorine vapors around a pool, which means that you are breathing some chlorine gas. Chlorine is a protoplasmic poison and is damaging to the skin, eyes, hair and mucous membranes. The chlorinated water may accidently be swallowed and contribute to internal toxemia. If all you have to swim in is a chlorinated swimming pool, make your dips infrequent and stay in the water for no more than ten to fifteen minutes and try not to swallow the water. Don't open your eyes under the water without goggles.
Any amount of chlorine in drinking water is harmful but when more than the prescribed amount is put in, it has been known to cause epidemics of diarrhea. Small amounts can do the same thing in extremely sensitive people, and may even cause colitis. Many so-called allergic symptoms result from the use of chlorinated drinking water. Hives and asthma have disappeared almost overnight in some people when they ceased drinking chlorinated water.. Colitis has spontaneously cleared up in many people when they quit drinking chlorinated water. Chlorine has been shown to destroy Vitamins A, B, C, E, and one essential amino acid that is especially important in young children, called tryptophan.
When you add swimming pool water to all the other sources of inorganic chlorine in modern life, it amounts to a pretty high dosage and an increased frequency of disease.
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