1) Kick stress to the curb!
There’s no denying that holidays are a time for happiness and celebration. And there’s no denying that they can bring on a ton of stress. Whether you’re hosting loved ones at your house, traveling across the country to visit family, or planning the New Year’s Eve bash of the century, a plethora of problems can arise. Think, flight delays, weather inconveniences, packing complications and cooking accidents. Your stress levels are bound to rise.
Stress isn’t good for your health. Who hasn’t heard this before? Probably no one. Over time, stress can lead to various medical conditions, including heart disease, depression, anxiety disorders and yes – hair loss on top of everything else!
While having a glass of wine or spiked eggnog may seem like the quickest way to reduce stress levels during the holidays, exercise will be much more effective in the long run. Here’s a little secret: breaking out a sweat increases levels of endorphins, otherwise known as your “feel-good” hormones. Endorphins reduce tension and anxiety, block pain, decrease appetite and bring on feelings of euphoria. You’ll feel better and have more energy, all the while protecting your health (and your hair as you spare it from the dangers of stress).
Exercise also boosts your epinephrine levels. This hormone augments blood circulation and directs blood (and its nutrients) to wherever it’s needed. Extra epinephrine means extra nutrients are delivered to your hair roots so that they can stay healthy during stressful times.
Some women may associate hair regrowth treatments as stressful – after all, who wants to spend a surplus of time and money for results that may not do much when all is said and done? But here’s a tip. Using laser hair loss devices, such as the Theradome LH80 PRO, actually turns out to be a relaxing experience. All you need to do is click on a button, sit back and relax for 20 minutes as you carry on wrapping presents, chatting with the family or watching your favorite holiday movie.
2) Keep those extra pounds off!
We all know the holidays are a time that we all usually put on a bit of weight. The stakes are higher than you think. It’s not just a matter of fitting in our Christmas and New Year’s Eve dresses: a high Body Mass Index can also mean bad news for our luscious tresses. And that doesn’t only happen during the holidays. It’s often easier to swing by a drive-through or order take-out than to plan out nutritious family meals.
To make matters worse, our metabolism slows down with age and these “few extra pounds” can become a lot harder to shed. Excess weight causes serious health conditions, including type II diabetes, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and osteoarthritis, diseases. These all jeopardize the amount of energy dedicated to keeping your hair healthy and strong.
So why not take precautions (or get a head start on your New Year resolutions) and start organizing engaging and fun family activities that make everyone break a sweat?
While you fight back against holiday weight gain, exercise can improve your hair!
Don’t forget it goes both ways: being underweight can indicate nutritional deficiencies, which can lead to serious health problems. This causes hair damage to your hair. So make sure to balance your diet and if your hair is beginning to thin, try including zinc, selenium, biotin, protein, fatty acids and iron in your diet. Not sure where to start? Try consulting a nutritionist or registered dietitian.
The bottom line: hair regrowth can’t occur if you don’t eat well, so take the right steps towards adopting a healthy lifestyle and incorporating exercise into your life. Never forget that you can prevent hair loss, strengthen hair and increase hair density with laser phototherapy devices such as the Theradome LH80 PRO.