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Daily mindfulness helps reduce hair loss and greying

Article by: Percy Bharucha
Written on 2019-10-31T12:49:57+00:00

All it takes is one cheeky kid at a wedding or a social function calling us ‘uncle’  Panic begins. We start counting the strands each time we comb, start looking for special oils and dyes. If all else fails we research hair weaves and grafts. If somebody questions us further we use work, stress and long hours as an excuse. But we never realise that it truly is stress that is causing this. Stress speeds up our biological clock. It makes our body look and turns older much faster.

Nobel Prize-winning research has determined that the agents that regulate the ageing process in our bodies are telomeres. Telomeres are the protective caps at the end of our chromosomes. Over time and repeated cell multiplication our telomeres start to shorten and fray exposing our chromosomes to a harsh environment and slowing down if not halting the cell regeneration process. This breakdown is seen the most in areas of the body which are more ‘cell renewal’ dependent such as our skin, hair and immune system. These become extra vulnerable.    

One of the prime causes of premature, telomere deterioration is stress. Individuals who suffer from chronic stress and exaggerated perceptions of threats have shorter telomere length. Stress leads to high cortisol and low levels of anabolic hormones such as DHEA which slow down telomere regeneration. Mindfulness meditation has the reverses effect thereby enabling faster telomere regeneration and longer telomeres.

The daily practice of mindfulness increases awareness of the present moment experience leading to positive cognitions. It creates metacognition, where the focus shifts to awareness of thought, rather than the content of the thought itself. This reduces the need for control and increases acceptance of the emotional experience. It also reduces cognitive stress which allows for accurate threat appraisals, reduces exaggerations of distress and ruminations upon distress itself. These, in turn, slow down the rate of cellular ageing, keeping us looking younger and healthier for longer.  

21 mindful minutes a day and you may never have to hear the word uncle again until you finally have grandchildren of your own.

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Daily mindfulness helps reduce hair loss and greying

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Written on 2019-10-31T12:49:57+00:00

All it takes is one cheeky kid at a wedding or a social function calling us ‘uncle’  Panic begins. We start counting the strands each time we comb, start looking for special oils and dyes. If all else fails we research hair weaves and grafts. If somebody questions us further we use work, stress and long hours as an excuse. But we never realise that it truly is stress that is causing this. Stress speeds up our biological clock. It makes our body look and turns older much faster.

Nobel Prize-winning research has determined that the agents that regulate the ageing process in our bodies are telomeres. Telomeres are the protective caps at the end of our chromosomes. Over time and repeated cell multiplication our telomeres start to shorten and fray exposing our chromosomes to a harsh environment and slowing down if not halting the cell regeneration process. This breakdown is seen the most in areas of the body which are more ‘cell renewal’ dependent such as our skin, hair and immune system. These become extra vulnerable.    

One of the prime causes of premature, telomere deterioration is stress. Individuals who suffer from chronic stress and exaggerated perceptions of threats have shorter telomere length. Stress leads to high cortisol and low levels of anabolic hormones such as DHEA which slow down telomere regeneration. Mindfulness meditation has the reverses effect thereby enabling faster telomere regeneration and longer telomeres.

The daily practice of mindfulness increases awareness of the present moment experience leading to positive cognitions. It creates metacognition, where the focus shifts to awareness of thought, rather than the content of the thought itself. This reduces the need for control and increases acceptance of the emotional experience. It also reduces cognitive stress which allows for accurate threat appraisals, reduces exaggerations of distress and ruminations upon distress itself. These, in turn, slow down the rate of cellular ageing, keeping us looking younger and healthier for longer.  

21 mindful minutes a day and you may never have to hear the word uncle again until you finally have grandchildren of your own.

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