Friday, February First, Day 150, Hair Pigmentation
It is time to celebrate 150 days! It has been almost five months since I started this journey.
If you would like to join me in this journey from the beginning, please start with Day One.
Yesterday, I did not get much time to write. However, I did get a lot of boxes and trash out of the condo. We have only two wardrobe boxes to remove still.
This morning I used a shopper to shop with Instacart and saved a bundle! I have long thought I should use shoppers, but going through the ads, taking the ads to the store before the expiration date, trying to find all the items, etc. was just too much hassle. Using a shopper with Instacart is a breeze.
I made my husband his favorite this morning: an omelette. He loved it and said I always get it right when I cook. That is not quite so, but I am glad he does not remember my failures.
I spent a while on the mail this morning, afterwards feeling glad to get that caught up.
For almost four weeks now, I have been keeping a Cronometer log. I have not achieved a big weight loss yet. However, something is happening. My hair is growing in dark. I started to go a bit gray in my early fifties, so I starting coloring my hair. Now I am 57. I have not colored my hair since last June, and I still do not need to.
Pigment Nutritional Factors
I figure the dark hair must be due to nutrition. There are quite a few things I am doing that could have an impact. Probably the most effective is just getting complete nutrition, including copper, zinc, selenium, iodine, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, biotin, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, l-tyrosine, and l-tryptophan. I also take Armour Thyroid (available only by prescription). For more detailed information about how I use these nutrients, consult my free ebook, Joyful Vibrance: Transform Your Body, Energy, and Mood!
Flattery or The Truth?
When I was at my father’s funeral, a friend I have known since the 1980’s talked to me and said he was amazed that I was not aging. I do not think his comments were pure flattery. I kind of brushed them off, trying to be modest, but compared to most of the people I know from that time frame, I have not aged as much. I believe it is because of my long-term interest in nutrition.
Bruce Lipton says in The Biology of Belief, “It’s the environment, stupid!” Science is learning that the environment affects how our genes are expressed. Our genes are not the masters; nor are we doomed by them. I do not know whether I have genes for gray or dark hair. I believe it could be either, as I have ancestors who had dark hair in their old age and ancestors who were gray fairly early on. Perhaps it is not my genes that are making the difference. My body is expressing its ability to make pigments for my hair, and Dr. Bruce Lipton may well be right. “It’s the environment, stupid!” Nutrition is a big part of our environment.
Tyrosine and Copper
Tyrosinase is a copper-containing enzyme present in plant and animal tissues that catalyzes the production of melanin and other pigments from tyrosine by oxidation. Tyrosine is an amino acid present in proteins. I take tyrosine each morning to help increase my motivation level and reduce anxiety. It could be helping my body make hair pigments also. I have not proven that as there are so many possible nutritional factors in hair color. Copper is abundant in leafy greens and nuts. Keep copper in balance with zinc. Cronometer is a helpful tool for that.
I am especially interested in vitamin B6. If you want to know more about it, again, consult my free ebook, Joyful Vibrance: Transform Your Body, Energy, and Mood! Once I started taking an activated form of vitamin B6, P5P, miracles started to occur. Many long-standing symptoms started to disappear. Vitamin B6 is a nutrient that is very important for hair pigments. Vitamin B6 may appear to be easy to get enough of in Cronometer, but if your body has trouble converting vitamin B6 to its active form, due to age, genetics, or some other reason, you may want to supplement it as P5P.
For optimal health and hair pigmentation, get all of your nutrients. Cronometer can help. I know of no food supplement that has everything, especially not in the right amounts. Be cautious of expensive food supplements that say they have everything. You can spend your supplement budget on one product and find out you need many more.
A man I met at the Chamber of Commerce scanned my hand optically for carotenoids. I think he was disappointed I tested so high, as high as he did. He wanted to sell me a food supplement he used that cost over $100 a month. I was consuming green drinks regularly and did not need his supplement. Then again, carotenoids are great, but they are not everything. Use Cronometer as a guide for more complete nutrition.
I just used up 100% of my carbohydrate budget today for a snack of red, globe grapes. They were good, but I cannot un-eat them. People have tried to do that, but they are very sick people.
Perhaps the best thing to do is log my food first, then eat it. I usually do it the other way around. I have eaten in the Zone for so long now that I can usually estimate my portions fairly well. However, I am not perfect, and this time I made a big mistake. Perhaps I will have salmon for supper tonight without potatoes.
Ground Hog Day
Today is Ground Hog Day. Normally I would like to watch the movie Ground Hog Day, but my video and player are in Utah. My husband is eager for me to get my stuff moved out of Utah. I was thinking of waiting until April, but he said I should go ahead as soon as possible. It seems that moving in the winter is disadvantageous, but it worked out great for my husband and me to move on December 11, 2018 here in Colorado. The weather cooperated brilliantly. Maybe I can get that lucky again. I will start looking into moving options.