Keep your hair on! The secret of this seaside mineral

The Good Life Letter 

31st May 2015


Weíve just celebrated a few family birthdays and it has got me worried.

It wasnít the expense of teenage parties or the fear that my darling loved ones would soon be leaving home for their own lives elsewhere.

Iíll leave that sort of worry to my dear Lara, the true mother bird in our nest.

No, it was the sight of the photograph albums being brought out that had me deep in gloom.

On those pages are the images of a happy dad cradling his bundles of joy; clear skinned, flat bellied and with a full head of hair.

Twenty years ago I was resplendent in a full mane of long locks that brushed my shoulders, whereas now I spend time brushing the hairs off my shoulders!

I once imagined that I would become grey and distinguished as time went on, but it looks as though shiny slap-head is more likely!

Especially as both my dad and granddad succumbed to middle-age hair loss, I feared that the ticking hand of time was well on the way to whipping away my thinning thatch.

Which was why I was amazed to discover that far from having to await the effects of a genetic time bomb there was something I could do about it.

For a while now I have been watching the tv ads about caffeine based shampoos (strangely mostly from Germany) which claim to prevent hereditary hair loss and thinking about whether to try them.

But it always looked like an expensive programme Ė I reckon a six month treatment, which is what they say you need to do to test whether it will be effective for you, will cost around £150.

Which seems a lot for a test!

Also, the side effects of using caffeine shampoos are not great Ė if the hair re-grows it often becomes thin and brittle and prolonged use can lead to brown hair tinting.

So, German shampoos arenít an option for me...

...but the answer lies in something much less dramatic, an awful lot cheaper and will give me other major health benefits as well.

Interested to find out more? Read on my dear friends and discover not just a recognised hair tonic, but also something that we should all consider taking anyway.

Chances are our bodies are crying out for it.

Discover why you should be getting excited about this amazing mineral

The Mediterranean Sea health booster we ALL need

A little while back I received an excited e-mail from a friend of mine recounting the story of his wifeís problems with hair loss and how she discovered a remedy by accident; the lady in question, Lizzie, has a beautiful mane of red hair and she has always been very proud of it.

So, losing her locks was a real issue for her and her husband Ė this is what he wrote to me:

Lizzie was suffering from hair loss, she hated washing her hair because of the amount she would lose, her thick head of hair was getting noticeably thinner.

 A side benefit of her taking magnesium was her hair loss diminished massively, she looked it up online and this is a recognised benefit of magnesium.

She got me to start taking magnesium and my hair has started to grow back.


Itís amazing to think that a simple and frankly boring mineral like magnesium could deliver such significant benefits as this.

But we would be wrong to see magnesium as a one trick pony.

Magnesium is a cofactor in more than 300 enzyme systems that regulate diverse biochemical reactions in the body, including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation.

The problem we face is that often this important mineral is lacking in our modern diets and many of us are simply not getting enough.

Hair loss is just one symptom of lowered status others include sleep problems, low energy levels, muscle cramps (especially at night) and irritability & mood swings.

Given this list Iím sure that you can appreciate why the medical community is suddenly waking up to how important maintaining our mineral balance is, but there is still a lack of acceptance about how deficiency can be a direct consequence of other medical interventions.

For instance diuretic drugs (e.g. bendroflumethiazide commonly given for high blood pressure, furosemide used in kidney disease control, acetazolamide a glaucoma drug and even caffeine), antibiotics and diabetes control can all exacerbate deficiency, plus anyone on dialysis should be given mineral supplements as a matter of course.

So, how can you change your magnesium levels and ensure correct balances with other minerals?

Diet plays a part, especially since eating plenty of nuts, green leafy vegetables (like spinach) and brown rice will all help boost levels, but for many people this is not enough.

Thatís why I am offering you not one but THREE easy ways to deal with this problem.

Relying on marine magnesium derived from the purified waters of the Mediterranean Sea you can take yours as a supplement, soak in a warming bath enriched with pure flakes or provide topical treatments with concentrated magnesium oil.

Find out more here Ė three great ways to benefit

Why should you add something new into your regime?

When I talk to anyone about the use of supplements they always ask whether itís just another con.

And I understand entirely why they might think like this.

You see the notion that we are in need of top ups to our diet is under attack from a variety of sources, some with merit others from those with a vested interest in getting us to buy into much more expensive options.

So letís deal with the issues right now:

1)    Vitamin and mineral supplements donít work

A view point proffered by those who either donít understand what they are talking about or are basing their views on substandard products.

An army of well meaning folk try to tell us that we can get all we need from food and that any supplements are unnecessary.

If we go back thirty years I would have to agree with them, but now that our food is flown halfway around the world, messed about within processing and denatured to keep it Ďfresherí on the shelf for longer this is no longer the case.

For those lucky enough to be able to eat solely their own produce I donít doubt that you are getting enough, provided you are supplying your gardens with manure and allowing the worms to do their jobs.

Poor quality mineral and vitamin supplements are stacked high in supermarkets and available from online retailers who neither know nor care about where their product comes from.

Again, they are not helping as their Ďstack Ďem high and sell Ďem cheapí products really arenít worth considering Ė make sure you really understand where your supplements are coming from.

2)    Deficiency Ďsyndromesí are a figment of the health industry

True there are many self styled health gurus and medical commentators who claim that their approach unlocks the secrets of health dilemmas.

Unfortunately these people are usually caught with their pants down at some point and shown to be charlatans who neither have the understanding or capability to resist a quick buck.

On the other hand, government, NGO and charities around the world are conducting surveys which highlight sub-clinical deficiency problems as diets are changing and the globalisation of food becomes ever more common.
 
3)    Scientific research is not conclusive about the benefits

Well no surprise that this is the conclusion when so many of the trials are supported by major pharmaceutical corporations keen to move the debate onto their more expensive solutions and away from a more natural approach.

In addition the supplements used in these trials are rarely pure or of good quality, relying on chemically produced synthetic vitamins and chelated minerals which are not as easily absorbed by the body.

Apologies for such a lengthy newsletter this weekend, but this is not something that is easy to deal with in a short piece.

The role of magnesium is increasingly being shown to be complex but dynamic in our bodies and even slightly reduced levels can lead to big health problems.

A big Hurrah for The Good Life Letter

I have now been writing the Good Life Letter for exactly ten years, and of all the things that I have researched and written about it is magnesium supplementation that I get most reader response from.

Many readers and friends have taken my advice to improve their levels and seen immediate benefits, whether that is from a good nightís sleep, cessation of painful muscle cramps, calmer moods, improved bowel function or simply keeping their hair on.

I started with a reminiscence of the joy of being a father, and Iíll end by thanking each and every one of you for supporting the Good Life Letter for the last ten years Ė itís been like watching my kids grow up all over again.

Boost your health and celebrate ten years of life affirming advice from the Good Life Letter Ė discover the benefits of magnesium here

Yours, as always


Ray


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