Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Get rid of grey (gray) the natural way

Graying hair has never been a big deal to me.  But this past year someone that lives in my home and usually fixes my dinner has mentioned it several times.  And on many occasion has suggested I dye it to hide the gray.  She dyes her own on a regular schedule.  I'm not against dying your hair...if you're a woman.  Or a metro.  But I'm a Montanan.  It's not something I do.

Then I watched the Disney Video Frozen with the granddaughters this past summer.  In that movie, getting gray is equal to dying.

I did a lot of research about gray hair.  For most of us, it is just genetics.  It can also be a thyroid problem.  Or a nutritional issue.  Nutritional...hmm.

So without further ado about nothing, here are three natural ways to feed your body the nutrition it needs to turn back the gray and get your natural color back:
1.  Liver and Onions:  It turns out that a single serving of liver and onions has six times your daily recommended serving of copper.  Click here - LIVESTRONG - Nutrition in Liver and Onions
Big deal until you read this link: Is copper the key to reversing grey hair colorOther internet research I did showed that taking the supplement zinc or having an imbalance of zinc can cause hair to grey because an imbalance of zinc depletes copper in our bodies.  And I have been taking a daily zinc supplement for the past several years.  Hmm.  What is number 2 on the list?
BlackStrap Molasses and PABA
2.  Blackstrap Molasses:   Blackstrap molasses can improve hair color and growth - "There are two reasons why blackstrap molasses is so good for our hair. Firstly, many of the minerals found in blackstrap, such as selenium, manganese and zinc, are antioxidants which, due to their free radical-scavenging abilities, are well-known for their anti-aging benefits. In fact, one of the most immediately noticeable benefits of regular blackstrap consumption is softer and smoother skin and hair.

Secondly, 1 tablespoon of blackstrap contains 20 percent of our recommended daily allowance of the essential trace mineral copper. Though copper is toxic in high quantities, it does perform several important functions in the body when consumed in moderation -- including helping the body to produce melanin, the pigment responsible for hair color. This copper content is the reason why so many people, including elderly people, find that their hair returns to its original color after long-term blackstrap consumption. Some men have even found that blackstrap molasses can stimulate hair regrowth!"
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/046100_blackstrap_molasses_hair_growth_nutrition.html#ixzz3M64KYXIs
And finally number three - PABA (The photo is up above to the right of the molasses)
3.  PABA:  PABA stands for Para-aminobenzoic acid or PABA - the following is directly from the link for PABA - "Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) is a chemical found in the folic acid vitamin and also in several foods including grains, eggs, milk, and meat.

PABA is taken by mouth for skin conditions including vitiligo, pemphigus, dermatomyositis, morphea, lymphoblastoma cutis, Peyronie’s disease, and scleroderma.  PABA is also used to treat infertility in women, arthritis, “tired blood” (anemia), rheumatic fever, constipation, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and headaches. It is also used to darken gray hair, prevent hair loss, make skin look younger, and prevent sunburn."
So I will become my own human experiment.  I will include eating liver and onions in my weekly food regimen.  I will get a tablespoon per day of molasses.  I will include a daily PABA supplement. 
If a slight nutritional deficiency or imbalance may be causing my hair to be grey in color, then adding these 3 items should naturally change the course of my hair color from gray to whatever my color should be.  I'm trying to remember and think it used to be brown.
If eating these foods and supplements does not reverse the gray...then I'll blame genetics and my slowly advancing age.  My wife overheard me speaking on the phone to my daughter in Tucson.  I told her, I'm getting old.  My wife, "No you're not, you are a Spartan!"  I guess Spartan's don't age, they just die in battle.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Long post about my post hole posts

So this past week the temperatures for December were a little warmer than usual.  I decided to get ambitious with building my rope climbing tower for training.  I don't want that rope to just sit in the garage all winter long.
I bought two utility poles and a pole to be used as a cross beam at a local lumber supplier.  Well, they aren't exactly utility poles.  The dimensions are roughly 6.75" diameter X 21 feet long poles, 2 each, and the cross beam pole is 5 inches in diameter X 8 feet in length.  Once delivered, we figured out that one of the utility poles was about a foot longer than the other. The cross beam will sit on top of the utility poles connecting the two poles which will set in the ground about 6 feet apart from one another.  Once I got the posts delivered I had to dig holes to set them in.
I dug the holes yesterday afternoon.  The dirt was hard and filled with rocks.  The diameter of the holes is about 10 to 12 inches.  The depth is just a little more than 3 feet deep - it is 37 to 38 inches deep.  I was using one arm down the hole, lying on the ground with a small metal bucket scraping the bottom inside the hole, and filling the bucket with dirt and rocks and then pulling up the bucket with a small rope I had tied to the bucket handle.  I couldn't make the hole any deeper without digging a much bigger diameter hole with the tools I had on hand.  I also didn't want to hire this job out.
Once the holes were dug as deep as I could possibly reach, I got a ladder and tried to use that to get the poles angled up high enough to do the job of inserting the pole into the hole by myself.  I figured out this was at least a two person job.  I had to wait until C.S. was off work to help me the rest of the way.
Once C.S. arrived, we got both poles in the ground and started pounding and packing the dirt back in the holes around the posts.  We were finished in about an hour plus fifteen minutes.  The last 30 minutes we were both using head lamps to see what we were doing.  I wanted to get it done last night because the forecast for today was rain.  It has rained, but isn't a downpour.
I am probably going to hire out the finish.  I need a carpenter to saw off the top ends and equal out the length of the poles.  I'm thinking about 16 feet in length.  He (the carpenter) has a laser saw he can use to get the poles exactly the same height.  Then he will get the cross beam mounted and bolted and strapped down.  It should be good to go after that.  I'll get a chain to attach the top of the rope to the top beam and call it good.