Archive for January, 2010

Winter Hair Trim

I have no clue what the length of my hair is, but it is growing. I did a light press for a much needed trim.  I prefer pressing over a flat ironing because it straightens my ends.  My ends looked good, but I took off about an inch anyway.  I do at least two trims a year (winter, summer), but I think it’s time for a professional cut and shaping.  I use Motions Heat Seeker Protectant Spray and Beija-Flor Licorice Root Elixir for scalp and hair after pressing.  This oil made my hair silky smooth and is perfect for ends protection.  

This is my hair the next morning.  Reversion is quick for me which is why I don’t bother straightening.  Add the nightly hot flashes to the mix and the so called light press is over.  I’ll just braid the rest of the week, then wash on Sunday, if I can wait that long.  What I get is equivalent to a stretched braid out.

Heads Up: Vitamin D Deficiency

Do you experience muscle soreness or cramps?  Unexplained hip and bone pain?  Midday fatigue?  I brushed these symptoms off and contributed them to my growing list of perimenopausal symptoms.   General physician ordered routine blood tests which came back normal.  I wasn’t completely satisfied with the results because these symptoms somehow felt different which warranted an appointment with my endocrinologist (hormone doc).   She ordered a vitamin D blood test which revealed a very low vitamin D level.  For 12 weeks, I’m to take vitamin D and calcium daily.   After a month, I do have more energy and need a midday nap less often.  I also have decreased muscle soreness. 

All ABOUT THE “D” VITAMIN

Vitamin D helps our bodies maintain adequate levels of calcium and phosphorus which in turn helps us to build strong bones and teeth.  Low levels of vitamin D causes the body to pull calcium and phosphorus from where we need it most; our bones.   Osteomalacia (muscle weakness) and rickets (skeletal deformities)  are two diseases caused by vitamin D deficiency.   Vitamin D deficiency has also been associated with increased cardiovascular risks (hypertension, heart attack, stroke), as well as other health problems. 

Dietary sources of vitamin D:

  • Fatty fish high in omega-3s (salmon, tuna, trout, sardines, and mackerel).
  • Cod liver oil
  • Eggs
  • Whole/fortified milk
  • Sunlight (at least ten minutes of sun exposure).  Note:  People with darker skin (melanin) are more likely to produce less vitamin D from the sun.

Check out the following links for further info regarding vitamin D:  Women To Women (menopause), WebMD (Vitamin D), WebMD (informative slideshow about hair).

For those experiencing menopause/perimenopause, ask your doc to check your vitamin D levels during your routine checkup this year.