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Step 1The first thing you should do - and this is so important - is quit smoking. There is no need to expound on the dangers of smoking here, but there is one issue that concerns us: smoking is directly related to aging. Aging includes, of course, getting grey hair. In fact, smoking causes premature aging of the entire body. If you reaslly want to prevent grey hair but continue smoking, all your efforts may be wasted.
Step 2Making a habit of relaxing is equally important for preventing grey hair. Stress has almost as dramatic an impact on the body as smoking, and also causes premature aging. Since it's nearly impossible to avoid all forms of stress in life, we need to lessen its impact on the body as much as we can. There are many ways to do this, you just need to find the best way for you. Meditation is a powerful anti-stress practice. Yoga is also a great stress buster, and can do wonders for keeping the body looking and feeling young. If meditation and yoga seem too out there for you, make a habit of doing something you enjoy regularly. This may mean playing tennis or golf once a week, or taking time out of each day to read a book and unwind.
Your diet, if optimized, can also help prevent grey hair. Grey hair begins to appear due to a breakdown in protein synthesis. One of the main contributors to this is copper deficiency, which become more pronounced as we age. Eating a diet high in copper could help delay the growth of grey hair. Fortunately, there are three simple ways to increase your copper intake:
1. Take a multivitamin. Most contain copper, and a daily vitamin regimen should be your first step.
2. Increase your fruit and nut intake. Blackberries, pineapples, pomegranates, almonds, and pumpkin seeds all contain easily absorbed copper.
3. Occassionally eat other foods that contain copper. Some examples include turnip greens, lima beans, yams, spinach, and most meats.
Step 4Finally, consider taking herbs known for their anti-aging effects. One herb, in particular, has been taken for centuries for the exact purpose of preventing grey hair. It is known as either "he shou wu" or "Fo-ti." Its name mean "black haired Mr. He," after the legend of a man named Mr. He, who took the herb and turned his grey hair back to black. In China, Fo-ti is a longevity tonic that is taken for all sorts of symptoms caused by aging.
Although science hasn't yet discovered a fool-proof remedy, it is possible to prevent grey hair. By following the advice in this article, you will be taking every precaution possible to avoid going grey. In summary, remember to do the following:
1. Stop smoking.
2. Practice relaxing.
3. Increase copper in your diet.
4. Supplement with Fo-ti.