Considering Declaring War On Your Pubic Hair?

Many of us have declared war on our pubic hair.  In the last 10 years, the hair removal industry has grown tremendously, especially genital hair removal. Cultural trends spawned by bikinis and thongs, certain hairless actors and actresses, a desire to return to childhood,  a misguided attempt at hygiene, or being more attractive to a partner, have all been motivations for this huge war.  

Surely us humans are not so naive as to be susceptible to fashion trends and biases. Unfortunately we are (I raise my hand), and unfortunately, we will never win this war.

Research has shown that surgeons have found that shaving a body part prior to surgery increases the opportunity for onsite infections. It doesn’t matter how fancy or expensive the method of hair removal –  razor blades, electric shavers, tweezers, waxing, depilatories, electrolysis – they all can be harmful.

Here are the  things you should know about pubic hair removal.

  • It naturally irritates and inflames the hair follicles left behind, leaving microscopic open wounds.
  • Frequent hair removal is necessary to stay smooth, causing regular irritation of the shaved or waxed area.
  • When that irritation is combined with the warm moist environment of the genitals, it becomes a happy area for some of the nastiest of bacterial infections.
  • Some clinicians have found that freshly shaved pubic areas and genitals are also more vulnerable to herpes infections and other STIs as well due to the microscopic wounds being exposed to viruses carried by mouth or genitals.

I, too, was guilty of removing my hair down there until I kept suffering from the incessant nightmare of ingrown hairs. It was explained to me how unhealthy it was that I was removing the hair because it is a form of protection for my parts. It expressed that pubic hair does have a purpose,  providing cushion against friction that can cause skin abrasion and injury,  protection from bacteria and other unwanted pathogens, and is the visible result of long awaited adolescent hormones, certainly nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about. I was told me if I must remove hair from there, I should trim it low but not completely off.

So maybe it is time for us to declare a truce in the war on pubic hair, and allow it to stay right where it belongs? Until bikini spider legs appear.

Just Beet it… Delicious Beet Smoothie

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Ideally, you want to use ingredients that contain vitamins B, C, and E:

  • Vitamin C improves the circulation of the scalp. It can be found in citrus based fruits like oranges, lemons, limes, etc.
  • Vitamin B complexes strengthen hair and promotes its overall health. It can be found in whole grains, potatoes, bananas, lentils, chili peppers, beans, brewers yeast, and molasses.
  • Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant for the body. It improves circulation and supports a healthy nervous system. It can be found in green veggies like spinach and collards. You can also find it in eggs, nuts, and seeds.

Give this hair recipe a try!

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1 cup sprouts (i.e. alfalfa) or arugula
1 Red cabbage leaf or 2 Brussels sprouts
1 cup broccoli florets
1 (medium) carrot
2 slices red onion (yes red onion) you will be sweetly surprised!
1 medium beet & beet greens
1/2-1 clove garlic (optional) good for cleansing

To sweeten, try adding coconut palm and/or green apples.

What Are the Benefits of Aloe Vera?

Skin lotions and topical anti-inflammatory treatments tout aloe vera as a healing and soothing wonder gel. The gel comes from the thick leaves of the aloe vera plant. It does more than just leave skin soft, however. Aloe vera is used to heal first- and second-degree burns, protect against radiation damage, rev up the immune system, make bowels move, and fight viruses and bacteria. All this, thanks to the vitamins and minerals found in the plant.

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Vitamins

Aloe vera gel is packed with vitamins. It contains B-12, which helps make DNA, and also maintains blood and nerve cells. The gel contains folic acid, which makes new cells and prevents birth defects. It has choline, which transmits nerve impulses in the body and sends signals between the cells. It also contains the vitamins A, C and E, which are antioxidants. Antioxidants protect cells against damaging free radicals, molecules that damage the cells and lead to heart disease and cancer.

Minerals

Minerals are vital to humans, and they abound in aloe vera gel. The gel contains at least nine minerals, which are needed to make enzyme systems and metabolism function properly. Among the standouts in aloe vera are calcium, the key component in bones, teeth and cell signaling; zinc, selenium and magnesium, all essential for as many as 300 metabolic functions; and chromium, which enhances the insulin that provides cells with energy. Aloe vera also contains copper, manganese, potassium, and sodium.

Anti-inflammatories

In addition to vitamins and minerals, aloe vera has ingredients that act as anti-inflammatories. Bradykinase is an aloe vera enzyme which reduces skin inflammation. Aloe vera has 12 anthraquinones, also known as laxatives. It has fatty acids, salicylic acid and hormones called auxins and gibberellins, all of which result in inflammation reversal. These anti-inflammatories work most often by stimulating immune system function and collagen growth, or by blocking the paths of irritants.

Considerations

Aloe vera gel can be applied topically and also taken orally. One can break open the plant leaf and apply the natural gel directly onto the skin, or one can buy the gel in lotions and creams for topical treatment. Aloe vera is also available in capsule and pill form. Users should consult a doctor first, as aloe vera can decrease blood sugar levels and interact with hypoglycemic drugs and insulin. It may also increase the absorption of certain creams, including hydrocortisone.

Digestive Problems

Aloe vera gel capsules may be used to treat digestive problems ranging from heartburn and indigestion to constipation or diarrhea. All4NaturalHealth.com reports that the fatty acids found in aloe vera aid in proper functioning of the stomach, intestines and colon. Regular use of aloe vera can help the body stay healthy by regulating the digestive system, according to AloeVeraHealthBenefits.com. Use caution when taking aloe vera internally, cautions the University of Maryland Medical Center, since it can cause severe abdominal cramps. It may cause uterine contractions, and you should avoid taking aloe internally if you are pregnant.