Thursday, December 27, 2007


Just as human instinct drives us toward survival, physical beauty is programmed into our brains as a means of staying alive and furthering our family line.

Nature has given us impulses that drive us towards procreation. Every creature, from the lowest organism to the most complex, desires not allowed. Dogs are attracted to each other’s smells.

Peacocks are attracted to each others’ plumages. Human beings are attracted to many things about each other – one of which is physical beauty.

Physical attractiveness can have very real effects. When a person is seen as attractive or unattractive, a whole set of assumptions are brought into play.

Many have asserted that certain advantages tend to come to those who are perceived as being more attractive, including the ability to get better jobs and promotions, receiving better treatment from authorities and the legal system, having more choices in romantic partners and therefore more power in relationships, and marrying into more successful families.

A survey conducted by London Guildhall University of 11,000 people showed that those that subjectively describe themselves as physically attractive earn more than others that describe themselves as less attractive. Less attractive people earned, on average, 13% less than more attractive people, while the penalty for being overweight was around 5%.

Both men and women use physical attractiveness as a measure of how 'good' another person is. Men often tend to value attractiveness more than women.

In Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) brain scans published in 2004 by Rutgers University, evolutionary anthropologist Helen Fisher discovered that there were clear differences in male and female brains, during the early intense stages of falling in love.

Men, on average, tended to show more activity in two regions in the brain: one was associated with the integration of visual stimuli, and the second was with penile erection. Conversely, women in these early stages exhibited increased activity in several regions of the brain associated with memory recall.

Although it is said that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder", studies have shown that there are many universal or near-universal qualities which make men and women attractive. These qualities usually fit into one or more of three categories: Indicators of general good health. Indicators of reproductive fitness.

Healthy nails and thick, "lustrous" hair. Features that include a clear complexion and healthy, youthful-looking skin. A hair and its follicle make up one of the most complex and interesting systems in the body. Scientists are just now beginning to identify the key cells, proteins, hormones and genes that control the growth, loss, and regeneration of hair.

While inherent genetic coding is decidedly a factor in hair loss, other factors exist that accelerate the process, including stress, diet, pollution, and hygiene. Gradual buildup of residue from commercial hair care products and environmental toxins, along with a diet high in animal fats, prompts an over-secretion of sebum.

The sebum soon becomes oxidized and is transformed into a waxy substance clogging the follicle entrance. In time, the impacted sebum and other debris makes its way deep within the follicle, inhibiting the absorption of nutrients and impeding the growth of healthy hair. Stress contributes to this problem by causing tightness in the scalp, which inhibits blood circulation to this area. A chemical reaction takes place between an enzyme called 5-Alpha reductase and androgens present in the impacted sebum.

This results in the formation of a powerful hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

DHT binds to the follicle entrance, which eventually sends a message to the hair follicle to shut down. The result: thick and healthy hair begins to grow thin and weak, eventually dying altogether. Nails can be very attractive and serve many important functions. Women, more often than men, place a great deal of importance on how their nails look and spend a considerable amount of time and money on them.

Nails reflect an individual's personal and health habits - good or bad. Aside from their cosmetic appeal, nails serve many important functions. They help us pick up and manipulate objects, and they protect and support the tissues of the fingers and toes. Most importantly, nails often reflect our general state of health.

Nail problems usually increase throughout life and affect a high number of the elderly. This is due to the susceptibility of the nail to fungal infections, its increased thickness with age, circulation problems, and the use of medications. Many diseases and serious conditions can be detected by changes in the nails. Most doctors will check the nails carefully during physical examinations.

Major illness will cause a deep horizontal groove to form in the nails. Discoloration, thinning, thickening, brittleness, splitting, grooves, clubbing (convex), flatness, spooning (concave) can indicate nutrient deficiencies, drug reaction or poisoning, local injury, and other illnesses in the body. Nails can become extremely thick, loose, or degenerated.

They can also be infected with fungus which can come from dirty socks, certain types of aggressive exercise, walking barefoot, and exposing one's feet in a moldy environment. Our largest organ is our skin.

Others see our skin and assess our mood, physical state, and attractiveness. As your skin ages, it becomes thinner and more easily damaged. When this effect intensifies, the skin decreases its ability to heal itself. Sagging skin is caused by the fall in elasticity. Skin also receives less blood flow and lowers glandular activity.

Your skin supports its own ecosystems of microorganisms, including yeasts and bacteria, which cannot be removed by any amount of cleaning. In general, these organisms keep one another in check and are part of healthy skin. When the balance is disturbed, e.g., by antibiotics which kill bacteria, there may be an overgrowth and infection by yeasts. The human skin has many other important functions such as:

Protection: Your skin is an anatomical barrier between the internal and external environment in bodily defense. Sensation: Your skin contains a variety of nerve endings that react to heat, cold, touch, pressure, vibration, and tissue injury.

Heat regulation: Your skin contains a blood supply far greater than its requirements which allows precise control of energy loss by radiation, convection, and conduction. Dilated blood vessels increase perfusion and heat loss while constricted vessels greatly reduce cutaneous blood flow and conserve heat.

Control of evaporation: Your skin provides a relatively dry and impermeable barrier to fluid loss. Loss of this function contributes to the massive fluid loss in burns cases. Storage and synthesis: Your skin acts as a storage centre for lipids and water, as well as a means of synthesis of vitamin D and B by action of Ultra Violet energy on certain parts of the skin.

This synthesis is linked to pigmentation, with darker skin producing more vitamin B than D, and vice versa. Excretion: The concentration of urea is 1/130th that of urine. Excretion by sweating is at most a secondary function to temperature regulation. Absorption: Oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide can diffuse into the epidermis in small amounts. Skin is an important site of transport in many other organisms.

With such diverse roles, it is no wonder that the skin is subject to constant attack and can be afflicted by numerous ailments. The skin is the barrier between the world and our own body, between the outer and inner environment. There are many elements in the outer environment that can cause inflammation or breakouts.

There is now no questions that these accumulated toxins are behind nearly every disease, symptom, injury, and malfunction of the body. Free radicals are highly reactive chemical molecules and participate in unwanted reactions, causing tissue damage, and destructive effects on the human body.

Free radicals attack protein, lipid, and nucleic acids and lead to a reduction in their respective functions, thereby decreasing cell function, and finally causing organ failure. The road to disease can be paved with a slew of toxins and free radicals that can bind to enzymes at a cellular level and inactivate them so that the cell no longer functions optimally. When toxins are not eliminated, they are reabsorbed back into the liver.

The liver works by filtering toxins directly as well as altering them so that they can be removed during the various stages of detoxification. The liver filters toxins from about 1 liter of blood every minute. Some of these endotoxins (produced in the body), exotoxins (from outside the body), and wastes are sent to the kidneys or the colon. Other toxins, made up of compounds that are difficult for the liver to filter, must be broken down with enzymes so that they can be removed.

A properly functioning liver is vital to your health. Western medicine relies on aggressive prescription drugs and surgery to deal with many problems related to health and aesthetics. Unfortunately, these methods often result in unwanted and even dangerous side effects. And natural pills provide fleeting, inconsistent results.

Ayurveda, the science of life, prevention, and longevity, is the oldest and most holistic and comprehensive medical system available. Its fundamentals can be found in Hindu scriptures called the Vedas - the ancient Indian books of wisdom written over 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda uses the inherent principles of nature to help maintain health in a person by keeping the individual's body, mind, and spirit in perfect equilibrium with nature.

India Herbs has a seasoned group of Ayurvedic doctors specialized in Vajikarana, one of the eight major specialties of Ayurveda. Vajikarana is "a process or a drug, which make a man as healthy as a ox and able to undergo many hours of physical rigors." Vajikarana prescribes the therapeutic use of various herbal and tonic preparations for enhancing the condition of your hair, nails, and skin while strengthening your body and overall well-being.

India Herbs' Vajikarana scientists combine a proprietary herbal formula based on centuries' old wisdom with advice on diet, exercise, mental training, and relaxation to address the native inhibitory causes that affect hair, nail, and skin growth while helping both men and women reach their peak health and beauty through safe and natural means.

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