There are a lot of things that go along with growing older: more responsibilities, for better or worse, new opportunities and experiences, and, yes, changes in your appearance. You might notice your hair start to thin, your face start to wrinkle, and your hair start to gray. And though people certainly have mixed feelings about these changes, they're not all bad. Still, if you're finding yourself wishing that you could slow things down a bit, you might want to know about some of the unexpected ways to prevent your hair from going gray, according to Eastern Medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine has things to say on this topic and, if you understand the advice that TCM practitioners give about this, as well as how you might be able to implement them in your own life, you too might be inspired to switch things up, at least temporarily, just to see what might happen.
"Although [gray] hair is hereditary, if you take care of your body, and keep your nutrition on point and support the body you can slow down the process," Dr. Elizabeth Trattner, AP, a long-time TCM practitioner, tells Romper in an email exchange. "A perfect example is my husband who has been eating TCM-style for almost 30 years. Out of five men in his family, his hard is the least gray and he has the most hair despite male pattern baldness. These strategies improve the condition but [don't] reverse."
Still, slowing the development of gray or thinning hair might be worth it for you, especially if these strategies can actually have bigger effects on your body and health that go beyond just your appearance. And though there's nothing wrong with using your appearance as a motivating factor, if you can experience effects beyond that, it's a definite win-win.