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Love For A Stray Cat And Vegetarianism Connection

Love For A Stray Cat And Vegetarianism Connection

Earlier I was driving along a busy road then I suddenly saw this stray kitten on the center island. The kitten is trapped and nowhere to go, give it 2 days and the cat will definitely pass away. At that moment I have to decide […]

Flaring Allergies And Natural Remedies

Flaring Allergies And Natural Remedies

As of the moment, my body is experiencing skin rashes like never before. The thing about skin allergy is that you’ll never know what really caused it. I only assume its cause from the last food I ate, which is still not 100% accurate. The […]

Trying The Derma Roller For The First Time

Trying The Derma Roller For The First Time

It’s been more than a week since I last cover buying a derma roller for my hair. To be honest, I am actually hesitant to try it out. Why? Because of the microneedles, that’s why! It actually reminds me of injections ever since I saw those micro pins on the roller. But sooner or later, I have to try it out. This is what happened on the day I tried the derma roller for the first time.

The process

First, we sterilized the roller before using it.

After sterilizing it with hot water, we soak it in 70% isopropyl alcohol.

Then after I cleaned my hair, it’s game time! I initially thought it was just a walk in a park experience for me but I honestly want to say that it’s painful than what I initially expected. Maybe I have a lower pain tolerance but I can really feel the pins on my scalp. It did not help that the scalp does not have excess fats and muscle to cushion the pins so my pain receptors were shouting at me at that moment.

Before and after

As you can see on the before and after photos, my scalp became reddish after the 5 minutes process. We covered a lot of spaces by following a vertical, horizontal, and diagonal strokes on the scalp. The most painful part is at the lower left (or right) of the scalp near my sideburns. Here’s how it looks like:

This was me still oblivious of the pain coming ahead.
Not to exaggerate but that’s really painful for me.

Visible imflamed scalp after using the derma roller

Final steps

After sterilizing the derma roller again for my next use, I lightly massaged my scalp with coconut oil for a faster healing process. The anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects of coconut oil will help me heal the “micro wounds” on my scalp. Make sure to do this only every week so that the scalp has enough time to heal its wounds.

Conclusion

While I still recommend using a derma roller for hair growth, know that it is a painful experience, which depends on the level of your pain tolerance. Always remember to give your scalp time to heal itself from the “micro wounds” caused by the derma roller. After giving it a week to heal, you can try it again soldier! Are you ready to try it as well? Just let me know! Also, do you also have a lower pain tolerance just like me? Let me know your experience on the comment section down below.

To your amazing hair,

Migs


Special thanks to my partner Mimi, who helped my with the photos and with the actual derma roller process.

Generate Energy Through Breathing Exercises

Generate Energy Through Breathing Exercises

One of the most challenging parts of going back to the gym after a long hiatus is that your body needs to readjust to rigorous weight lifting. I didn’t have a significant loss of energy but I can feel that this body wants to rest […]

Improve Posture By Doing Weighted Pull-Ups

Improve Posture By Doing Weighted Pull-Ups

As a slender and tall man, it’s common for me not to have a good posture while walking. While this feels comfortable, it only means that I am constantly embedding this type of poster to my brain as a daily habit. Now, as I consciously […]

Minimize Lactic Acid Build-Up Through Breathing Exercise

Minimize Lactic Acid Build-Up Through Breathing Exercise

Yesterday, I have to train as fast as I can to make sure my partner won’t wait too long. It only took 30 minutes for me to hit my chest and triceps. However, there’s a downside. The muscle soreness is so painful that I can’t even lift my arms. Just using my arms to call my partner is no easy task. Luckily, you can minimize the pain of muscle soreness through a breathing exercise.

What cause the pain?

The lactic acid build-up is the main cause of why we are feeling this pain on our muscles after an intense workout. Even though the pain is just temporary, it may still take an estimated 2-3 hrs before it subsides. While hydration is an excellent way to cool down your body, you still need to add an additional “something” to minimize the pain.

Why breathing exercise?

A 2-year study conducted by Raju PS at the Vemana Yoga Research Institute, Secunderabad, India showed a decrease in blood lactate levels after an intense workout by athletes, specifically while at rest. The specific breathing exercise that was used here was a type of yoga called Pranayama.

Pranayama in action

Pranayama is slightly different from the Wim Hof Method as you are trying to breathe in oxygen through one side of your nose, then exhaling it through the other side. This can easily be done by closing one side of the nose through your finger alternately.

Not only you minimize your body’s lactic acid through this exercise, but you’ll also cultivate positive energy to your mind and body.

Conclusion

Never in a million years would I know that there’s a better way to handle muscle soreness right after an intense session at the gym. It’s all up to you now to reap the benefits of pranayama and enjoy the benefits of both worlds. Ready to train? Just let me know!

To your amazing health,

Migs


Reference:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/7927562/#
  2. https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-get-rid-of-lactic-acid#breathe
Why You Should Use A Castile Soap Instead?

Why You Should Use A Castile Soap Instead?

Have you ever wondered the toxic chemicals used on how to make your soap bubble? It’s clearly just an innocent looking white soap, right? Have you ever thought if the chemicals used on your soap actually absorbed by the body? These are now my questions […]

Why You Should Not Quit Your Plant-Based Diet

Why You Should Not Quit Your Plant-Based Diet

I am currently at the stage where I want to quit certain parts of my daily work. Well to be honest, office work in general. While this process feels super convenient, it’s not a long-term solution. No one wants to be tagged as a quitter. […]

Your Body Needs A Week Off

Your Body Needs A Week Off

It’s been 9 days since I last train my body. Some might say this is procrastination, some may say pain avoidance. While half of it is true, our body still needs to rest a full week. Why is this important? Let me tell you why.

The recovery week

Training without a set timeline is like an endless marathon. Sooner or later, you’ll burn out. It’s that simple. You might also feel bored when you are training without a definite end. While you are still resting in between training days, there’s nothing more comparable to a whole week of rest. By doing a recovery rest after 8-10 weeks of training, you are helping your body heal much better compared to just a day off. You are also giving your brain a much-needed rest from physical stress. By doing so, you’ll be much more excited to get back to the gym with a renewed energy. Also, since your body’s neuromuscular and immune system is at work when you train, having a week off will also help rest this 2 important component of your body for it to be ready on the next training week.

Conclusion

Always remember, your body needs more than 5 or more days to rest. Some may take a week, some may need 2 weeks to rest. If you are training long hours and haven’t taken your week off, let this be a quick reminder to take action not to lift weights. Be careful about eating unhealthy foods at this stage as it is tempting. Always eat the most nutritious foods available and stay away from delicious yet unhealthy treats. Are you ready for your week off? Let me know!

To your amazing health,

Migs


Reference:

  1. https://www.bodybuilding.com/content/using-a-recovery-week-to-propel-your-muscle-building-efforts.html
  2. https://www.menshealth https://www.bodybuilding.com/content/using-a-recovery-week-to-propel-your-muscle-building-efforts.html.com/uk/building-muscle/a756171/why-you-need-to-spend-a-week-away-from-the-gym/
The High Glycemic Foods And Acne Connection

The High Glycemic Foods And Acne Connection

I believe that our body outer manifestations are the result of what we do physically and what ingest daily. All throughout my years I never give mental thought of what I eat. My personal mantra was to “eat whatever currently available on the table”. Over […]