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It’s estimated around 1-2% world’s population has natural red hair. That’s a small number, but it represents a very proud population.
Western Europe houses more redheads than anywhere else in the world. Scotland holds the highest ranking with an approximate population of 13% redheads, followed by Ireland at 10% and the United States rounds out the bottom with 2%. Mutations and superpowers
There is one specific gene responsible for natural red hair (something we enjoy calling ‘the ginger gene’). This is the melanocortin 1 receptor, also known as MC1R for short. Many thanks go to Professor Jonathan Rees who is responsible for discovering what makes redheads special after conducting a study at the University of Edinburgh in 1995.
This ginger gene is a slight mutation of the MC1R gene on chromosome 16. Which basically means that redheads are like superheroes, but naturally so, not due to some weird chemical reaction. Everything we love about being redheads comes from this mutation: ginger hair colour (in varying shades), pale skin, and freckles EVERYWHERE.
MC1R is a recessive gene and must be passed on from both mother and father. This explains how a mother and father who both have brown or blonde hair can have a redheaded child.
Extensive research conducted by BritainsDNA has found that more than 40% of the population carry the mutated MC1R gene that’s responsible for red hair. If both parents carry the ginger gene, you have 25% chance of bearing a beautiful ginger bairn. And if two gingers parents a child, they have 100% chance. Lucky!
👉 Ginger is an anti-inflammatory, digestive aid, metabolism booster, stress-reliever, contains grounding properties to balance energy levels, acts as an #antioxidant , promotes healthy blood pressure and blood sugar levels, warms the body up in cold temperatures.
Turmeric is an antioxidant, cancer preventor, digestive aid, metabolism booster, skin enhancer, has mood balancing effects, grounding properties, can help warm the body up in the winter, adds flavor to meals, can curb sugar cravings, and heals wounds and skin issues.
Use lemons as a digestive tonic, mood balancing effect, vitamin C source, detoxification aid, stimulate bile flow in the liver, aid in healthy blood flow, can be used on the skin as a natural toner to cleanse of excess oils, can be used in place of unhealthy hair dyes to brighten up hair color when applied before time out in the sun, can be used on top of salads instead of unhealthy dressings to aid health and cleansing, relieve inflammation and pain, reduce sugar cravings naturally, balance blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
1 teaspoon grated fresh turmeric root or ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root or ½ teaspoon ginger powder
2-3 twists of black pepper (to increases turmeric’s bio-availability)
Juice of ½ lemon
Sweetener to taste (optional)
1 ½ cup filtered water
Combine turmeric, ginger and water in a saucepan on medium-high heat. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, make sure it doesn’t boil. Strain the liquid and pour into a mug. Add lemon juice and sweetener and give it a good stir.
When you grate the turmeric root, be careful not to ruin your counter top or clothing as it can leave nasty yellow stains.
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