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Which Beard Style Is Right for You?

Which Beard Style Is Right for You?

If you could grow a beard, which kind would you want to have?

A lot of decisions are to be made when deciding on the right facial hair style. Having a beard is a big commitment. There are some reasons you should have one and some why you should not. The beard is symbolically associated with masculinity, but the fact remains that images like the ones on the Sistine chapel tell a very different story. In those images, God is the one with the beard, not man. With a beard, you can wield a power so awesome that Zeus himself foretold of its power.

This man is at competition for beards, it’s a guys competition but women are welcome to watch, and do. A bearded man can make a women weak in the knees, and the kids will never shy away from a Santa with a majestic beard like this one.

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    Pros: Women love them, men love them, why don’t you have one?

    The benefits of having a beard would compile into a very large list. You can look fatherly for your children and manly for your woman. If you can’t grow a full beard there’s nothing to fear, you can always get products to make your facial hair grow better. Can’t see it? Dye it. Your facial hair is perfect, even if you are a woman.

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      Cons: None

      Okay, sometimes food gets caught in it, but that isn’t that bad is it? It’s just another thing to wash later and there are shampoos and oils just for beard hygiene. The fact is that there is no reason that you shouldn’t grow a beard if you can. This is not just a trend, beards are here to stay. Unless men somehow become some sort of hairless freaks, beards will be popular. If a beard looks good on you than you have to grow one, at least once.

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        This is literally me with a beard.  

        So which kind do you want?

        There are many types of beards. You can let the mustache grow or trim it like I did. Put wax in you mustache and curl it up, get creative with it and shape your beard into something wonderful. Do you want a small one? Trim it then. You can shave a goatee, or even a strip on the jawline. There are more than enough ways to shape it up. There are world beard championships and they have 17 different categories for beards and mustaches that they judge.

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          The Garibaldi is a rounded beard thats wide on the sides and is medium in length. the mustache is not very long but if you don’t like to trim the sides this is the beard for you. Many people don’t like to comb their beard and all you would have to do to look like this would be to not do that. At all.

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            This one is The Kaiser and is basically a twisted mustache. If you don’t like your mustache to be in the way this one is right for you. It’s classical and classy with a hint of eccentricity. This is a winner from the World Beard Championships, but this might look better on you. A long mustache can be cool aesthetic especially if combined it with the beard.

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              This Freestyle beard is not a category to be taken lightly. A lot of work was put into the making of this beard. You have to shape and shape, and use lots of hair product. But if you’re diligent enough you can have a beard as crazy as this one!

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                And then we have the traditional beard. These beards have one thing in common. The men that grow them don’t shave, at all, for a very long time. This is will power at its finest. Just don’t shave for about 20 years and you’ll have this result. I don’t think this man has ever bought a razor in his life, or used one.

                Featured photo credit: Francesco Lodolo on Flickr via flickr.com

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                Last Updated on May 21, 2020

                The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

                Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

                Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

                An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

                Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

                1. The Paleo Diet

                The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

                The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

                In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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                How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

                The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

                With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

                It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

                Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

                2. Whole30

                The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

                With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

                During the month you are eliminating:

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                • sugar
                • alcohol
                • legumes
                • grains
                • dairy
                • soy

                Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

                At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

                Finding Out How Food Impacts You

                Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

                With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

                This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

                3. The Mediterranean Diet

                The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

                For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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                With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

                • Fruits & vegetables
                • Whole grains
                • Legumes & nuts
                • Replacing butter with olive oil
                • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
                • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
                • Moderate amounts of red wine

                Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

                Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

                With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

                4. The Alkaline Diet

                The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

                The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

                Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

                The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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                People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

                One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

                Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

                There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

                The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

                What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

                The Big Takeaway:

                Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

                Featured photo credit: Dan Gold via unsplash.com

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