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Men, Change Your Facial Hair Story

Men, Change Your Facial Hair Story

Over the years, facial hair has always been a symbol of power, a sign of masculinity, and a source of pride.  Have you tried all sorts of expensive therapies on how to grow your facial hair?

Well, you are not alone. There are many guys out there who are also trying hard to ensure they get a perfect beard. Over the years, I have tried many of these techniques to get a great beard.

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Using these tips, you could be on your way to growing a thick beard:

1. Regular Vitamins

Believe it or not, some of the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in your daily diet can have a huge impact on your ability to grow a beard. Your facial hair growth can be impacted by proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, as well micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals. Therefore, make sure that you are getting good levels of zinc, magnesium and vitamin D that induce the production of testosterone. This hormone directly affects facial hair growth. Also, eating eggs, salmon, spinach, broccoli, nuts, and dairy products will gradually brighten and keep your facial hair healthy.

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2. Skin Care

Most men often feel lazy and unconcerned when it comes to skin care. But seriously, a man should always take care of the skin underneath his beard. First, try to avoid taking too hot showers and washing your face with hot water as it will cause your skin to dry out. Drying out the skin underneath prevents the develoment of sebum that will keep that region greased. After washing, use a good moisturizer to soothe and protect your skin. Moisturizers with vitamin B5 are known to aid blood circulation in the skin, which is essential for facial hair growth.

3. Sleep Properly

Having less than 5 hours of sleep daily will not only affect your productivity, it will also affect your entire well-being. The average adult needs at least seven hours of sleep daily. Your body needs time to repair itself, and this occurs when you sleep. This daily routine strengthens the growth of facial hair and also improves your general wellness.

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4. Regular Exercise

Another healthy lifestyle option you can do to get your beard to grow is exercise. Regular exercise is also a key element in maintaining bodily functions, including hair growth. Focusing on aerobic exercises improves blood circulation, and proper blood circulation helps you maintain a high metabolic rate. In other words, all the nutrients you eat can help stimulate hair growth to reach the hair follicles on the face much faster if you have a good circulatory system that improves even more with aerobic exercise.  Engage in a moderate aerobic exercise for about 15 to 25 minutes daily and your testosterone level will increase automatically due to the increase in your heartbeat.

 5. Fat and Protein

Proteins and fats are key players in the healthy stimulation of rapid hair growth, including facial hair growth. The hair itself is partially built of protein, and healthy hair is coated with oils and fats. As a result, the rapid growth of healthy beard requires protein and fat. In addition, protein and fat can boost testosterone, another key player in facial hair growth.

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Eating proteins can stimulate and accelerate the growth of thicker hair. Eggs and animal fats can be effective as well, but it is better to limit the total consumption of these fats as they can cause circulatory problems if consumed in excess.

Facial hair radically alters the perception that others have about you, and growing clean and healthy facial hair will be beneficial to you. Men judge people at first sight, and your beard can really do a lot to change the perception of another. Your facial hair can make you look mature and handsome, but if you appear rough and unkempt with a full beard you will be viewed as dirty. Therefore, a man’s value can be judged by his beard.

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Last Updated on September 10, 2018

Overcoming The Pain Of A Breakup: 3 Suggestions Based On Science

Overcoming The Pain Of A Breakup: 3 Suggestions Based On Science

We thought that the expression ‘broken heart’ was just a metaphor, but science is telling us that it is not: breakups and rejections do cause physical pain. When a group of psychologists asked research participants to look at images of their ex-partners who broke up with them, researchers found that the same brain areas that are activated by physical pain are also activated by looking at images of ex-partners. Looking at images of our ex is a painful experience, literally.[1].

Given that the effect of rejections and breakups is the same as the effect of physical pain, scientists have speculated on whether the practices that reduce physical pain could be used to reduce the emotional pain that follows from breakups and rejections. In a study on whether painkillers reduce the emotional pain caused by a breakup, researchers found that painkillers did help. Individuals who took painkillers were better able to deal with their breakup. Tamar Cohen wrote that “A simple dose of paracetamol could help ease the pain of a broken heart.”[2]

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Just like painkillers can be used to ease the pain of a broken heart, other practices that ease physical pain can also be used to ease the pain of rejections and breakups. Three of these scientifically validated practices are presented in this article.

Looking at images of loved ones

While images of ex-partners stimulate the pain neuro-circuitry in our brain, images of loved ones activate a different circuitry. Looking at images of people who care about us increases the release of oxytocin in our body. Oxytocin, or the “cuddle hormone,” is the hormone that our body relies on to induce in us a soothing feeling of tranquility, even when we are under high stress and pain.

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In fact, oxytocin was found to have a crucial role as a mother is giving birth to her baby. Despite the extreme pain that a mother has to endure during delivery, the high level of oxytocin secreted by her body transforms pain into pleasure. Mariem Melainine notes that, “Oxytocin levels are usually at their peak during delivery, which promotes a sense of euphoria in the mother and helps her develop a stronger bond with her baby.”[3]

Whenever you feel tempted to look at images of your ex-partner, log into your Facebook page and start browsing images of your loved ones. As Eva Ritvo, M.D. notes, “Facebook fools our brain into believing that loved ones surround us, which historically was essential to our survival. The human brain, because it evolved thousands of years before photography, fails on many levels to recognize the difference between pictures and people”[4]

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Exercise

Endorphins are neurotransmitters that reduce our perception of pain. When our body is high on endorphins, painful sensations are kept outside of conscious awareness. It was found that exercise causes endorphins to be secreted in the brain and as a result produce a feeling of power, as psychologist Alex Korb noted in his book: “Exercise causes your brain to release endorphins, neurotransmitters that act on your neurons like opiates (such as morphine or Vicodin) by sending a neural signal to reduce pain and provide anxiety relief.”[5] By inhibiting pain from being transmitted to our brain, exercise acts as a powerful antidote to the pain caused by rejections and breakups.

Meditation

Jon Kabat Zinn, a doctor who pioneered the use of mindfulness meditation therapy for patients with chronic pain, has argued that it is not pain itself that is harmful to our mental health, rather, it is the way we react to pain. When we react to pain with irritation, frustration, and self-pity, more pain is generated, and we enter a never ending spiral of painful thoughts and sensations.

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In order to disrupt the domino effect caused by reacting to pain with pain, Kabat Zinn and other proponents of mindfulness meditation therapy have suggested reacting to pain through nonjudgmental contemplation and acceptance. By practicing meditation on a daily basis and getting used to the habit of paying attention to the sensations generated by our body (including the painful ones and by observing these sensations nonjudgmentally and with compassion) our brain develops the habit of reacting to pain with grace and patience.

When you find yourself thinking about a recent breakup or a recent rejection, close your eyes and pay attention to the sensations produced by your body. Take deep breaths and as you are feeling the sensations produced by your body, distance yourself from them, and observe them without judgment and with compassion. If your brain starts wandering and gets distracted, gently bring back your compassionate nonjudgmental attention to your body. Try to do this exercise for one minute and gradually increase its duration.

With consistent practice, nonjudgmental acceptance will become our default reaction to breakups, rejections, and other disappointments that we experience in life. Every rejection and every breakup teaches us great lessons about relationships and about ourselves.

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