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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 October 29, 2018

What Causes Brain Fog? (7 Things You Can Do to Prevent and Stop It)

What Causes Brain Fog? (7 Things You Can Do to Prevent and Stop It)

Brain fog is more of a symptom than a medical condition itself, but this doesn’t mean it should be ignored. Brain fog is a cognitive dysfunction, which can lead to memory problems, lack of mental clarity and an inability to focus.

Many often excuse brain fog for a bad day, or get so used to it that they ignore it. Unfortunately, when brain fog is ignored it ends up interfering with work and school. The reason many ignore it is because they aren’t fully aware of what causes it and how to deal with it.

It’s important to remember that if your brain doesn’t function fully — nothing else in your life will. Most people have days where they can’t seem to concentrate or forget where they put their keys.

It’s very normal to have days where you can’t think clearly, but if you’re experiencing these things on a daily basis, then you’re probably dealing with brain fog for a specific reason.

So what causes brain fog? It can be caused by a string of things, so we’ve made a list things that causes brain fog and how to prevent it and how to stop it.

1. Stress

It’s no surprise that we’ll find stress at the top of the list. Most people are aware of the dangers of stress. It can increase blood pressure, trigger depression and make us sick as it weakens our immune system.

Another symptom is mental fatigue. When you’re stressed your brain can’t function at its best. It gets harder to think and focus, which makes you stress even more.

Stress can be prevented by following some simple steps. If you’re feeling stressed you should avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine — even though it may feel like it helps in the moment. Two other important steps are to indulge in more physical activities and to talk to someone about it.

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Besides that, you can consider keeping a stress diary, try relaxation techniques like mediation, getting more sleep and maybe a new approach to time management.

2. Diet

Most people know that the right or wrong diet can make them gain or loss weight, but not enough people think about the big impact a specific diet can have on one’s health even if it might be healthy.

One of the most common vitamin deficiencies is vitamin B12 deficiency and especially vegans can be get hid by brain fog, because their diet often lacks the vitamin B-12. The vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to mental and neurological disorders.

The scary thing is that almost 40 % of adults are estimated to lack B12 in their diet. B12 is found in animal products, which is why many vegans are in B12 deficiency, but this doesn’t mean that people need animal products to prevent the B12 deficiency. B12 can be taken as a supplement, which will make the problem go away.

Another vital vitamin that can cause brain fog is vitamin D. More than 1 billion people worldwide don’t have enough vitamin D in their diet. Alongside B12 and vitamin D is omega-3, which because of its fatty acids helps the brain function and concentrate. Luckily, both vitamin D and omega-3 can be taken as supplements.

Then there’s of course also the obvious unhealthy foods like sugar. Refined carbohydrates like sugar will send your blood sugar levels up, and then send you right back down. This will lead to brain fog, because your brain uses glucose as its main source of fuel and once you start playing around with your brain — it gets confused.

Besides being hit by brain fog, you’ll also experience tiredness, mood swings and mental confusion. So, if you want to have clear mind, then stay away from sugar.

Sometimes the same type of diet can be right for some and wrong for others. If you’re experiencing brain fog it’s a good idea to seek out your doctor or a nutritionist. They can take some tests and help you figure out which type of diet works best for your health, or find out if you’re lacking something specific in your diet.

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3. Allergies

If you have food allergies, or are simply a bit sensitive to specific foods, then eating those foods can lead to brain fog. Look out for dairy, peanuts and aspartame that are known to have a bad effect on the brain.

Most people get their calories from corn, soy and wheat — and big surprise — these foods are some of the most common foods people are allergic to. If you’re in doubt, then you can look up food allergies[1] and find some of the most common symptoms.

If you’re unsure about being allergic or sensitive, then you can start out by cutting out a specific food from your diet for a week or two. If the brain fog disappears, then you’re most likely allergic or sensitive to this food. The symptoms will usually go away after a week or two once you remove the trigger food from the diet.

If you still unsure, then you should seek out the help of your doctor.

4. Lack of sleep

All of us know we need sleep to function, but it’s different for everybody how much sleep they need. A few people can actually function on as little as 3-4 hours of sleep every night, but these people are very, very rare.

Most people need 8 to 9 hours of sleep. If you don’t get the sleep you need, then this will interfere with your brain and you may experience brain fog.

Instead of skipping a few hours of sleep to get ahead of things you need to do, you’ll end up taking away productive hours from your day, because you won’t be able to concentrate and your thoughts will be cloudy.

Many people have trouble sleeping but you can help improve your sleep by a following a few simple steps.

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There is the 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise, which is a technique that regulates your breath and helps you fall asleep faster. Another well-known technique is to avoid bright lights before you go to sleep.

A lot of us are guilty of falling asleep with the TV on or with our phone right by us, but the blue lights from these screens suppresses the production of melatonin in our bodies, which actually makes us stay awake longer instead. If you’re having trouble going to sleep without doing something before you close your eyes, then try taking up reading instead.

If you want to feel more energized throughout the day, start doing this.

5. Hormonal changes

Brain fog can be triggered by hormonal changes. Whenever your levels of progesterone and estrogen increases, you may experience short-term cognitive impairment and your memory can get bad.

If you’re pregnant or going through menopause, then you shouldn’t worry too much if your mind suddenly starts to get a bit cloudy. Focus on keeping a good diet, getting enough of sleep and the brain fog should pass once you’re back to normal.

6. Medication

If you’re on some medication, then it’s very normal to start experiencing some brain fog.

You may start to forget things that you used to be able to remember, or you get easily confused. Maybe you can’t concentrate the same way that you used to. All of these things can be very scary, but you shouldn’t worry too much about it.

Brain fog is a very normal side effect of drugs, but by lowering your dosage or switching over to another drug; the side effect can’t often be improved and maybe even completely removed.

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7. Medical condition

Brain fog can often be a symptom of a medical condition. Medical conditions that include inflammation, fatigue, changes in blood glucose level are known to cause brain fog.

Conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, anemia, depression, diabetes, migraines, hypothyroidism, Sjögren syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, Lupus and dehydration can all cause brain fog.[2]

The bottom line

If you haven’t been diagnosed, then never start browsing around Google for the conditions and the symptoms. Once you start looking for it; it’s very easy to (wrongfully) self-diagnose.

Take a step back, put away the laptop and relax. If you’re worried about being sick, then always check in with your doctor and take it from there.

Remember, the list of things that can cause brain fog is long and it can be something as simple as the wrong diet or not enough sleep.

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Reference

[1]Food Allergy: Common Allergens
[2]HealthLine: 6 Possible Causes of Brain Fog

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