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Movember vs. No Shave November (2 Concepts, 1 Great Cause)

It’s November which can only mean one thing, No Shave November, Noshember or Movember. Whatever you call it, it’s the month to raise awareness for men’s health.  According to the American Cancer Society, one in six men in their lifetime could be diagnosed with prostate cancer. The society reported, “There are 238,590 new cases of prostate cancer in a year in the United States.” Despite popular belief this isn’t just a hipster holiday for men to prove how “manly” they are by the size of their beard.  At the root of this movement is awareness, solidarity, and promotion of a healthy life style.

People often confuse the two, Movember and No Shave November with each other.  In reality these are two separate things for one great platform: Prostate & Testicular Cancer Awareness and research.

No Shave November:

This facial hair growing contest has participants not shaving at all for the month. Unlike Movember, No Shave November does not raise funds for testicular and prostate cancer research and allows participants to grow facial hair other than mustaches. The goal of No Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. As for No Shave November rules, men grow an entire beard and at the end of the November, they shave a unique mustache. With the money men and women usually spend on shaving and grooming, participants are encouraged to instead donate those funds to research organizations and groups that  educate others about cancer prevention, saving lives, and aiding those fighting the battle.

 

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Movember:

Movember started in Melbourne, Australia in 2004 where a group of 30 men organized an event and grew moustaches for 30 days in order to raise awareness for prostate cancer and depression in men. Later, they became known as the Movember Foundation charity. Since that time, Movember has raised over $299 million in global funds. In the US, Movember national partners include major partners Gillette and TOMS in addition to several supporting and promotional partners. Collectively, Movember partners support the global movement by generating awareness about men’s health, promoting the campaign and creating remarkable experiences for participants. What are the Movember Rules? Number one, shave clean on November 1st, you must start with a clean shaved face. Second, for the entire month of November, each “Mo Bro” must grow and groom a moustache. Third rule of Movember, you can’t let your mustache join with your sideburns, that’s considered a beard. Fourth, which goes along with the third rule, no joining the handlebars to your chin, that’s considered a goatee. And the last rule and most important rule in No Shave November, each man participating must conduct himself like a true gentleman.

 

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No matter which way you choose to lend your support to the cause, schedule a check up with your doctor and let your facial hair grow free!

 

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12 Tips For Reducing Your Breast Cancer Risk

1) Skip the extra hormones. Consider non-hormonal solutions, such as an intrauterine device (IUD) for contraception, lubrication for vaginal dryness, and meditation and acupuncture for hot flashes.

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2) Find your healthy weight and stay there. This is mandatory for anyone who wants to reduce her risk of breast cancer.

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3) Exercise regularly. Shoot for at least 3 to 4 hours per week, but more is better.

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4) Keep the cocktails to a minimum. Breast cancer incidents increase with alcohol consumption, according to a 2007 study.

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5) Don’t smoke. Avoid exposure to smoke and places and things that smell of smoke.

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6) Soak up a little sunshine – get your Vitamin D. Ask your doctor for the right daily dose. Big city dwellers are especially likely to be Vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D3 supplements, oily fish and dairy products fortified with vitamin D are the best sources. Try to choose organic, fat-free dairy products.

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7) Rethink your diet. Cook real food from scratch. Nix the deep-frying. Eat small meals and make fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds and spices the main ingredients for most meals. These foods are packed with nutrients and have relatively few calories.

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8) Heat Healthy; Use Safe Food Storage. Avoid heating up food in plastic containers. And non-stick pans can emit harmful chemicals when used at very high heat. Consider stainless steel, ceramic, cast-iron and enamel-covered metal containers, pots and dishes for cooking, storing and serving food.

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9) Drink from the tap. Choose filtered tap water over bottled water that may or may not be filtered.

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10) Sleep. We all need to get our Z’s to repair and heal our bodies from everyday wear-and-tear.

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11) Cleanse Your Vanity. Choose personal care products without fragrances, hormones or preservatives. Visit http://www.safecosmetics.org and http://www.ewg.org/files/EWG_cosmeticsguide.pdf for more information.

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12) Green Your Home. Try organic and other household cleaning products and supplies identified as “green.”

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5 Super Foods For Healthy Hair

Who doesn’t want thick luscious locks? Healthy shiny hair is the envy of everyone but due to several lifestyle factors, genetics, and wrong diet, our hair becomes prey to serious damage. The only remedy to all your hair problems can be found in your diet. Here are a few super foods that can manage all your hair woes.

Salmon

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Salmon is the complete beauty food. Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids; it is a high quality protein food and rich in vitamin B-12 and iron. Omega-3 essential fatty acids provide the required support to the scalp’s health and that’s why no other food can beat salmon in this area. A deficiency of Omega-3 fatty acids can leave your hair dull looking hair and your scalp dry.

In case you are a vegetarian, there is no need to worry! Add two tablespoons of ground flaxseeds in your daily diet and you will be benefitted in the same manner.

Dark Green Vegetables

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Vegetables like Spinach, broccoli and Swiss chard are excellent sources of vitamin A and C, which help to produce sebum in the scalp .Sebum is the oily substance secreted by our follicles of hair which works like natural hair conditioner. These vegetables also provide iron and calcium to your body.

Eggs

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Undoubtedly eggs are the best source of protein.The protein present in egg is considered high quality protein and is excellent for hair growth and hair strength.Eggs are also rich in biotin, a B vitamin essential for hair growth and overall scalp health.Try to eat one egg daily or every alternate day. You can eat scrambled egg, fried egg or simply boiled egg for healthy hair depending upon your choice.

Nuts

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Regularly eating nutrient rich nuts as part of your daily diet is very beneficial for your hair and scalp. Brazil nuts are the nature`s best sources of selenium, an important mineral for the health of your scalp. Apart from that, walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid, a type of omega-3 fatty acid that may help to condition your hair. Cashews, pecans and almonds also perform the same function.

Vitamin E found in nuts is one of the most important vitamins which helps the overall health and appearance of hair. Vitamin E deficiency may lead to brittle hair which easily breaks off or falls out.

Carrots

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Carrots promote a healthy scalp along with good vision as they are an excellent source of vitamin A. Since a healthy scalp is an essential thing for healthy hair, it is advisable to include carrots in your food and salad. You can also have it in juice form. Carrots are very useful to revitalize dull and tired looking skin and hair and will leave your skin and hair looking youthful and fresh.

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