"The Health Benefits of one having a beard!" by Chad

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Beardedness Benefits aka: The  Health Benefits of one having a beard!

Hello my beautiful CrossFitting machines. Today I have decided to explain a few of the reasons behind my decision of becoming a bearded specimen. I have had somewhat  of a tradition of growing a beard for winter for the last few years, but never have I taken it to this level of excellence. I always would have shaved a few weeks or so into it. So in this brief article/ write up, I’m going to briefly talk about the history of beardedness, and also explain the health benefits of growing a beautiful healthy beard.

First of all beards now a day aren’t really looked at the same as they were in the past. Back in the day, like way back in the day, growing a full beard symbolized manhood and honor and in the ancient time of Rome and Greece, men who shaved their facial hair were looked upon as a disgrace. Also in these times the shaving of one’s facial hair was used as a punishment. In the middle ages a Knights beard symbolized their virility and honor. Grabbing a Knight’s beard was a serious offense and was settle with a duel. ( So don’t try and grab my beard unless you want to duel to the death!). Most of the American presidents obtained a beard of substantial length, during this time a beard symbolized masculinity and courage.

Moving on now to the main part of this write up; the health benefits of growing a beard. It has been shown that the growing of a beard has many benefits such as stopping chronic coughing and the prevention of some throat diseases. A beard and mustache also help to protect the skin from overexposure to UV rays keeping the skin healthy and younger looking. One study shows that a beard and mustache reduced the risk of overexposure to UV rays to one- third compared to the areas with no hair.

Beards also protect your skin from harmful chemicals/ pollution which increases wrinkles, ageing, and damaged skin, therefore a beard benefits the health of the face by protecting it from the elements of everyday life. Folks who have asthma that is triggered by pollen or dust can find growing facial hair, more specifically a massive mustache, to help reduce the symptoms of asthma. One Dr. believes its only pollen that it may protect do to its stickiness unlike dust which is marginally smaller in size and less textured. A beard stops water from leaving the skin, leaving it moisturized. This in return keeps the skin protected from being damaged by the cold and wind, protecting the faces natural skin barrier. Another Dr. says shaving one’s beard also increases the risk of nasty skin rashes such as bacterial infections in the bearded area. Shaving can also lead to severe razor rash, ingrown hairs, and a condition called folliculitis (an infection of the hair follicles which causes spots) making it a good idea for men to grow a beard for these benefits!

Hair is also considered a natural insulator of the neck and throat raising the temperature of the area, which in return may help one fight off colds and chronic coughing. When you get a sore throat your body naturally increases your temperature to fight off the virus, so having a full beard helps add another layer of protection.

In conclusion not only is a beard sexy, powerful, and a sign of manliness, it also has health benefits. So the next time any of you men build up the courage to grow a beard (or get permission from the misses) think of the benefits of being a bearded man beast. If you do choose the path of growing a beard and building your character, i wish you the best of luck. The first 2-3 weeks will be the hardest and then its smooth sailing from there on out. So i will leave you with a great quote from a great man, “He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man.” Shakespeare, William. Good luck and happy bearding!

Love,

Your bearded Biddle!

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