Movember – the month of November, dedicated to moustaches – is a worldwide phenomenon, with countless men dedicating their upper lip to charitable mens’ causes.
But we’ve got a slightly different follow up to Movember. And it has just as good a name…
Decembeard is about dedicating your beard – existing or otherwise – to the fight against bowel cancer. The official website has lots of suggestions of ways to raise money by growing or grooming a beard, but as many of us know, a healthy beard comes from a healthy body.
Certain vitamins and foods will encourage the growth and quality of facial hair, so you really can eat your way to a better beard!
About Your Beard
Hair – whether it grows from your legs, the top of your head or chin – is essentially protein wrapped in fat, or keratin. That means that the best ingredients for a healthy beard involve proteins, as well as a number of select vitamins, such as:
Vitamin A – responsible for maintain and repairing skin tissue. The healthier your facial skin, the better quality your facial hair will be. Vitamin A is found in dairy products, especially milk, cheese and egg yolks.
Vitamins C & E – these two vitamins produce sebum, an oil which lubricates and moisturises your hair. Vitamin c is common in citrus fruits and green vegetables, while vitamin e is often found in peanut butter, oil and green vegetables again.
Vitamins B6 and B12 – these help to synthesis protein, allowing your body to create new skin and hair cells. You’ll usually find these vitamins in fish, eggs, poultry and nuts.
Omega 3 – this essential fatty acid improves hair growth and protects cell membranes, stopping them from getting dry. As well as fatty fish, get plenty of walnuts and flax seed oil.
- 2 small tomatoes
- 1 small onion
- 1 jalapeno pepper
- 2 cloves garlic
- ½ tsp hot sauce
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- Salt and pepper
- 3 tbsps olive oil
- Can black beans
- 4 large eggs
- 4 corn totrtillas
- ½ cup feta cheese
- ¼ cup coriander
To make the salsa, grate the tomatoes and onions into a bowl. Add the chopped jalapeno, one clove of chopped garlic, hot sauce, cumin and then salt and pepper.
Fry the salsa over a low heat with some olive oil until it thickens, and then put aside in a bowl.
Cook your black beans with a clove of mashed garlic, ½ cup of warm water and a little bit of salt, warming through and mashing a little with a fork.
In another pan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil and fry the eggs sunny side up.
Put a warm tortilla on each plate, and top with some of the cooked beans. Place a fried egg on top, then some salsa and cheese – serve with coriander, and any salsa that’s leftover.
Vitamins: A in the cheese and eggs, B6 & 12 in eggs, C in the coriander, and of course protein.
Citrus Baked Salmon
Salmon is an excellent source of Omega 3 oils, Vitamins B6 & B12, while citrus is great for getting more Vitamin C.
- ¾ cup orange juice
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- ¼ cup lime juice
- ¼ cup chicken stock
- 1 minced garlic clove
- 2 tbsp orange marmalade
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp light brown sugar
- 1 tbsp butter
- Pinch salt
- Olive oil
- Salmon fillets (as many as necessary)
- Salt & Pepper
Make the glaze first of all by bringing the ingredients down to the pinch of salt in a saucepan together, taking them up to the boil. Stir to melt the preserves and make sure the mixture doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
Reduce the heat, let simmer until the sauce is syrupy, and then adjust seasonings to taste.
For the salmon, heat your grill to a medium-high heat and brush both sides of the salmon with oil, salt and pepper.
Grill about four minutes each side, brushing over with glaze for the last two minutes of each side.
Transfer to plates and brush on the remaining glaze to serve.
Vitamins: Omega and Vitamin E in the fish, as well as vitamin C in the citrus.
5 bonus tips for optimal beard growth:
- Exfoliate once a week to help stimulate beard growth.
- Get plenty of sleep to repair damaged skin cells.
- Don’t trim or shape your beard hair until at least six weeks.
- Improve blood circulation to the face by gently massaging.
- Avoid eating raw egg whites, which can reduce hair growth!