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NB Pure illustration by Heather Skovlund (Photo by Engin Akyurt from Pexels) for 360 Magazine

Summer Tips for Melanoma Prevention

Protect yourself from melanoma without becoming deficient in vitamin D

By Leah Johnston, RDN

Don’t be so quick to overlook concerns around melanoma just because it’s often viewed as preventable. Melanoma is one of the most common cancers and the deadliest form of skin cancer. However, there is a conflict between how we prevent melanoma and how we ensure we are getting enough vitamin D. Sun exposure is the main source of this essential vitamin, but it’s also the primary culprit in the formation of melanoma. With May being Melanoma Awareness Month, it’s time to take notice and learn how we can protect our skin while still absorbing enough vitamin D.

The Stats

Cases of melanoma have been rising over the last few decades, especially among young adults, as it’s the most commonly diagnosed cancer among people aged 25 to 29. According to the Melanoma Research Alliance, one person dies from melanoma every hour of every day. The American Cancer Society reports that the risk for getting melanoma is approximately 2.6% (1 in 38) for whites, 0.1% (1 in 1,000) for Blacks, and 0.6% (1 in 167) for Hispanics. While fair skin poses a higher risk, darker complexions are also at risk.

How Melanoma forms

Melanocytes are cells that produce melanin and give skin its brown or tan color. It’s when melanocytes start to grow out of control on the skin’s top layer that cancer can develop and then spread to other parts of the body. Usually appearing as a brown or black spot or mole, melanoma is most commonly found on the chest and back for men and legs for women. It’s best not to ignore any irregular spots you may find on your skin because this cancer can also appear in other colors or patterns. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun or tanning beds can damage DNA in cells and significantly increase the risk of melanoma. Early detection is important for effective treatment.

Tips for melanoma prevention:

  • Use a broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen all year when outdoors. This will help protect against sun damage, which can occur even when the sun might be hiding behind a cloud.
  • Limit sun exposure during the middle of the day when the UV rays are at their peak. Instead, plan outdoor time for the morning or later afternoon to lessen the risk. 
  • Opt for a spray tan over laying out by the pool. If you love to have a tan, spray tans are a safer option and will help protect the longevity of your skin.
  • Schedule annual skin exams with a dermatologist. This is especially important if you have fair skin or immediate family members who have had melanoma, such as a parent or sibling.

The importance of Vitamin D

What doesn’t vitamin D do? Known as the sunshine vitamin, the human body absorbs an inactive form of vitamin D from the sun, food, or supplements and converts it into an active form of vitamin that it can use. In its active form, vitamin D plays many roles in the body.

Bone Health: Vitamin D and calcium work together to maintain bone health and density. Calcium cannot be absorbed into bones without the help of vitamin D. A vitamin D deficiency can result in bone softening, known as osteomalacia, and muscle weakness. Osteoporosis can also be associated with vitamin D deficiency due to the lack of calcium absorption. Both osteoporosis and melanoma affect older adults making it essential to couple melanoma prevention strategies with vitamin D supplementation.

Immunity: Recently, researchers have been investigating a possible link between vitamin D deficiency and the severity of COVID-19 symptoms. While this research is still in its infancy, scientists have been finding that low vitamin D status may result in the increased severity of symptoms and higher mortality rate. More research is needed in this area.

Inflammation: Research has shown an association between vitamin D status and inflammation-related autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, inflammatory bowel disease, and type 1 diabetes. Vitamin D also helps to regulate insulin levels for diabetes management.

Depression: People with depression are more likely to have low vitamin D levels. A 2011 study found that women who ate more foods rich in vitamin D had a lower risk of depression than women who got less vitamin D in their diets. Vitamin D has also demonstrated the ability to improve the symptoms of depression.

The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for vitamin D is 15 mcg (600 IU) for most children and adults up to the age of 70, according to the National Institutes of Health. Adults who over 70 need 20 mcg (800 IU) daily.

Tips for getting enough Vitamin D:

  • Get outside but be strategic. As previously discussed, the best time to be in the sun is in the morning or later afternoon. Plan your days to limit your exposure to the midday sun.
  • Add at least one vitamin D rich food into your daily diet. These may include fortified dairy and non-dairy beverages such as milk or orange juice, fortified cereals, salmon (wild caught contains more than farmed), sardines, and egg yolks. Wild mushrooms or those that have been treated with UV light are a good plant source of the vitamin. 
  • Take a daily Vitamin D supplement. This may be particularly important if you live in regions of the world that are further from the equator, such as the Midwest. If you struggle to remember or don’t enjoy taking pills, NB Pure has a Vitamin D3 supplement in the form of a spray for the utmost convenience.
  • Have your doctor check your vitamin D levels at least once a year. Getting an annual physical is important for your long-term health. Ask your doctor to make sure they check your vitamin D levels at that visit.

The sun may be the main reason for the increasing rates of melanoma, but it’s also our number one source of vitamin D. It is possible to protect yourself from developing melanoma and ensure that you are obtaining ample amounts of vitamin D to prevent the consequences of a deficiency.

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KILT VS TROUSERS – A LONG BATTLE

Are you confused about what you should wear at the next Scottish event you attend? Well, you are at the right place. Here, you will find everything that you need to know before the event regarding kilts for men and trousers. Many Scottish men point out that real men should put on kilts, but younger generations may be more flexible in their wardrobe choices. For example, Jaden Smith is known to rock a kilt on occasion. Of course, the choice differs from person to person–not all of us like the same food, do we? No! Similarly, some may like the kilt and others prefer trousers. Let’s discuss the pros and cons of each, so that you can decide which is most appropriate to wear for your upcoming event.

Men’s Kilts

A kilt is among the earliest and most popular types of Scottish apparel. Men, and even kings, have worn kilts since hundreds of years ago; and they are still a popular part of Scottish culture today. Many men and women–even those who are not located in Scotland–wear kilts as they are a comfortable and versatile part of their wardrobe. So, let’s see exactly why they love wearing kilts so much.

Trousers/Pants

Everyone prefers wearing pants–until the first time they try wearing a kilt for a day. Pants are everywhere in modern fashion, because according to the modern generation, kilts are considered very girlish. We have simply accepted trousers, but the following discussion is going to make pant-wearers reconsider their thoughts.

Comparing Kilts & Trousers

1- Comfort

No matter if you’re wearing a traditional Scottish kilt or a modern utility kilt, it will make you feel pleasantly surprised by its comfortability. In comparison, trousers make you feel bunched up  and limit your movements. Compared to the limited movements trousers allow, your legs get complete freedom to move in kilts.

2- Keeps You Cool in Summer

Kilts keep you cool when the weather is hot, but you may not realize this until you compare wearing both kilts and trousers in the hot climate. You’ll feel your legs drenched in sweat in trousers, whereas kilts keep you unbelievably cool, if you choose the fabric accordingly. When it comes to choosing the most breathable and summer-friendly kilt fabric, you should avoid heavy wool that’s used for traditional Scottish or Irish kilts. Instead, try a sport utility kilt made from a lightweight cotton blend for the most breathable feel.

3. Time Limitation

You can’t wear the same pair of trousers you run errands in to go to a formal event, can you? No! Unlike trousers, there’s no such limitation with the kilts. You can wear kilts anywhere and anytime, as long as you pair it with the appropriate accessories and shoes.

4. In Terms of Health

According to the Scottish Medical Journal, men who wear kilts regularly show better sperm quality and fertility when they plan to have a child. Although there’s not a lot of research-based scientific evidence on the topic, it can be something to be considered.

5. Makes You Feel Good About Yourself

Surprisingly, men’s kilts can have positive effects on men’s mental health, making them feel an improved sense of masculinity and pride. According to the Scottish Medical Journal, psychological benefits like these can help men feel more confident. Kilts give men the confidence they need to achieve their personal, as well as relationship, goals. Kilts may help men grow as a person. If you’re suffering from a lack of confidence, I’d suggest you try wearing a kilt–you may be surprised by the positive changes.

Benefits of the Kilt

●      Adjustable fit: kilts allow you to adjust their size according to natural body changes and/or preferred comfortability.

●      No bunching & bending: No more bunching and bending in clothing material will allow you to feel relaxed and free.

●      Keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter: Kilts can keep you cool in summer and maintain your body heat in winter, depending on the fabric. Especially in the summers, kilts can help make a hot summer’s day even more fun. Kilts are a perfect choice for any weather.

●      Health: The design of kilts provide the most breathable option for an outfit. The ventilation helps keep your private parts’ temperature regulated, which can lead to higher sperm counts and higher fertility. A kilt also looks attractive­­, which will keep your partners’ attention on you and, in turn, helps maintaining your relationship goals.

Benefits of Wearing Trousers

●      Trousers are appropriate in all situations. We cannot deny the fact that kilts can be inappropriate to wear in some specific places (usually due to religious or cultural differences,) so trousers come to the rescue.

●      Freedom of movement: Just in case you have to stand on your head, there is no risk of indecent exposure with your trousers, unlike kilts.

●      Keep your calves warm: Long pants cover your calves. We can’t deny the fact that trousers beat out kilts when it comes to keeping your calves warm.

●      Health: An advantage of trouser is that long pants can keep your legs safe from harmful UV rays.

Conclusion

No one can tell whether kilts or trousers are better, as it differs from person to person. In my opinion, it shouldn’t matter which you choose, but you should consider trying on both garments. If you haven’t at least tried a kilt before, you should give it a shot. Once you do, it is likely that you may never want to turn back. In the end, whichever makes you feel more comfortable, confident, and happy is what you should wear. 

Kaelen Felix illustrates truck article for 360 Magazine

7 Things to Know about Car Window Tinting: From Cost to Legal

In 2019, the window tinting industry was worth over $9 billion and is expected to grow 4% by 2027.

Car window tinting has a wealth of benefits from improving a car’s appearance to protecting passengers from harmful UV rays. But that’s not all, there’s plenty to familiarize yourself with before getting it installed.

If you want to learn more about car window tinting cost and other features, you’ve come to the right place. Here are seven things you need to know.

What Is Car Window Tinting?

Before asking yourself “should I tint my car windows?”, it’s important to understand what the process consists of. Mechanics apply car window tint, a transparent film, over a vehicle’s windows, mostly for functional purposes. 

Window tinting has soared in popularity because you can choose the thickness and material depending on your preference. For example, dyed car window tinting and looks dark but without the UV protection associated with other options.

You can also choose metalized tint where the film is blended with tiny bits of metal so the window blocks UV rays and becomes more reflective. Or perhaps you’d prefer carbon tint which has a matte texture to keep your car cooler because carbon is less prone to fade or crack in excessive heat. This option is popular in hotter climates.

Other mid-range options include hybrid and crystalline tint which come in increasing thickness from transparent to opaque. But if money’s no problem, treat your vehicle to a ceramic tint as it blocks almost 50% of heat emitted by solar rays and 99.9% of UV exposure so it protects the interior. 

“How much to tint car windows?” You ask. 

In terms of car window tinting cost, it varies depending on the size of the windows and the material you want. On average, a basic, non-reflective film is around $100 to $600 whereas a premium option can be in the $800 range.

Car Window Tinting Facts

Before taking the plunge, figure out why you want car window tinting whether it’s for privacy reasons or style. When you have a clear idea, you can choose the right material for your vehicle. Here are other reasons to choose window tinting.

1. Protects Interior from Sun Exposure

When the sun’s harmful rays beat through the window, the radiation becomes more intense which can ruin the dashboard, seats, and other upholstery. If this happens for an extended period, the material will fade or crack and need to be replaced.
But an affordable preventative measure is installing an automotive window film as it’ll extend the lifespan of your vehicle’s interior. It’ll also help retain your car’s value which is useful if you’re planning to sell. 

UV rays can also damage your skin even when it beams through the glass. To prevent skin cancer or sunburn, apply window tinting because it’s designed to block UV rays.

2. Keeps Your Car Cooler

Before you Google “car window tinting near me”, consider how hot your vehicle gets on a summer afternoon.

IR (known as infrared radiation) causes your vehicle to heat up but it’s possible to lower the temperature without turning on the AC. Simply install a window tinting film because it blocks 50% of IR so you and your fellow passengers have a cool, comfortable ride.

3. Laws Differ from State to State 

You may wonder “is tinting car windows illegal?” and the answer depends on where you live. Although window tints aren’t fully illegal anywhere, several states forbid tinted windshields or front windows.
Because the window tinting laws vary between states you must find out more so you don’t face hefty fines. 

4. Shattered Glass Protection

An underrated advantage of car window tints is how it protects your vehicle. The film is designed to keep the glass intact even if an object hits against it or a thief tries to break in.
The film’s strength is especially crucial if you’re involved in an accident because it protects the passengers from flying shards of glass.

5. Gives You Privacy 

Install window tints if you want privacy. Although no one can see into the vehicle, you still get a clear view of the outside so it doesn’t compromise your driving.

Privacy is important if you’re worried about thieves as it stops people from looking in your back seat, useful if you accidentally left behind a wallet or phone.

6. Cost-Effective

Another advantage of window tinting is its energy energy-efficiency so you don’t need to crank up the AC or heat. Simply pay a one-time installation payment so your car automatically cools or heats up. As a result, your battery lasts longer and you save on fuel.

7. Improves Your Vehicle’s Aesthetic 

Many drivers want a car that not only functions well but looks stylish. An easy way to elevate your vehicle’s aesthetic is getting car window tints as the darker appearance looks sleeker. Plus, choosing the right tint can improve an older car’s appearance.

That’s Everything About Car Window Tinting Cost to the Law

Now you know about car window tinting cost and advantages.
Before installing the window film, check your state’s laws to see which windows you can cover along with the percentage. Window tinting is not only affordable but it improves your car’s aesthetic, protects passengers, and gives you more privacy to prevent break-ins.

But make sure it’s professionally applied because mechanics have the tools and expertise to do a fantastic job. Happy tinting!

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