It is June and almost officially summer! But health and wellness should never take a vacation. So why does the US only choose one month to focus on Men’s Health? Because sometimes life can derail us from what’s important. And let’s face it, the needs of men and boys is not always on the forefront of the most popular health advice channels. I, for one, am excited that this month brings awareness to preventable health problems and encourages good habits for men. If you’re a man, or reading this with a man in mind, here are some helpful tips to take care of that bod, both inside and out.
Let’s start with the inside. Men and women are different. And so are the natural supplements you might need to be focusing on that can help you keep your wellness in check. So here are the basic 3 supplements to give you the boost you need.
1. Saw Palmetto
A simple herb that may alleviate a complex problem: the prostate. More and more men over 40 are getting to know the importance of taking care of this gland, even if unfortunately it starts with annoying urinary issues. No worries, there’s an herb for that. Saw Palmetto promotes prostate comfort and healthy urinary function. The good news is that the herb has gotten so popular, it’s being combined into amazing formulas with other prostate-helpful ingredients like flax seeds and nettle leaves.
Usually the first natural recommendation for blood pressure and a healthy heart. Magnesium may help control blood sugar, and even helps you relax when stressed! An even better bonus tip is getting a Calcium and Magnesium blend. These balanced minerals promotes strong bones as well as healthy nerve and muscle function.
3. Curcumin / Tumeric
In case you need help pronouncing this peculiar word, try ker-cue-min. This is the general name for the group of compounds found in the Tumeric spice. This super spice promotes joint and antioxidant health. It’s a member of the ginger family, and that helps to understand how it, too, can relieve digestive discomfort and helps your body digest fat & protein. Tumeric, or Curcuma Longa, comes in convenient capsules to get this spicy powerhouse into your daily routine.
Now for the outside skin health portion…
As a special treat, I wanted to share a how-to I’ve been using for years to take care of my skin during that dreaded daily mirror ritual…shaving! A PRE-SHAVE OIL is an absolutely terrific way to add an extra layer of lubrication and comfort into your shaving routine. And the health benefits of the natural ingredients will extend well past the morning shave.
First, the carrier oil we’ll be using is Almond Oil. This is the most important aspect, since it will provide the moisture that prevents the skin from being nicked due to dryness. Next come the essential oils, which will provide the fragrance. My personal tip is the addition of Vitamin E skin oil, to smooth the skin and minimize appearance of stretch marks. Add in a few more beneficial oils and you’ll never think about buying this from an expensive boutique again!
The “Dark & Sweet” Pre-Shave Oil:
- 2 oz Almond Oil (Uncle Harry’s)
- 1 oz Coconut Oil (Nature’s Wonderland)
- 3 drops Cedar Wood Essential Oil (Nature’s Wonderland)
- 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil (Nature’s Wonderland)
- 5 drops Vitamin E Skin Oil (Jason)
Combine all into an amber glass bottle and swirl together. Massage a nickel-sized amount with your hands onto un-shaved skin before applying shaving cream. Shave and rinse as usual.