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Top grooming tips – One for the guys!

Keeping yourself looking trim and tidy has plenty of benefits, from making you feel better psychologically, to the obvious benefit of being taken seriously or physically attracted to by others. Many of us live very hectic lifestyles often not finding any “me” time, but it can’t be stressed enough how important it is to spend time on yourself. It’ll do wonders for your being both long term and short term! Who knows, if you’re single and looking you may find it increases your chances almost ten fold.

Good grooming requires a good shaving kit!

Good grooming requires a good shaving kit!

Here are the Healthy Hideout’s top grooming tips:

Vegatables are your friend – It may seem an obvious card to pull, but in addition to all the vitamins and minerals, vegetables such as spinich, swiss chard and kale are packed with chlorophyll – a natural deodorant for the body. Munching on raw organic carrots can also help to keep your teeth looking clean and healthy.

After the shower is best – When you jump out of the shower or bath, your skin will be moist and more susceptible to absortion. Apply deodorants or antiperspirants at this time to ensure that the active ingredients have the best affect. Be sure to stick to alcohol free options to ensure that you don’t dry out your skin.

Look after your razors – If you find yourself constantly buying new razors for the morning shave, it may be worth introducing a small containers of mineral oil to your medical cabinet. The oil helps to stop the oxidation process that dull the edges, eventually rendering them useless. Be sure to clean the blade properly before use!

Go for the natural soothe – It may odd at first, but if your skin is easily irritated during or after a shave, try rubbing a small amount of olive oil into the affected area. If you do this before shaving, you’ll find that it helps the blade run smoothly across the skin.

Time running out? – If you need to make that meeting, or you’re late for a friend with no time to jump in the shower, here’s one that’s worked for everyone at the Healthy Hideout. Take a sink full of clean warm water and add four to five tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda, mixing throughly. Soak a clean flannel and rub yourself down before drying. It may seem desperate, but when time is of the essence it can be a lifesaver.

Keep Hydrated – It’s been mentioned plenty of times on the Healthy Hideout, but keeping your water intake regular can have a positive effect on how your skin looks. For more information, head over to our previous post “How much water should I drink a day?”

Lose weight eating junk food

Eating a balanced diet whilst maintaining a good level of exercise are two of the key elements to living a healthy lifestyle. One professor of nutrition based in Kansas, USA decided to go against this basic principle in order to fulfil his own premise: Weight loss relies on pure calorie counting – not the nutritional value of the food you intake. He named his diet “the convenience store diet.”

Twinkies were a main source of Professor Huabs Diet

Twinkies were a main source of Professor Huabs Diet

Sticking to a selection of sugary cake treats for 10 weeks including “Twinkies” and donuts, with variety added in the form of Doritos, sugary cereals and Oreos, Professor Mark Huab managed to lose a massive 27 pounds in just 2 months. The key was to stick to 1,800 calories a day, with the average man needing 2,600,  and exceed no more calories than he burned. His body mass index, or BMI, went from 28.8 to 24.9 which is considered normal by local average. He now weighs 174 pounds.

Surely being on such a diet would have negative effects on the body? Well in terms of cholesterol, this certainly wasn’t the case. LDL, or “bad” cholesterol dropped 20 percent whilst “good” cholesterol increased 20 percent. Even bad fats such as triglycerides were reduced by 39 percent. But despite obvious figures, Professor Huab does not recommend his snack-only diet.

“What do these results actually mean? Do they mean that I’m healthier or does it mean how we define health from a biology standpoint, that we’re missing something? I’m not geared to say it’s a good thing to do, I’m stuck in the middle. Without more information I can’t give a concrete answer.”

Even though the results are astounding, it’s good to note that Haub was taking a multivitamin pill and a protein shake daily. Vegetables included two or three celery stalks or a single can of green beans.

At the Healthy Hideout, we’re always interested in what our readers are doing with their eating habits. Are you dieting at the moment? If so, what diet are you using?

6 steps to a Healthy Heart

Keeping your heart healthy is time and effort invested well. We don’t have to stress how important is it to protect your heart the way nature intended. It doesn’t have to be a long list of major lifestyle changes either, a simple walk after dinner or changing ice cream for an apple as pudding can have massive long term benefits.

Here are the Healthy Hideout’s top 6 tips to keeping your heart healthy:

Small Changes = Big Results

Simple diet changes can cut your cholesterol by up to 30 per cent. A 5 minute weight-training workout can replace up to 10 years of lost or damaged muscle tissue. You don’t have to invest in endless amounts of equipment – Simply use what you have around the house. Why not try a bag filled with books as a simple weight lift.

Don’t be a couch potato

Recent studies have shown that 38% of Britons are getting less than 30 minutes of moderate exercise per week. Our bodies are built for daily activity, so it’s important to get out and about at least once a day. Why not try going for a stroll in the evening rather than sitting in front of the television. Try it for one month and feel the difference – you’ll be one more step away from & the need for coronary artery bypass surgery!

Fresh is best

Exchange any processed foods in your diet for fresh, whole foods where possible. Wholesome foods including fruits, vegetables, grains, fish, dairy products and even soya work to protect your heart by reducing blood fats. This lowers overall elevated blood sugar, calming inflammation and destroying rogue free radicals.

Keep track of stats

If you want to be sure that your making progress, keep track of all the important information such as your weight and waist diameter. It may seem like something you can “remember” but make note of each night before you go to bed – It takes less than 30 seconds to do.

Avoid Toxins

It may seem obvious but try to cut out anything that’s going to have negative effects on your body. This includes avoiding tobacco, trans fats and excessive sugar, as well as environmental pollutants – All these things wreak havoc with our hearts. Don’t turn your body into a hazardous waste dump!

Smile & Be Happy

Many studies support the questionable fact that being aggressive, holding grudges and impatience are traits that can be linked to having an unhealthy heart. Furthermore, socialising with friends, being quick to forgive and keeping a positive attitude have all been linked to having a healthy heart. If your not stressed, neither is your heart.

Start your quest for a happy heart today and what changes you can make.