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Bulldog™ Skincare for Men – Featured Brand

BullDogSkincareSusan Brown Health and Wellness EditorProfessional Supplement Center now offers Bulldog™ Natural Skincare, a line of personal care  products designed specifically for men. Founded in West London in 2007, Bulldog Skincare provides beard care, skincare and bodycare solutions, as well as razors, blades and accessories. Formulated for normal, sensitive, oily and mature skin types, all products are designed to work simply and effectively to firm, smooth and nourish the skin. Bulldog™ maintains an Ingredients Selection Policy to confirm raw material identity, as well as ensure that ingredients are responsibly, sustainably and ethically sourced. Products are manufactured in compliance with all required regulations of the country of origin.

As an active global corporation, Bulldog™ conducts business with integrity and high ethical standards to help ensure preservation of the environment and the planet for future generations. Bulldog’s sustainably packaged products are designed with a lower environmental impact and are certified Cruelty Free and suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

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Original Bamboo...Original Bamboo Razor: In addition to providing a smooth comfortable shave, this razor has 5 tempered steel blades, a lubricating aloe strip, precision trimmer and a low environmental impact natural bamboo handle. Two five-blade cartridges included. Additional cartridges available.

Original Aftershave...Original Aftershave Balm: This specially formulated, non-drying, aftershave balm leaves skin soft, soothed and moisturized. Specially formulated for easy absorption without feeling greasy or sticky. Ingredients include aloe vera, green tea and camelina oil.

Original 24 hr...Original 24hr Moisturiser: This non-greasy moisturizer leaves the skin feeling intensely hydrated, nourished and firm. Easily absorbed, non-greasy, non-sticky. Specially formulated to relieve and moisturize dry skin.

Original Beard BalmOriginal Beard Balm: This fast-absorbing beard balm is designed to soften the most unruly beard and leave the skin soothed and nourished. This formula is specially formulated to soften, condition, moisturize and nourish facial hair, leaving the beard healthier looking and less itchy. Ingredients include aloe vera, shea butter and green tea. Original Beard Oil also available.

Age Defence SerumAge Defence Serum: This concentrated antioxidant complex leaves skin feeling intensely hydrated, smooth and nourished without feeling greasy or sticky. Ingredients include rosemary, echinacea, and vitamin E. May be used morning and evening, alone or under moisturizer.

Original Beard...Original Beard Shampoo and Conditioner: This 2-in-1 formula shampoos, freshens and conditions the beard, eliminates chin itch and leaves facial hair soft, nourished and conditioned.

Are You Metabolically Healthy?

MetabolicHealthJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

If your answer is “yes,” bravo! Only 12 percent of American adults are metabolically healthy, an alarmingly low number. This means that only one in eight Americans is achieving optimal metabolic health. If your answer is “I have no idea,” read on. Most might think in terms of optimal health as opposed to optimal metabolic health. Optimal health, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), is “a state of optimal wellbeing, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Some might say that optimal wellbeing comprises a balance of mind, body and spirit. Obtaining optimal health, as defined by various health experts, may not be practical or even possible. However, consistent strides to attain optimal wellbeing and metabolic health through a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle give rise to benefits that are well worth the effort.

Certainly, many Americans aspire to be the best possible version of themselves and set their health goals accordingly.

A professional athlete’s idea of optimal health might be based on strength, speed and physical prowess gained through an extraordinary amount of work and sacrifice. A nutritionist might focus on blood levels of various nutrients and toxins as a basis for optimal health and might drastically revise a person’s diet and recommend supplements for nutrient deficiencies. A chiropractor might see spinal alignment and posture as integral to the health of the body. To reach optimal health, an internist might recommend dietary improvements, increased physical activity and adjustments in social behaviors, such as not smoking, and drinking alcohol in moderation or not at all. Along with healthcare practitioners, it’s fair to say that, as individuals, we have our own personal idea of what constitutes optimal health.

But, what of metabolic health?

By definition metabolic health means having optimal levels of five factors: blood glucose, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, blood pressure, and waist circumference, without the need for medications, or simply the absence of metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is diagnosed when an individual has three of the following five risk factors for further health complications, even those one is taking medications to control:

  • Increased blood pressure (greater than 130/85 mmHg)
  • Elevated fasting blood sugar (100 mg/dL or higher)
  • High triglyceride levels (150 mg/dL)
  • Low levels of good HDL cholesterol (less than 40 mg/dL for men, and less than 50 mg/dL for women
  • Central obesity or large waist circumference (over 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men)

Metabolic syndrome is associated with top health conditions that have the greatest impact on overall quality of life:

  • Hypertension: High blood pressure occurs when the blood flow exerts higher than normal force against blood vessel walls, which can result in heart attack and stroke.
  • High cholesterol: When HDL cholesterol is too low and LDL cholesterol is too high, fatty deposits can build up on blood vessel and arterial walls, restricting blood flow and increasing risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Type 2 diabetes: Largely a result of obesity and inactivity, type 2 diabetes develops when the body becomes resistant to insulin or when the pancreas is unable to produce sufficient insulin.
  • Coronary artery disease: High blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and diabetes can damage the inner layer of coronary arteries, putting one at higher risk for heart attack.
  • Central obesity: An expanding waist is a concern, as it indicates the amount of abdominal or visceral fat present in the body. Visceral fat is metabolically active, producing inflammatory chemicals that interfere with normal functions, and increase the risk of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Lifestyle modifications that improve metabolic and overall health can have beneficial effects on physical and mental wellbeing and may help to maximize longevity.

  • Reduce stress. Stress can worsen or increase the risk of obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, depression, gastrointestinal conditions and asthma. Stress causes the release of higher levels of stress hormones, and results in an unhealthy amount of fat deposited in the abdomen.
  • Reach and maintain a healthy weight. Obesity is associated with a shorter lifespan and increased risk of many chronic diseases. Avoid overeating and consuming empty calories. A healthy whole food diet and daily exercise may be the most beneficial for losing and maintaining weight, as well as improving metabolic health.
  • Get regular and adequate sleep. Sleep gives our bodies a chance to rest, restore and regenerate. While we sleep, the body performs required maintenance and necessary metabolic functions, such as waste removal and cell repair.

Know your numbers and what they mean for your short and long-term health. Healthy blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as proper waist circumference, are key to cardiovascular, metabolic and overall health and longevity.

References:
Only 12 percent of American adults are metabolically health, study finds. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181128115045.htm
Excess body weight: A major health issue in America. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/diet-physical-activity/body-weight-and-cancer-risk/health-issues.html
Only 1 in 8 Americans Are Metabolically Healthy. Here’s What That Means for You. https://www.health.com/condition/heart-disease/metabolic-health
Metabolic Syndrome. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/metabolic-syndrome/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20351921

Host Defense® – Featured Brand

HostDefenseSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

Professional Supplement Center offers Host Defense® Mushrooms™, a line of health-promoting, tried and true quality, efficacious mushrooms with therapeutic effects. Founded by Paul Stamets, D.Sc., a dedicated 40-year mycologist and C. Dusty Yao, an experienced herbalist, Host Defense® functional mushroom products provide a unique array of nutrients and compounds that support natural immunity, mental clarity and nervous system health, as well as a multitude of body systems to promote optimal health. Host Defense® certified organic mushrooms are grown under strictly controlled conditions on their farm in Washington state. Organic growing conditions are maintained to ensure a pure, contaminant-free mushroom harvest. Mushroom fruitbodies and mycelium are sustainably cultivated, protecting wild species and their environments.

Host Defense® maintains complete control over all growing and harvesting processes for their mushroom ingredients. A portion of proceeds is devoted to saving rare strains of mushrooms that dwell within old growth forests. Host Defense highest quality mushroom supplements can be used every day to augment the body’s immune system, support stress and fatigue reduction, deliver enzymes to support digestion and absorption of nutrients and provide support for daily environmental assaults. Products are available in extract, spray, powder and convenient capsule form. All ingredients are USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Bee Friendly, Identity Guaranteed, NSF Certified and gluten free.

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Stamets® 7 Mushroom...Stamets® 7 Mushroom Mycelium Powder: Designed by Paul Stamets, this amazing blend of seven activated mushroom species supports natural immunity, peak performance and overall health. Includes cordyceps, reishi, maitake, lion’s mane, chaga, mesima and royal sun blazei certified organic mycelium with a full spectrum of constituents. Also available in capsule and extract form. Non-GMO, gluten free, vegan formulation.

Cordyceps ExtractCordyceps Extract: Used traditionally to enhance strenuous high altitude activities, cordyceps supports higher endurance levels through increased oxygen uptake. Cordyceps supports energy and stamina, promotes healthy kidney, liver and nervous system function and has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune enhancing properties. Also available in capsule and powder form. Organic, Non-GMO, gluten free formulation.

MycoBotanicals BrainMycoBotanicals® Brain & Body™ Powder: This product blends reishi and lion’s mane activated mushroom mycelium with turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and black pepper providing broad spectrum benefits for digestive, immune, heart, brain and whole body health. Organic, Non-GMO, gluten free formulation.

ReishiReishi (capsules): Well known for supporting general wellness, vitality and longevity, this formula provides a full spectrum of constituents essential for supporting natural immunity, energy and stamina, a healthy stress response and overall wellness. Also available in extract form. Organic, Non-GMO, gluten free, vegetarian formulation.