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Pamper Your Barkin’ Dogs!

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Whether you want to look good in sandals, or you want to look good for a guy under the sheets, the way your feet look and feel is so important. Our feet are one of the hardest working parts of our body, but typically the last body part you’d think to give any attention. There are 38 different muscles in your feet and that comprises 25% of the total muscles in your body, so it’s really important to take care of your “dogs.” Disease, years of wear and tear, ill-fitting or poorly designed shoes, poor circulation to the feet, or improperly trimmed toenails, can cause many common foot problems. We’ve got some tips for how to keep your feet clean, healthy and you much happier.

It’s time to revive your soles with a simple foot care routine that’s sure to put a new spring in your step and keep those feet soft and moisturized and quit their barking. First of all, get yourself a basic men’s grooming kit that contains fingernail and toenail clippers. Purchase a nice pumice stone for your feet, as well as splurging on a foot bath with bubbles and heat — or you can use a large bowl — and make sure to keep Epsom salt and tea-tree oil at home for a natural and healing foot bath. 

Use a pumice stone to remove the rough, crackled,  hardened layer of dead skin that forms on your heels.

Improve the circulation of blood to your feet by getting  exercise, avoid sitting for long periods, rub your feet with  gentle foot massages and regularly enjoy a warm foot bath. 

Replace those running shoes every six months if you’re using them on a near-daily basis. They will lose shock absorption and support over time, which can lead to injury.

Wash properly between your toes and regularly using an  anti-fungal foot and body wash, especially for gym enthusiasts  who are using common-area showers on a regular basis. Wash properly between your toes and regularly using an  anti-fungal foot and body wash, especially for gym enthusiasts  who are using common-area showers on a regular basis.

Keep your feet dry and avoid long periods of wetness,  because these conditions increase the chances for fungi and  bacteria, which can grow and cause athlete’s foot or worse.

Wear comfortable shoes that fit well to avoid painful bunions, spurs, corns and callouses. These kinds of conditions, including foot ulcers, which are open sores on the feet, should be seen by a doctor and treated appropriately.
Use a mild soap and moisturize your legs and feet using a moisturizing body lotion on a daily basis to prevent dry skin, itching and burning feet.

Pamper yourself with a regular pedicure to trim and maintain your healthy nails and prevent ingrown toenails. Using a clear polish including aloe or other natural minerals can help grow healthier stronger nails.

If you are experiencing warts or skin growths on your feet, this is cause by a virus and can become painful and ugly if left untreated. It can also spread, so it’s important to see professional care to freeze-off or remove the warts surgically.

To prevent foot problems, check your feet often, wear comfortable shoes, and wear breathable socks, except with sandals! Always, as a good rule of thumb, practice proper foot hygiene. Also, check out the  article on the Secret to Healthy Nails for  more tips on keeping your nails in healthy condition at trimmermag.com/justthetip, and give yourself permission to enjoy a Mani-Pedi and pamper yourself.  You deserve it!

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Benefits of Sauna After a Workout

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After a Hard Workout, You Should Use the Sauna for a Number of Health Benefits

Many of you who have been to a gym before know what sauna rooms are all about, but just to make the point clear before we jump into the benefits of sauna after a workout, a sauna is a small room, specifically designed to heat up to high temperatures; the humidity level, however, is controlled. The room itself is made up of aromatic wood that releases a pleasing scent as it heats up. Today, you will find two distinct types of saunas; wet and dry. The wet saunas are more commonly known as steam rooms, where the temperatures are lower than a dry sauna. For dry saunas, the temperatures are much higher; up to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. It keeps the ambient moisture down so that the skin does not burn.

Now that we have taken a quick look at what saunas are, let’s venture on to the benefits of sauna once you have finished your workout. The most obvious benefits from using the sauna after your workout come from the heat source, your skin; the largest organ in your body. It is affected most from this heat. It causes the blood vessels to dilate and increase the demand of blood to the skin. When the volume of blood vessels and the blood increases, your body’s blood pressure drops, causing your heart to beat faster and more efficiently. This is one of the best benefits for after a workout. You’re getting a mild cardio vascular exercise, similar to walking, simply by sitting inside the room.

Ever heard of sauna being able to detoxify your body?

Well, it’s true. Let me explain how the detoxification works. As our body temperature increases, so does its ability to kill bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses. Heating the body several degrees causes greatly increased circulation as the body attempts to maintain its spatial temperature. This helps to dislodge toxins, especially from harder to reach areas, such as teeth, bones and sinuses.

During and after a workout, we tend to sweat a lot. Well, the heat in the sauna room works similarly. As the heat makes our body begin to sweat profusely, our body eliminates toxins, which might be present, and this process can help stimulate proper organ function. Muscles start to relax, free of tension and stress, specifically the ones you worked on during your workout, once the blood flow increases and the distribution of oxygen occurs. Also, this means you can significantly reduce the chance of getting cramps in your muscles. These were some of the physiological benefits; now let’s move on to the more physical benefits of sauna.

Saunas have been long used for therapeutic reasons, as it relaxes and de-stresses you. With today’s world full of long days, stressful workplaces, and unbelievable workloads, it wouldn’t be so bad to reap the benefits of sauna. But besides these rejuvenating experiences, taking a sauna on a regular basis helps other physical aspects of our body.

These health benefits of sauna are:

When you are on a weight loss program, enjoying the sauna will help you lose weight. As we sweat, while in the sauna, we can drop some of the pounds as water weight. Just remember to re-hydrate and replenish your fluids after you leave the sauna.

Saunas are an important part of skin treatment. As our skin gets clogged due to acne, blackheads and pimples, the heat unclogs the pores and sweats out the toxins. Sitting in the sauna after a workout can help eliminate some of the dead skin cells and expose new layers of skin. You will have a younger looking skin in no time!

Sauna usage helps burn fat deposits. It gets removed from the body and helps make room for newly formed muscle cells. By increasing the body’s metabolic process, you burn more calories, including the ones when you worked out.

Of course, there is a wrong method or approach to use the sauna and then there’s the correct method. In order to reap the benefits, you should know exactly how a sauna should be used. Here are the steps;

You need to drink at least 30 to 32 ounces of water before you enter the sauna room. This way, you won’t get dehydrated once inside. Stay in the sauna for about 15 minutes, maximum 20 minutes. Anything more than that amount of time is inadvisable. Wrap a towel around your body and sit comfortably. Breathe normally and try to relax. There are times when people may become too anxious or hyperventilate once inside. If you experience any of these things, leave the sauna room immediately. After your session is over, dry yourself thoroughly and drink about 3 cups of water. Stretch your muscles a little bit and rest for a short while and try to cool down. Only use the sauna three or four times a week.

Remember to never consume alcohol or drugs prior to or while you are in the sauna room. And remember, to always consult your doctor before you begin any regular workout or exercise program and if you’re healthy enough to enjoy the sauna.

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Eating for a Healthy Beard

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There’s not much you can do about your receding hair line ‒ other than curse your bloodline ‒ but facial hair is a different matter. The old saying “You are what you eat,” actually holds true in this case. Thinking about what you put inside your body is paramount to living a healthier lifestyle, so make the healthier choice and order from a local, Pink Sub.

THE SKIPPER is one of their most popular selling subs and by eating it, it will actually help your hair grow. It contains Oven Gold turkey, which is high in protein. It contains avocado, that improves your digestion. Eating avocado can help you to absorb the nutrients that your body needs to function more effectively. Avocado provides an overall boost to your digestive system and may help prevent constipation. Everything about this sub, even down to the mayo dressing, has health benefits and can help you regrow your hair naturally. Most people know that mayo can contain high-fats, which can actually help nutrients absorb more easily inside your body. The nutrients such as vitamin D, E, K and A are each classified as ‘fat soluble’ and they‘ll meld together with fats, therefore eating mayo can help your body absorb more nutrients easier. Consider these options or add-ons:

ROAST BEEF – Red meat like beef is really good for testosterone production and therefore also, beard growth. It is a great source of saturated fat; the main fatty-acid needed for testosterone synthesis. It’s also rich in quality animal protein, which naturally helps your body to maintain the basic building material for hair growth, which is protein.

TUNA – With high levels of B vitamins, magnesium, and potassium, tuna is an excellent source of protein that’ll keep your beard healthy.

SALMON – Packed with vital omega-3 fatty acids that our bodies are unable to produce naturally, they protect you from disease and keep your hair healthy, shiny and strong.

EGGS – Very high in quality protein, which is one of the essential building blocks of hair. Eggs also contain cholesterol, which although demonized, is necessary for healthy testosterone production – the hormone necessary for beard growth. One of the main vitamins for beard growth is biotin, and it just so happens that eggs are one of the richest sources of biotin.SPINACH – Switch out the lettuce for spinach! It is packed with vitamin A, iron, beta carotene, folate & vitamin C; these vitamins can work together to keep your follicles moisturized.

BELL PEPPERS – High in vitamin C, they will help strengthen and protect your beard from breakage and contain over 30 cancer fighting carotenoids.

ALFALFA SPROUTS – High in vitamin C (about 23% of your daily recommended value), bean sprouts may reduce anxiety caused by stress. The folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 found in alfalfa sprouts can help your eyesight and may reduce macular degeneration. They contain a lot of iron, which helps our cells stay strong and void of infection, boosting your immunity.

SUNFLOWER SEEDS – They’re packed with vitamins E & B and minerals like zinc, which are necessary for hair growth. They are an excellent source of protein, which helps naturally promote healthy and shiny hair. Hair loss is often associated with a zinc deficiency.

In short, the best beard growth foods do the following; They will increase natural thyroid hormone production, increase testosterone and DHT levels naturally, lower the carrier protein SHBG, making testosterone and DHT more active, and contain the necessary vitamins & minerals to stimulate growth.

Pink Sub opens daily from 11am to 4ish. Stop by and ask Dawn or ‘Saturday Man’ what else you can add-on to your sub, wrap or salad to make your food help your beard grow in fuller and your body feel even better! Remember to always consult your physician before starting any diet or exercise program.

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Why Trimmer?

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The Story Behind the Name The Trimmer

A little history of our publication and the people behind it.

By Dave Griff

Everyone has been asking me, “Why the name The Trimmer?” Well… There’s a few reasons.

First, because I believe, like many men do, that we should live a healthy lifestyle and the name Trimmer represents that. I also know that many gay men are into how they look and vanity comprises a large part of how we feel and makes us feel confident and so our hair (either on our heads, or lack thereof, or on our bodies) and our muscles, are an important part of our lives. Health, Lifestyle & Vanity, are what drive many of us.

From 2012 to 2015, we published the first strictly-online magazine for the gay men’s community called HIM Magazine, For the Man Who Invests In Himself, which over three years, grew from zero to over 16,000 readers each month. It was a labor of love!

Publisher Dave Griffiths and Editor Alex Vaughn met while Dave was Art Director for The Florida Agenda newspaper and Alex was the Editor-in-Chief. They hit it off immediately and both found themselves wanting more from a publication that the newspaper and the management could not provide. So we decided to branch off ourselves and in August 2011, began the process of launching our own online mag.

We filled it with over 25 multimedia features each month, ranging on numerous topics from business and politics, to manscaping and landscaping. Over the three years we published HIM Magazine, it grew to 32 issues, over 300 features, and thousands of followers on social media. With many great features on fashion and lifestyle, interviews with people in the entertainment field like singer Matt Zarley, actor Gerald McCullouch, country western singer Drake Jensen, and events and much more, HIM Magazine was truly exceptional!

TRIMMER will be along the same lines, but we realized the need for a monthly printed edition, as well as a strong social media presence and online shopping portal, in addition to the fabulous multimedia features and articles about style, fashion, men’s health and fitness on trimmermag.com that we presented in HIM Magazine. This time, however, you will be able to purchase many of the products you see in the printed magazine online. In addition, our publication will have some very exciting features that will connect the community in ways unseen in any other printed publication. We’ve got ideas that will blow you away!

Secondly, the reason we named this publication The Trimmer is a very personal one. This publication’s name was as an homage to two of my dearly departed friends, Chance Taffer, former Ramrod bartender, and photographer Peter “Guido” Renaldo, who both published RIMMER magazine over the years and whom have both left us too early. Guido passed on years ago, but Chance decided to bring The Rimmer back in 2015 and he published the magazine for over a year. In February 2017, Chance passed away suddenly from a heart attack. Chance and I had been friends for nearly two decades, so as a remembrance to them both, I have named this new publication The TRIMMER to keep them in our hearts and minds. They have been an integral part of our community, raising thousands of dollars for HIV/AIDS causes. However, since I personally don’t want to produce a fetish magazine like The Rimmer was… instead, I am choosing to publish a sexy, hirsute, men’s magazine full of fashion, style and products that will make you feel good and look even better, making you a more confident man in today’s world… And confidence is sexy!

I welcome you to join us on this amazing and exciting journey and to remember Chance and Guido for the good they did in our community while they were with us. Subscribe to The Trimmer Magazine today and LIKE us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter for more great information, special giveaways and enjoy our online flipbook publication sent directly to your email each month. You can unsubscribe at any time, but we’re hoping you enjoy what we’ve got in store for you!