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10 Mansome Health Habits Every Guy Should Practice

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  • Get rid of bloating and gas by eating a banana.
  • Eliminate foot odor with soap – and antiperspirant.
  • Remove ingrown hairs with exfoliating scrub and a pair of tweezers.

Everyone loves a well groomed man. Whether you’re trying to score a first date or want to spice things up with your significant other, these tips will help you be at the top of your game. Use wisely.

#1: Brighten Your Smile

Teeth are the number one thing people judge when sizing up a potential romantic partner, studies show. Keep your smile bright and stain-free by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing regularly. Brushing regularly will also remove the bacteria and plaque that causes bad breath.

#2: Clean and Trim Your Fingernails

Your nails are an indicator of your overall cleanliness that people notice right away. Not only do unkempt nails suggest that you’re not clean in — ahem — other areas, but they are a legitimate health concern. A recent study found that long nails carry harmful bacteria and yeast that can cause pneumonia and urinary tract infections. Trimming your nails regularly and washing your hands will go a long way in giving you an aura of cleanliness.

#3: Put Down the Cigarette and Chewing Tobacco

Tobacco use causes bad breath, stained teeth, and shrinking gums—a buzzkill for any potential date. As if that’s not bad enough, smoking and chewing tobacco also increases your risk of developing oral and lung cancer. Maybe that’s why 58 percent of singles said they would absolutely not date a smoker. Quitting tobacco will make you a more attractive candidate for dating and increase long term relationship potential.

#4: Eliminate Bloating and Gas

Avoid junk food to look slimmer and decrease gas. Junk food is packed with gas-inducing ingredients like processed carbs, salt, and sugar. Instead, fill up on foods that de-bloat like an egg-white omelet, grapes, and Greek yogurt.

Already feeling gassy? Grab a banana. The potassium will help get rid of excess gas and flatten your stomach by flushing out excess sodium.

#5 Treat Your Smelly Feet

Don’t be the guy with foul foot odor. The smell comes from bacteria that grow in the warm, moist environment of your dirty socks and sweaty feet. If left to their own devices, these bacteria can also cause athlete’s foot, plantar warts, and toenail fungus.

To keep your feet smelling fresh, wash your feet daily, scrubbing under the soles with soap and water. Make sure to completely dry your feet after your bath. Change your socks at least once a day. You can even apply antiperspirant to the bottom of your feet to reduce sweat and odor.

#6: Exercise for 30 Minutes

Working out five times a week is proven to boost confidence, a major turn on for both men and women. You don’t need to get a six-pack (although that doesn’t hurt). Just 30 minutes of exercise, such as walking or riding your bike, will release endorphins that instantly increase your mood, energy, and self-esteem. Short on time? Try one of Guard Your Health’s 15-minute workouts.

#7: Wash Your Face Daily

Get rid of blackheads and ward off acne by washing your face morning and night. Wet your face with warm water and lather face wash in your hands before rubbing on your face. Rinse off and pat dry. Follow with a facial moisturizer to avoid drying out your skin.

#8 Wear a Condom

Use a condom — every time. Using a condom cuts the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease by 92 percent. And unless you practice abstinence, you’re at risk of getting infected down there, which can cause discomfort, infertility, or even cancer. Learn how to properly use a condom.

#9: Get Regular Checkups and Age-Specific Screenings

It’s important to get regular age-specific screenings to test for risks that may develop with age. A list of recommended screenings will be provided after your Periodic Health Assessments (PHA) each year. Different screenings are recommended for different age groups. Beginning at age 20, all men should get screened for testicular cancer, blood glucose levels, and heart disease.

#10: Remove Ingrown Hairs

Ingrown hairs, also known as razor bumps, are those uncomfortable little bumps that often pop up after you’ve shaved. They’re caused by hair that has been trapped under the surface of your skin. They can be irritating and sometimes painful, especially if they become infected.

To get rid of these stubborn little hairs, you’ll need an exfoliating scrub and a pair of tweezers. Wet the area with warm water to open your pores, then gently rub the exfoliating scrub over the infected area. Once you see the offending hair, extract it with the tweezers.