Natural products for skin care (yes, it’s important!)

Dr.Hauschka Rose Day Cream

The theme of this post is on the importance of using natural products for skin care. A far out for some interested in more directly related adrenaline topics, but stay with me. This stuff is important.

Skin diseases, irritation, even issues as serious as cancer can be traced to poor choices of what you put on your skin. Suncreams are often a major culprit, regularly containing very harmful chemicals. Pick up a natural sun cream, like the ones from the great all natural company, Jason.

Athletes foot can come from poor personal hygiene, or an unlikely trip to the gym or mat. A good natural soap, and good natural detergent for keeping clothing and footwear nice, clean, and bacteria free can save you some hurt, and see you performing your favourite adrenaline filled activities regularly.

For skin care, have a look at Dr. Hauschka’s products. Many, but not all, are for women. Their mission for awesome natural products and a sustainable planet is inspiring, and I’m 100% behind their ethos and their products. My wife swears by the Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream.

So, the take away is. Have a look at the label on the stuff you’re putting on your skin. Do some research online about the products your buy and possible health issues.

Your body is your temple, look after it! Inside and out.


Pre-workout, Testosterone and Cognitive Enhancers

Alpha Brain natural ingredientsWe’re looking at Onnit.com’s pre-workout formula, T+ Total Strength+Performance this week.

Pre-workouts are designed to get the blood flowing, to jumpstart the body into a sympathetic state so you’re ready for war.

Typical pre-workouts are starting to get a bad rap through. High doses of caffeine and other stimulants hack the adrenal gland into releasing adrenaline into the blood stream, getting you pumped up. This adrenal abuse though is hinting at serious long term negative health effects. Some claim it can result in poor functioning of the adrenal gland when it’s actually required. That suggests, no harmful supplement, no pump when you need it. Kind of scary.

T+ is a stimulant free pre-workout. That I can get behind. It’s also scientifically studied, and proven to increase strength up to 36%… crazy, hard to believe.

If you’re thinking of adding a pre-workout to your supplement stack, I suggest taking a look at this product. Onnit are good company. Their ethics are in the right place. Natural, earth grown ingredients, functional strength training. I also recommend checkout out their flag ship cognitive enhancer supplement, Alpha Brain, which I talked about in my last post. I’ve personally experienced positive effects, including mental clarity. Although I never experienced the lucid dreams people go on about, that’d be cool.



Vitamins and supplements to get the edge in Rock Climbing

Nathan DeAraujo takes Alpha Brain

Pro rock climber Nathan DeAraujo. Photo credit Onnit.com

Today I’m looking some of the ways extreme athletes supplement their nutrition to optimise and maximise their performance.

Pro rock climber, Nathan DeAraujo is a Onnit sponsored athlete who endorses several of their products, which he claims up his game. He says of Onnit’s cognitive enhancing supplement Alpha Brain:

For those long arduous training sessions in the climbing gym, I always use a combination of Shroom TECH Sport and Alpha BRAIN. In combination, I gain the mental edge and clarity to focus on pulling hard, without the jitters that can blow nerves on hard moves

I’ve heard good things about Shroom TECH for sports performance, particularly on the Joe Rogan and School of Greatness podcast (with Lewis Howes), and I’ve tried Alpha Brain myself. I didn’t continue to take Alpha Brain after my trial, but had positive, mild effects.

Nathan also takes a protein supplement after training to help build lean muscle mass and support recovery, and krill oil, which he finds superior to fish oil, for joint and tendon health. I take a relatively high dose of fish oil personally and am very interested to try out krill oil. I rock climb also (at no where near Nathan’s level), and often have mild elbow and shoulder pain. Fish oil helps, but if I could improve things further it would be excellent.

Onnit have a ton of athletes in a wide range of disciplines that swear by their products. For more info checkout their site.