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Men’s health is as important now, just like it has been through the ages. In the 21st century, guys are working harder than ever, are under more stress, become less active as they age, and many still smoke cigarettes and consume more alcohol than women do. Then they wonder why they are three and a half times more likely to suffer from heart disease than women are. When you take all these factors into account – it’s no wonder women live longer.
If men look after their body, it will serve them well, even beyond three score and ten.
Guys, does it not make sense to maintain health and wellness, your most valuable asset, rather than manage sickness as you age? It makes sense for men to look and address some core issues affecting their long term health and fitness. Apart from stress related problems, sexual dysfunction, cardiovascular and prostate problems, many men in countries like America and Australia are getting unhealthier and fatter by the day.
In fact, almost 6 out of 10 males are overweight and one quarter could be considered obese. Most guys have no problem looking after their cars, but have a tendency to neglect their own health. Your body is the only one you will ever have, and is your body not worth more than your car? Listen up guys…
Generally Speaking, Guys Are:
Less conscious about fat in their diet
Eat less chicken and fish and more red meat
Drink two and a half times as much alcohol as women
More likely to eat meat without trimming off the fat
Less likely to remove the skin from chicken
Less likely to choose low fat milk and cheese alternatives
Eating more snack and take-away foods (especially young men)
Eating fewer vegetables and fruit, if they shop they don’t tend to buy them
More inclined to ignore the warning signs and symptoms of a health problem
More inclined to be less active as they age
Less inclined to supplement with nutrients regularly they lack in
Men in Their 20’s Should…..
Take the time to do a “healthy shop”, especially when flatting.
Buy a healthy cookbook, or join a cooking class.
Choose healthy take-away foods, e.g.; kebabs.
Eat 2 pieces of fruit daily and a few good helpings of vegetables
Consume no more than two standard drinks per day
Remember that your diet and lifestyle choices today govern your health in old age, what you sow now, you will reap later.
Have plenty of protein in your diet, B vitamins, Zinc, Vitamin C and essential fatty acids.
Men in Their 30’s Should…..
Make some time three times per week to exercise
See a naturopath and discuss a healthy eating plan, it will pay dividends
Select more carefully when eating out, watch the fat and sugar!
Graze on foods, less is better generally. Salads are great, try one a day.
Drink no more than 2 cups of coffee or tea daily. Water or juice is better.
Learn some basic techniques to deal with stress in your life
Take an anti-oxidant formula, a Vitamin C powder is a good daily addition. Try 1/2 teaspoon daily in juice or water.
Have a hair analysis to correct any mineral deficiencies and to ascertain if you have any toxic accumulations of heavy metals in your body.
Men in Their 40’s Should…..
Maintain and increase their exercise program
Include 2 to 3 fish meals per week, chicken is fine once per week (no skin)
Eat more fruit, vegetables, rice, and other grains and pulses
Eating out? Then choose healthy, low fat & sugary dishes, and drink les alcohol.
Drink plenty of water, especially if you fly or during & after exercise
Avoid frying foods in butter or other saturated fats, choose olive oil
Look at more effective ways of handling your stresses in life
Spend time with your kids and partner, “work to live, not live to work.”
Supplement with an Omega3 and a top quality Multi Vitamin daily.
Men in Their 50’s Plus Should…..
Base their diet on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, nuts and seeds and berries which are rich in antioxidant and phytonutrients. See my article on Mindful Eating.
Reduce body fat, particularly around the abdominal region.
Eat more oysters, pumpkin seeds, sun-dried apricots and parsley.
Keep up exercise, preferably daily walking, cycling or tai chi.
Ensure ample calcium, magnesium and trace minerals in the diet, eat almonds, sesame seeds and plenty of vegetables such as sweet potato, carrots, pumpkin, turnip and spinach.
Maintain activity and community involvement, you will live longer.
Supplement daily with an Omega3 supplement.
Take a top-quality multi vitamin supplement daily.
Take Maca as a supplement if there is a libido issue.
Take a Prostate Formula if there is an issue with the urinary system.
Consider a magnesium supplement if there is a blood pressure, cholesterol or circulatory issue. Best taken with Vitamin E.