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Men’s Health Issues – Top 7 Steps For Losing Belly Fat

December 15, 2019

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Speaking out about your weight issue is not the everyday conversation you’ll here down your local public house, so it’s important that men are given an arena to voice men’s health issues.

Whilst an extremely unspoken word amongst men a decade ago, fortunately the term “dieting” has found some acceptance among male circles but guys do in fact approach the whole weight loss issue much differently to women.

Whilst women choose the phrase “dieting”, for the man this implies femininity, so the term “working out” is much more preferred as it suggests something more certain and life changing.

The following 7 steps are therefore considered some of the best tools and practices for succeeding with your weight loss plan.

Step 1: Get your BMI workout out. Your Body Mass Indicator is crucial at establishing where you currently stand.

This is calculated by dividing your weight in kilo-grammes with your height in meters squared.

An ideal body mass will fall between 18.5 and 24.9.

As you get older this will change slightly but essentially this is the advised margin.

Step 2: Listen to your mates. Most guys don’t hold back so if your getting some stick then take this as an indicator that it might in fact be time to shred a few pounds.

Step 3: If the idea of a diet makes you feel uncomfortable then don’t do it. Simple as that. Instead focus on ways in which you can improve your eating habits. Dieting doesn’t have to mean eating less – just the right foods.

Step 4: Ask your partner for help. Don’t be afraid to open up. Most women will be delighted to help you eat healthier meals.

Step 5: Understand the Basics.

As a rule:

  • eat more fruit, veg and whole grains
  • cut back on salt and sugar
  • opt for low-fat dairy products
  • watch portion sizes
  • go for fresh, natural, unprocessed foods; eat fewer fried and fatty foods
  • have fish twice a week (including one serving of oily fish like salmon, mackerel or fresh tuna)
  • don’t drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol in a day

Step 6: Don’t be hoodwinked by low carbohydrate diets such as Atkins.

Vast amounts of eggs, cream, cheese, butter, red meat and fried food might seem a good idea but they are essentially artery clogging recipes for imminent health risks.

Carbohydrates are in fact one of the 3 major macro nutrients that our bodies crave so by eliminating one out of three is not wise.

Instead, opt for pasta, brown rice, wholegrain cereals, wholemeal breads which will fill you up for longer and you will inevitably live longer!

Step 7: Workout with the number 1 superfood – Acai.

Pronounced “asarhee” – Acai is by far the most complete food type available which provides the following attributes:

* A remarkable concentration of antioxidants that help combat premature aging, with 10 times more antioxidants than red grapes and 10 to 30 times the anthocyanins of red wine.

* A synergy of monounsaturated (healthy) fats, dietary fiber and phytosterols to help promote cardiovascular and digestive health to assist in increased weight loss.

* An almost perfect essential amino acid complex in conjunction with valuable trace minerals, vital to proper muscle contraction and regeneration.


Benefits of Maca Root – Red Maca for Everyone

December 15, 2019

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History

Maca Root is a highly, nutritional supplement originating from the Andes in Peru it has been described as a super food’. The Peruvians have been using Maca root for thousands of years. The Spaniards first recorded it in writing back in the 16th century.

Alpaca manure is used to fertilize the Maca and it has been shown by researchers that: Quality of seed sources and soil content, as well as organic growing strategies and drying methods, all play a part in maximizing the quality of all active constituents.

Maca is grown for the nutritional and health value of its root. The majority of harvested Maca is dried. In this form, it can be stored for several years. Fresh roots are usually available only near the growers. The root can also be mashed and boiled (in much the same way as we would boil a turnip), to produce a sweet, thick liquid, dried and mixed with milk to form a porridge.

The growing demand for Maca root is responsible for its rapid commercialization in both Peru and Bolivia. Recently, specific phenotypes- colour of root, Cream, Black and Red. Cream is more favored in Peru. Black the strongest in energy terms, whilst Red Maca has been shown to reduce the prostate.

Cream Black and Red Maca all have a similar taste, which is a light, nutty flavour, add Maca to other foods in a number of ways; it makes a lovely tasting desert when dusted over banana split, or sprinkled over a muesli, soup or porridge. (Please note Maca root has detoxifying qualities that can be misinterpreted so read further on this).

Maca is a food staple in Peru and there are no known effects of toxicity

Future articles will look at the health benefits Maca Root, in more depth.

Some of the many benefits of Maca include:

  • Improve workout performance, endurance, stamina, strength & muscle gain;
  • Raises testosterone in men & eliminates hormonal problems in women;
  • Overall stress protection;
  • Quicker injury recovery;
  • Lowers high blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, increases energy levels;
  • Increases metabolism, may help with weight loss / obesity;
  • Improve sex drive & cures erectile dysfunction;
  • The Maca root powder may alleviate SSRI-induced sexual dysfunction.
  • Maca powder may also have a beneficial effect on libido.

Further benefits associated with the use of Maca root powder:

  • Can benefit macular degeneration & night vision loss.
  • Reduces the regularity & severity of asthma attacks.
  • May ease symptoms of arthritis & joint pain.
  • Reduction of allergies to dogs, cats, seasonal pollens.
  • May cure chronic fatigue, relieves depression, aids in detoxification.

If you are on any medication, please consult your doctor if any doubts prior to introducing a new item in your diet.


Men’s Health – Can Fish Oil Omega3 Benefit Men’s Health?

December 15, 2019

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Fish oil may be particularly beneficial to men’s health, because of the omega-3 fatty acids they contain. Low intake of fish and low circulating levels of DHA, an omega3 fat, are associated with prostate cancer, BPH or enlarged prostate, prostatitis and with fertility issues, such as low sperm count and motility.

DHA Importance

DHA and other omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory activity and counter the effects of other types of dietary fat, such as omega 6 and saturated fats. If you haven’t heard already, you should not be eating anything that contains trans-fat. Food manufacturers are now required to list the trans-fat content, because it contributes to a variety of health problems and is not necessary to the human body.

Prostatis is an inflammation of the prostate gland. It usually begins gradually and lingers on for several weeks. Bacterial or other type of infection may or may not be present. Symptoms include pain and, if bacterial infection is present, fever. Protecting the prostate is an important part of men’s health. Fish oil, because of its anti-inflammatory activity, reduces the risk of prostatitis.

At birth, the prostate gland is tiny. It grows rapidly during puberty and a second growth spurt typically occurs after the age of 40. Nine out of ten men suffer from enlarged prostate or BPH by the time they reach the age of 85. A fish oil supplement may reduce the risk of BPH, which is benign. Studies have shown that blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids are lower in people with BPH and even lower in those with prostate cancer.

Sperm Count Increase

An important aspect of young men’s health, when they want to have children, is low sperm count or low sperm motility. Although the reasons for this are unclear, it has been shown that a fish oil supplement increases both the count and the motility of the sperm. Many scientists hope that supplementation will reduce the need for in-vitro fertilization, because infants born through IVF have greater health risks.

Heart Health Improved

One benefit of omega-3 fatty acids that is important to everyone is the reduced risk of heart disease. It is relevant to men’s health, because a man is more likely to suffer from a fatal heart attack than is a woman. A fish oil supplement is beneficial to the heart in several ways.

Clotting Risk Reduced

First, it reduces the risk of clotting. Clots can interrupt the blood flow to the heart, causing a heart attack. Blood clots are also responsible for stroke.

Second, omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to lower total and LDL cholesterol levels. High cholesterol, in particular, high levels of LDL cholesterol increase the risk of the heart disease that is typically seen in older people.

Commonly referred to as hardening of the arteries, atherosclerosis occurs when LDL cholesterol builds up on the interior portion of the arterial walls.

Men over the age of 40 are at a higher risk of heart attack. So, omega3s are particularly beneficial for men’s health, from the age of 40 on.


Men’s Health Check – Early Detection Can Save Many Lives!

December 15, 2019

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Did you know that each hour in each civilized country, at least five men die from conditions that are potentially preventable? Or that men live on average six years less than women?

According to the Australian Medical Association, many men treat their health as a low priority while they juggle the competing demands of work and family life. Apparently, men often adopt a “functional view” of their bodies. Only when their work, play or exercise is below par, they understand there may be a problem. Another fact is that most men stop visiting doctors regularly between the age of 20 and 45. By the time the begin visiting GP’s again, their ailments are more chronic in nature!

Like a car needs a regular inspection and service, your health needs a regular inspection as well! Prevention and early detection are key. To prevent and mitigate risks of obesity, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, etc., there is a thing you can do: an annual men’s health check! This is the best advice I can give you, as it will most certainly help you to maintain and protect your own health.

The main objectives of a men’s health check/assessment are:

* To improve and maintain your well being in the short and long term.
* To ensure you maintain your physical independence in the long term.
* To prevent the onset of disease, including cancer.
* To detect disease early, including cancer.

A complete men’s health check should cover the detection and prevention of:

* Nutritional imbalances.
* Excess body weight.
* Disease of your heart and arteries (cardiovascular disease – build-up of plaque in your arteries).
* High blood pressure (hypertension).
* Abnormal blood fats (dyslipidaemia).
* Abnormal blood sugar (insulin resistance/pre-diabetes/diabetes).
* Prostate problems.
* Weak bones (osteoporosis), calcium and vitamin D deficiencies.
* Screening for cancer, in particular skin, testicles, prostate, bowel.
* Sexual difficulties, in particular erection and ejaculation problems (optional).
* Sexually transmitted infections (optional).
* Immunizations.

Most large medical centers offer health checks and there are specialized men’s health check centers in most large cities around the world. They’ll do a full health check and provide you with advise on how to improve your health. It will all be on a strictly confidential basis! A men’s health check will take you at least 1 to 2 hours and will cost approx. $300-$600 of which you can claim a large part from your health insurance. A lot of employers do have agreements in place with external health and well being providers, so just ask internally if your employer can arrange and fund your annual health check.

To find a men’s health check specialist near you, just Google “men’s health check” with your location to find a specialized center near you. Please do yourself a big favor and schedule a health check appointment on the short term. It is one of the best health investments you can make!

Make your health your top priority. You can’t buy your health or life back after years of neglecting it while you earn your living!

“To get rich never risk your health! For it is the truth that health is the wealth of wealth.” – Richard Baker

Make this a Positive & Fruitful Day….unless you have other plans!


Improve Men’s Health And Wellness With Customized Health Awareness Bracelets


Men’s Health Week is celebrated every year during the week ending on Father’s Day – a time when the importance of men’s health and wellness is discussed more widely. International Men’s Health Week is challenging men to get proactive and make their health a priority. It is a time to pay men more attention and discuss their health-related issues. During this week many organizations and individuals step forward to conduct various awareness programs bringing attention to preventive measures to be taken, such as check-ups, testicular cancer education, and more. The Monday of Men’s Health Week is called Blue Monday – it’s a time when anyone can promote men’s health engagement and show their interest in health improvement.

Improvement of men’s health and wellness will be focusing mainly on issues that any individual can face. People mark this special day by wearing blue ribbons and any other related accessories to support the cause. The most commonly used accessories include ribbons, silicone bracelets, caps and T-shirts.

The purpose of blue ribbons and bracelets is to create awareness about prostate cancer and other diseases. While everyone is aware of various health concerns such as diabetes, osteoporosis, family health, workplace accidents and more, there is one more important issue that also needs attention and it is that men are much more likely to become victims of homicide. People who belong to certain groups such as health clubs, high school clubs, sports clubs and more prefer wearing bracelets to help spread awareness about men’s health. Most common messages on the bands include “Health is Wealth”, “Wellness First”, and “I Am Healthy”.

Recently, these products have become something much more than a fashion accessory that can be customized as per the customer’s choice and can carry any printed messages on the outside and also on the inside of the band. They are available in various types, sizes, colors and styles and are 100% customizable. Some of the most adorable message types include embossed, ink filled, screen printed and Dual layer. Each type has its own unique features. Users can add text, logos or clipart to their silicone bands.

Since bracelets look attractive, they catch people’s attention with ease. Not only will they help you spread a message but will also turn you into a real fashion icon. They can also be worn by all age groups from small kids to older people, without any gender barriers. Silicone bracelets are emerging as a proven and innovative technique among various organizations for their marketing activity, product promotions, event ticketing, live concerts, awareness programs, fundraising and many more.