7 Powerful Foods for Men

December 15, 2019

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Listen up, men of all ages! There are tons of food sources out there that provide you with great health benefits. Unfortunately, these foods don’t include bacon cheeseburgers, pizza with double cheese, deep-fried Twinkies and elephant ears (or any other carnival-type food, for that matter). By the way, deep-fried cauliflower, zucchini, and mushrooms don’t count toward the ideal 5 to 9 servings of vegetables every day.

Your nutritional needs differ from a woman’s. There are super foods out there for men that provide such health boosters as:

• Increased muscle and reduction of belly fat

• Protection against prostate and bladder cancer

• Protection for the immune system

Here are 7 super-powered foods for men:

• Fatty fish, such as salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel, and herring – They provide you with an important element for your health: Omega-3 fatty acids. These benefit men in many ways: heart and circulation health, immune system strength; and, along with other super foods, protect you against prostate cancer. These fish are also a good source of vitamin D, which can protect men against some cancers, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

• Red fruits including tomatoes, watermelon, red grapefruit, and red oranges (yes, tomatoes are a fruit; yes I realize that the term red orange is an oxymoron) – All of these contain lycopene, a very important for men’s health. Lycopene protects men against prostate cancer.

• Red/orange vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and red bell peppers – These contain antioxidants such as beta carotene and vitamin C. These antioxidants benefit your skin cells and prevent oxidation from the sun (which causes skin aging). They also reduced the risk of developing an enlarged prostrate.

• Bananas – They provide you with quick energy and contain potassium and magnesium. Potassium is particularly important for regulating blood pressure and along with magnesium, can reduce your risk of having a stroke.

• Broccoli and all cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts) – These vegetables rich in phytochemicals and fiber and are particularly important for men’s heart health. They also help prevent prostate, colon and bladder cancers.

• Nuts of all kinds – including almonds, Brazil nuts, pistachios, walnuts and more. Nuts are filled with vitamins and other nutrients. Brazil nuts, for example, contain selenium and magnesium, important for heart and prostate health. Almonds are high in calcium, vitamin E and are good for intestinal health. Pistachios are good for aging eye health, since they contain lutein and zeaxanthin. Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid that protects the heart from coronary artery disease.

• Cherries and all types of berries – These are great sources of a flavonoid called anthocyanin which is what produces the purple, blue, and red colors of berries. Eating berries can protect men’s brain function, heart, and blood vessels. It also helps decrease hypertension.

These are just some of the super foods for men that are out there on supermarket shelves and in the produce section. Others include oysters and other shellfish, oatmeal, whole grains, beans, spinach, and more.

So guys, if you long for the ability to leap tall buildings at a single bound and run faster than a speeding bullet; well, you may just be a little weird. But if you simply want to enhance your health, for the long run, you might want to add these super foods to your plate.


Fertility Foods for Men

December 15, 2019

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Estimates are that male infertility affects up to ten percent of men. However, many of those men may be successful in treating male infertility with proper nutrition and other simple practices.

Why Male Fertility Nutrition is Important

Healthy nutrition helps a man produce healthy sperm, making it easier for his partner to conceive. His diet should provide sufficient amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin D and calcium, which are important for sperm production.

For healthy fertility nutrition, a man should eat six to eleven servings of bread, grains and pasta, three to five servings of vegetables, two to four servings of fruit, two to three servings of meat and protein and two to three servings of dairy products daily.

Fruits and vegetables supply antioxidants, which aid in keeping sperm healthy with increased mobility. A wide variety of fruits and vegetables in different colors will ensure getting a healthy range of antioxidants.

Caffeine makes sperm sluggish, so limiting coffee, tea and soda can help increase sperm motility.

To help prevent birth defects, prospective fathers should get 400 micrograms of folate or folic acid daily. Good sources of folic acid are fortified breads and grains, chickpeas, lentils, fruit, beans and leafy green vegetables.

Either too little or too much selenium can harm sperm levels, so men should aim for approximately 55 mcg of the nutrient daily.

Some studies show that soy may interfere with male hormones and increase estrogen activity, so men trying to become fathers may want to cut back on soy foods.

A deficiency of zinc may affect testosterone and reduce sperm count, so men who do not eat meat, which is high in zinc, should get the nutrient from foods like nuts, yogurt and beans.

Should Men Use Fertility Supplements?

Men who believe they may not be getting enough vitamins and minerals by eating nutritional foods can benefit by taking high-quality supplements to enhance fertility. These fertility supplements may include L-carnitine, L-arginine, grapeseed extract, vitamins C, E and A, selenium, zinc, co-enzyme Q and betacarotene.

Top Fertility Foods for Men’s Health

Garlic has plenty of selenium and vitamin B6. Selenium is an antioxidant that boosts sexual virility, and vitamin B6 fortifies the immune system and regulates hormones.

Cashew nuts are a good source of zinc, which may increase testosterone levels.

Bananas contain magnesium, protein and vitamins B1, A and C, which improve and stimulate sperm production.

The high vitamin E content in avocados boosts sperm motility, and the folic acid and vitamin B6 in the fruit help regulate the function of sexual hormones.

Asparagus has an abundant supply of vitamin C, which helps increase the motility and viability of sperm.

Tomatoes are a good source of lycopene, an antioxidant carotenoid that increases sperm count and motility and helps keep it healthy. Pink grapefruit, watermelon and other tomato products like ketchup and tomato juice are also good sources of lycopene.

Apples are a nutritionally well-balanced fruit, and in vinaigrette form like fruit cider vinegar, particularly effective.

Pumpkin seeds contain a good supply of zinc, the most important mineral for increased testosterone levels and sperm count. The omega-3 fatty acids in pumpkin seeds enhance sexual function by motivating blood flow to the sexual organs.

Oysters are another good source of zinc and can help repair sperm damaged by chemicals in the environment.

Pomegranate juice may help with erectile dysfunction, sperm concentration, motility and cell density as well as with reducing abnormal sperm.

Fertility Nutrition Effect on Male Sperm Health

Diet does not have an effect on a man’s sperm count, but a healthy diet can be a valuable aid in producing healthy sperm. Free radicals can cause sperm DNA damage and poor motility. Additionally, if conception takes place, a child may inherit genetic problems from damaged DNA. Men should eat a healthy, balanced diet and limit alcohol consumption to less than ten glasses a week. High doses of alcohol at one time can be toxic, so any drinking should be done in moderation. Cigarettes also contain toxins, so men who want healthy sperm should attempt to stop smoking as well.

The Health Benefits of Maca Root

December 15, 2019

Nutrition

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Super Food Type: Root

Maca Root (Lepidium meyenii), is a super-food native to the mountains of Peru and is cultivated as high as 4300 meters above sea level. It has been used for over 3500 years and legend claims that during the peak of the Incan empire, the warriors consumed maca before going into battle to ensure superior strength and stamina. On return from battle however, Incan soldiers were prohibited from using maca in order to protect the women from their insatiable sexual desires. Maca is renowned for providing strength, endurance and enhanced libido.

So what is maca?

A member of the cruciferous tribe such as kale and cabbage, maca is abundant in potassium, magnesium, calcium, sulfur, iron, sodium and phosphorous and also contains trace minerals which includes iodine, zinc, selenium, bismuth, copper, magnese, tin and silicon. It is also rich in vitamins B1, B2, C and E.

Maca has the ability to stabilise and balance the body’s glandular-hormonal system, nervous system, cardiovascular system and musculature. These factors make maca ideal for managing hormones, stress levels, thyroid function and your mood in general.

According to super-food expert David Wolfe, maca is great if you suffer from:

  • Anaemia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depression
  • Infertility and sterility
  • Lack of libido
  • Malnutrition
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Menstrual discomfort and disorders
  • Poor memory
  • Stomach cancer
  • Stress tension
  • Tuberculosis

How to use it and where to purchase it?

Because of its high quality health benefits, maca can be used in greater quantities than other medicinal herbs. It has also found to be safe to use long-term. You can purchase it online or at most health food stores in dried, raw, organic food. To ensure the best quality product it is important to only purchase maca from the root of the plant and not other components.

Use a tablespoon in smoothies, juices, nut milks, tea or coffee, or add to your raw chocolate treats.

Here’s a recipe to get you started:

Maca and Chocolate Smoothie with Strawberries

Serves two

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of cashew milk (or ½ cup of soaked cashew nuts and 1 cup of water)
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of maca root powder
  • 2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
  • 1 cup of fresh strawberries
  • 2 small frozen bananas (broken into chunks)
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 2 tablespoons of raw cacao nibs.

Method

  • Blend the cashew milk, chia seeds, maca root powder and raw cacao powder.
  • Cut open the vanilla pod and scrape the contents into the blender.
  • Add the strawberries and frozen banana, blending until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour into two glasses and sprinkle with raw cacao nibs.

Discover the amazing benefits for your health and sex drive with this ancient super-food.


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.


The Benefits of Green Tea to Men’s Health

December 15, 2019

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Green Tea is an ingredient that increasingly pops up when discussing men’s health concerns. Although it’s been utilized for hundreds of years for medicinal purposes, it seems like new benefits are being revealed all the time. According to numerous scientific studies, the effects of green tea are currently being considered for treatment of a number of health conditions, from several forms of cancer to mental alertness to weight loss to cholesterol maintenance.

To help you understand the importance of this ingredient’s role in both skincare and nutritional capacities, we’ve broken down the many benefits of this ingredient:

Powerful Antioxidant: Green Tea contains high levels of phenolic acids and catechin-antioxidants which play a major role in protecting the body against free radical damage. Free radicals can cause cellular oxidation and damage, which contribute to health problems associated with aging.

Goodbye Jitters: Because Green Tea contains tannin, it produces an energized feeling and increased alertness for extended periods of time. However, unlike caffeine levels in coffee, tannin provides a gentle increase in energy, without the jitteriness or rapid decline in energy associated with this type of caffeinated reaction.

Fat-Burner: Recent studies are being conducted on the increased health benefits of Green Tea for men looking to lose weight. Consuming Green Tea increases the metabolic rate, causing greater fat oxidation and better weight management. In fact, several studies reveal that the potential weight-loss properties of Green Tea go well beyond its ability to simply accelerate metabolism.

Clean & Complete: Green Tea has been utilized throughout the world as a cleansing agent. For more than 5,000 years, Asian cultures have used Green Tea for its healing and cleansing benefits, and Green Tea continues to be a major ingredient in many treatments.

The Full Treatment: Green Tea is also being studied for its potential role in the fight against cancers, heart, joint and liver diseases.

3 Strategies for the Best Men’s Health and Fitness

December 15, 2019

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These days, increasingly more men are interested in health and fitness programs. This is not surprising since most people are concerned about obesity and health conditions today such as diabetes, heart disease, prostate cancer and more.

These are more than enough reasons to motivate anyone to get into good shape. I’m going to show you three strategies for successful men’s health and fitness.

There is no easy and quick way for you to get in good shape, so you must be prepared to put in the time and effort to achieve the desired results. A combination of a healthy diet, strength training and cardio exercises will go a long way towards your overall fitness.

Just follow these three suggestions for a healthy and strong body:

1. Record Everything: You want to write down what you are doing in your exercise routine so you can see how you are progressing. First, write down your weight loss goal. Then write down each exercise for your exercise routine.

How many repetitions of each exercise did you do that day? Write it down in your log. You will then be able to see where you need to change things for the better and how well you can do. When you have achieved your weight loss goal, this is a good time to add weight in your weight lifting routine.

2. Each Session: Make sure you include weight lifting three times a week in your routine. This will help you to get the best results from your training sessions.

You will now be growing your muscles. As you weight lift three, maybe four times per week, you muscles have time to increase and rebuild. If you don’t continue to push those muscles, they just go back to where they were.

3. Eat Lots of Protein: When compared to women, it is much easier for men to lose weight. Men’s health and fitness programs always recommend protein to grow your muscles and to help you recover.

In general, men who are working out 4 or more times each week must eat about one gram of protein on those days for each pound of body weight. It’s also important to eat meals with 0.25 grams of protein right after each workout.

If possible, try to eat thirty minutes after a rigorous workout because your body will need some high-quality protein to recover fully. Build your muscles by breaking down amino acids. The best way to do this is by adding proteins. You can have a protein shake, a chicken breast, or maybe some eggs to add protein.

Hopefully, these simple men’s fitness tips for will help you achieve your goals. Remember that by using a regular exercise routine, you improve not only your body’s appearance, but your overall health.

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

December 15, 2019

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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.