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Natural Health Boosters For Men
Men's health tips:
Have regular medical examinations, including dental examination. Visiting your health care provider for regular check-ups can save your life. By adhering to these prescriptions, your doctor can make sure that you are aware of vaccinations (yes, they are also for adults!) and important preventive health examinations. It also gives you the opportunity to talk about any health problems or changes that you notice in yourself. Be sure to talk with your doctor about your family’s medical history and ask what screening tests you may need. For example:
- Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Arterial pressure
- Some types of cancer that depend on risk factors, including your age and family history (e.g. lung, colorectal, prostate, skin)
- Diabetes level/blood glucose level (sugar)
- Depression (Do you know that men are four times more likely to commit suicide than women, presumably due to undiagnosed depression?)
- Venereal diseases
And, don’t forget to add dental examination in your to-do list because dental examinations are important for your teeth and gums.
Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet:
Follow a low-fat diet (less than 7 percent of calories should come from saturated fat). Eating fresh fruits and vegetables (two cups of fruit per day; three cups of vegetables per day for men up to 50 years old and two half a cup for men 51 years of age and older), whole grains and fiber can help to improve your health, prevent heart diseases, diabetes and certain types of cancer.
Aim for 30 minutes of moderate physical activity daily such as walking, jogging, swimming, and moving in the lawn – it all counts. But don’t be a weekend sports warrior. Start slowly, if you are generally not active, and gradually increase. There is no time? Specific studies state that just 10 minutes of intense activity several times a day can help men improve their health.
Lose the gut for a good:
It is important to maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight, especially around the waist can be heavy for your body. Carrying too much fat in the body makes your heart work harder and increases the chances of heart disease and stroke, even if you have no other risk factors! Therefore, try to curb weight gain with age.
Drink alcohol in moderation:
If you drink alcohol, limit your intake to not more than two drinks per day. (One drink is equal to one bottle of 12 ounces of beer or a wine cooler, one glass of wine to four ounces or 1 1/2 ounces of 80-degree distilled alcohol.)
Do not use tobacco:
Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals and is a known cause of cancer. Smoking also increases high blood pressure, heart diseases, lung problems, and other health problems. Chewing tobacco is not only a known cause of cancer (a carcinogen) but it also contributes to gum disease and tooth loss and may be associated with fertility problems. If you smoke or chew, talk to your doctor about how to quit smoking. Consider nicotine replacement therapy products that include self-help programs, if needed.
Think about security in everything you do:
Whether weeding, cycling, or frying with neighbors, safety is a key. Here are some examples:
- Be careful when moving heavy objects. Easy to strain by lifting drawers, furniture, and other heavy objects. Use your knees and legs, not your back for leverage. And seek help if you need it.
- When using blowers, lawnmowers, and other machines at home or at work, wear suitable eye and ear protection. Excessive exposure to noise is the most common cause of hearing loss.
- Wear a helmet when cycling or skiing and wear reflective clothing if you try after dark.
- When grilling, never leave the grill unattended, especially when young children and pets are nearby, and keep a fire extinguisher handy. The grill should be at least 10 feet from your home or any building.
- To protect your skin, avoid prolonged sun exposure, and apply (and reapply) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more that provides protection against UVA and UVB rays.
Learn to manage stress. Many men identify themselves by their careers, which can increase stress levels. Over time, stress can negatively affect your emotional and physical health. Look for early warning signs of stress, such as irritability, the tension in the shoulders and neck, gnashing of teeth, or clenching of the hands into fists, and find healthy ways to relieve stress (such as exercise, meditation, massage).
Talk with family and friends about how they can help you integrate and follow these tips into your daily life.