Men’s Health Week starts today and runs through June 21st. It was created by the U.S. Congress in 1994 to boost awareness of men’s health and ways to improve it and typically coincides with Father’s Day. It’s a time for men to reflect on their levels of vigor, fitness, and overall health. This week also gives health care providers, public policy makers, sporting organizations, employers, and the media an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and prevention and early treatment for disease and injury. Remember, it’s never too late to improve your health, regardless of age or current health status – starting now and beyond Father’s Day!
Here are some tips for male health:
- Watch what you eat. Diet is key to overall health. When choosing a meal, choose organic vegetables and fruits and grass-fed meats. Avoid processed food consumption.
- Foods best for men’s health: a) Leafy greens – help to increase circulation b) Pumpkin seeds – high in zinc which helps to balance testosterone levels c) Brazil nuts – high in magnesium and selenium for prostate health d) Berries – good source of antioxidants e) Tomatoes and Grapefruit – contains lycopene, which is good for the male reproductive system. f) Foods containing a good source branched chain amino acids: farm raised, grass fed meats and poultry, pastured eggs, oats, nuts, lentils, beans, brown rice, and chickpeas.
- Vitamin D is a hormone that helps maintain healthy testosterone levels. Vitamin D is fat soluble and must be taken under the supervision of your physician.
- Maintain a healthy weight. It is best to do weight bearing as well as cardiovascular exercises.
- Minimize alcohol consumption. Overuse of alcohol can lead to liver damage, nerve damage, and erectile dysfunction.
- Have your hormones checked. Believe it or not, women aren’t the only gender that needs to keep their hormones in check. Consult your primary care physician to stay on top of your hormonal health. All hormones should be used under the supervision of your doctor.
- Stop smoking! It is a bad habit that can lead to lung disease, including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). In addition, if you have asthma, tobacco smoke can trigger an attack or exacerbate an attack.
- Manage your stress! Exercise, eat right, and take time out for yourself to curb your stress levels.