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Healthy Guidelines for Men's Health Month
by Dave Foreman
It’s only fair that since the month of May has Mother’s Day and Women’s Health Month, that the men should get their turn, too. June is our month, gentlemen! Not only does it bring Father’s Day (and my birthday), but also Men’s Health Month - and that means, of course, an article focusing on men’s health. Here we will discuss the foundational items, including general vitamins, prostate health, libido and heart health. Until women hit menopause, men are at higher risk for heart disease, and therefore I saw the need to include it in this article. Ladies, please understand that you can also use my recommendations for men regarding heart health.
The average male seems to not care about health until it is too late. The old saying about “pay me now or pay me later” is so appropriate in this case. I have a theory that the reason men seem to have more serious health issues than women (generally speaking, of course) is that men never seem to go to the doctor unless it is something serious. Women, on the other hand, go to the doctor yearly for their exams and therefore other health issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, weight issues can be caught in the earlier (easier to treat) stages. I think it is time for men to take charge of their lives and be proactive about great health. So why not start with the “4 Pillars of Great Health”: Supplementation, Diet, Exercise and Mental Health. The dietary, physical and mental aspects are basically the same as we age, but the supplementation will change.
We men should start with a good multivitamin and mineral formula(MVI). In most cases, men want to steer clear of iron containing products. Unless you are advised by your physician, or give blood on a regular basis, this is always my recommendation. There are several vitamin lines (ex. New Chapter, Enzymatic Therapy, and Vitamin Shoppe Brand) available that specifically address the needs of men, depending on their age and specific needs. Many of these formulations will even include herbals to support prostate health.
Speaking of prostate health, this could be an article by itself. To keep it short and sweet, I will only include supplements that support a healthy prostate and not address the specifics of prostate cancer. Guess what, men? We are pretty much guaranteed to have an issue with our prostate at some point in our life. It is for this reason that I started supplementing my diet at the age of 35. Whether you have issues with frequent urination, getting up and down at night several times, difficulty in getting a urine stream going, or discomfort, I always recommend that you get a thorough exam to rule out anything more serious than Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH), or Prostatitis. If you are having an issue with either of these conditions, or are just looking to support a healthy prostate, I recommend the same product I use: Prostate 5LX® (New Chapter). The combination of saw palmetto, green tea, urtica, ginger, selenium, rosemary and pumpkin seed oil covers it all, as far as I am concerned. I believe this formulation will help with prostate function, normalize urine flow, decrease inflammation, support health prostate cell growth and provide general benefit to the male genital-urinary system. What more could you want?
Talking about prostate health is a perfect lead-in to a brief discussion on libido issues in men. Libido in this case is different than ED (Erectile Dysfunction, to be discussed in a future newsletter). Libido issues can have many different causes, including: stress, fatigue, hormones, use of certain medications, and age. It is best to speak with you health care professional about the underlying causes so that you can properly address the issue.
Lastly, since I mentioned heart health as more of an issue long-term in men, the following are some easy recommendations (along with proper diet, exercise and mental attitude) that will support a healthy heart. I always start with fish oil (Coromega®) for heart health. The U.S Government, the American Heart Association and “The Herbal Pharmacist” all recommend a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids from fish to support a healthy cardiovascular system. Beyond the omega-3’s, I would consider the following nutrients to be part of a good heart health program:
For more in-depth information on heart health, click here.