There is a bite in the air… welcome to June. Apart from the onset of colder weather, June focuses on Men’s health.
This newsletter is dedicated to all the men in our life and to keeping them at their optimum health.
Did you know?
On average men live 5 years less than women
Inactive men are more likely to suffer from depression than active men
1 in 3 men has high blood pressure
3 in 4 men are overweight
Men are twice as likely to binge drink than women
Let’s look after the men in our life. Here are some dietary foods to boost Men’s Health:
Lean Red meat – Lean cuts of beef and pork are packed with protein and have only a little more fat than chicken breast. Red meat is also a good source of leucine – helps build muscle.
Chocolate – may improve blood flow if you eat the right kind (and in moderation). Dark chocolate (70% or more) may curb levels of bad cholesterol, improve circulation, and keep blood pressure in check.
Avocado – high in good fat, good for keeping cholesterol levels in check. Other good sources of fats include olive oil and nuts.
Fatty Fish – this would include salmon, herring, sardines, and halibut. They are all excellent source of healthy fats and good for heart disease prevention. Ideally two servings of fatty fish a week
Orange Vegetables – an excellent source of beta-carotene, lutein, and vitamin C – beneficial for lowering your odds of developing an enlarged prostate. Good sources include red bell peppers, carrots, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes.
Brown Rice – a great source of fiber, and very versatile. For fussy eaters, mix some white rice with the brown. Brown rice and other whole grains are good for healthy weight maintenance and lowering the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Berries – good for both mental and physical health, plus they’re
loaded with antioxidants that may help lower the risk of cancer. Frozen berries are a good alternative when fresh berries are out of season.
Quenching that thirst…
Water – drinking plenty of waterkeeps the body lubricated, hydrated and helps with digestion.
Caffeine – should be consumed in moderation (ideally 1 cup a a day). Too much caffeine dehydrates the body, robs us of nutrients and interferes with blood sugars.
Alcohol – should be consumed in moderation. Alcohol also dehydrates, interferes with blood sugars and disrupts sleep patterns.
Stay active – exercise is also important. Frequent activity – 10 to 20 minutes of exercise a day – can make a difference.