Top 7 Male Health Problems Explained for Men’s Health Awareness Week
If you need that extra bit of motivation to get your health in gear, look no further than Men’s Health Awareness Week (12th – 18th June)!
Experts give their advice on the Top 7 Male Health Problems
1 Belly Fat
For men, the default place for the body to store fat is the belly, which can lead to fat crowding around vital organs like the liver and pancreas.
If your dad-bod has gotten a little bit out of control, there are some small lifestyle changes you can make to help blast the belly fat:
“Try to keep your blood sugar levels and energy levels stable by eating something every three hours. Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner plus a snack mid morning and one mid afternoon, with no longer than three hours between. Try not to eat carbohydrates after 6pm,” says Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading nutritionist and author of Natural Alternatives to Sugar.
“For all of us – and particularly those concerned about weight gain – I’d suggest we need to do more than just take the odd break from the screen. Making sure that we spend time with friends in the real world is essential – don’t neglect your real relationships with others in favour of your online connections. When we’re more fulfilled, we’re less likely to comfort eat,” adds nutritionist Cassandra Barns.
2 Sex Drive
You might be surprised but the hidden secret to ramping up your sex drive could be hidden in the veggie aisle of the supermarket! Shona Wilkinson, nutritionist at SuperfoodUK.com, explains:
“Make sure you include in your diet zinc-rich ingredients such as seafood, lamb, spinach, nuts, beans and mushrooms. Studies also show that ‘eating a rainbow’ of fruit and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants will not only fuel your grey matter and muscles but can also boost your fertility. Antioxidants cause surges in testosterone, improve sperm quality and increases sex drive.”
“You can also try AgeLoss Men’s Multi by Nature’s Plus (www.naturesplusuk.com, £28.45) which is not only high in Zinc but also in libido-optimizing herbal staples rhodiola rosea and ginseng,” adds Michela Vagnini, Nutritionist at www.naturesplus.co.uk.
Did you know that almost 40% of fertility problems are attributed to men?
If you’re looking to boost your sperm health naturally, you might want to try taking a CoQ10 supplement. It’s a powerful antioxidant that can help protect cells from free radical damage it is also necessary for energy production.
“Studies have shown that it can not only increase sperm health but also its motility in semen, making your little swimmers more energetic. Unfortunately, CoQ10 decline with age and is extremely difficult to obtain through the diet. Go for Ubiquinol Qu10 by Quest Vitamins (www.qnutrapharma.com, £16.99),” explains Sharon Morey, Nutritionist at Quest Vitamins.
The Great British Bedtime Report has shown that 40% of British people aren’t getting the recommended number of hours sleep. If you’re looking for a natural solution to help you drift off quicker, try nature’s own tranquiliser, magnesium. Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns says:
“Many of us live hectic, stressful lives, and are more exposed to environmental and food toxins, which can make us more prone to a magnesium deficiency. Try to include dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish, whole grains and bananas in your diet, which are all rich in magnesium. Alternatively, to make sure you’re getting your daily dose I would recommend taking Nature’s Plus KalmAssure Magnesium Powder (£24.50, www.naturesplus.co.uk), which are very easy to absorb and easily delivered to the tissues. You will see the difference after 3 months.”
5 Mental Health
Although still a bit of taboo topic, more and more men in the public eye are speaking out about the importance of mental health. It is estimated that in the UK, 1 in 8 men are diagnosed with a mental illness. Marilyn says:
“If you feel the symptoms of stress coming on, learn to get your priorities right. There is nothing in your life right now more important than your health. Learn to say no if you feel that you have taken on too much.”
Research has shown that low testosterone levels can be the cause of hair loss, and associated with a drop in energy levels and sex drive.
“Zinc contributes to normal testosterone levels in the blood. This is important for fertility and reproduction. Our testosterone levels naturally decline with age, and therefore supplementing with zinc can help. Testosterone signals to the body to make new blood cells. This helps our muscles and bones to stay strong during and after puberty. Testosterone contributes to a healthy libido, and the secretion of two important hormones, LH and FSH.”
The truth about “Man Flu” – According to a study published by Harvard University, due to higher oestrogen levels, women actually DO have stronger immune systems meaning there might be an ounce of truth to the age-old excuse of Man Flu!
If you’re feeling a bit run down and want to boost your lagging immune system, Shona recommends:
“Make sure you get enough rest to allow your body to recover and build up your immune system and increase your protein intake. A chicken broth is a great way to get extra protein and nutrients contained in the vegetables to help your body fight infection. Try adding anti-inflammatory foods to your meals or hot drinks such as ginger, garlic and turmeric.”