In human history, we would typically find our men taking on the role of the warrior, the hunter and the leader. This traditional responsibility of being strong, stoic and unwavered by burden seems to have a long-lasting impression despite societal advances which have relieved us from these gender-based roles. Whether it’s their stubborn dedication to live up to this legend, or their preference to live life on the wild side, men are statistically less likely to engage in health-seeking behaviours than women. Consequently, we see higher rates of heart disease, strokes, and in most countries of the world, a lower life expectancy for men.
As always with healthcare, prevention is better than cure so the focus is to encourage men to get regular check ups, adopt healthy lifestyle habits now, and become more health aware in general.
Where to start? Our top tips are as follows:
- Engage in regular exercise. Regular exercise lowers the risk of chronic diseases and is beneficial to our health in a number of ways. Both cardio and resistance training is beneficial to health.
- Zinc. Adequate zinc is required for cellular repair, immunity, and skin health. In addition to this, zinc is very important for healthy testosterone production in males. Consume a variety of zinc rich foods such as meat, oysters, pumpkin seeds and eggs, or consider a zinc supplement.
- Eat a good balanced diet. Natural wholefoods contain a wide variety of nutrients which are highly beneficial to health. Essential fatty acids, for example, may help with brain function, heart health, joints, and a number of other aspects of health. Omega 3, which is a natural anti-inflammatory, is found in oily fish, nuts, seeds, or a fish oil supplement.
- Take a good quality men’s multivitamin. This helps to provide the daily micronutrients men need. Getting an adequate intake of B vitamins and various other nutrients may help with maintaining good energy levels and assisting in stress management.
- Get regular check ups. Paying a visit to the doc (and dentist) seems a lot less daunting when its done on a regular basis. Getting a routine check over helps to catch any warning signals before things get too out of hand.
Disclaimer: This blog post is intended for educational purposes only. Please do not use this information to diagnose or treat any health concerns you may have. This information is not intended to replace the advice given to you by a qualified health professional. Get in contact with a Tonic Health consultant or a relevant health professional if you need guidance on your individual health journey.