June is Men’s Health Month. Wearing blue to show your support is a great thing – personally, it is my favorite color, looks good on most people and is easy to coordinate. The best way to show your support, however, is to take proactive steps to literally support and take ownership of your health. Most of us have families, people who care about us and our well-being, and we owe it to them to make sure we do everything we can to promote a healthy, happy, long and productive life. That means taking charge of our diet, exercise, supplementation and lifestyle choices to help address the common pitfalls and challenges we are likely to face as we age.
Get Proactive: Men typically live around 1 year less than women in terms of the national average lifespan. Women are twice as likely to visit their doctor for annual checkups, preventative health screenings (such as prostate exams) and other proactive measures. Cancer affects 1 in 2 men, while 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed in their lifetime. Prevention and early detection are key to maximizing chances of survival and a healthy and fully functional life, so make sure to stay proactive when it comes to monitoring your health.
Prostate: Chronic inflammation is the enemy of healthy aging; that is especially true of your prostate, and prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men. Genetic factors play a role, but watching what you eat can give you an edge. A number of studies suggest that reducing intake of animal fats and excessive carbohydrates, and replacing them with healthy seeds, nuts, berries and oils can be a great first step.
Not all “animal” fats are created equal, however. Omega-3 fatty acids (such as those found in fish body oils) play a critical role in how the body controls inflammation, specifically in terms of supporting a healthy Omega 3/6 balance and other systemic support faculties.
Saw Palmetto is a supplement that is widely available which may also help support prostate health. In addition, if you are not into counting out pills and organizing them in a supplement tote every day, there are a number of pre-packed supplement protocols designed for just this type of target support function.
Metabolism: Hormone balance and metabolism go hand in hand – when one suffers, the other is very likely to follow. Taking proactive measures to help support optimal blood sugar balance is a great way to help support healthy balance and metabolism. Also, another supplement to ask your doctor about is 7-KETO, a metabolite of DHEA, which is an adrenal hormone in the body which can support a healthy metabolism.
Testosterone/Libido: If you’re over 45, it’s likely you have experienced at least some of the effects of declining testosterone levels (reduced energy, metabolism, sex drive…). Taking supplements to help support healthy testosterone can be useful to support healthy energy, metabolism, and libido