June is Men’s Health Month. By no coincidence, Father’s Day is right around the corner. Whether we want to do better for our own wellness, or simply wish the same for Dad, there’s plenty of ways to celebrate in a health-conscious way.
Men have unique health needs — especially when compared to the average women’s wellness routine. Gut, hormonal, and skin health are all common women’s health topics. But what do men need?
Men can empower their own health to honor Men’s Health Month with health-boosting tips. Here’s how to celebrate the occasion.
Improve Energy Levels
Men pride themselves for being full of vim and vigor. But as they age, this vitality can slip down a little (but it’s natural — don’t be hard on yourself about it!)
A great recommendation for restoring energy: getting acquainted with energy-boosting diets that keep down chronic inflammation. This might mean eating more plant-based foods and easing off dairy and empty carbs, like white bread.
Antioxidant-rich foods can help too, like dark berries and leafy greens. Herbs that support the body in making testosterone are definitely important for men, and can also restore energy: nettles, ginseng, and eleuthero (Siberian ginseng) are great for this.
Take Care of Reproductive Health
Energy and reproductive health go hand in hand in men’s wellness. Pay attention to (and nourish) your testosterone levels— this is at the foundation of men’s self-care.
Testosterone levels influence energy, appearance, performance, and so much more. To stoke your fires, rekindle performance, and enhance youthful energy, make sure to balance plenty of healthy proteins with other macros if you eat lots of plant-based foods.
If you’re not vegan, animal foods may help with testosterone. Many nutrients pivotal to increasing testosterone are more abundant in animal foods, including zinc— make sure you get enough!
Pay Attention to Prostate Health
The average man experiences some sort of prostate problem as he gets older. With the right approaches to diet and wellness, these are easily avoided— or prevented ahead of time at the very least.
Conditions like Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) cause uncomfortable symptoms, but these can be supported, prevented, or both. Prostate cancer risk, increasing in men as they age, is worth keeping at bay, too.
To help with prostate (whether you have issues yet or not), try herbs like saw palmetto or pygeum. Research shows they can reduce your risk of prostate problems, no matter your age. If you’re starting to have prostate issues, talk to your doctor.
Boost Heart Health
Heart health is certainly not exclusive to men! But they are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease than women.
Cleaning up your diet, reducing sugar and carbs, and managing stress can help. Keep an eye on your blood pressure levels. Herbs could help too: reishi mushroom, cayenne pepper, and turmeric are all shown to be heart healthy.
Be sure not to forget your health (or the health of those you love) during Men’s Health Month. Abundant health can be one of the most thoughtful gifts — to others and yourself.
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