For men it is a bit more simple
staying healthy than women as men have a less complex hormonal system. The key is
to make sure you get enough minerals and vitamins in the diet and stay at a
healthy weight with healthy blood pressure in order to reduce the chance of
heart disease.

It
is important to get ample protein but avoid eating too much meat and cheese
which can raise cholesterol and weight, especially around the stomach. Foods
that are high in protein but are better for cho­lesterol include pumpkin seeds,
sunflower seeds, beans, lentils, almonds, walnuts, brazils, green vegetables
and oily fish. Pumpkin seeds are high in the mineral zinc which is needed in
higher amounts in men than women as it is needed for the male reproductive
system and can also boost libido.

Omega 3 is needed for the
brain and can help heart health and improve mood. It is found in flaxseeds,
hempseeds and their oils as well as oily fish like sardines and salmon. Try
adding a tablespoon of milled flaxseed to your breakfast ce­real as this can
help with joint health and constipation. By re­ducing fried food in your diet
and adding olive oil, hemp seed oil or “Udos oil” to your food after
you cook it this provides essential fats that protect the heart.

Do you have high blood pres­sure?
Try eating more vegeta­bles, fruits, wholegrains, beans, lentils, nuts and
seeds, drink­ing more water and try taking aloe vera juice. A member of my
family was able to reduce high blood pressure by drinking aloe vera juice each
day after they had tried several different things over the years without
success.

If you are looking for a protein powder to take for going to the gym why not
try hemp protein powder? it is a complete protein, gives you omega 3, 6 & 9
and is also full of minerals like calcium, magnesium and zinc. You can make a
shake out of it with some water and a banana and it will keep you going for
hours.

Creatine that is found in
many protein powders is more difficult for the liver to break down and the long
term effects of taking it are not known but hemp protein powder is easily
digested and full of nutrition.

In order to prevent type two
diabetes it is important to keep the blood sugar balanced by eating wholegrains
like por­ridge oats, whole wheat bread, brown pasta and brown rice and eating
plenty of vegetables which are low in sugar, partic­ularly the green ones.
Avoiding sugar in sweets, biscuits, white rice, chocolate, fizzy drinks and processed
food will help balance your blood sugar and keeping fruit to two pieces a day
will also help, especially re­ducing dried fruit and bananas which are higher
in sugar.

Coffee also has a negative
impact on the blood sugar if you drink too much and leads to cravings for sugar
and alco­hol later in the day so if you want to balance your blood sugar try
keeping it to two cupsa day or less and drink them be­fore 4pm. Green tea is
good for the brain and heart and has a little caffeine so it is helpful to
drink it, especially when trying to reduce coffee.

One of the best supplements
for men is a `green superfood’ containing wheatgrass, barley-grass, spirulina
and chlorella as it keeps the body in the cor­rect acid/alkaline balance and
provides all the vitamins and minerals needed for health.

Because the soil nowadays
contains less nutrition than 50 years ago it is difficult to get all the
vitamins and minerals from your diet alone, unless a person is eating and
juicing wild foods like nettles and dan­delions. Greens are the most important
part of the diet and taking a green superfood sup­plement such as Synergy Supergreens
or Powergreens provides concentrated greens

that can give significant
health benefits. Eating more green vegetables like broccoli, kale, chard,
cabbage, spinach, water‑

Eating
earlier in the day also helps digestion as the body di­gests food most
efficiently in the morning and afternoon but it slows down at night so it helps
to eat your last meal about 7.30 pm at the latest. Tak­ing a probiotic
supplement con‑

taining
acidophillus can also

bring relief such as the
brand Udo’s Choice or Optibac which are particularly good. Aloe vera juice is
excellent for acid reflux and constipation as it helps balance acid in the stom­ach,
the key is to start with a small amount such as 5 or 10mis to see what is the
best dose for you. It is best taken be­fore a meal.

• Foods and products
mentioned can be found in good health food shops such as THS at Jacksons, Main
St, Saintfeld and THS, St Patrick’s Ave, Downpatrick. If you have any questions
about mens health or natural health in general feel free to e-mail Kim at
kimmccreery@live.co.uk.