Some Basic Men’s Health and Diet Tips
Being a man today is a beautiful thing because we have access to so much health information and can take care of our bodies better than ever. In fact, we don’t even have to grow old anymore because we can eliminate all the bad habits that cause cells to dysfunction and accumulatively cause premature aging. Healthy men can now beat the clock of chronological age and retain a biological age of about 30 for the rest of their lives. The science of aging provides us with a lot of clues on how to accomplish this. Let’s consider the 5 most important health tips for men to prevent aging and decreased health below.
Since most of the cellular aging is related to the build-up of plaque in the arteries due to unabsorbed blood sugar, we can safely avoid many health problems by reducing sugar intake. This especially includes sweetners like high fructose corn syrup but even refined sugar in general. In fact, science shows that we are better off retaining a slim profile because this is shown to increase our lifespans. This may be the reason why so many lean Asians age so well and reach those impossible ages well past 100 years old. The science also shows that people who acquire diabetes cut their life expectancy in half due to this process called glycation that builds up plaque in the arteries. Diabetes makes it hard for the body to heal and will increase the risks of heart disease and strokes considerably from the narrowing of arteries.
But, the sugar problem doesn’t stop with sugar. Some studies now suggest that insulin resistance can occur even when you eat artificial sweeteners that don’t contain sugar. So, if you think diet foods are healthy, think again. Most foods that are packaged as low-calorie, zero-calorie, or no sugar alternatives to rich foods have nasty artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, acesulfame, and neotame may trick your brain into releasing insulin because your mouth detects the sweet taste. It is better to avoid processed foods altogether just to be safe because many are loaded with high levels of sodium, sugar, and sugar substitutes.
Avoid Hydrogenated Oils and Trans fats
The use of artificial sweeteners is a lot like the use of margarine and hydrogenated oils to avoid the natural fats in butter. Then, years later, they tell us that the hydrogenated oils are the worst thing in the world for us because they clog our arteries and are difficult to break down. Today, many food manufacturers are trying to eliminate hydrogenated oils but have difficulty replicating the flakey crusts and firm dough consistencies that are desirable in baked goods. While the move to butter and olive oil blends that don’t contain hydrogenated oils is helping, you still have to be careful what you eat. Even seemingly innocuous foods like peanut butter, a comfort food, have high volumes of hydrogenated oils that stick around in your body for a very long time. So, if you want to be a feature story in men’s health and fitness websites, you should avoid anything with hydrogenated oils to protect your heart.
Take Your Vitamins
Although it may seem like a basic thing that anyone would know to do, taking vitamins is not always considered appropriately. Many people are severely deficient of vitamins like B-12 because they have limited sources to naturally acquire the vitamin. In addition, the majority of people have a genetic mutation that limits their ability to properly absorb Vitamin B-12. Because Vitamin B-12 plays such a vital role in metabolism, mental health, and helps us keep our weight down even if we overindulge, there is no better vitamin to supplement in your diet separately even if some is in your multi-vitamin or fortified foods like breakfast cereals. Even in 2019, it is still unclear if fortified vitamins in breakfast cereals are properly absorbed by the body and what possible health effects they provide.
Another key vitamin that many are lacking in their diet is Vitamin D. In areas where the climate is colder, people spend more time indoors and fail to naturally produce enough of this vitamin. Your body naturally produces Vitamin D when your skin is exposed to sunlight. It doesn’t take much, but at least half an hour a day to build up a healthy level. If you are not living in sunny California, you should probably supplement your diet with Vitamin D. Vitamin D plays a critical role in insulin regulation, the strength of bones and teeth, and also in the nervous system.
Take Glucosamine and Chondroitin
If you visit a mens health website, you may find information on the benefits of glucosamine and chondroitin. These supplements are often used by people who have arthritis or other joint conditions. A few of the men’s health and fitness websites will also tell you that they are now a necessity for anyone who engages in excessive workouts or cardio training. Because treadmills and bikes have made it easier than ever to overtrain, the solution is to replenish the synovial fluid in our joints by taking these supplements and helping to remineralize the cartilage. Even if you weight train, you may feel the inflammation in your joints and hips even if you are still young. Taking glucosamine and chondroitin before you develop arthritis will help you feel like a kid again.
Avoid Smoking and Drinking
It is easy to see the dangers of these substances. Smoking depletes the oxygen available to the body and increases the risks of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and many other ailments. Drinking is toxic to the liver and can even destroy the pancreas and cause diabetes. If you can limit your exposure to second-hand smoke, and drink in moderation at social events and no more, your body will thank you. You will hold up much better to premature aging. And that is the conclusion of our 5 health tips for men 2019 article.
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