It’s All About Men….

It’s all about men!

So, let’s take some time for a closer look at half of our population. Yes, our men. Despite the fact they drive us crazy half the time, let’s face it, we want to keep them around for the long haul!

Our men are amazing in all their sizes, shapes and ages, and although you may occasionally hear a woman say that men are simple in their nature, there’s definitely a level of complexity in both their mental and physical state.

Unfortunately, with most of our men folk though their health isn’t as good as it could be and like so many aspects of their existence it’s up to us women to look after them!

There are so many variables involved with men’s health including environmental factors such as the way society says men should act and of course basic biological functions. When you look at the statistics, men die at much early age rates and consult health care professionals less often than women. Unfortunately, men usually smoke more than women, struggle with their weight and have increased alcohol consumption [1]

When we look at men’s health there is a myriad of issues affecting our men which unfortunately tends to impact their wives, partners, children, friends and work colleagues.

Men and their nutrition…

It’s really important to remember that men have different nutritional requirements to woman, so it is important to tailor products for men.

  • Men usually need less dietary iron than women, so iron free multivitamins with zinc are important.
  • Micronutrient deficiencies (zinc, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin E and D) are also on the rise with our male friends.
  • Something that all women can help our men out with is a good probiotic which assists with gut issues such as bloating and wind. (I’m sure we would all welcome improvements in that area!!)
  • If your man drinks alcohol, encourage them to take something to enhance liver detoxification to help with excess alcohol and eating the wrong types of food. Digestive enzymes will help if bloated or eating heavier protein & carb meals such as steak or pasta and CoQ10 will have a beneficial effect on the heart if overweight or obese.

Men & their prostate…

A very common problem for men today is Benign Prostate Hyperplasia, Benign Prostate Hypertrophy (BPH) and prostatitis. BPH is when the prostate gland becomes larger than it should be normally. When this happens, it can cause urinary flow to be obstructed and result in Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s) and bladder issues.

Let’s get a bit technical…the prostate is an exocrine gland of the male reproductive system. Its main function is to make a clear, basic fluid that makes up to one third of the volume of semen. BPH is definitely associated with ageing and an estimated 1 in 7 men over 40 years of age will develop prostate problems. However what health care practitioners are now seeing in clinics is that younger men are being affected.

  • If your man is suffering from medically diagnosed BPH, saw palmetto, zinc and stinging nettle will help support a healthy metabolism of testosterone.

Men & menopause? Nope it’s called Andropause…

Sorry guys. You too suffer from a form of menopause…you just don’t know it. Andropause, or male menopause has now become a health term that describes many of the conditions and effects of ageing specific to men.

As men age, it is common for them to have hormonal imbalances which can affect the functioning of their body. Combine the natural hormonal changes with increased stress, poor diet and the lack of exercise and men can start to suffer in the same way as women in their middle years. It is so important that men look after themselves during this period.

  • Products that may be of assistance are Prostate Health, Natural Mineral Drink, Adult Multi Vitamin with Botanicals and if overweight the food lists on the LTLA Weight Loss Program are all designed to help bring hormones back into balance.

All of these measures can help men transition into their later years in a ruggedly handsome way!

Men & the S word…

Research shows that men are certainly recognising stress more and communicating about it, however equally, research is showing that more needs to be done to help men identify stress and take positive steps to combat it[2]. Stress affects all men differently, however stress plays a strong role in the presentation of many health conditions presented in our health clinics today.

  • Hypericum and Lactium found in Stress Health combined with supporting products to address nutritional deficiencies such as Adult Multi Vitamin with Botanicals, Natural Mineral Drink and Hawaiian Noni can all help to reduce the impact and incidence of stress.
  • Easy stress management techniques such as eating clean, meditation and exercise can help lower symptoms and effects of low moods and stress related anxiety.

Men & their expanding waist…although cuddly – it’s not so good for health…

The single most common issue with men’s health, particularly as they age stems from them being overweight. Issues such as:

  • Low energy
  • Low self esteem
  • Heart problems
  • Blood Sugar problems
  • Back problems
  • Joint issues
  • High cholesterol
  • Lack of mental clarity and behavioral problems
  • Mood swings
  • Sleep issues such as sleep apnoea

The list goes on and all be attributed to being overweight.

The really great news is that all of these and many other issues can be reversed by effectively repairing the gut and helping our men folk with their choice of foods and drink while losing weight.

[1] Australian Bureau of Statistics 4102.0 – Australian Social Trends

[2] https://www.healthline.com/health/stress-symptoms-in-men