Updated: Jul 22, 2020
It’s Mens Health Week. We have a few tips on staying healthy or even getting back there.
It is known that more often than not, men find it hard to talk about or address their own health. The stigma behind it that still exists and the struggles that come with it are the reasons for this.
This year, with the world still in the grip of a pandemic that has exacted a particularly heavy price on men. There is compelling evidence supporting men’s apparently greater vulnerability to COVID-19 infection and mortality.
A pandemic plus a global movement, Black Lives Matter, fighting for justice after centuries of systemic racism. A corrosive and widespread problem in our society, and we all need to do a better job of confronting it.
So in addition to the already present struggle with men and their health, the current state of the world will not be making this any easier.
The goal is not only to give men a better understanding of what is already out there, to give support and guidance and ultimately learn how to take positive steps towards a better mental health. It is to raise awareness of male health issues on a global level and to encourage the development of health policies and services that meet the specific needs of men, boys, and their families.
“Our over-thinking and sad feelings can lead to some dark places. But when discussed some of the most positive outlooks can arise.”
- Jack, Co-Founder
It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. Especially during a major pandemic like Covid-19. The primordial concept of masculinity has created an unfair and unrealistic expectation of what it takes to be a man.
“Reaching out to others can not only help their mental state, but will help ours too. We don’t always have to be the macho alfa male, it feels good to let things out and even ask for help.”
There is something quite redemptive about men who have been forced to be tough for too long that finally feeling comfortable enough to reveal their psychological bruises.
There are people losing family members, losing jobs, people who’s lives have been completely turned upside down which will have such a detrimental affect on their mental and physical health. Men’s Health Week is particularly significant right now. It is our chance to remind the people, the politicians and health professionals that men are worth saving.
So firstly is obviously speak up. With Men’s Health Week indicating that men are starting to understand the importance of their health, the reality is too many men are still suffering in silence.
Statistics show that three out of four (76%) of suicides are men; it is the biggest cause of fatality in men under thirty-five years old.
More tips on mens health.
Foods that boost male health:
Bananas - great source of quick energy, potassium, vitamin b6. Aid immune system, nervous system and assist with protein and metabolism
Brazil nuts - packed with antioxidants help prevent heart disease, cancer and protect prostate health
Berries and cherries - help slow decline in brain function
Red/orange vegetables - nutrients from bell peppers, carrots, pumpkin or sweet potatoes help preserve healthy skin cells and prevent oxidation from the sun
Soybeans - soy is rich in isoflavones which help protect prostate health and have been shown to lower the risk of prostate cancer. Where possible try to replace animal based fats with plant based fats - Tofu chickpeas peanuts - they’re full of isoflavones
Whole grains - diet rich in whole grains can help lower low-density lipoproteins or bad cholesterol and are good for prostate and muscle health
Plant sterols/stanols are naturally occurring substances in fruits and vegetables that have been shown to lower mildly elevated blood cholesterol levels
Stay active, try to do 30 minutes 4 days a week. Keeping active will reduce risk of cardiovascular disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men! There is so much available now, online videos, classes, private sessions,
Sleeping - It’s a necessity of life. A way to restore and rebalance. 7 - 8 hours per night when you can. Sleep is essential for many vital physical and behavioural functions. Your body needs sleep just as it needs air and water to survive.
Slouching! AVOID! A slouched position causes your body to work double-time, wasting energy and straining your muscles, ligaments and joints. Get adjusted. Chiropractic increases range of motion and restores posture to a more ideal position, eliminating wasted energy.
Probiotic - Take a probiotic. You’ve probably heard that probiotics are good for healthy gut bacteria, but a good probiotic can also aid in protein absorption.
And most important - well so the men will agree - have a guys night. Take time for yourself. Talk to your friends about what is going on with you. You never know, you may find there are others in similar situations or you could even encourage other to speak up and seek help if needed.