Men in their 20sThere is a common misconception that life for men in their 20s is care-free. While big responsibilities are not as common at this age, general health, lifestyle and mental well-being are incredibly important. Issue #1: Injuries Sports injuries, work-related injuries, car or motorcycle accidents, and drink-driving accidents are impacting too many men in their 20s. Preventative Tips:
- Your body is not indestructible, so take it easy
- If you’re injured, rest up and let your body heal before diving back into physical activity
- Pay attention to the health and safety warnings at work – they’re there to help, not hinder, your workspace
- Watch your speed on the roads
- Watch your alcohol consumption. The amount you drink in your youth can cause a detrimental effect on your health later in life too
- Do regular self-exams so that you’re aware of any changes. If you’re unsure about what to look for, consult your GP – don’t be shy, they’ve seen it all before!
- Try to eat a balanced, healthy diet, incorporating lean protein, fresh fruit and vegetables, and low GI carbs like sweet potato, pumpkin and brown rice or pasta.
- If you feel depressed, talk to someone you trust; whether it’s a friend, work colleague, family member, counsellor or GP. You are never alone
- If necessary, discuss the prospect of anti-depressants with your GP. Everyone is different, but there are a number of natural supplements you can explore if you want to avoid pharmaceuticals
- Exercise releases natural endorphins, helping you to feel good
Men in their 30sFor a lot of men, their 30s are when they decide to 'settle down'. Often they are well into their careers by this point, buying a house might be on the cards and marriage and kids become a real possibility. Issue #1: Decreased Fertility For many men, the way they live in their 30s will shape their reproductive health. Preventative Tips:
- Quit smoking – it’s not good for you or your swimmers
- Eat a healthy diet. Excessive alcohol and takeaway consumption can chip away at your sperm count. On the other hand, vegetables, lean protein and essential nutrients like selenium (found in Brazil nuts) will make a big difference
- Tight is not always right. Beware of the restrictions of your underwear – if they’re too tight, this may decrease your sperm count
Men in their 40sIt’s at this turning point in many men’s lives where a lot of physical changes occur, responsibilities (both at work and at home) are at an all-time-high and cardiovascular health becomes increasingly important. Issue #1: Stress Prolonged stress plays a big role in men’s overall health, affecting their heart and nervous system as well as their mental health. Preventative Tips:
- Take time to discover what helps you to relieve your stress. It might be going for a run, playing a sport, reading, or even cooking. Whatever it is, do it as often as possible.
- Have a clear financial plan. This will help you to feel more in control of your expenses, particularly the stressful ones, like mortgages and kids!
- Keep an eye on your diet. Vegetables, protein andhealthy fats are key.
- Restrict your alcohol consumption.
- Exercise regularly.
- Exercise, exercise, exercise. Your testosterone levels adapt to your body’s needs. When you’re inactive, you brain sends the message that you don’t need as much of the hormone because you’re not building muscle. When you’re physically active, your brain does the opposite, signalling for more testosterone.
- Maintain a healthy weight – men who are overweight often have low testosterone levels.
- In extreme cases, testosterone replacement therapy can help. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor to explore your options.
- Visiting your GP for regular blood tests and physical examinations is imperative to preventing both of these cancers.
- Live a healthy lifestyle by minimising alcohol and junk food while increasing exercise, water intake, and sleep can do wonders for your body.
- Lose weight if you’re packing a little bit extra.
- Up your antioxidants.
- . Calcium is essential for nervous system and muscle function and is vital for strong bones and teeth adding Hi Cal to you vitamin intake will help support your bone density and calcium absorbtion.
Men in their 60s (and beyond)While retirement may be on the horizon, this is not the only lifestyle change senior men can expect. With the risk of illness increasing with age, health needs to be a big priority. Issue #1: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BHP) BHP occurs when the prostate gland enlarges and affects 80% of men over the age of 80. While the condition is not cancerous, the symptoms can be very uncomfortable, affecting your ability to urinate properly. If not kept under close medical watch, the condition can become cancerous. Preventative Tips:
- Get regular check-ups.
- Introduce some natural, prostate-supporting supplements into your regime.
- Go to your GP for regular check-ups
- Maintain normal cholesterol levels by consuming plenty of fibre, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, psyillum husks and oats
- Introduce a multi-vitamin into your diet
- Eat natural anti-inflammatory foods such as green leafy vegetables, oily fish, turmeric, ginger and green tea.
- Introduce some natural supplements into your regime. There are many that can do wonders for joint and muscle pain.
- Take a daily intake of Red Super Krill + Glucosamine. Red super krill + glucosamine has three key benefits for joint health, comfort and mobility.