How guys can keep their health in tip top condition mentally and physically…

 

NEW research by ThinkWell-LiveWell reveals that nearly twice as many women (84% more) think that society should invest in self-care as a way to combat stress and anxiety in comparison to men. Self-care is a broad term and refers to just about anything you do to be kind to yourself and it certainty isn’t “just for women.” With Men’s Health Awareness Week running from the 10th - 16th of June, we’ve asked our nutritionists’ to gives us their top tips on how you guys can keep your health in tip top condition mentally and physically…

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Mindfulness on the go

“Self-care gives us access to a better version of ourselves. Proactively tending to yourself with self-care gives you the best possible chance of being the person you aspire to be, behaving in a way that is contingent with your values, boosting your self-esteem and the health of your relationships,” explains Psychologist and Psychotherapist Corinne Sweet working in association with ThinkWell LiveWell, the new mindfulness toolkit for practical people (www.thinkwell-livewell.com).

ThinkWell LiveWell described as a toolkit for practical people, helps people through a complete process of change and development at the emotional, awareness and behavioural levels – in much the same way as face-to-face counselling or coaching would do. The emphasis is on users controlling their own experience and gaining their own insights into their wellbeing. So, instead of listening to your usual playlist or favourite podcast on your commute try listening to a five-minute ThinkWell LiveWell programme (www.thinkwell-livewell.com).

Men are biologically more susceptible to Diabetes

Did you know that one in 10 men now have diabetes and in middle-aged men the disease is expected to increase sharply in frequency over the next 20 years. [ii] Diabetes can be extremely dangerous if left untreated; A study carried out by CuraLin Diabetic Supplement on 2,022 Brits found that over 80% of respondents questioned did not know that type 2 diabetes can lead to erectile dysfunction, blindness (53%), loss of limbs (54%) and heart disease (62%). “Men are biologically more susceptible and need to gain far less weight compared to women to develop Diabetes. Fat distribution may explain men’s tendency to develop diabetes at lower BMI levels: typically, women store more fat subcutaneously (under the skin) in areas such as the hips and thighs, while men tend to store more of their fat in the abdomen. Therefore, women may need to accumulate a greater total amount of fat before they begin to develop harmful deposits in the abdominal area,” explains Dr Wendy Denning, working in alliance with CuraLin Diabetic Supplement.

What can you do? It can be extremely overwhelming if you are diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes after seeking medical advice. For extra support that can be taken alongside your medication, Dr Wendy Denning recommends CuraLin (£59.00, www.curalife.co). CuraLin is a nutritional supplement made from a mixture of ten natural ingredients, which are derived from Ayurvedic medicine, that work with the body to help balance blood sugar levels of those suffering from Type 2 Diabetes. It can also help reduce cravings for sugar and processed carbohydrates, restricts absorption of sugar and other carbohydrates, boosts insulin sensitivity and production and supports daily energy levels.

Erectile dysfunction

With infertility rates on the rise, here’s one way you can care for your down below. In order to ‘get it up’ one very important amino acid, called L-arginine, plays a huge part. “L-Arginine boosts blood circulation and regulates the relaxation of blood vessels. As it supports blood flow, it is a natural remedy for erectile dysfunction,” explains Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading Nutritionist (www.marilynglenville.com) and author of Getting Pregnant Faster. Getting it up is just the first step; we then want a high and healthy sperm count. “L-Arginine is also essential for sperm production; it can be found in large amounts in the head of sperm. L-Arginine can be found in seafood, eggs, lentils, chocolate and whole wheat grains. To make sure you’re getting the recommended amount, try taking NHP’s Advanced Fertility Support For Men (www.naturalhealthpractice.com, £34.77), which includes 1000mg of L-Arginine,” advises Dr Glenville.