Dr. Simone Laubscher PhD, formulator of The Super Elixir™ and Founder of Rejuv Wellness, shares her insights on men's health
Over the last few years, I have seen a spike of certain health conditions in men, driven greatly by inflammation, stress and adrenal fatigue. Research also reveals that men, even in developed nations, are low in the essential vitamins and minerals, with magnesium, iron, omega 3, amino acids, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D and vitamin K the main deficiencies on the rise in most men.
Add increased stress levels to the mix, and you have the perfect combination for poor health.With stress at an all-time high, many of my male patients are also experiencing increased belly fat due to increased cortisol and stress hormones, insomnia, increased pain and inflammation, anxiety, depression, IBS symptoms, reduced sex drive, poor cognition as well as food and alcohol cravings.
Here are a few of my tips to fix these issues and help keep mens' mental and physical health in check.
Blood sugar imbalances and cravings
Eat protein (such as WelleCo's Nourishing Protein) with each meal, chew well and choose foods that will easily digest. Also make sure you are getting enough fiber to keep you full and regular. I suggest consuming three teaspoons of milled flaxseeds or psyllium husks eat day – 1.5 teaspoons before breakfast and 1.5 teaspoons before dinner in a glass of water – or try WelleCo's The Super Elixir™ to reduce cravings.
Testosterone will not only keep your body fat down and your lean muscle up it will also keep you motivated and passionate in life and in the bedroom. The best foods to boost testosterone naturally are garlic, organic free-range eggs, almonds, oysters, gluten free porridge oats, lemons, manuka honey and spinach.
The type of exercise you do also greatly impacts testosterone levels so choose high-intensity interval training (HIIT), interval training and strength training. Yoga and meditation will also reduce your stress levels which has a wonderful balancing effect on your hormones too.
Add thermogenic foods to your diet such as chili, garlic, ginger, curry and spices to boost your resting metabolic rate.
If you feel your testosterone levels are out, you can also have this tested at most labs. Most male hormone profiles can be done accurately with a simple saliva test to evaluate testosterone, DHEA, cortisol and oestrogen levels. You usually collect 4 samples over a 24-hour period which gives a clear picture of the role played by the adrenal and sex hormones.
If you don’t get adequate sleep your body cannot heal, so inflammation and poor health will follow. Getting your stress under control as per above is key and creating wind down sleep rituals like with WelleCo’s Sleep Welle Calming Tea will help you get into restorative sleep having a huge knock on effect on your physical and mental health.
Your toxic load greatly affects your inflammation levels for non-organic chemical hygiene products clog the liver and kidneys leading to inflammation and disease. If it’s too expensive to change your whole life, start with the big players first like deodorant, body wash and shampoo. Then move onto household products and clothes detergent.
Your thoughts greatly affect your inflammation. Repetitive thinking of stressful thoughts leaves your body living with an over production of stress hormones and in the fight or flight mode which leaves little energy left for the body to heal. Moments of stress are normal with the sympathetic nervous system becoming engaged allowing for a rapid involuntary response to dangerous or stressful situations.
A surge of stress hormones boosts the body's alertness and heart rate, sending extra blood to the muscles in case you need to act quickly to escape danger. When the danger never really presents itself and it is only triggered by the thoughts of stressful situations, the body cannot make this distinction, and this is why stress is linked now to all diseases.
Cortisol also goes up, increasing the storage of body fat, which for many adds to the existing level of stress. Practicing mindfulness daily and choosing prayer and meditation techniques that resonate with you are key to helping you stay in balance. There is a great book by Dr Bruce Lipton called Biology of Belief which will reveal to you the power of your thoughts and how they help shift you into optimum health and a state of healing and longevity.