This week we take another look at something other than clothes that is essential to making the complete gentleman. With your expensive suit, Italian shoes, Swiss watch and fedora, you need to worry about your cholesterol levels, blood sugar, blood pressure, prostate and libido.
It’s no big secret that men are afraid of seeing the doctor. Whether due to nurture or culture most men have an aversion to visiting the doctor’s office. However, it is essential to get at least an annual medical. As you get older it becomes even more important. Now, if you want to reduce the probability of going to the doctor then you may want to pay keen attention to what you eat and the lifestyle you lead.
Our bodies are made up somewhat different from that of women. The anatomy and physiology are not the same. Take for instances the hormones we produce, men have a separate set and in cases where we produce the same, the amounts of each differ significantly. Our form requires particular nutrients in order to function optimally. Therefore our diet cannot be exactly the same as women. Additionally, our activities invariably require more strength and energy hence, our nutritional requirements are specific.
It’s about time we start eating based on what our body needs. Peruse the list below and adjust your diet accordingly.
These include salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardine and herring. Having fish meals ensures that you get those essential omega-3 fatty acids.
This crunchy cereal provides you with as much fibre as your body will need. Excellent breakfast food and a power pack snack if you choose to have something like a Granola bar.
Tomato based products contain the potent anti-cancer compound lycopene. Coloured plant food in general are rich in anti-oxidants (cancer fighting molecules). These should be included in as much meals as possible.
Whilst quinoa is a very good source of fibre it’s the protein content that makes this food so powerful. This is a far better carb to have than even brown rice.
The heart healthy fatty acid oleic acid can be found in almonds. Additionally, snacking on almonds leaves you feeling full thus reducing your craving for unhealthy foods. It is important to remember that nuts are rich in fats and should therefore be refrigerated to reduce oxidation (spoilage).
Though known for their protein content, eggs also provide a significant amount of vitamin B12 and vitamin E. Some say an egg per day is good but I believe all things must be done in moderation.
Cashew nuts contain the micro nutrient selenium. For those men concerned about their sex drive you may want consume this particular nut with some amount of regularity.
Garlic is often described as the food of the gods. It is used quite frequently in the Mediterranean dishes. The compound of note found in this plant is allicin which is very effective against microbes such as bacteria.
Have all the fruits you can get your hands on. The carbohydrate provided here is digested easier and thus allows you to get energized faster. They also provide natural fibre which is good for keeping the colon clean. All that color represents cancer fighting compounds (antioxidants).
Drink between six to eight glasses of (room temperature) water daily is what they recommend. Honestly, sometimes I struggle with this but I’m actively trying to follow this order. On another note, take regular showers as well, regardless of where you live. This reduces body odour and keeps the skin clean and healthy.
Don’t just aim to look good but to feel well, mentally and physically. At this stage you cannot afford to not be deliberate about what you eat. It may be time consuming and a bit expensive but sickness is worse. Never hesitate to spend as much on your diet as you spend on your clothes and accessories.
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