Men try to make it to the gym every so often and play a baseball or basketball game on nice weekends. This is a very good start, but it’s the foods you eat and the ones you skip that really impact your health.
There are certain foods that men in particular should be focusing on if they want to boost their health. It’s always sensible to eat a lot of organic fruit and vegetables and lean protein, regardless of your gender, but men have different needs when it comes to certain vitamins and minerals.
Perhaps not surprisingly, salmon is at the top of the list. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can only be obtained through the diet, and can reduce the risk of heart disease. They also boost your levels of good cholesterol, and reduce inflammation, which has been associated with cancer. Other oily fish that are good choices for men include herring, tuna and sardines.
Oily fish aren’t the only type of fish men should look out for. Shellfish is a good source of zinc, which is essential for male reproductive health. Low levels of zinc are also associated with hair loss. Oysters and prawns are good sources of zinc.
Bananas are a simple food for men to consume, especially those that are often stubborn when it comes to fruit and vegetable intake. They are available all season long, sold all over the city, and are truly great foods for men’s cardiovascular health due to their potassium and fiber content.
Not only are avocadoes delicious, but they contain many important nutrients for men. Heart healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber and potassium make avocados a must eat food. Spreading them on toast (rather than butter) is a great way to work them into your diet.
Heart-healthy Brazil nuts are also recommended, but men should look out for the raw varieties, and keep servings small, to reap maximum health benefits. These nuts are rich in selenium, which plays a role in reproductive health, in addition to boosting immune health and protecting against free radical damage.
Organic tomatoes are another important food for men, thanks to their high lycopene content. This acts as an antioxidant, which can help prevent damage from disease-causing free radicals, and it has also been linked to prostate health.
It is recommended that men eat eggs, because they are a source of a number of important vitamins and minerals. Their high protein content makes them good for weight loss. Boiled eggs are the best choice for a nutritious snack.
Red peppers also make the list on account of their impressive vitamin C content; just half of one red pepper will give you more than 200 percent of the recommended daily intake! While Vitamin C is good for your health overall, it’s particularly crucial for men who are hoping to be fathers, as it prevents reproductive cells from clumping together. It can also help to preserve the bone density of older men.
Steel cut oats can help keep your blood sugar levels balanced. They are high in fiber, which has been shown to cut the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease. If you’re not a fan of traditional oatmeal, try adding some oats to a smoothie or topping your salad with them.
Another good source of fiber is beans, with red kidney beans standing out above the rest. They can help with digestion and make you feel full, which is helpful for controlling your weight. After all, being overweight increases your risk of prostate cancer and can lead to fertility issues.
On the other hand, there are a few foods that men should try to avoid.
Cheese is full of fat and can harm your body. A little bit of anything is not bad, so you can on and off indulge into it, but usually try to avoid it. A fact is that cheese stops the secretion of estrogen and testosterone in the body.
Junk food also reduces the secretion of testosterone.
Low quality oil contains free radicals in it, which are bad for a male body.
In addition, men tend to use a lot of mint for their breathe to smell good. But mint hampers the reproductive drive in men.
Excess coffee is not good for men. Too much of it creates stress among men.
By adding and eliminating certain foods you can increase your reproductive health, decrease your risk of prostate cancer and possibly prevent heart disease.
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