June is Men’s Health Month and June 17 has been designated by the the Men’s Health Network as “Wear Blue” day to remember that men’s health matters to all of us. Raising awareness about men’s health is an important endeavor as the gender tends to disregard the importance of health habits like yearly medical appointments and lab exams. Women may not enjoy mammograms but they schedule them!
The CDC promotes this campaign and suggests more sleep, less tobacco, healthier eating habits, more exercise, less stress, and less alcohol. And scheduling your medical appointments.
The above list is a lot to take in for a gender that tends to not take care of themselves. Men don't often consider self care a worthy use of time. The cadre of people asking for time, the projects that don't solve themselves, the fires that need attending, all take a higher priority on a daily basis than thinking about physical health and mental wellbeing. We offer some simple suggestions that don’t take much work and will keep you moving forward making positive, enjoyable health habits. Which is the whole point - to enjoy life every single day with those we love. So eat delicious & nutritious food so your loves ones get to keep you around a little longer.
- Eat two Brazil nuts every day.
Brazil Nuts are a great source of selenium, an important nutrient incorporated into a number of enzymes. Too much selenium can be hazardous so just eat two Brazil nuts a day.
- Eat tomatoes and watermelon
Lycopene, found in tomatoes, watermelon and other fruits and veggies that are not red, is a phytonutrient in the carotenoid family. Some studies suggest men who consume more lycopene from food sources (not supplements) have reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and cancers such as prostate cancer. There is no cause and effect evidence here and perhaps other phytonutrients play a role but eating more tomatoes and watermelon is no hardship.
- Eat fish
For the Vitamin A and omega 3 fatty acids. And because it might mean you are eating less red meat.
- Eat an avocado
For the monounsaturated fatty acids good for cardiovascular health.
- Eat pumpkin seeds
Pumpkins seeds are a good source of zinc and magnesium, both essential minerals. Zinc plays numerous roles in cellular metabolism. Oysters are also a good source of zinc too and yes, zinc is important for reproductive health. Magnesium plays a role in keeping bones healthy, regulating blood pressure, and heart health. A couple of tablespoons on salad, yogurt or just a snack is sufficient.
- Eat berries
Certainly not a hardship this time of year and easy to find since they are front and center in the grocery store. Loaded with phytonutrients like antioxidants, they are an easy way to add nutrition.
Happy Father's Day!