Regular exercise, a good diet, zero stress and eight hours sleep every night – all simple to do, right? No. Not so much.
It is impossible to have a 100% so called ‘perfect lifestyle’ – but there are ways to support your health.
What is male health all about?
The term ‘male health’ encompasses physical, emotional and mental health. We are not experts on it all, and we can’t cover all the areas here in this article, but I have summarised some of the most popular areas we talk about here in store.
When our digestion isn’t working properly symptoms such as heartburn, bloating, wind, constipation and even food intolerances. This can also have a knock on effect to other areas of our health.
Fundamentally it is essential to get the right foods into your body. Easier said than done – especially if you choose or need to miss certain foods or food groups. With a varied diet including green leafy vegetables, good protein sources, complex carbohydrates, good levels of fibre and plenty of water to stay hydrated you are in with a better chance of getting your digestive system working optimally. If you have to avoid gluten, follow a plant-based diet or have certain foods that you can’t eat then to ensure you have a balanced diet full of all the essential vitamins and minerals talk to our Nutritional Therapists. We can make recommendations of where to get these essential nutrients, or can recommend a suitable supplement.
Our Digestive Health questionnaire is designed to help identify which areas of your digestive system you need support with. You will find the link to the questionnaire here.
If you think you may have an intolerance to a certain food we offer Food Intolerance Tests here in store. An intolerance can have very similar symptoms to an allergy – you may notice when you eat certain foods that you have digestive symptoms such as bloating, diarrhoea, constipation or perhaps indigestion. It may be other symptoms too, such as brain fog, low energy levels, headaches, anxiety or joint pain. Click here for more details.
Feeling tired is really common and most people would like to have more energy. There are many reasons why we feel tired ranging from poor sleeping habits, lack of routine, poor diet, stress or lack of exercise.
In the event of any medical conditions it is always worth speaking to your GP, especially if tiredness has gone on for a long time. If you have blood tests done, you can check levels of some key vitamins – such as Vitamin D and B12 – both which have an impact on your energy levels. If you struggle to get a blood test via your GP, we offer Vitamin D tests here in store which are done by an NHS laboratory. Click here to buy yours.
If you know your diet is lacking nutrients, there are supplements that you can take to ensure your vital minerals and vitamins get to – and remain at – recommended levels.
Our NHS recommends 150 minutes or moderate intensity activity a week, and we can all benefit from a walk rather than sitting down for prolonged periods. What you fuel your body with will impact the energy you have, so take a look at our BANT Wellness Solution (above) – this is designed to ensure you have the right balance of protein, complex carbohydrates, fibre and essential fats.
Trouble dropping off can be torture, especially if your mind won’t stop whirring, or you simply can’t get comfortable. Other people find they do get plenty of sleep, but still feel groggy and tired the next day. If you fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow perhaps you wake in the early hours and can’t get back into a deep slumber which can be super frustrating. Any of these troublesome sleep issues can cause havoc to our health both physical and mental.
We talk about sleep a lot here in store – every so often I meet someone who sleeps well, but worryingly most of the people we talk to feel they don’t get enough sleep, and in some cases are trying to get by on just a couple of hours a night. Click here to read the sleep tips from our team, you can also book a FREE chat with a member of our team.
When we’re stressed it affects all other aspects of our health. Our body prioritises making stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) over other functions in the body, for a fight or flight response to the stress.
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Over a prolonged period of time stress can have a very negative impact on many areas of our health including: gut health, immune health, hormones, heart health, weight and moods. Again, diet and ‘fuelling’ your body will impact how you deal with stress and anxiety. A diet rich in whole foods, avoiding disruptive refined carbs, sugars and alcohol and being able to get control of your lifestyle stressors will all help you be able to manage your symptoms. Vitamins and minerals can also help you – ensure you get your essential fats from oily fish or supplement with a omega 3. Magnesium can help you relax and help aid sleep too. Click here to read our full feature on stress and anxiety – you can also pop in and talk to our team any day, we always have a Nutritional therapist onsite to offer advice and guidance.
Over a prolonged period of time stress can have a very negative impact on many areas of our health including: gut health, immune health, hormones, heart health, weight and moods.
Again, diet and ‘fuelling’ your body will impact how you deal with stress and anxiety. A diet rich in whole foods, avoiding disruptive refined carbs, sugars and alcohol and being able to get control of your lifestyle stressors will all help you be able to manage your symptoms. Vitamins and minerals can also help you – ensure you get your essential fats from oily fish or supplement with a omega 3. Magnesium can help you relax and help aid sleep too.
Click here to read our full feature on stress and anxiety – you can also pop in and talk to our team any day, we always have a Nutritional therapist onsite to offer advice and guidance.
There are lots of ways you can help ease the misery of joint pain, muscular discomfort and general achy bits. As always prevention is better than a cure – but it is easy to overdo it and not realise until you are hurting!
Magnesium is a very popular supplement and is known as nature’s natural tranquiliser. As a muscle relaxant it can help ease muscle cramps, migraines and any tension held in the body (especially good for neck and shoulder tension – this is where we hold a lot of stress). Magnesium can be taken internally, or applied topically as a body oil, lotion, gel or added to your bath.
Any inflammation in the body – for example arthritis – can be helped with anti-inflammatory supplements; turmeric, curcumin, fish oils, chondroitin and also including apple cider vinegar in your diet.
Many active people appreciate the goodness of beetroot and cherry juice – we stock the Active Edge range of cordials which are 100% pressed juice which are consumed before and after exercise respectively. It is also important to replace any electrolytes lost during exercise, drinking organic coconut water can help with this, or using a specialised electrolyte tonic such as Viridian’s Electrolyte Fix (all available in store).
So many people have needed a helping hand recovering from COVID or other virus over the last 24 months – and if anything we are getting more and more people asking us for help. If you are struggling to regain your pre-virus energy levels or feeling fatigued in any way after any illness come in and talk to us.
We have found that the very best feedback is coming from just a couple of products, or a combination of practitioner level supplements that people are telling us time and time again are helping them get back on their feet. Read on for details about these products if you re struggling with post-viral health issues, or you are currently fighting a virus.
If you are finding tiredness very bad, BioCare’s Mitoguard Complex can be taken for up to 3 months (comes in one month supply). This is a high dose vitamin B2, B3, magnesium, D-Ribose, N-Acetyl Carnitine, N-Acetyl Cysteine, CoQ10 and Alpha Lipoic Acid complex and is a very popular product from the range for men and women alike.
Lots of people out there needing a big dose of goodness following the recent viruses, so you are certainly not alone.
When the immune system is working well, we don’t even notice it is there. If it stops working properly, we notice as we can become ill, or feel ‘under the weather’. This is because the immune system is there to protect our bodies from germs, harmful substances and cell changes, all of which can make us poorly.
A weak immune system, or particularly aggressive germs can cause illness and this can result in colds, coughs, flu, viruses, parasites, fungi and bacterial infections amongst many other things.
There is lots you can do to support your immune health such as including lots of fresh vegetables in your diet, exercising regularly and avoiding over-processed foods, alcohol and refined sugar.
Nutri Advanced – one of our leading supplement brands talks about Vitamin D, and the importance of the role it plays in immune support.
“Maintaining healthy vitamin D levels is important for supporting the body’s ability to fight infection. Unlike most essential nutrients, the main source of vitamin D is not food, but sunshine; our bare skin produces vitamin D when it comes into contact with the sun’s rays. So, risk of deficiency is higher during the winter months and current estimates suggest that many people are low. Everyone should supplement with a daily maintenance dose (1000-2000iu) during the cooler winter months; it is recommended however that you check your current vitamin D level to ascertain the optimal daily dose for you. If you decide to supplement, then choose vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) which is the form of vitamin D produced naturally in response to sunlight and is the preferred form”.
Low sex-drive, hormonal changes and physical changes are not uncommon for men, but can be something they don’t feel comfortable talking about.
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