Men's Health

  1. Training Our Youth: Building a Future Foundation

    Training Our Youth: Building a Future Foundation

    One step in helping teenagers make smart food choices. Instead of buying “junk food”, fill your house with vegetables, fruits, whole grains and water. Parents also need to remember what it was like to be a teenager. Teens want to hang out with their friends and do what their friends do. For teenagers, going to fast food restaurants with their friends is usually for the social aspect. Instead of worrying about what they are going to eat when they go out, why not look at the menu with your teen and find healthier options when eating out.

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  2. Metabolic Syndrome - by Heather Caruso

    Metabolic Syndrome - by Heather Caruso

    Metabolic syndrome (MetSyn) is a cluster of physiological symptoms that contribute to the development of diabetes and heart disease. Some signs of MetSyn are a large waistline, obesity, high LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, hypertension, low HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and high fasting glucose. Some other symptoms that may be associated with MetSyn are gout and kidney stones.

    Risk factors for MetSyn include a high glycemic diet, a sedentary lifestyle and a family history of diabetes. Controllable factors are diet and lifestyle. There are many ways to support a person with a familial tendency to MetSyn naturally. Health reform should always start in the kitchen. Foods that are linked to MetSyn are fast and junk food, high carbohydrate and glycemic foods. Foods that are high glycemic are white flour, white rice, white sugar, found in pasta, bread, crackers, cookies, dates etc.

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  3. Top 5 Things to Look for in Your Healthcare Practitioner

    Top 5 Things to Look for in Your Healthcare Practitioner

    Finding the right healthcare practitioner can be challenging. It is hard enough to find a medical doctor these days who is even accepting new patients! Aside from someone local, whose hours work with your schedule, and who you don’t have to wait two years to see, one of the most important things in your journey towards better health is to have a practitioner who you can trust and who supports you. Whether they are a medical doctor, specialist, naturopathic doctor, or another member of your healthcare team, I believe the following are the most important things to look for when finding yourself a healthcare practitioner.

    1. Is open to collaboration
    Most of the population these days doesn’t have just one healthcare provider. It’s so great to have multiple

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  4. Prostate Treatment

    There is growing evidence for the use of an ‘anti-inflammatory diet’ to protect against and relieve prostate problems. Similar to the Mediterranean diet, it involves eating plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, and healthy fats such as those found in fresh fish, nuts and avocados. There is no doubt that diet plays an important role in the maintenance of a healthy prostate. Many men find relief from an enlarged or inflamed prostate through a combination of lifestyle and dietary changes, and supplements for prostate health.

    Bell Peppers
    Different types of peppers have slightly different nutritional profiles. Bell peppers have the highest

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  5. Managing Testosterone

    Managing Testosterone

    Testosterone occurs in two distinct forms in the body: free and bound. Free testosterone is useful and functional; bound testosterone is less so. Ironically, as a man’s production of testosterone declines, the amounts of sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) often increase. Thus, remaining testosterone is increasingly bound by this protein, rendering already dwindling supplies less effectual. When assessing a man’s hormone status, clinicians frequently measure “total testosterone,” which includes free testosterone and testosterone bound to SHBG. It is free testosterone, however, that is the most relevant measure of a man’s testosterone status.

    Just as free testosterone levels are declining with age, another detrimental process is taking place. Levels of the enzyme aromatase tend to increase with age (and increasing belly fat mass). Aromatase converts testosterone to estrog

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  6. Managing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of clinical depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. It’s also referred to as “winter depression,” because that’s usually the time when symptoms become more pronounced and noticeable. The lack of sunlight during the winter months is thought to contribute to symptoms of SAD including loss of energy, mild depression, oversleeping, overeating and carbohydrate cravings. Many people with SAD have a delayed circadian rhythm — they fall asleep and wake up too late.

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  7. Estrogen Dominance: Not Just a Woman's Predicament!

    Estrogen Dominance: Not Just a Woman's Predicament!

    Would it surprise you to know that the hormone estrogen which has a major impact on the female reproductive cycle, is also coursing through the male bloodstream too? While estrogen in the man’s body has an important role to play in cognitive function, blood clotting and emotional regulation, a lot of men have estrogen levels exceedingly high in relation to testosterone, a not so talked about imbalance known as estrogen dominance. Gynecomastia (male breasts), beer belly, impaired sex drive and even the development of certain cancers such as breast and prostate are characteristic outcomes of estrogen dominance and lingering high estrogen levels in men.

     So how does it all go wrong... Liver function is especially

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  8. Latest Advances in Mental Cognition Supplementation

    In recent years, consumer demand has exploded for products that will protect and increase healthy brain function and enhance mental acuity. Global industry surveys show that sales of key ingredients such as omega-3 oils, phospholipids, CoQ10 and ginkgo biloba have risen rapidly. Hundreds of new combination ingredient formulae are flooding the marketplace and many novel ingredients have been introduced. Clearly, consumers are concerned about their mental health and are looking to nutrition and supplementation for protection.
    Well established ingredients such as ginkgo biloba and DHA-rich omega-3 fish oils are increasingly widely used. Sales of CoQ10 – which protects against dementia – nearly doubled between 2002 and 2007. However, there are many other safe and effective nutrients now available that will help you sharpen your brain power.

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  9. Natural Solutions for an Enlarged Prostate

    Natural Solutions for an Enlarged Prostate

    You’re never too young to start paying attention:
    Prostate problems are incredibly common. To make these problems even worse, men are often unaware of their bodies, and few understand the risk factors or the signs associated with an enlarged prostate. Additionally, men are frequently reluctant to undergo prostate exams to screen for this problem. This is a serious issue, especially regarding prostate cancer, as studies show that men often present with advanced stages of the condition. Diagnosis of advanced prostate cancer remains a major health problem and is more difficult to treat than problems that are identified early.
    Given that about one in eight Canadian men is expected to develop prostate cancer during his lifetime

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  10. Why are men reluctant to seek medical help?

    Why are men reluctant to seek medical help?

    A survey last month for the Everyman Male Cancer Campaign suggested that nearly twice as many men as women had not visited their GP in the past year.
    Evidence suggests fewer men go to dentists or ask the pharmacist for advice and information, or attend contraception clinics, although men are more likely to end up in the hospital because they delay for so long. Even male cancer helplines are used more by women, speaking on behalf of partners, fathers or sons. And the fact that more women get skin cancer than men but more men die from it, indicates how late men are going to doctors. Men are slowly getting better at it, says Mike Shallcross, associate editor of Men's Health magazine, but the contrast is made between men's attitude to testicular lumps

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