Father’s Day is here so show your dad, or any man in your life, that you care by sharing Dr. Oz’s 25 Greatest Men’s Health Tips. Here is the abridged version:
1) Roll on the Floor Laughing: Laughter eases stress and promotes social bonding and lowers cholesterol; which can boost the immune system.
2) Don’t Skip Breakfast: Eating fiber in the morning means less hunger late in the afternoon when you are most likely to turn to sugar and gorge on non-health promoting foods.
3) Hit the Sack: Seven hours of sleep a night not only helps you live longer, it also lowers your stress, sharpens your memory and reduces cravings for fattening foods.
4) Admire Your Work: Don’t be trigger-happy with the flusher. Turn around and look at your work. This speaks volumes about your gut and overall health. Your poop should be smooth and S-shaped, like your colon. If it doesn’t look ideal, then increase your fiber and water intake.
5) Don’t Pamper Your Bad Back: If you are hunched over in agony, do not spend time in bed. Research shows that bed rest weakens back muscles and prolongs suffering. The best solution is to get up, take a pain reliever and be a soldier.
6) Taste the Colors: Foods with bright, rich colors are packed with flavonoids and carotenoids, powerful compounds that bind with the damaging free radicals in your body, lowering inflammation. Eat nine fistfuls of colorful fruits and veggies each day and you will reap the benefits without giving up other foods.
7) Brushing is Not Enough: No matter how thoroughly or long you brush your teeth; you’re missing a good portion of their total surface. FLOSS. The bacteria that lingers, when you skip flossing, can increase your risk of heart disease.
8) Take a Deep Belly Breath: Push out your belly and suck air through your nose until your lungs are full. They’ll fill with nitric oxide, a chemical found in the back of your nose that opens up blood vessels. The dose of oxygen will make you feel happier and more alert.
9) Join a Yoga Class: Yoga eases stress, lowers blood pressure, slows the heart rate and increases flexibility. Loosening your muscles will make them more adaptable, so you are less likely to injure yourself during sports related activities.
10) Don’t Be an Island: Women live longer than men because they form tight networks and talk about their problems. With another person’s love and support, the inner aging associated with stress can be reduced.
11) Avoid Fad Diets: The secret to weight loss is not in dieting or avoiding carbs, fat, yellow food, etc. The real trick is to lower your daily intake by about 100 calories which adds up to a loss of about 10 pounds a year.
12) Be a Smart Patient: Professionals can help keep you in good health, but the responsibility ultimately falls on you. Educate yourself, get a second opinion and keep a written medical record.
13) Lose the Beer Belly: Your waist size should be less than half your height. Not only does a big belly increase your risk for heart attacks and diabetes, but it also drops your testosterone level.
14) Go Green: Green tea is packed with heart-boosting and cancer-stopping polyphenols. It gives you a boost of alertness with less caffeine than black tea.
15) Sweat Until You’re Wet: Work up a sweat more than just one hour a week and it will not only reduce your risk for heart attacks, but will also better your mood and lower your blood pressure.
16) Save Some Money: Personal finances are listed as the number one stressor among most people and stress shortens lives. It can lead to other habits, such as drinking, smoking or binge eating. Start saving and you will increase your health as well as your bank account.
17) More Sex: Sex reduces stress and is considered exercise which will make you look and feel younger.
18) Know Your Numbers, then Aim Lower: Know your heart’s vital signs: blood pressure (75 to 115 range), LDL cholesterol (under 100), resting heart rate (under 70) and fasting blood sugar (under 100). If your numbers aren’t ideal, then change your diet until they improve.
19) Add Some Weights: Just 30 minutes twice a week spent lifting weights can build muscle mass. Plus, working all that muscle burns tons of calories.
20) Grab Your Nuts: Nuts are among the best sources of healthful fats and protein around. Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that boost brain power. Half a handful eaten 30 minutes before a meal will temper your appetite and help you avoid the drive-thru.
21) No, Seriously, Grab Your Nuts: Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men ages 15-35, but it’s usually curable if caught early enough. Grab your testicles and check them for bumps at least once a month.
22) Hit the Dance Floor: Any kind of dancing with complex moves is stimulating enough to give your neurons a workout.
23) Do Your Penis a Favor: Men who exercise enough to burn 200 calories a day significantly lower their chance of impotence. That’s because impotence often has the same cause as heart attacks: blocked arteries.
24) Learn to Cook: If you can cook, you not only save money, but also gain control over what goes into your meals. Plus, most women find it sexy.
25) Some Pills Should Be Popped: The indoor life gives modern man protection from the elements. Unfortunately, roughly half of us are deficient in vitamin D, for which the sun is the major source. This crucial vitamin may aid in fighting cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Dr. Oz takes a 1,000 IU supplement each morning.
TO YOUR HEALTH!
Dr. Mehmet Oz is a professor of cardiac surgery at Columbia University and a founder of the Complementary Medicine Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Oz has written many books and currently hosts ‘The Dr. Oz Show”.
The information in this article was found in Green Country’s Edition of ‘Natural Awakening’ June 2010. Visit their website at www.NAGreenCountry.com