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Mens Health and Wellness

Mens health is a very important issue that needs more focus in the media and medical community. Although a lot of progress has occurred over the past twenty years there is still much to do. We need to distinguish real health issues from cosmetic needs and assumptions. All too often when you hear Mens or Womans health it tends to lean towards beauty topics versus wellness as we are advocating here. Internal health needs and trends are where we will attempt to focus our research and provide feedback in the future at Planet Berry.

This is the sort of mens health issues you should be thinking about. Mens health is crucial to learn about and to keep up to date on. We as a society should never fall short in communicating new research and findings throughout the medical community that help the greater good. This is our goal. Today’s topic is health and wellness for men.Health and wellness is the twin issues you can never afford to ignore. An annual plan to conduct proper physical fitness tests and measurements is a good foundation once you reach the age of thirty.

Yes we are all living to much older ages on average but are we doing so with a better quality of life and thus wellness? Modern medicine is truly a miracle but at times it too can restrict natural remedies for fear of lack of support from the government or as we all know the FDA. FDA is not evil. It exists to protect the population as best it can by forcing companies to certify their claims and thus products through detailed analysis and clinical testing. In such and environment speed to market is sacrificed for the greater good. Mens health as well as Womans health is, at times, forced to pioneer natural supplements such as the acai berry of the Amazon rainforest to see if they benefit from the state advertisements. The Acai is just one example as you have many natural supplements found in all four corners of the world which add great value to our overall health and wellness.

Mens health is not about just being athletic. Everyone wants to look good. Athletes tend to set the bar and role models are easy to find. However, realistically the commitment to an athletes physically toned body takes much more of a personal commitment than most want to believe or invest in. No short cuts unless you take an illegal route perhaps with unauthorized steroids. We never recommend this route and highly discourage its practice. A balance between the top and bottom (obesity) is a more comfortable expectation. So much can be done for mens health with simple steps like a change to your diet which you can view samples of and gain insight to at Planet Berry.

In summary, we believe a well rounded diet monitored by a nutritionist to start you off and reviewed with your medical professional is a great first step. The cost of doing this initial step is well worth the investment for the long term health and wellness you will achieve. Do your research and study current trends and topics that interrelate to this subject. Be as active as you can on a daily basis. Don’t fall prey to the 3 times per week attitude. Its every day or else! We highly recommend pedometers as they will keep track of your steps per day and in most cases trigger that competitive spirit in all of us to reach the 10,000 steps per day as recommended by leading physicians throughout the country such as Dr. Perricone. Change your mind and you will change your health and thus wellness overall. Be open to new ideas but always consult your physician first before adding new supplements or therapies to your normal routine.

5 Reasons Raw Foods Are Critical to Mens Fitness

Hello, I am writing today about a long overlooked subject in fitness routines. It is the differences and benefits of raw foods over cooked foods. Some foods have to be cooked like meats, eggs, etc. We are talking about fruits and vegetables, mainly, when we talk about raw food. The fitness system I use covers nutrition quite extensively as part of it’s routines.

Below are some reasons that raw foods are very critical to the success of any workout routines, bodybuilding, or just general overall fitness.

1. Raw foods take one quarter of the time to digest. This means that there is less energy burned on digestion that is in turn funneled to other areas such as muscle growth, workout recovery, muscle healing, fat burning, etc. This may sound a bit petty and ridiculous, but over 3 meals a day and beyond, this is quite a bit of energy wasted trying to digest cooked foods.

2. Uncooked foods keep more than double the nutrients over cooked foods. This is highly beneficial to your muscle growth, your fat burning furnace, and just your overall fitness. More than double the vitamins and nutrients is a whopping sum. Think about it. By not wasting time cooking or steaming your vegetables or fruits, you gain so much more nutritional benefits.

3. Cooked food takes way longer to prepare and digest, have lost a lot of vitamins and nutrients, has the potential to produce some diseases, depending how it is cooked, weakening you, and can potentially shorten your life anyway according to some studies. Shorten your life? Wow! Didn’t know that!

4. Cooked and microwaved food over long periods can clog your colon. Raw foods will never clog your colon.A clogged colon is truly a bad thing. It can cause colon cancer(the leading cancer killer), it can cause heart disease,and even diabetes. Some doctors believe that the human body was never meant to have cooked foods at all. I have found a few books on raw food diets that go as far as to say that “cooked food is poison”. Wow, I sure hope not. I am sure some are but cooking also kills a lot of bacteria.

5. Consuming a diet of fresh uncooked vegetables, nuts, sprouts, and other uncooked foods will lead to increased energy, better muscle tone and fitness, look younger, consistent weight loss and good weight levels, and very few trips to doctors, which is a big plus. Your digestion also is very good. It decreases your chances of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, etc. I was never aware that cooked food was so bad for you.

Raw foods, again, consists of most any vegetable and any fruit, nuts and seeds, sprouts, etc. I just want to make sure you understand that some foods should never be consumed raw. Most meats and eggs should never be consumed raw at all. I was also amazed that cooked foods were so bad for you in so many ways and that raw foods were so great! In conclusion, after reading and knowing this, why on Earth would you not make all raw foods a big part of your eating routine. I know I have and will continue to do so. I just feel better!

Tips For Basic Mens Fitness

I have been writing about different areas of mens fitness and fitness nutrition, but what about the basics of fitness. The core so to speak and why us men want to be fit. Fitness is for all ages. It doesn’t matter how young or old you may be. It is never too late to start.

Men are the breadwinners of the family usually. If a man is fit, he has way more energy for his work and for his family life. You feel better, look better, and are happier. I feel every man should strive to achieve some level of fitness. You don’t have to train like an Olympian, but overall fitness, to me, is a must. I am sure the ladies agree.

The first part of a fitness routine and the most basic is Flexibility. Stretches before and after a workout will keep you flexible and away from injury. The second aspect of mens fitness is a good cardio workout. Cardio gets the blood pumping, increases your lung capacity and their ability to distribute oxygen to your blood. This gives you almost unlimited resources of energy for anything that comes up in your daily life. The blood flow also keeps your brain oxygenated Which improves its overall capacity for handling anything that comes its way. The third is building muscle and strength training. Now these are definitely optional. Some men do not want to be “musclebound”. There is nothing wrong with keeping the muscles toned and fit though.

By far, in my opinion, is the cardio workouts. Aerobics if that is all the time you have. By focusing on cardio more, it keeps the arteries and veins open, keeps cholesterol low, and keeps the heart fit and strong. The heart is just a muscle after all and needs it’s workouts. Cardio will keep you young and full of energy. Stretching for flexibility and cardio is truly all you would need.

If you want to build muscle then, by all means, do it. If you are going to weight train, follow some simple rules. Know how to do your exercises properly, stretch properly before exercising, and possibly have a workout buddy/spotter for your lifting. Always be safe. To build muscle properly is where the proper nutrition comes in like I covered in a previous article. You need to get a well balanced diet, take vitamin and mineral supplements, get your fair share of protein(around 1 gram for every pound you weigh), drink plenty of water, and don’t push yourself too hard or overtrain. The best foods to eat are raw foods(vegetables) in a wide variety, chicken, turkey, and fish. Red meat if it is lean and not fatty.

There you have it. Some basics of mens fitness workouts and nutrition. Some of these are obvious and others aren’t. When we write about fitness, we tend to think everybody is already a semi expert and that isn’t always the case.

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Important Reasons Why Mens Health Should be Taken Seriously

Mens health is an important issue facing everyone today, not just men. It becomes increasingly important for men to take an active role in their health as they age, as the older your are the more illness prone you become. The first step is to know that you’re at risk, that way you know what to look for. From heart disease and stroke to cancer, some things are unavoidable no matter what you try to do to avoid them. Still, there are certain steps you can take to minimize your risk. Also, there are things you can do to catch potentially deadly illnesses (for example, prostate cancer) before they have a chance to develop into something that can’t be treated.

The first step, as any doctor will tell you, is to exercise and eat a proper diet. Deep fried chicken wings and nachos are not items that a well balanced diet consists of, so try to eat more salads and lean protein. There are little substitutions you can make that can drastically improve mens health. The next time you go to the grocery store, instead of buying ground meat that is 15 percent fat choose a leaner version. It usually doesn’t cost much more than an extra dollar or so per pound and it’s well worth the health benefit. Also, instead of buying chicken that has the skin on it, choose the boneless, skinless kind. It’s easier to cook and eat, plus you avoid a ton of extra calories and fat grams.

Obviously, exercising regularly is going to have a huge impact on mens health. Regular check ups by a doctor are also really important, as that’s how you get screened for a lot of potential health problems. Additionally, if you currently smoke or use smokeless tobacco, you should definitely look into quitting. There are all kinds of programs that can help you kick the habit, including online and in person support groups and nicotine chewing gum and patches.