Fostering a Healthy Body through Optimal Nutrition

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fatty fishMen and women are vastly different on several levels, right down to their dietary needs. What is on a man’s plate will affect how well he thinks, how well he feels, and how well he performs in life. Due to the daily stresses in life, many of the men out there (and the women in their lives) reach for the wrong types of foods; foods that may feed an immediate desire for comfort or pleasure but that do not foster long term health and vitality.

Food choices matter. As does exercise. These two factors alone go a long way in affecting a man’s risk for heart disease and cancer, the top two killers of men over age 35. Are you ready to maximize your health and wellness? See what 5 foods should be on your plate!

Health-Boosting Foods for Men

  1. Fatty fish. Is there such as thing as fatty fish? There is, and you want to eat it about twice a week. Choose fresh-caught tuna, mackerel, salmon, or canned sardines to get healthy doses of omega-3 fatty acids. These foods, along with flaxseed and walnuts, support heart health and a strong immunity.
  2. Cherries and berries. These tiny gems may seem like a lovely treat, and they are because they feed your sweet tooth along with your body. Red and dark berries are loaded with antioxidants and the flavinoid anthocyanin, noted for anti-cancer properties.
  3. Broccoli. Men and broccoli. These two rarely mix. Fortunately, the cruciferous vegetable family includes other foods, like Brussels sprouts, bok choy, cabbage, and cauliflower. Each of these foots provides anti-cancer phytochemicals along with potassium and vitamin C. Together, these compounds significantly reduce a man’s risk for bladder cancer.
  4. Bananas. Potassium is once again a play here, and bananas have high amounts of this nutrient needed by the average guy. The B vitamins in bananas support the nervous system. Other nutrients in bananas build immunity and aid in the breakdown of proteins. Ultimately, bananas lower a man’s stroke risk.
  5. Oysters. This food has long been touted for its aphrodisiac properties. However, it is the zinc content of oysters that really matter to male health. Zinc is vital to hundreds of biological processes, and is an important mineral for prostate health.

If oysters do not sound appetizing to you, get your 11 milligrams of zinc in other shellfish, lean beef, and legumes. Collin County Urology offers men’s health services that suit your needs. Call (972) 403-5425 .

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