Put your health 1st (men!)

By Thom Underwood - February 8, 2020

There are so many more intricacies to optimum male health than meet the eye, as functional health professionals have noted on regular occasions. In terms of commonly observed symptoms, overall lowered levels of energy, as well as increases in insomnia and physical fatigue, are the most prevalent among men of all ages.

As far as general medicine, men are far less likely than women to visit a doctor of any kind to treat their ailments and this makes it even more beneficial for them to become literal in functional health care.


Where Does Functional Health Come In?

It’s important that men maintain their hormone health, as these imbalances can serve as the precursor to serious health conditions such as cancer and other damaging diseases. Functional medicine for men makes sure that testosterone and progesterone (men’s sex hormones) are being produced at the optimum rate which when not attended to could contribute to the rise of more complicated issues later on.
Functional health for men will not just treat potential hormonal imbalance, but it will find the underlying cause of the issue to solve it AND prevent it in the future.

Men would benefit most from becoming more aware of their own physical and mental imbalances in order to treat themselves sufficiently without the need for doctor intervention. The key to this is being open and honest about areas of health which are not at their optimum and becoming literate in functional health care. 

My hope is to enable all patients to become more ‘literate’ and confident in functional health, so as to maximize their chances of preventing the onset or reversing the effects of health complaints.

One way to ensure you’re healthy as can be is by paying attention to the food you eat. Food has the ability to boost immune health and overall functionality of physical health. Trying incorporating as many of these as you can into your diet and see what differences you observe:

  • Citrus – Citrus fruits
  • Bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Broccoli Sprouts
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Spinach
  • Also remember Health Food Superstars “GGOBSE”: Garlic, Ginger, Onions, Brassica Sprouts, and Eggs

Brassica Sprouts contain high levels of the antioxidant sulforaphane…   Brassica is the Latin name for the plant family which includes BroccoliCabbageMustardRadish, and many other well-known vegetables. Brassicas are very diverse in flavor and in the type of plants they produce when grown to maturity in the garden or on the farm. If you like these vegetables you’ll love the Sprout version – if you don’t like these vegetables you’re more likely to like them as Sprouts, if for no other reason then – they are so amazingly healthy – full of antioxidants and the usual bevy of vitamins and minerals, etc.

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