5 Ways Men Can Support their Health
Men can often be ‘ostriches’ when it comes to problems with their health.
Research commissioned by Gillette, in partnership with the Movember Foundation in 2018, also shows that men don’t visit the doctor because they don’t think they have the time or think it’s important enough. This applies to physical and mental health issues alike.
Around 1 in 8 men in England experience a common mental health problem.
However, men are less likely than women to visit their doctor or to engage in psychological talking therapies.
With a little encouragement from family and friends, even the most stubborn of ‘ostriches’ can take action to support their physical and mental health with natural remedies.
1. Improve your diet
A healthy and balanced diet is the foundation of good physical and psychological health. A diet with a wide variety of foods, rich in vitamins and minerals, and high in fibre is essential.
Macmillan recommends eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and keep sugary and fatty foods to a minimum to help minimise the risk of serious health problems such as testicular and prostate cancer.
2. Exercise regularly
Exercise benefits both your physical and mental health. However you choose to work up a sweat, whether it’s going to the gym, swimming or taking part in a team sport, it’s important to do it regularly and consistently to reap and maintain the benefits.
As well as keeping your body as healthy as possible, regular exercise can have a significant influence on your psychological well-being. The brain releases the feel-good chemical, dopamine, when you exercise which acts as a natural antidepressant.
3. Reduce the booze
Alcohol is a depressant and can have an adverse effect on your mood, if you’re already feeling low, the depressant effects can be greater.
Drinking alcohol also contributes to the number of calories you consume, these are ‘empty calories’ as they provide no nutritional value and can cause weight gain.
4. Practice good sleep hygiene
Make sure you get enough high-quality sleep by making your bedroom a relaxing and calming place. Turn off your mobile phone, TV screen and computer about an hour before you go to bed as the blue light emitted from screens can disturb your sleep.
Stick to a regular bedtime and pre-sleep routine to give yourself the best chance of getting a restorative night’s sleep, enabling your brain to rest and be ready for the next day ahead.
5. Try HRI Good Mood to lift your spirits
HRI Good Mood contains the highest dose of active St John’s Wort available on the UK market. St John’s Wort is a natural herb which has been used traditionally to improve mood for thousands of years.
HRI Good Mood carries the THR (Traditional Herbal Registration) symbol to guarantee the highest standards of quality and safety in Europe, as approved by the government regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.
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