Best Foods for Men’s Health

A lot of men don’t think about their health until there’s a serious problem, at which point they face the challenge of trying to undo the damage that’s already been done.  Consuming the following 5 foods will help you avoid health problems before they start.  Start working these foods into your diet on a daily basis, and you’ll experience better digestion, a healthier body, and a clearer, sharper mind.

Red and Yellow Bell Peppers
If you’re dealing with stress in your life, add some red or yellow bell peppers to your meals.  Peppers are a good source of vitamin C—even better than oranges.  And vitamin C is considered the single most essential anti-stress nutrient.  It protects your cells, so you’re less vulnerable to illness and disease; and strengthens your immune system, so you’re less likely to get sick from colds and viruses.

Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds provide magnesium, an important mineral that can reduce your heart attack risk.  The protection comes from magnesium’s role in preventing coronary artery spasm, which is a significant cause of heart attacks.  Magnesium is also a natural tranquilizer, so snacking on nuts and seeds can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

Green Leafy Vegetables
Foods that promote heart health also promote healthy sexual function, since the underlying principle is the same:  you want clear, unclogged blood vessels that allow for optimal blood flow.  Green leafy vegetables fall into this category, as they contain compounds called nitrates.  These compounds get converted to nitric oxide in the body, which help strengthen your blood vessels and increase blood flow.

Legumes – Beans, Peas, and Lentils
From kidney beans in chili to chickpeas in a salad, there are plenty of ways to work legumes into your diet.  Along with all the vitamins and minerals they provide, legumes are an excellent source of fibre.  Adequate fibre intake on a regular basis means better digestion with less constipation, more regular bowel movements, and an overall greater sense of vitality and well-being.

Salmon
Eliminate brain fog and improve your memory by eating more salmon.  Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids, healthy fats that your body needs but can’t manufacture; these fats must be obtained through your diet.  These fats play a critical role in healthy brain functioning.  The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon will also benefit anyone with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by improving mental focus.

Susan Knight
Author: Susan Knight

Susan Knight is a certified holistic nutrition and wellness coach, and a freelance writer covering all things health and wellness related. She loves to see people get the support and tools they need to make changes and live healthier, happier lives. Learn more at her website www.takeholdofwellness.com, where you'll find her blog, a diverse collection of resources, and your free 7-day wellness tune-up course.

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