Your mother always told you that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so why not listen to her and start taking care of yourself? Regular exercises combined with a nutrient-rich diet from organic, whole food sources are two of the ways in which you can ensure a healthy life. But it’s also important to remember that men and women have different needs and concerns when it comes to health. Keep this handy guide in mind to support a healthy aging process.

Cardiovascular Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men in the United States. Reducing your salt intake and maintaining a healthy weight are two ways to keep your heart healthy. But did you know that omega-3 fatty acids from fish like wild salmon and mackerel have been shown to have a positive effect on cardiovascular function, as well as stress management? Supplements rich in omega-3s provide significant amounts for those who can’t get adequate amounts from whole food sources, and herbs like celery seed and hawthorn also support healthy cardiovascular function.

Weight Management

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 1/3 of adults over the age of 65 are obese, a number that increases each year. Obesity is more common in men than in women, so it’s important to meet with your healthcare provider if you have concerns regarding your weight. Maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, type two diabetes, and chronic joint and muscle pain. Herbs like garcinia cambogia and yerba mate have been shown to support healthy weight loss when combined with regular activity and a nutrient-rich diet free of preservatives and chemicals.

Mental Health & Mood Support

Suicide is the #7 cause of death among men in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control. And the National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that 1 in 17 Americans lives with serious mental illness. Some evidence supports the idea that maca root and omega-3 fatty acids may assist in a healthy mood. SAM-e has also been shown to improve mood and support healthy brain function. *Contact your healthcare provider if you’re experiencing severe mental anguish or are having thoughts of suicide.

Healthy Prostate

Men have special needs when it comes to hormone and prostate health, and these needs increase with the aging process. Vitamins B and C have been shown to support a healthy prostate and zinc, green tea, and ginger may reduce prostate enlargement. We recommend consulting with your healthcare provider if you have any difficulties with urination, as it may be a symptom of a larger problem.

Men and women have different needs when it comes to aging. From cardiovascular support to maintaining a healthy prostate, practicing a regular exercise routine, and maintaining a healthy diet can have a positive impact on your health.