Dr. Susan Knight-Nanni
November is Men’s Health Month: Seven Simple Ways for Men to Stay Healthy
Have you noticed an increase in facial hair on men around you lately? You’re not imagining it, if so. That’s because we’re in the middle of #Movember—a nationwide campaign observed every November, designed to bring awareness to men’s health issues. One of the ways men participate is by growing a moustache for 30 days.
The Movember Foundation highlights four aspects of men’s health: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health, and physical inactivity. It is dedicated to helping men live happier, healthier, and longer lives.
You can join the #Movember movement—whether you’re sporting a mustache or not. Begin with these 7 simple tips today to make improvements to your health:
Perform self-testicular exams and schedule regular medical check-ups and chiropractic adjustments. Often, routine screenings or adjustments can prevent more serious developments in your health. Discuss with your doctor any changes you’ve noticed in your overall health, including your skin and moles and mental state and mood. Prevention really is the best cure.
Move more. The best thing you can do for your health is to stay active. You don’t have to commit to a rigorous workout regimen right away, but find ways to simply add more physical activity into your daily routine.
Stay connected. Keep your relationships intact by checking in regularly with family and friends. Don’t allow work or other commitments to erode valued relationships.
Eat well. Make sure you’re eating nutritious food. Stay away from processed convenience food that’s high in calories and low in nutrients. Remember: food is fuel.
Pay attention to your mental health. The Movember Foundation says that poor mental health affects men more than women with 75% of suicides committed by men. Know the symptoms of depression and bipolar disorder and seek help.
Get enough sleep. You should be aiming for at least 7 hours of sleep each night.
Care for your prostate. A diet rich in antioxidants may help keep your prostate healthy and may reduce the risk of prostate cancer. As men age, prostate care becomes even more important, so men should become familiar with all the suggested interventions for prostate cancer prevention, including vitamin supplementation, weight loss, exercise, and certain drugs.
It’s never too late to join the effort to raise awareness of and money for men’s health issues. And it doesn’t matter if you’re male or female. It takes all of us to support one another in the pursuit of better health. These 7 tips are the perfect starting point for men who want to lead healthier lives.
Do you need to get started down a new road to better health? Come in today for a chiropractic consultation, and we’ll work together on creating a new health plan that’s perfect for you!