Men, this one’s for you!
Dr. Oz has a few things, well, 25 things! to say to you about taking care of yourself.
Women, tell your husbands and boyfriends, everyone forward to your friends, brothers, father and sons. It may just save their lives.
Dr. Oz’s 25 Greatest Men’s Health Tips
As you well know by now, Dr. Mehmet Oz is a professor of cardiac surgery at Columbia University and a founder of the Complementary Medicine Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He is co-author of the award-winning Healing from the Heart: A Leading Surgeon Combines Eastern and Western Traditions to Create the Medicine of the Future and YOU: The Owner’s Manual: An Insider’s Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger. He has frequently appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and currently hosts The Dr. Oz Show.
Oz says, “On The Dr. Oz Show, I’ve learned that once people are emotionally involved, change happens quickly, especially if they feel that their behavior is letting loved ones down.”
He goes on to say, “Even though large-scale change seems daunting, we still want and need simple routines that we can automatically follow on a daily basis for our best health. Adopt some of the steps described here, which work for me and that anyone can do, and you will like your life more in just a couple of weeks. Plus, you’ll live longer.”
My note: I’ve left most of Oz’s tips as simple self-explanatory titles, to others I’ve added more information to round out the point. Enjoy!
1. Roll on the Floor Laughing
2. Don’t Skip Breakfast
3. Hit the Sack (7+ hours of sleep!)
4. Admire Your Work — check out your poop!
Don’t be so trigger-happy with the flusher. Turn around and take a look at your poop, which speaks volumes about your gut and overall health. Poop should be smooth and S-shaped, like your colon. If it comes out too lumpy, or drops into the bowl like marbles, you’re constipated; increase your fiber and water intake.
5. Don’t Pamper Your Bad Back
6. Taste the Colors — Vegetables and Fruit
7. Brushing is Not Enough — Floss!
8. Take a Deep Belly Breath
9. Join a Yoga Class
10. Don’t Be an Island
11. Avoid Fad Diets
12. Be a Smart Patient
13. Lose the Beer Belly
14. Go Green — Green Tea
15. Sweat Until You’re Wet
16. Save Some Money
17. Have as Much Sex as Possible (Get ready ladies!)
18. Know Your Numbers, then Aim Lower
These include blood pressure (which ideally should be below 115 over 75), LDL cholesterol (under 100), resting heart rate (under 70), and fasting blood sugar (under 100). If your numbers aren’t ideal, change your diet until they improve.
19. Add Some Weights
20: Grab Your Nuts (I’ll fill this one in!)
Nuts are among the best sources of healthful fats and protein around. I keep a bag of walnuts in my fridge and use their massive dose of omega-3 fatty acids to boost my brainpower while I see patients. Half of a handful eaten about 30 minutes before a meal will temper your appetite and help you avoid the drive-thru.
21. No, Seriously, Grab Your Nuts (I’ll fill this one in too!)
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men ages 15 to 35, but it’s usually curable if caught early enough. I strongly urge you to grab your testicles and check them for bumps at least once a month. Each testicle should feel smooth and slightly soft, and one should hang slightly lower than the other, like two avocados (which, in Aztec, actually means “testicles”) growing on a tree.
22. Hit the Dance Floor
23. Do Your Penis a Favor (I’ll fill this one in also!)
Step on a treadmill. Men who exercise enough to burn 200 calories a day significantly lower their chances of impotence. That’s because impotence often has the same cause as heart attacks: blocked arteries. Your penis is like a dipstick for your arteries, so check it. If you’re interested in keeping it up later in life, lace up the sneakers now.
24. Learn to Cook
25. Some Pills Should Be Popped — Vitamin D
26. I’ll have to add a 26th Tip here men! — Get organized!
The more organized you are the less stress you’ll have all ’round!
Do you want more information on each of these? Click here for the full article on each healthy idea from Oz.