Men’s Maintenance

Compared to as little as ten years ago, the amount of information that is out there for men to keep tabs on their health is much better. Research has shown that men find it harder to talk to their friends, family, and even their doctor about their health problems, especially in the nether regions. We take a look at common health problems and what you could consider with a health practitioner…

Do you…

(all ages)

  • Have heart trouble, diabetes or hyperthyroidism?
  • Drink excessively, work excessively, worry excessively?
  • Find it hard to get close to people sexually?
  • Find it hard to maintain an erection?

…then see below

Data from 1998 shows that only one man in three with this condition seeks help within the NHS, but there really is no reason to shy away from this problem. There is often more than one causal factor, so it’s important to talk to identify key issues.

Dilation of blood vessels is vital for healthy erectile response, and this is why herbs which increase circulation, such as ginkgo, are popular. Because each case of erectile dysfunction is so different, see a herbalist to assess the right intake for you.

Products which help with relaxation are vital. Try calming and relaxing essential oils such as frankincense, or patchouli. Make sure you rest for at least half an hour each day.

For emotional issues, why not speak with a homeopath or a practitioner using flower remedies. They might sound a bit girly, but are designed to help with emotional and physical problems.

Do you…

(in older age)

  • Feel the need to urinate more often?
  • Find that the force is less when you urinate?
  • Get frequent urinary infections?

…then see below

Prostate problems are most commonly found in men over the age of 50.

Half of all 50 year old men have Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (enlargement).

See a nutritional therapist to discuss taking essential fatty acids (one tablespoon of linseedoil per day) alongside vitamin E supplementation. Amino acids could also be recommended, especially glycine, alanine and glutamine acid, which may reduce swelling of the prostate gland.

Consider saw palmetto – well known to decrease urinary flow (dribbling). It would be sensible to talk to a healthcare practitioner about this, to check contraindications with medication, and to get the right intake for you.

Some men take pumpkin seeds, as they are a rich source of zinc. These are helpful, but, in addition, consider taking 15mg zinc daily as a supplement. A practitioner might recommend more – so do check first.

Do you…

(all ages)

  • Drink excessive alcohol or smoke?
  • Sit all day?
  • Have a diet rich in refined junk food?

…then see below

All these mean that you could be compromising your sperm quality.

Keep cool. High temperatures can decrease sperm count.

Take Vitamin C 1000mg daily if you smoke. Vitamin C reduces sperm ‘agglutination’ (sticking together), which reduces sperm motility. This was found in research to be especially applicable to men who smoke.

Consider taking the amino acid L-arginine, as research shows that taking it for several months can increase sperm count and quality.

Ask a herbalist whether it is suitable for you to take Korean ginseng. It is widely taken to encourage fertility, via its ability to increase sperm count and motility.

Note: Please be diligent and check with your GP to discuss a treatment plan before taking any supplements or remedies.

Natural Lifestyle © Natural Lifestyle in connection with Natural Health Week

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