Men, when was the last time you did something to benefit your health and wellness?
If you compared your mind and body to your car, you would know that maintenance is necessary to see optimal results for a longer, healthier life span. As with your car, it is pertinent to take care of every aspect of your body.
There is general maintenance that needs to be achieved by every car, every year. Oil changes, tire maintenance, spark plugs, windshield wipers, brakes, etc. But, after a certain number of miles have expired, a more extensive diagnosis needs to take place to ensure that your engine is running smoothly and that your car lasts for many more years.
The same holds true to our body. We should be doing general maintenance daily. Eating a well-balance diet, drinking water, exercising, adequate sleep, etc. But, after so many days or months or years, we need to have a more thorough checkup to make sure we are functioning to our greatest capacity. These in-depth check-ups are different for men and women because we are made differently, just like each model of car.
Don’t be counted among the 60% of men that don’t see doctors regularly. If you are being too casual with your health and haven’t seen a practitioner in a while, make it a priority to make an appointment for a check-up. Schedule yearly check-ups. Your doctor will help you monitor your weight, blood pressure and the level of cholesterol in your blood. Talk about the things that are bothering you, the issues and symptoms that might normally make you a little uncomfortable. Be brave and allow yourself to live your most fulfilling life.
The TOP ISSUES to consider that are most common for men:
- Heart Health. An unhealthy heart is the leading cause of death in men.
The heart beats about 2.5 billion times over the average lifetime, pushing millions of gallons of blood to every part of the body. The best thing you can do for your heart is to live a healthy, active lifestyle. Exercise helps your heart get stronger and helps you feel more energetic. doTERRA Motivate, Peppermint, Wild Orange, and other uplifting oils can help you feel energized to achieve your fitness goals. In addition, you can add extra movement into your daily routine by taking the stairs, walking during phone calls, walking kids to school, taking an evening bike ride, and stretching before bed. Small increments of movement add up, and when it comes to your heart health, they make a big difference in your health.
To support heart health, it is also important to have a good dietary source of omega-3 fatty acids. Although the Omega-3 fatty acids occur naturally in seafood and a few plants, they are often deficient in today’s diet. Start taking xEO Mega to help support heart health and healthy blood pressure levels. (This is also found in the Lifelong Vitality daily supplements pack.)
Essential oils can also be beneficial to heart health. Cinnamon Bark and Cassia essential oils can promote healthy circulatory and cardiovascular function when taken internally. Internal use of Marjoram and Copaibamay promote healthy cardiovascular health. If supporting heart health is a special concern for you, take one to two drops in a veggie capsule each morning.
- Liver Health. Since 2009, a growing number of Americans have died from un unhealthy liver.
Your liver receives 25 percent of the blood your heart pumps — more than two quarts a minute. It can crank out two cups of fat-dissolving bile per day. Without it, you’d be unable to digest a meal or process fat. A healthy liver means a lower chance of heart attack, high blood pressure and strokes.
The best thing you can do for your liver is to eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, avoid toxins, use alcohol responsibly or don’t drink at all, avoid illicit drugs, don’t share personal hygiene items and wash your hands often.
Other preventative measures include taking doTERRA’s Zendocrine. It supports a healthy liver by helping the body’s natural aptitude to rid itself of unwanted substances. Just add one to two drops of Zendocrine oil to citrus drinks, teas, or water. Or, take a Zendocrine softgel. These methods provide a safe and healthy way to ingest Zendocrine and obtain its benefits fast.
- Lung Health. Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of unhealthy lungs.
When you inhale, air flows into the lungs to fill tiny air sacs. Blood circulates around these air sacs through small blood vessels. The point where the blood vessels and air sacs meet is also where oxygen moves into the bloodstream and carbon dioxide passes out of the blood to be exhaled.
As you age, both the airways and blood vessels become stiffer, and the air sacs expand, which make it more difficult for gases to move into the bloodstream. The result: You may get more winded doing everyday activities, like walking a short distance or climbing a small flight of stairs. You also may now have trouble doing strenuous exercise, or you may feel more fatigued afterward.
A number of factors can accelerate your lungs’ aging, including smoking, exposure to air pollution, and repeated respiratory infections. Did you know that male smokers are nearly 12 times as likely to die from lung issues as men who have never smoked?
You can maintain healthy lungs by eating a balanced diet and exercising. Include core and upper-body strength training to help increase bone strength, and strengthen the muscles in the chest, shoulders, and back. This can help you maintain a breathing-friendly posture.
If you suffer from breathing easily, try using essential oils to relieve symptoms. doTERRA Breathe is designed to help clear airways. Simply diffuse, inhale directly from palms, or rub on chest or feet when seasonal and environmental threats are high.
- Mental Health. Over 6 million men suffer from sad and anxious feelings per year.
Mental health in men often goes undiagnosed. Men are more likely to report fatigue, irritability, loss of interest in work or hobbies, rather than feelings of sadness or worthlessness. Men are less likely than women to seek help for mental health, substance abuse and stressful life events due to reluctance to talk, social norms and downplaying the symptoms.
Don’t let mental health be your nemesis! Check out these great oils that help combat the blues and anxious feelings: The Adaptiv Collection is an effective answer to reducing tension and helping to empower and encourage when adapting to difficult situations or acclimating to new surroundings. Balance offers a tranquil aroma suggesting harmony to the mind and body, and balance to the emotions. DIY Peace and Calm Blend: Combine 10 drops Frankincense, 12 drops Citrus Bliss, 8 drops Lavender, 4 drops Peppermint in a 10ml roller bottle and fill the remainder with carrier oil. Apply to pulse points and behind the ears.
Next week’s blog post will address hormone health, skin health, hair health, joint health and prostate health. Be thinking about the maintenance work that you might need for your body. When was the last time you did something to benefit your health and wellness? I encourage you to be proactive with your health and get checked out!
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