7 Supplements Men Should Take

November: increase health awareness for menNovember is Men’s Health Awareness Month. This is a month to bring awareness to some of the biggest health issues faced by men, including prostate cancer and testicular cancer, as well as mental health and suicide prevention. According to the World Health Organization, men are less healthy than woman, and one of the reasons for that is that men are less likely to visit a doctor when they are ill and, when they see a doctor, are less likely to report on the symptoms of disease or illness. Continue reading “7 Supplements Men Should Take”

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Natural Support for Prostate Health

prostate-healthSeptember is National Prostate Health Month. It came about to increase public awareness of the importance of prostate health, help provide easily accessible prostate health screenings, educate about risk factors and symptoms of prostate related diseases, and advocate for further research on prostate health issues.

Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) is a very common condition that affects many men over the age of 40. Symptoms include increased urinary frequency, nighttime waking to empty the bladder, and a weak stream during urination. Continue reading “Natural Support for Prostate Health”

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What to Do With Your Pumpkins After Halloween

Pumpkin Carving at the Gallaghers
Pumpkin Carving at the Gallaghers

Are you wondering what to do with your pumpkins after Halloween? Don’t kick your them to the curb just yet. Whether you carved them, or left them whole, this mighty squash has plenty of life in it yet.

Composting is a wonderful way to recycle your pumpkin. If your city offers a composting program, then make use of it, especially if your jack-o-lantern has been out for a while. However, if you have a garden, compost it yourself. It is as easy as burying it in the ground. Worms love the soft flesh of pumpkins! Burying it also keeps any smells below ground, keeps unwanted bugs away, and keeps your soil happily full of nutrients before next year’s planting season. Needless to say, make sure to remove any candles, wax, or foil beforehand.

Here are three blogs that will give you tips on what to do with your pumpkin, once the ghouls and goblins have left.

1. What to Do With Your Pumpkin: Did you know that pumpkins are fruits? They are part of the same family as melons and cucumbers. If you have whole pumpkins with seeds still intact, this blog will give you plenty of ideas to make the most of this nutrient dense fruit.

2. Fantastic Benefits of Pumpkin: Plus get my recipes for roasted pumpkin seeds.

3. Interesting Fact About Pumpkin Pies: Read this link to find out why you may need to do some baking. Attention, men!  🙂

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Tips for a Healthy Prostate

November is upon us, or should I saw Movember? Movember is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other male cancer and associated charities.

1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. And although treatment and early detection is what this Mustouche Growing Movement is all about, prevention is cirtical in slowing down the rates of prostate cancer, as well as other male cancers.

Prostate cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in men over 75 years old. Age and family history are the primary risk factors. Prostate cancer rarely occurs in men under the age of 45-50 years old. It is also much more likely (double the risk) if you have a first degree relative with prostate cancer, particularly a brother. Other risk factors include being of African American descent, having high blood pressure, men frequently exposed to environmental toxins, such as farmers, tire plant workers, painters, as well as those exposed to cadmium or agent orange, and men who eat diets high in fat (particularly animal fat).  Continue reading “Tips for a Healthy Prostate”

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Pumpkin Seed – Superfood

It’s pumpkin carving time! So what do you do with all those creamy white pumpkin seeds? Don’t throw them out. Instead, start incorporating them into your meals. Here are some reasons why.

1. Mineral superstar: One cup of pumpkin seeds provides 16% of the recommended daily amount of manganese, 42% of magnesium, 44% of zinc, and 12% of iron. Reserach indicates that all these nutrients may help you sidestep Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, depression, immune dysfunction, and osteoporosis.

2. Protein power: Protein is a part of every cell in the body, and pumpkin seeds are one of the plant world’s best sources of this essential macronutrient. One ounce of these super seeds contain more protein than an ounce of beef or a cup of milk! What’s more, a preliminary animal study suggests that the protein in pumpkin seeds potentially holds unique liver-protective properties.  Continue reading “Pumpkin Seed – Superfood”

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