Men aren’t always the most proactive when it comes to looking after their health. A lot of men consider themselves to be healthy even if they are not. Sometimes a guy associates a steady, well-paying job or productiveness with being healthy, and he often ignores symptoms that indicate that something isn’t right.
In honor of men’s health month, we want to advise all you men on things that you should look out for. It’s worth getting an annual checkup just to stay on top of everything. While eating healthy and exercising are beneficial to overall health, guys can still experience health symptoms, which they may dismiss as nothing out of the ordinary. Don’t be embarrassed about anything. Take action to help yourself remain or become a healthy man.
Look Out For Lumps:
No guy is a stranger to touching his testicles, which means he should know if something is out of the ordinary. Testicular cancer is odd because it affects younger men in the 15-45 year old age bracket. It’s a good idea to perform self-examinations, a quick feel-up if you will, to see if there is a lump, swelling, heaviness, or ache in the scrotum. You want to maintain testicular health. Keep the boys healthy by switching to more of a plant-based diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables. Eat foods that are high in zinc to maintain health down south.
A lot of guys, most guys in fact, experience erectile dysfunction at some point in life. Although this is common, it may mean that there is an underlying condition if it is ongoing. Heart disease, depression, diabetes, or poor prostate health can cause erectile dysfunction. To help naturally fix the problem you can practice pelvic or Kegel exercises that strengthen the pelvic floor, quit smoking, try acupuncture to improve circulation and decrease stress, and eliminate fried foods, processed foods, fatty foods, alcohol, cigarettes, and caffeine, all of which inhibit healthy circulation. Remember: your health is related to your sex life, so it’s best to get to the root of the problem.
Problems with Urination:
Making more or fewer trips to the bathroom than normal? Is your urine stream obstructed or doesn’t flow like it used to? These can be signs of an overactive bladder or, in worse cases, an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer. If the prostate is enlarged, it puts pressure on the bladder and narrows the urethra, through which urine flows. If you are over 50, it is advised to get an annual prostate checkup to maintain proper prostate health. Foods high in magnesium, turmeric, saw palmetto, green tea, and foods high in vitamin C and antioxidants are great to consume for a healthy prostate. It’s also beneficial to alkalize the body to balance the body’s pH level.
Save grunting for the weight room, guys. Constipation is not normal and can be an issue of poor gastrointestinal health. It may indicate that there is a problem with the colon. Colorectal cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men, so don’t shrug off constipation like it’s nothing. Your poop may hint at something going on with your health.
Back pain can be easy to dismiss because most everyone experiences some back pain or soreness. It can be easily attributed to an injury, a job, or workout out. If you are experiencing chronic back pain, this may indicate an infection, inflammation like arthritis, or the onset of kidney stones. Sometimes back pain can lead to unintentional weight loss, trouble urinating, or leg numbness.
It’s important to stay on top of your health. Don’t let things go unnoticed. You are only helping yourself if you catch things during the early stages, because then you can naturally remedy them more easily.