According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only half of all men over the age of 18 are meeting the daily recommendations for aerobic exercise, while over one third of men age 20 or older are considered obese. Busy schedules and high stress levels can lead to poor sleep and fatigue, both of which can contribute to weight gain, a lack of desire to exercise and poor health.
If you want to help the men that you care about boost their health, then helping them reduce their stress while increasing energy levels is key. And luckily, doing this doesn’t have to be hard. Just keep the simple acronym M-E-N in mind:
M stands for "Multivitamin"
No matter how healthy you eat, it can be hard to get in the right amount of every vitamin and mineral you need each day. That’s why I always recommend a daily multivitamin to cover your bases. But nutrient needs vary between men and women, which is why you should always take a multivitamin that is tailored to your gender. For the men in my life (and for my clients), I recommend Swisse Men's Ultivite multivitamin. With 53 vitamins, minerals and herbs, it is one of the most comprehensive multivitamins available. The Ultivite is also backed by 13 clinical trials, which have demonstrated the supplement’s ability to boost energy, reduce stress levels, and improve stamina.* Taking one tablet per day may be the easiest and most effective way to maintain good health.
E stands for "Eat More Produce"
Let’s be honest — man or woman, most of us just don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables each day. Yet these foods, which are packed full of essential nutrients, antioxidants and fiber, can offer tremendous health benefits. Eating more vitamin C-rich foods (which includes foods such as blood oranges, kiwi and spinach) for instance, may help to reduce levels of circulating stress hormones in the body. And adding more fiber-rich produce in replacement of simple sugars (such as swapping that late night bowl of ice cream for a bowl of mixed berries) can help to stabilize blood sugar levels, better regulating energy. Aim for a minimum of five servings of fruits and vegetables per day for the best benefit.
N stands for "Nighttime Routine"
A good night’s sleep starts with a relaxing bedtime routine. Checking the score of the game on your phone or cramming in one more work email before shutting down the lights can make it hard for your body to unwind. Practice a healthy sleep routine by spending at least 10 minutes before bed relaxing in a quiet, dark environment. Aim to avoid eating or drinking large volumes of food or beverage in the two hours before bed, since this can lead to indigestion and acid reflux. And if possible, aim to go to bed and awake at the same time each day to help your body get on a consistent schedule.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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As the go-to expert on all things nutrition and diabetes, Erin Palinski-Wade is one of the most quoted dietitians in the country and a sought-after speaker, spokesperson and media source. She has authored four books including the bestselling 2 Day Diabetes Diet and Belly Fat Diet For Dummies. Erin has appeared on shows including The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors and The Early Show and regularly contributes to BravoTV, FoodNetwork, FoxNews and Prevention. She currently juggles her time between freelance writing for publications such as Diabetes Forecast and EverydayHealth.com, motivating audiences as a high-energy keynote speaker, and seeing clients in her private practice in New Jersey.