12 Superfoods for Real Men
Did you know that eight out of 10 men around the world have enlarged prostates? Out of these men, one in every 10 is at risk of prostate cancer. You can blame it on poor diet, unhealthy lifestyle or even genes. However, one thing is for sure: you need to do something and get rid of bad habits along the way to keep your man down there as healthy as possible.
Regular workouts will always be a part of the list. Many health enthusiasts will even tell you to change your eating habits and alter your diet if you want your man down south to be happy. The question now is, what specific foods should you eat to make sure your entire being is preserved?
Worry no more. Get your shopping list ready, because here are 12 superfoods you need to add to your daily diet.
1. Lean Red Meat
If you have been a steak-and-potatoes kind of guy for as long as you can remember, then congratulations.
Red meat, especially lean cuts of pork and beef, are rich in protein, a nutrient you need to make sure you have enough energy to burn for muscle building.
At the same time, red meat contains leucine, an essential amino acid that also helps build muscles.
Take note that the meat should both be lean and red. This is to ensure that you are getting enough nutrients for your body to function well. Organize a steak night once a week, complete with steamed veggies and mashed potatoes. Who can say no to that?
This list is getting better, isn’t it? Chocolate, especially the right kind, aka dark chocolate, helps improve blood flow down there.
Dark chocolate’s flavanols could curb bad cholesterol, keep your blood pressure in check and improve circulation, something you really need, especially in bed.
In case you are having problems in the bedroom department, check out the grocery and look for dark chocolates. It is preferable to go for the ones with at least a 70 percent cocoa content. This could help your sex life get back into shape.
Still, be careful. Too much chocolate could lead to weight gain and a bulging tummy. As much as you want to munch on it while watching the NBA game, stick to an ounce of dark chocolate everyday. That’s more than enough to give your package a boost.
Did you know that one of the foods that helped Britney Spears get back into shape was avocado? There is no need to get scared of avocado and its fat content, because avocado’s fat content is the good kind.
In fact, avocado is rich in monounsaturated fat that could scare away cholesterol. That’s not all, because avocado knocks down the bad cholesterol too, which explains why it deserves a spot in the list.
The next time you go to a local market, pass by the avocado section and feed yourself with this superfood. Or eat it first thing in the morning. Just make sure you consume not more than 35 percent of your daily caloric intake to ensure that you are getting the right amounts.
Do you love cooking? If yes, then that’s great. Women like men who knowtheir way around the kitchen. Aside from that, it makes you familiar with various cooking ingredients, including ginger.
Ginger may be a favorite and a staple ingredient in the kitchen, especially when sushi and anything Asian stir-fry is around. Aside from its ability to add flavor in the food, ginger is also among the superfoods that you should include in your diet.
This is because ginger reduces pain on any exercise-related muscle injuries. At the same time, it helps reduce inflammation in your body, especially when you’ve been pushing too hard. Ginger tea is an excellent treatment for not-so-serious illnesses, like stomach upset, too.
Bananas were probably a favorite during your sex ed class, because the teacher most likely taught the class how to put condoms on properly using this phallic fruit.
However, there is more to bananas than just having a penis-like shape. Believe it or not, it good for your man down there, too.
Bananas are rich in potassium, a nutrient needed for muscle contractions and bone health. It also helps with your blood pressure and makes sure that it is in its right state, something you really need as you approach old age.
Bananas are readily available in supermarkets and groceries. Eat a banana first thing in the morning to pump you up and keep you full, too.
6. Fatty Fish
The word, “fatty fish,” may be scary for many. However, fatty fishes, such as salmon, sardines and herring could bring many health benefits, especially in your prostate and reproductive health.
Fatty fishes are excellent sources of healthy fat, also known as omega-3 fatty acids. This type of fish protects you against cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease, one of the top killers of men in America.
Wake up extra early every Sunday and go straight to the fish market. Buy salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel, herring, trout and any fatty fish you could find to boost your health. Eat fatty fishes at least twice a week to minimize your risk against cardiovascular diseases. Make use of Google or download recipe apps on your smart phone to find simple salmon dishes, too.
Yes, seafood is healthy and exactly what your body needs to maintain it in it right state. Aside from fatty fish, shellfish should also be part of your superfoods list.
Shellfish such as crabs, oysters and clam are rich in zinc, a mineral needed by your body to produce enough testosterone. This is also important for your muscles, heart and reproductive system.
Did you know that low zinc levels equates to male infertility and poor sperm quality? Therefore, it is important that you maintain your zinc levels to prevent any issues in the bedroom. When you shop for fatty fish, don’t forget to add shellfish in your basket, as well.
Some people are not fond of dairy. If you are one of them, then here is a reason why you should include it in your daily diet: it boosts your male health.
Whey found in milk and yogurt is a good source of leucine, a muscle-building amino acid. However, you have to be careful on the type of dairy products you will use.
When it comes to milk, veer away from whole milk and go for low-fat or non-fat versions. Yogurt should be Greek yogurt since it is thicker, creamier and packed with potassium, protein and other friendly bacteria to keep your gut healthy.
The best thing about this is that no more preparation needed. Open a tub of Greek yogurt, add some fresh berries, and you’re good to go.
9. Nuts and Seeds
How many times have you heard that nuts and seeds are good for you? A few times already, right? This is because they contain a variety of nutrients.
Nuts, such as walnuts and almonds, are rich in selenium, a mineral that protects the prostate gland. It is also rich in antioxidants, protein and zinc that boosts your prostate health.
On the other hand, seeds such as flaxseeds contain lignin, a type of fiber that offers relief against constipation. Seeds are also rich in prostaglandins, molecules from omega-3 fatty acids that are also anti-inflammatory.
Go ahead and sprinkle nuts and seeds on your favorite salad or main dishes. You can also munch on it while watching your favorite game. Make sure you go for the unsalted ones to enjoy these benefits.
If you are not fond of soy, then maybe you need to reconsider your choice. If there is one food that could protect your prostate, then soy is the one that should go on top of the list.
Soy products, such as tofu and soymilk contain isoflavones or chemical compounds that reduce dihydrotestosterone, a male hormone that stimulates the overgrowth of prostate gland that could lead to prostate enlargement.
If you want proof, then you should know that prostate cancer is less common in Asian countries where soy is a favorite. Therefore, eat more miso soup, tofu and soymilk. It is your best protection against prostate cancer.
11. Orange Veggies
Health enthusiasts will tell you that the more colorful your plate is, the better and healthier you will be. If you are looking for ways to add color to your plate, then adding orange vegetables is one way to do it.
Orange veggies are excellent sources of vitamin C, lutein and beta-carotene that help lower your risk of developing enlarged prostate.
Carrots, squash, sweet potatoes and red bell peppers must be included in your grocery list. Don’t forget to add it in your favorite dishes, too.
12. Green Leafy Vegetables
Aside from anything orange, green leafy veggies deserve a spot in this list. They are also rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, which are good for the eyes.
In fact, adding leafy greens in your daily diet protects you against cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and anything that could affect your eyesight.
That’s not all. Aside from keeping your eyes healthy, adding leafy greens such as spinach, kale and collard greens are good for your man down there. Still, don’t get confined with leafy greens only. Keep your plate as colorful as possible by adding other types of fruits and veggies, such as berries, tomatoes, cauliflower and watermelons.
Are you ready to give your health a boost?