MaxLiving Perspectives: Incorporating the 5 Essentials
As a man, you want to be in peak condition at any age. Maybe your doctor warned you about a potential health condition if you don’t change your health habits. Perhaps you have a family history of heart disease. Or, you just want to get lean and healthy to prevent obesity and chronic disease that can occur with age.
Heart disease is the number one cause of death among men. Trailing that problem is weight gain and obesity, which increases your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
The underlying issue linking these and other health concerns is chronic inflammation, which contributes to nearly every disease. The right diet and lifestyle factors can help lower this inflammation—”The Secret Killer”–according to Time magazine.
Insulin, cortisol, and testosterone are three hormones that play a huge role in men’s health. When one of these becomes out of balance, others often follow contributing to weight gain and lowered sex drive, and may even impact mood and mental health.
Being your healthiest, most vibrant self and growing older gracefully require being proactive about your health. Fortunately, you’ve got plenty of strategies to stay healthy and happy no matter what decade of life.
Talk with your healthcare practitioner about these and other strategies to optimize your health. Never discontinue or modify any medications or other advice without your healthcare practitioner’s consent
The underlying premise of chiropractic care is to support the health of the central nervous system, as it controls and coordinates all functions of the body.
• Chiropractic care can help reduce many conditions that contribute to aging and disease including inflammation. One study found that 9 chiropractic lower back adjustments helped normalize
inflammatory markers in people suffering from chronic low back pain.
• Chiropractors are well-educated in specific concerns among males, including muscle growth, hormonal balances related to testosterone levels, and fertility issues.
• A chiropractor can also create an individualized dietary, nutrient, and lifestyle protocol that complements any other approaches you may be taking to naturally manage your health.
Follow the MaxLiving Core or Advanced Nutrition Plan (depending on your healthcare practitioner’s suggestion), which provides the correct amounts of healthy fat, protein, and nutrient-dense
carbohydrates to stay lean and healthy.
• Maintain a healthy weight, which can reduce your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
• Address specific nutrient needs with your healthcare practitioner. Research shows, for instance, that zinc is an essential nutrient for male fertility. Eating foods rich in these nutrients can help support specific conditions or needs.
• Avoid smoking and alcohol. Smoking increases your risk for heart disease, cancer, and much more. Alcohol (especially in high doses) can increase your risk of stroke, liver disease, respiratory diseases, and overall mortality.
• Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates including whole grain crackers, pasta, rice, and bread. These fast-absorbing carbohydrates raise insulin levels, throwing other hormones, including testosterone, out of balance.
• Buy organic whenever possible. Studies show that many pesticides in conventional produce are hormonal disruptors and may inhibit androgen.
• Drink at least 8 glasses of clean, filtered water daily.
• Drink green tea. Green tea can also help protect against chronic conditions, including heart disease.
• The Institute of Medicine recommends that men need 38 grams of fiber per day. Start on the lower end and gradually increase intake approximately 5 grams per week. Researchers find getting enough dietary fiber impacts general health and immune health among men. Low-sugar fruits like avocado and berries, vegetables, nuts, and seeds are good fiber sources. MaxLiving’s Essential Bar makes the perfect snack, providing healthy fat, protein, and 6 grams of fiber in each bar.
• Eat consistent, nutrient-dense meals and snacks containing protein, healthy fats, and dietary fiber.
Please note: Everyone’s metabolism will be different. Work with your healthcare practitioner to develop an optimal plan to modify your eating patterns.
• Get adequate amounts of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids from cold-water, wild-caught fish, grass-fed meats, walnuts, and hemp and chia seeds. Ideally, you will get 1 – 2 grams of omega-3 fatty acids from the EPA and DHA in fish and fish oil. Talk with your healthcare practitioner about ideal doses for your health if you have any concerns.
• Avoid damaged fats and oils including vegetable oils, hydrogenated oils, and trans fats.10 Instead,
opt for fats and oils rich in healthy fats including extra-virgin coconut oil and extra-virgin olive oil,
which are anti-inflammatory.
• If you need a sweetener, use stevia or xylitol in small amounts. Avoid artificial sweeteners, which can adversely impact overall health. Animal studies show sucralose and other artificial sweeteners potentially create problems, such as gut imbalances and liver inflammation.
Minimize stress and learn strategies to manage stress. Men cope with stress worse than women, which helps explain why males are more likely than females to have high blood pressure, type 2
diabetes, and heart disease or a heart attack.
• Get 8 – 9 hours of sleep. Poor sleep impacts everything for men, including erectile dysfunction and hormonal production.
• Find something that works for you to maintain overall health and wellbeing. Consider yoga, meditation, mindfulness, gratitude, or deep breathing.
Oxygen & Exercise
High-intensity, short-duration exercise (HIIT or burst training), 3 – 4 times a week makes the ideal workout for its effectiveness and time efficiency. Research shows that HIIT positively impacts
blood pressure, heart rate, and more among men.
Environmental toxins are everywhere, including in food, water, beauty products, household cleaners, carpet, and furniture. Being inundated by chemicals daily can adversely impact your health in many ways including hormonal balance and chronic inflammation.
• You can’t eliminate toxins, but you can minimize them and their impact. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) provides excellent guides to determine the best everyday foods and products that reduce your exposure to toxins:
• The least- and most-pesticide ridden produce: Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™
• Beauty products: Skin Deep®
• Cleaning products: Guide to Healthy Cleaning
• For those with more advanced toxic exposure, work with your healthcare practitioner using the MaxLiving Detox System to help your body eliminate toxins naturally.
Discuss modifying doses of these supplements and including any additional supplements to benefit your health with your
|MaxLiving Daily Essentials||Time of Day|
|Men’s Multivitamin||1 capsule twice daily with meals|
|B-Complex with Delayed Release||1 capsule daily|
|Optimal Omega||2 soft gels, 1 – 2 times daily with food|
|Pro Magnesium Formula||1 teaspoon daily
*Take before bed for calming benefits*
|Vitamin C Complete||1 capsule with breakfast and 1 capsule with dinner daily|
|Daily Defense||1 capsule daily with a meal
(for immune support)
|Max Fit||1 capsule before each meal, 3 times daily
(to support mood and energy)
|Curcumin C3®||2 capsules daily with meals
(to manage inflammation levels)
|Prostate Supreme™||1 capsule twice daily with meals|
|Never modify any medications or other medical advice without your healthcare practitioner’s support.|
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practitioner. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. MaxLiving
information is and products are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease or provide
medical advice. Decisions to use supplements to support your specific needs should be considered in
partnership with your licensed healthcare practitioner.