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Men are waking up to the enormous benefits of natural health and nutrition

Friday, January 04, 2008
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
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Tags: men's health, health news, Natural News


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It's time for men to pay as much attention to natural health as women. Currently, women dominate the readership of natural health newsletters and magazines, and they're typically the one member of the household more clued in to nutrition for both adults and children. Men typically lack in-depth knowledge on nutritional issues and are often the ones defending unhealthful diets based on processed meats, homogenized dairy and refined grains. But here's why this trend is changing...

Men's bodies are just as sensitive to unhealthful foods as women's bodies. Prostate cancer, for example, is just as sensitive to synthetic estrogen mimickers in foods and food packaging as breast cancer, and preventing prostate cancer is as straightforward as preventing breast cancer: Avoiding bisphenol-A in plastic packaging and water bottles, avoiding sodium nitrite in processed meat products, supplementing with zinc, green tea, lycopene, various isoflavones, etc.

Thanks to popular culture, the image of men eating healthy diets has been "sissified." Men who eat salad greens, sprouts and tofu are commonly thought of as having somehow lost their masculinity (by the ignorant masses, anyway), whereas those men who gobble down prime rib, milk, pizza, hamburgers, onion rings and sugary sodas are thought of as rugged American men. Real men!

Of course, the truth of the matter is quite different. As nutritional studies clearly show, those men who eat the salad greens, sprouts, superfoods and nutrient-dense ingredients have much higher sperm counts and mobility measurements as well as stronger libido and performance. Few men who pursue healthy diets ever turn to sex-enhancing medications such as Viagra because they simply don't need the drugs! They perform well, regardless of their age.

It's the men who eat barbequed ribs, pizza, fried foods and processed foods that end up firing blanks at the fertility center or having prostate cancer surgery (which leaves you in a state that can hardly be called "manly," by the way). Processed foods devastate reproductive capacity in both men and women, and from a medical viewpoint, nothing takes away the manliness of men faster than following a diet of processed foods. Except, perhaps, surgical castration. But nutritional castration is the next quickest route.

Fortunately, the more intelligent, aware men in society today are increasingly learning and applying principles of nutritional science. Although they remain the exception among the male population, they're exploring the tremendous benefits of healthy diets by learning and applying nutritional know-how to their own lives.

These men, for example, are taking more nutritional supplements than ever before, and instead of pursuing the cheap, low-quality "bodybuilding" supplements that typify the past purchasing behavior of men, they're now consuming brain-enhancing nutrients (like bacopa, Lion's Mane, ginkgo and PS) and immune boosting nutrients (alkalizing greens, medicinal mushrooms, fish oils, etc.). They're turning away from over-processed, over-cooked and over-hyped brand-name foods and learning ways to eat more raw, organic and locally-grown produce.

In doing so, they're challenging the stereotype and expanding their options to include performance-enhancing, disease-preventing nutritional strategies that most men don't even know exist. Among the best strategies now being embraced by in-the-know men are:

• Fish oils (omega-3 fatty acids) for enhanced brain function, immune function, metabolism and cardiovascular health.

• Hemp protein and quinoa for complete proteins from plants (which avoid the chemical contamination found in most animal fats).

• Superfruit antioxidants for protection of the brain, heart, skin, eyes and cellular DNA (these superfruits include acai, blueberries, raspberries, noni, mangosteen, goji and so on).

• Nutrient-dense microalgae (like blue/green algae, chlorella and spirulina) for cleansing the body, protecting the liver, and greatly reducing the risk of digestive system cancers (including colon cancer).

• Mineralization strategies (taking trace minerals, zinc, magnesium, and quality calcium supplements) to boost cardiovascular health, eliminate excess stress, accelerate tissue repair and recovery speeds and resist infectious disease.

• Planned sunlight exposure for enhanced creation of vitamin D which prevents gum disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, heart disease, obesity and all kinds of cancers including prostate cancer.

In future articles, we'll examine these areas in more detail, discussing the best nutritional strategies for physical performance, fertility, brain function, stress adaptation, disease prevention, longevity and much more. We'll also look at the most common sources of the chemical contaminants and food additives that are causing the most damage to men's health right now. Coming up soon: How to stop poisoning your body with 100 synthetic chemicals every morning!

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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