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Men and food – blame it on testosterone!

He walks in to the house and the greeting is brief (or just a grunt if you are lucky) as he heads towards the fridge to survey the contents and to see what is good to eat. He always seems to be hungry. Son, brother, husband or lover – men and food, what is it all about? Women generally dictate the diet and nutrition level of her family as it is more likely she plans and shops for it. Typically, most women know more about nutrition than men.

When it comes to optimal nutrition, do men have special needs that are different to women?  Absolutely! Just like women, men have special needs too and they need to pay attention to specific nutrients to help maintain great health. There are many common conditions that effect both men and women such as diabetes; cardiac disease and obesity, however, some conditions men are more prone to.

Blame it on Testosterone

Differences between men and women are subtle, but due to their size and lean body mass their calorie intake needs are higher than women’s, especially if they are active. Testosterone is responsible – the male hormone! This hormone results in increased muscle mass and bulk, driving the need for more calories and protein intake than women to maintain their bodies.

Iron in or out?

Compared to women, adult men don’t need as much iron.  Often men consume more red meat (than women) so it is important for them not to over load on Iron. A small percentage of men are at risk for a hereditary condition that causes excess iron to build up in the vital organs called hemochromatosis, but this condition can also be acquired after having too much iron in the diet or from blood transfusions. Excess iron can damage organs, which can lead to increased inflammatory conditions as well as cancer, irregular heartbeat and cirrhosis of the liver. Symptoms of iron overload can be diabetes, darkening of the skin, abnormal heart rhythm or joint pain. Men who are prone to this condition usually begin to exhibit symptoms of hemochromatosis between the ages of 30 and 50 years of age.

However, every man is an individual, so if a man is vegetarian or vegan, if he does lots of exercise or is iron deficient, then an iron supplement could be recommended. Having a quick blood test can determine iron levels.

Let’s talk about Sex.

Lifestyle factors such as stress, obesity, and poor nutrition can impact on fertility and sexual function. In recent years it has been reported that one in five men had abnormal sperm quality and in New Zealand men, sperm count has halved over the last two decades. Key nutrients have proven helpful for maintaining testosterone levels, essential for sperm production and the subject that many men squirm at thinking about; Prostate health.

Z is for Zinc!

The last letter in the alphabet, but the first mineral for men’s health; Z is for Zinc! The prostate gland contains high concentrations of this mineral. Researchers have discovered that the trace mineral zinc plays a vital role in maintaining prostate health and prevention against prostate cancer; in fact those with prostate cancer tend to have low zinc levels. Prostate cells accumulate more zinc than cells in any other human tissue. Zinc enables the male body to produce testosterone, because of this; low levels of zinc have been linked to erectile dysfunction and low libido.

It is not surprising then that oysters contain some of the highest levels of zinc in a food, hence its renowned reputation for being an Aphrodisiac! But lamb, beef, spinach, ginger, oats, nuts and pumpkin seeds are also great sources. 10 – 15 mg daily is needed to maintain healthy zinc levels.

Sexy Fruit and Veg?

Keep the fruit bowl full as fruit and veggies have an impact on male sexiness. These are great daily sources of Vitamin C which are key for healthy sexual function. Vitamin C is probably better known for its role in immunity, but it is also helpful for keeping skin and gums healthy, to help with stress reduction, cognitive function and even linked to improved fertility. Vitamin C helps increase sperm’s ability to flow freely (vital sperm that gets the job done!) and can help to maintain healthy blood vessels.

So the next time he walks into the house and goes straight to the fridge know that he does need more filling than a woman, but suggest some of the foods that will help keep him healthy. The best sources of nutrients will always be food, but sometimes extra support is needed, especially in times of stress, busy lifestyles or poor habits.

Remember that it is important to ensure that men choose supplements that are appropriate for their needs.  This may mean a low or no iron supplement or Multi Vitamin, increasing Vitamin C or ensuring they have adequate Zinc for their optimal health and sexiness.

 

Always read the label and use as directed. Supplementary to a balanced diet. Red Seal, Auckland.

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A summer boost

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Has the warmer weather caught you feeling sluggish rather than spirited? Life a bit stagnant or too stressful? Turbo-charge your health and vitality with an essential little mineral.

 

Zinc deficiency is very common and can cause a number of health issues. But there are plenty of warning signs. Here are the five main ones.

 

5 zinc-deficiency symptoms

  • Compromised immune system. Zinc is vital to a healthy body. If you frequently get sick, suffer from chronic allergies or generally have trouble with your immune system, you are potentially zinc-deficient.
  • Leaky gut syndrome. Leaky gut syndrome is a condition in which proteins can leak through the gut and cause systemic inflammation. Leaky gut is also related to food allergies, thyroid problems and adrenal fatigue. Zinc has been shown to support healthy gut permeability.
  • The third indicator that you might be zinc deficient is if you suffer from loose bowels. Bowel disease or even gas and bloating are also signs that you are lacking in the essential mineral.
  • Thinning hair or hair loss. Lack of zinc is associated with hypothyroidism, a cause of thinning hair and alopecia. Zinc is necessary to support hair growth as well as your body’s growth, repair and healing processes.
  • Irritated skin issues. If you have any sort of skin issue or if your fingernails are thin and peeling with white spots, it can be another sign of zinc deficiency.

 

4 causes of zinc deficiency

It’s also important to understand what causes a zinc deficiency.

  • High levels of emotional stress are hazardous to your zinc levels. If you are emotionally stressed out, over time your body has to utilise zinc to heal and repair the body, brain, skin and organs.
  • No one doubts the benefits of exercise but if you work out a lot – especially if you do a lot of high-intensity training such as (HIIT) workouts or CrossFit workouts (or maybe even have worked out too much in the past), a zinc deficiency can be the result.
  • If you are pregnant and eating for two or breast-feeding, you can suffer from mineral deficiencies, including zinc. To ensure their fertility and long-term prostate health, men require zinc too.
  • Last but not least, those with digestive problems or eating disorders, those who are dieting and the elderly tend to have malabsorption problems, meaning they don’t absorb zinc well and tend to have deficiency symptoms.

 

Red Seal Zinc B6 & Magnesium tablets contain 9mg of zinc sulphate combined with magnesium and vitamin B6. These nutrients together are responsible for more than 500 enzyme complex processes essential for well-being.

 

Red Seal Zinc Complex is an easy one-a-day vege cap combining three forms of zinc – citrate, amino acid chelate and gluconate 15 mg with additional selenium, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and manganese to support healthy metabolism, nerves, energy production, cartilage and much more.

 

How to overcome zinc-deficiency symptoms

If you’re going to get more zinc in your diet, a few things need to happen. The most important is to consume more of the foods that are high in zinc. Pumpkin seeds and oysters are very high in zinc; another great form is grass-fed beef. Sprouted nuts and seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, almonds and peas are also good sources. Last but not least, you also need probiotics. Remember that it’s not just what you eat but what you digest. So getting more probiotic-rich foods in your diet and adding supplements can improve your overall absorption.

 

 

*Always read the label and only take supplements and herbs as directed and if you are taking any medication please check with your health adviser. Endeavour Consumer Health Ltd, Auckland

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Give yourself a boost

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Many of us fail to get the recommended amounts of essential vitamins and minerals we need each day.

Modern living can put many strains upon the body and sometimes diet is not enough to ensure we are coping. A good multivitamin is a form of insurance, providing a balanced intake of the key minerals and vitamins needed to support bodies and minds. However, there are times where we might be short of a particular mineral or vitamin and need to consider something a bit more specific.

Listen to yourself

The great thing is that the body usually tells us what it needs, we just have to be alert to the signs. It may be as simple as sticking out a tongue in front of the mirror. If it has a tremor this indicates a need for magnesium. A metallic taste in the mouth can indicate a zinc deficiency. Feeling tired all time? Perhaps it’s time for an iron supplement. “Red Seal has some great products to help you to be the best you can be and to live your best life,” says Julie Fergusson, Red Seal’s Naturopath.

 

Make it a multi

Red Seal multivitamins for men and women are great products that contain a balanced blend of the vitamins and minerals necessary to support a busy lifestyle.

 

‘I feel exhausted’

If you are feeling constantly tired, your hair and nails are brittle and you seem to pick up bugs easily you might benefit from Floradix Iron Tonic. Floradix is a completely natural source of iron, with herbs and minerals that assist absorption.

 

Natural soother

Tense muscles, difficulty sleeping? Want support for normal blood pressure? You may need a magnesium supplement. Try our High Strength Magnesium 800mg.

 

A zinc boost

Some of the more common symptoms of a zinc deficiency include loss of or diminished smell and taste, poor wound healing, hair loss, roughening of skin/rashes, low libido in men, canker sores, lethargy, and deformed nails. Look at High Strength Zinc Complex (it’s good for both men and women) or our Zinc, B6 & Magnesium formula.

 

Kindervital for kids

If you are concerned whether your offspring are getting all the nutrients they need, Kindervital for Children provides nine essential vitamins and calcium for healthy bones and teeth, together with herbal extracts to maintain healthy digestion. A single daily spoonful of delicious Kindervital will ensure your children receive all the nutritional support they require.

 

*Always read the label and only take supplements and herbs as directed and if you are taking any medication please check with your health adviser. Endeavour Consumer Health Ltd, Auckland

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A case of the Chickenpox?

Chicken Pox

It is never an easy time, looking on, when your child is sick.
Thankfully, Red Seal’s Naturopath, Julie Fergusson has some suggestions that may help.

Fight the virus with Vitamin’s
Kindervital 10 ml gives important nutrients such as Vitamin A and Vitamin D, which are important to support the immune system. Add herbs such as Echinacea or olive leaf for better results.

Lysine for the little ones
Lysine is also a good option to help strengthen the body’s defences. Generally a dose for a child is 20 mg per kilo. Often this supplement is mixed with zinc for lip health, but you may need to break or crush a tablet as you usually find them in 500 mg or 1000 mg tablets.

The classic baths and balms for itchiness
To help sooth the itchiness, add baking soda to the bath in about 1/2 cup.
Mix up about a tablespoon of Baking Soda with Aloe Vera gel, a few drops of Tea Tree, Peppermint and Lavender oil and spread thinly on the skin affected skin.

Homeopathics for chickenpox
In cases like chickenpox, homeopathic support really comes into its own and well worth having these tools to support recovery.

Homeopathic remedies include:

Aconitum for the early stages:
This is a remedy that is commonly taken at the initial stages of the virus. This can be identified by a fever, restlessness, and increased thirst.

Rhus Tox for intense itching:
Rhus Tox is the most commonly recommended remedy. If your child is experiencing itching, and restlessness, especially at night Rhus Tox could help.

Apis for when symptoms are worse with heat:
If your child’s pox are itching or stinging more when the room warms up or they are exposed to heat this remedy may be helpful.

Belladonna for headache, flushed face, hot skin and drowsiness:
Severe headache, flushed face, hot skin, and drowsiness with the inability to sleep are signs that a Belladonna should be considered.

Last but not least
Monitor temperature closely. A temperature is your body’s response to help cook off a virus however the key is not to let the temperature go on for too long or get too high. Seek medical attention if the temperature goes over 40°C, goes longer than 72 hours (or more than 24 hours if under age 2).

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Let’s give thanks

Give thanks

Appreciating what we have, rather than despairing over what we don’t, is one of the keys to a happy and healthy life. We take a look at a few things for which to be grateful.


HEALTH IN A TEA CUP

Here’s to a pick-me-up that’s truly good for you. Sitting down for a cup of tea can be a tiny oasis of calm in the middle of a stressful day. And when you fill your mug with Red Seal Green Tea or Red Bush Tea you get an extra shot of antioxidants – just three cups a day are enough to yield a therapeutic dose. Antioxidants fight free radicals, which can damage the body and lead to illness, hence a diet full of antioxidants is one of the best ways to improve your health. Bonus: if you drink both teas (Green and Red Bush), that’s even better as you are getting a mix of different antioxidants. Let’s be grateful for such an easy and delicious health boost.

Health in a teacup


AN EASY RESET BUTTONActivated Charcoal

We’re fortunate to live in a country where good food is plentiful – but sometimes we’re guilty of overdoing it. For those times when your digestion needs some TLC, we’re lucky there’s Red Seal Activated Charcoal to the rescue. It’s made from medicinal-grade carbonised coconut shell which acts as a sponge to absorb substances (such as toxins and bacteria) in the large and small intestines before passing harmlessly through the body. This simple treatment can be your go-to first-aid treatment for upset stomachs and it’s also a lifesaver for irregular bowels and even food poisoning.


THE POWER TO CHANGE

While big health issues may have the power to overwhelm us, the good news is that we have the ability to fight back. Winter is not far away and with the change of seasons often comes unwellness. But it’s possible to strengthen your own immunity. As well as eating an optimal diet and staying in shape, there are some simple products that can help your body resist illness. Olive Leaf, Vitamin C and Zinc, B6 & Magnesium are Red Seal’s special trio of resistance builders. It’s so easy to start the family on these at the first sign of a sniffle – or, better yet, before it even happens!


A NAME YOU CAN TRUST

At Red Seal we’re thankful for our history and legacy. The company was founded in 1923 by English naturopath William Anderton, who operated from a small shop in Symonds Street, Auckland. Today we are still family owned and operated. We love being a New Zealand company and making products such as toothpaste, which was formulated right here by one


WRITE DOWN YOUR THANKS

One simple way to be happier is to start a gratitude journal. Every day take a note of the big and small things you appreciated. Soon it will become second nature to look on the bright side and get a well-being boost.


By Julie Fergusson, Red Seal Naturopath

Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

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The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have it

Good eye health is a vital part of our well-being, yet we often take it for granted or assume we can do little to improve it. In fact there are many factors that can have a positive (or negative) impact on eye health – and diet is the first place to start.


NOT JUST CARROTS

While it’s true that the beta-carotene found in carrots is beneficial to your eyes, there are many other nutrients that are also essential. The two star players are lutein and zeaxanthin. Termed “macular pigments”, they are most prominent in the lens and macula regions of the eye and have been shown to play a prominent role in maintaining eye health. Lutein effectively controls free-radical generation and the resulting oxidative damage through its ability to filter out blue wavelengths of light (such as UV rays) which cause damage to the eyes as well as to the skin.

Where can you find lutein and zeaxanthin? They are most abundant in yellow, orange and green plant foods. Goji berries, kiwifruit, tangerines, persimons, red and yellow peppers, spinach, pumpkin and kale are all great sources, as are egg yolks. Marigold flower petals are an amazing source of lutein and zeaxanthin – branch out and add these to salads.

TIP: An extra-potent way to maximize the eye-health benefits of carrots is to drink their juice followed by a shot of cod liver oil.


WINTER WARNING

Open fires, windy days, seasonal allergies and central heating can make our eyes feel drier in winter. If this affects you, try upping your intake of vitamin B, essential fatty acids and potassium.

Star picks:

Red Seal Fish OilVitaminBComplex


Chamomile tea & Raspberry Leaf teaTEA AND SYMPATHY

The proverbial “cup of tea and a lie down” cures many ills, but did you know that teabags themselves could benefit your eyes?

Both Red Seal Raspberry Leaf teabags and Red Seal Chamomile teabags can be moistened with warm water and used as compresses several times a day. These kitchen-cupboard wonders can help with eyes that are swollen, bloodshot, itchy and irritated. 

Simply pour hot water over one or two teabags and steep them for three to five minutes. Squeeze out the moisture and pop them into the fridge for 20 minutes for a cool compress (much less for a warm compress).
Then lie down, place them over your eyes and relax. Bonus: you also get to drink and enjoy the tea!


WHAT CAUSES TWITCHING EYE?

Eye strain, high stress levels and lack of sleep can cause these infuriating tics and spasms. Magnesium, which works on relaxing muscles, is the most popular remedy for this ailment – try Red Seal Magnesium which also contains potassium.


EYE UP THESE SUPPLEMENTS

Even the best diet won’t always cover all the bases, so consider the following extra ammunition to support eye health:

Red Seal Zinc B6 and Magnesium – supports eye health and blood circulation to the eyes and can assist with dry eyes
Red Seal Selenium Plus – antioxidant protection plus vitamins A, C and E
Red Seal Cod Liver Oil, Red Krill Oil and Fish Oil – these supply plenty of omega-3 fatty acids essential for eye health
Red Seal Vitamin B complex – a great all-round supplement for those who are stressed, as stress affects eye health


By Julie Fergusson, Red Seal Naturopath

Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Credit: Life & Leisure

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