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How To Lose Your Beer Belly
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How To Lose Your Beer Belly

A beer belly used to be a mark of the great Australian larrikin. Someone who enjoyed a bit too much of all the good things that life had to offer. A loveable lout more concerned with having a good time with friends than worrying about his health. However, with increasing rates of obesity-related diseases killing men off in our thousands, plus increasing pressure on men to conform to a particular body  image, it is no longer 'OK' to be lugging that extra weight around your midriff section. Whilst we don't mean to suggest you should lose that beer belly to bow to societal pressures of what a man's body should look like, we do condone dropping excess body fat in the name of increasing your health and extending your life expectancy.  

3 Important Tips: Losing Your Beer Belly

 

1. Drink in moderation

Excessive alcohol can lead to midnight kebabs and $5 pizza slices (don't act like you don't know what we are talking about). However, alcohol consumption can have several other effects on our bodies that can hinder weight loss / contribute to weight gain. Firstly, alcohol can mess with our metabolism. Our livers are responsible for metabolizing fats to use them for energy. When we drink, our  livers are also workinghard trying to process and metabolise the alcohol we have just had. This can mean less of the fat we have eaten is used for creating energy. Further, many common mixers that we consume with alcohol contain high levels of processed sugar. This causes a very interesting problem - our body has an amazing ability to assess what food we need for energy production, and what food is excess. It will take that excess unused energy source and store them for later use in the form of body fat. This is particularly true for processed sugars in drink mixers - our body can only use so much of the huge amount of potential energy that the sugars provide, so most of it gets stored for later use in the form of body fat. This can cause weight gain.  

2. Exercise

That's right... there are no miracle cures for the beer belly. Combining a mix of cardiovascular (think jogging, swimming, aerobics classes) and resistance training (think bench press and squats) can produce the optimal mix of fat-burning exercise. Cardiovascular exercise (aim for 45 minutes at a time) forces your body to tap into it's fat stores to create the energy needed to complete that exercise. Resistance training, on the other hand, can help your body use up more energy for hours after you leave the gym. Weight training can leave your metabolism high and your body using alot of the food you eat to repair itself. Furthermore, a person with higher muscle mass uses more energy in a day than a similar person with less muscle mass, meaning adding some muscle mass can help turn more of the food you eat each day into energy energy rather than fat.  

3. Overhaul your diet

Chances are if you have a beer belly then your diet may be more to blame than beer itself. Consider a complete overhaul of your diet, and try the following tips:
  • Reduce your portions – no need to feel bloated after every meal.
  • Drink 8 to 12 glasses of water, spread throughout the day. Proper hydration is a key prerequisite to help you metabolise food.
  • Cut down on sugary, fatty, fried and processed food (white bread, chips, pizza, fast food, cool drinks, chocolate bars, cake, etc.).
  • Eat more wholegrain cereals, breads and pastas rather than their white alternatives. Wholegrain foods release their energy more slowly, meaning less chance they will be stored as fat by your body.
  • Eat more raw and fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Choose lean, low-fat meats and grill or roast rather than fry them.
  • Eat five balanced, smaller meals throughout the day rather than three large ones – it’ll improve your metabolism.
  • Eat more soluble fibre (unpeeled apples, oats, cherries etc.). It iwll help you feel fuller for longer.
 

What about Fat Burning Supplements?

All we can say is "Buyer Beware". There are some products - such as our SlimRight Green Coffee Bean and SlimRight Metabolift products - that can aid weight loss and fat metabolism when used in conjunction with good diet and exercise. At the same time, there are other products whose only weight loss effect is emptying your wallet. If you are going to try a metabolism boosting supplement, try to protect yourself from fraudsters by buying Australian products from Australian retailers rather than buying overseas brands online. Overseas products are not as heavily regulated as Australian products, and their quality and efficacy cannot be guaranteed. The tight regulatory guidelines Australian weight loss products must comply with helps protect consumers.   Looking to drop a few kilograms? Check out our range of products to help weight management.
Why Men Need Zinc
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Why Men Need Zinc

Zinc is what is known as an 'essential mineral'. This means that your body needs it but cannot produce it... you have to get zinc from foods or supplements. Zinc plays a number of roles in our body, including helping us fight disease and healing wounds. However, zinc also delivers some particularly important benefits for men. Let's take a look at why men need zinc.  

Why Men Need Zinc

1. Zinc May Support Prostate Health

Prostate health is an uncomfortable topic for most men, and if you have a prostate problem, things get even more uncomfortable when you have to go and see your doctor. However, given that prostate cancer is the sixth highest killer of men in Australia (2012 figures), taking prostate health seriously is important. Studies have shown that cancerous prostates have lower than normal levels of zinc that normal prostates. The zinc in prostate cells appears to have a protective property, and the lower zinc levels may mean lower levels of protection.  

2. Zinc may support a healthy heart

Preliminary studies suggest zinc may be critical in maintaining a healthy heart, and may even help improve heart health after a heart attack. Given that coronary heart disease is the leading killer of men in Australia, and men are significantly more likely to develop heart disease, supporting your heart by ensuring you get enough zinc is a good idea.  

3. Zinc may help increase sperm quality

One of the symptoms of zinc deficiencies in men is lowered sperm count. Low zinc can lead to low sperm count, which may adversely affect your chances of having a family. ------ This article was brought to you by our online health partner, Health365. For more information on men's health, visit www.health365.com.au.
5 Benefits of CoQ10
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5 Benefits of CoQ10

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Foods For Healthy Sperm
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Foods For Healthy Sperm

There are a number of environmental, physical and psychological factors that can have an effect on sperm health. However, did you know that what you eat (and what you don't eat) can increase sperm count and sperm motility? Use the below tips to change up your diet to increase your chances of having healthy sperm.

 Foods For Healthy Sperm

If you are planning a family and have had some trouble conceiving, you may need to consult a health professional. However, before you resort to medical treatment, there are some simple things you can do to give your reproductive cells the best chance of doing their job by eating a diet of sperm-boosting foods and avoiding things that are detrimental to sperm health. Try the following - with a little bit of time, they can increase overall health and lead to better probability of conceiving.

For Healthy Sperm, Eat More:

1. Vitamins

Deficiencies in vitamin A have been linked to sluggish sperm and lowered fertility. Eat plenty of red peppers, oats, carrots, dried apricots, sweet potatoes, spinach and broccoli to give you a vitamin A boost.

Vitamin C, found in good amounts in strawberries, asparagus, fruit and yellow veggies, has a positive effect on sperm viability and motility (the swimming ability of sperm).

Vitamins C, E and B12 are also great antioxidants that can help boost sperm production and motility by fighting harmful free radicals.

A good multivitamin supplement is a great idea if you feel that you’re not getting enough of the sperm-supporting vitamins from your regular diet. Whilst getting your nutrients from diet is important, taking a multivitamin is one way to top up any nutritional shortcomings in your diet.

2. Minerals

Inadequate levels of zinc can cause lowered sperm counts. Natural sources of this mineral include eggs, turkey, oysters, seafood, pumpkin seeds, beef, oats, lamb, yoghurt, nuts and barley. Selenium is also thought to be beneficial to sperm motility and health. You can get it by eating Brazil nuts, red meat, cottage cheese, poultry and eggs. If you don't think you are getting enough zinc or selenium, a multivitamin may help. However, be sure to stick within the recommended dose, as high levels of both these minerals can become toxic.

3. Fatty acids

Studies have shown that fertile men’s sperm tend to contain greater amounts of polyunsaturated fats, specifically omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, than that of infertile men. They’re found in walnuts, chia seeds, omega-3 supplements like calamari oil and fish like anchovies, sardines and salmon.

4. Folic acid

Some men who have been taking dietary supplements containing folic acid in combination with zinc have experienced increases in sperm counts of as much as 70% and research suggests that men with low folic acid levels tend to have more sperm cells with chromosomal (genetic) abnormalities. Keep your levels up by eating leafy green veggies, whole grain foods, avocados, beans and fruit.

5. Lycopene

Lycopene, a bright red carotene found in tomatoes, tomato sauce, carrots, watermelons and paw paw, has been shown to help increase sperm count.

6. Water

By drinking plenty of water throughout the day you can counteract dehydration, which is one of the main factors associated with low semen volume.

For healthy sperm, eat less:

1. Pesticide-laced fruit and veg

Chemical pesticides can remain on the foods you buy from the shop and are known to have detrimental effects on sperm health and fertility. Always wash fresh produce thoroughly before eating it, or better yet, go organic.

2. Canned food

Bisphenol-A (BPA), a hormone-disrupting chemical found in some plastics has been linked to decreased sperm health and many researchers believe that our biggest exposure to it comes from food packaging. The insides of many food and beverage cans are coated with BPA-containing resin and especially high levels are found in canned acidic foods including certain fruits and tomato sauce. Choose fresh food and food bottled in glass containers rather than canned items.

3. Alcohol

Excessive alcohol consumption can damage sperm. Keep your intake to moderate levels when you’re trying to be fertile.

4. Saturated fats

Research suggests that a diet high in saturated and mono-unsaturated fats, such as those found in bacon, processed meats, sausages, ham and butter, can lead to poor sperm health.

Other assorted sperm killers

There a number of other every-day substances and practices that are no good for your sperm, such as:

1. Drugs 

A number of drugs, both recreational and medicinal, are known to have harmful effects on sperm. These include opiates, steroids and cytotoxic drugs used in cancer treatment. Alcohol abuse can lead to infertility... if you must drink, do so in moderation.

2. Smoking

Smokers have been shown to have diminished fertility compared to non-smokers.

3. Temperature

As unbelievable as it may sound, high temperatures can have a negative effect on sperm production. Hot baths and showers, wearing excessive underwear and even sitting for prolonged periods (for example, sitting in traffic or at a desk) may have a detrimental effect on sperm production.

4. Clothing

Tight underpants, especially ones made of synthetic materials have been linked to infertility. Wear boxers made of cotton that allow some freedom of movement instead.

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This article was provided by our online partner Health365. For more information on male health, visit www.health365.com.au.

3 Superfoods For Men's Health
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3 Superfoods For Men's Health

You may scoff at the term 'superfoods', but believe us when we say there are a small handful of real  'superfoods' that do exist. These are foods that contain a wide range of key nutrients, and contain them at levels far above those found in 'normal' food. This means these superfoods make it easier to get the nutritional support you need to get through your day. Some of these superfoods - when taken over time - may help support a range of benefits for men's health issues, from supporting libido and sperm count to prostate and heart health. Read on for our top 3 list of Superfoods for men's health.  

 3 Superfoods For Men's Health

 

1. Maca

Known as the "Peruvian ginseng", Maca has been traditionally used for thousands of years in Peru and across South America to support energy and - famously - to boost libido and fertility. Preliminary studies out of Peru suggest it may increase sperm count and sperm motility, although it should be noted that further research is required to consolidate these early findings. Fellas, try our recipe for Maca Guacamole, which contains Maca and other key nutrients for supporting men's energy and libido.  

2. Chia Seeds and/or Salmon

Whilst the two foods are very different, both chia seeds and salmon contain large concentrations of one very important nutrient for men's health: Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids have a variety of benefits, not the least of which is increased protection against heart disease, high blood pressure, cholesterol and stroke. Heart disease is the leading killer of men in Australia, and men are much more likely to develop heart disease than women. As such, men should be considering adjusting their diet to avoid these preventable diseases. Both salmon and chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help support a healthy heart. Furthermore, chia seeds are very high in dietary fibre, which can help with weight management and managing blood sugar levels. Guys, try our Chia-Crusted Salmon recipe. It combines both chia seeds and salmon for a super-sized serve of omega-3s to help protect your heart.  

3. Acai

Preliminary studies suggest that one way of increasing your sperm count is to decrease the number of free radicals in your body by increasing your antioxidant intake. Free radicals are unstable molecules that exist in our body that damage cells and can lead to inflammation, disease and reduced efficiency. Increasing your intake of antioxidants fights these molecules and increases overall health and - perhaps - sperm quality. Whilst most fruit and vegetables have some antioxidant content, Acai is one of the richest known sources of antioxidants on the planet. Gents, try our Acai Berry Breakfast Bowl recipe. It's packed with acai and other nutrients to protect your heart, brain, overall health and your little swimmers. ------ This article was brought to you by our online health partner Health365. To buy superfoods online, visit www.health365.com.au.
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