Attention Men!

   There’s nothing like a woman harping on a man about his health as one sure way to help you guys tune out.  I am guilty of this, for sure. “That is a lot of sugar … Sugar is Evil!” “Did you exercise today? It is such a nice day … you should walk.” “Please drink this green juice that I made … it is so good for you!” “Have you been taking your supplements?”
   It is out of love and concern for your health and longevity, but I am sure it can be quite annoying.  So the challenge to you - as men - is to take charge of your own health the way you take charge of your careers, houses, cars, hobbies and families. The people in your life need you around; they need you to be at your personal optimal health. There are natural solutions for insomnia, fatigue, musculoskeletal pains, depression, skin issues, low libido weight gain and everything in between.*
   Many of my male clients have experienced results just starting with the following four steps:
   1) Homeopathy
   2) CranioSacral Therapy
   3) Detoxification
   4) Supplementation
   Free 15-minute consultations are available to explain what that would look like for you considering your state of health, time, financial capabilities and commitment level. All the mentioned products, information and services are available at Nature’s Remedy, 26 Monroe Street in Ellicottville, NY, phone 716-699-4372 (or 716-353-0786 for Dr. Kristina). Please call or stop by Nature’s Remedy anytime for your FREE 15 minute consultation in order to begin finding the right combination of supplements and therapies right for you.
 
LET’S BREAK IT DOWN
 
   Homeopathy is a medicine that is over 200 years old; I practice classical homeopathy which includes a verbal intake that I analyze for the purpose of finding one homeopathic remedy specific for that individual. When the correct remedy (or Simillimum) is chosen, the journey begins and the emotional, mental and physical symptoms heal as the underlying core imbalance is corrected. I have quite a few men say that after the intake they feel 50% better just by releasing stored emotions, thoughts and past experiences.
   CranioSacral Therapy has its roots in osteopathic medicine since the early 1900’s. The craniosacral rhythm - or the Breath of Life - can be sensed through this light touch therapy. This rhythm comes from the flow of cerebrospinal fluid beginning in the 4th ventricle of the brain, looping around the spine and back again to the brain. Affecting this rhythm helps to balance the energy of the body from the inside out. As the energy from the practitioner’s hands interacts with the energy in the body, connective tissue is relaxed, allowing energy to flow freely and releasing restrictions to the body’s extraordinary healing powers. It is excellent for spinal cord injuries, musculoskeletal dysfunctions, car accidents, sports injuries, anxiety, depression, stress and many diseases. Enjoy one hour of this deep relaxation as it is combined with the healing effects of infrared heat from an Amethyst Biomat.     
   Detoxification has been talked about extensively in my articles. To simplify this topic I designed a 14-Day Cleanse specifically for you!
1)     Drink ½ lemon in warm water first thing in the morning to cleanse your liver and alkalize your body.
2)     Throughout the day, drink 4 ounces of Mint flavored Liquid Chlorophyll in water to cleanse your cells and blood and to alkalize the body.
3)     Diet: Eliminate sugar (add Xylitol and/or Stevia), red meat (Eat “Lean and Clean” chicken, turkey or fish, especially wild Alaskan salmon), wheat (replace with quinoa and brown rice grains, breads and pastas), and all artificial sweeteners and processed foods … forever! All these replacement foods and more can be found at Nature’s Remedy. For those of you who are willing to take things one step further, eliminate soy, corn, dairy (use goat’s milk and milk products), and peanuts. It is very important to read labels because chemicals and processed soy, corn, dairy and gluten (wheat) are added to these products, which are detrimental to your health. Think “Whole Foods”!
4)     Finally, take the Dieter’s Cleanse three times per day as pre-packaged capsules labeled for a.m., noon and p.m. This cleanse positively affects the large intestine, the liver, all the cells of the body for environmental toxins, metabolism, the hypothalamus (your master gland controlling the glandular system throughout the body) and blood sugar levels.
   Supplements can be thought of as food or as medicine. But our foods should be our medicine - which is the ultimate goal. But until you get to that place where your diet is “clean” and your food is your medicine, then most often supplements are needed to detoxify the body, give the body all that it needs and stimulate its energy forces. Contrary to natural health antagonists, supplements are safe, effective and healing to the body as a whole. (*Discretion is taken into consideration for those on various medications, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and people with certain medical conditions.)
   Nature Cures … we were placed on this planet with guidance. Regarding our health, the answers are there if we search what nature has provided.
 
MY TOP 25 PRACTICAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR MEN
 
LIBIDO AND ENERGY
 
   Men’s X-Action Reloaded(2 capsules with breakfast, 2-5 capsules before sexual activity) combines nutrients to support male reproductive function, sexual performance and enjoyment, prostate health and cardiovascular health by increasing nitric oxide levels in the body to relax blood vessels for optimal blood flow. Icariin in high amounts inhibits an enzyme that causes the male sexual response to subside, therefore sustaining while also playing a role in increased smooth muscle relaxation and increased blood flow. This product is a must for safe and effective sexual function.
   Solstic Cardio is added to water along with Solstic Energy and used in conjunction with Men’s X-Action Reloaded for energy, sexual function and cardiovascular health. Some people use Solstic Cardio alone for increased energy during workouts and increased sexual performance due to l-arginine, which helps in the release of hormones, dilates blood vessels for increased blood flow, helps decrease high blood pressure and increases energy levels.
   Korean Ginseng (one capsule with breakfast and lunch)helps the body adapt to stress, supports the immune and glandular systems (especially the reproductive organs in men), increases energy and helps the body to achieve and maintain balance.
 
PROSTATE HEALTH
 
   Men’s Formula with Lycopene (2 capsules with one meal daily) is an herbal combination designed to support the prostate gland and provide protection against disease while also helping the prostate heal in its diseased state. It also supports the urinary, digestive and nervous systems while also increasing energy production. This formula is great to start taking at 40 years and older.
   PS II (2 capsules with a meal twice daily) is also an herbal combination, but these herbs supply the body with macro and trace minerals that support the male reproductive organs and the prostate.
   Herbal Pumpkin(2 capsules with a meal daily) is a great way to “feed” the prostate. Pumpkin seeds are also great for men to eat! This combination will support a balanced environment in the colon for optimal colon health while killing any potential parasites living in the colon. This supplement will cause increased bowel movements due to the cascara sagrada bark.
 
SLEEP
 
   Max Relax (½  to 1 dropper of this tincture in water one half hour before bed) is an excellent combination of hops, valerian, skullcap and melatonin to promote sleep and deep sleep throughout the night.  In most cases, a ½ dropper will help you sleep through the whole night with no grogginess experienced in the morning.  One dropper may be needed if wakefulness is not overcome.
 
DETOXIFICATION
 
   Milk Thistle T/M (one tablet with a meal twice/day) is a time-released tablet used as a very safe herb for liver support, protection and detoxification. Environmental toxins, poor food choices, medications and alcohol affect the liver, which performs 500+ functions. This product is amazing for optimizing liver function.
   Kidney Activator TCM (one capsule once daily with food) supports the functions of the kidney and bladder and may clear excess water from the body. This one/day capsule has been shown to have excellent effects not only on the kidney but also on the joints. 
   Liquid Chlorophyll ES (2 ounces in water twice/day) is an “extra-strength, paraben-free formula featuring a more potent level of chlorophyll - the green pigment in plants responsible for harnessing the sun’s energy in photosynthesis. Known to support your body on both a molecular and cellular level, chlorophyll promotes circulatory, intestinal, digestive and immune health. Featuring a proprietary chlorophyll complex, this minty fresh formula also helps neutralize body odors and acts as a natural, “internal” deodorant.
   Chlorophyll Caps (2 capsules twice/day with meals) performs like liquid chlorophyll but in capsule form.  It is metabolized by the liver, thus having an additional effect on liver functions.
   Bowel Detox (2 capsules with breakfast, 2 with dinner, add 8 oz of water) promotes elimination of waste from the colon, fiber to bulk the stool for increased elimination of these waste products, and enzymes to help break down foods in the upper GI tract.
 
GOUT
 
   Juniper Berries & Safflower (2 caps of each every hour, then 4 of each 3 times/day) together have again and again never failed to decrease the symptoms of gout within 24-48 hours. The build-up of uric acid must be dealt with through dietary changes and support for the kidneys, but during a flair up of gout these two herbs plus Pure Black Cherry juice will provide relief.
 
HAIR GROWTH
 
   Rosemary Oil(directly to scalp 1-2 times/day)combined withHSN-W (3 capsules with a meal twice/day) has been shown to prevent further hair loss and in some cases help thinning hair to grow thick once again. HSN-W contains dulse and horsetail, two of the richest sources of silicon, adding strength and flexibility to the body’s tissues. It also helps skin tone, improves thyroid function and gives antioxidants to the body.
 
JOINTS
 
   EverFlex tablets (2 tablets with food twice/day) are so effective with joint pain and stiffness that we have repeat customers come to our store for this product because of how much better they feel. Glucosamine protects connective tissues, helps maintain the integrity and mobility of joints, and lubricates joints by replenishing synovial fluid. Chondroitin sulfate attracts fluid and draws nutrients into the cartilage, making the cartilage more shock absorbent. Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a significant component of the body’s proteins, hormones, enzymes and tissues. It is present in many fresh foods, but it is destroyed through cooking, processing and storage.
   Supplementing with this nutrient ensures an adequate supply of sulfur. Sulfur is an important structural component of the connective tissue that joins muscle to bone. Hyaluronic acid is an important component of cartilage and synovial fluid occurring naturally throughout the body and plays a crucial role in joint motion and skin support. 
   Devil’s Claw is an herb long used to support joint health and to maintain comfort from pain. EverFlex also comes in a topical cream form for direct application to various joints. 
 
DIGESTION
 
   Food Enzymes (2-3 capsules with meals) contain all the necessary digestive enzymes to help your body receive a rest from its own (often over-worked) enzyme production by breaking down food into smaller particles for better absorption. Enzymes not only help absorption but also belching, gas, bloating, constipation and loose stools.
   Gastro Health(2 capsules with a meal twice/day and 2 at bedtime) is an excellent product for acid reflux, heartburn, peptic ulcers and H.pylori infection. It will help to kill H.pylori overgrowth, soothe the stomach lining including ulcers, heal the mucus membrane and promote digestion.
 
BRAIN HEALTH
  
   Mind Max (week one: start with 3 capsules before bed; week two: add two more with breakfast) is magnesium in the form of l-threonate, which can cross the blood brain barrier and promote increased focus, better memory and improved overall brain function. Come in and try our trial packets and see for yourself and improvement within one week.
 
ESSENTIAL OILS
 
   Tei fu Oilis an overall great essential oil used for bronchodilating the lungs (smells like Vicks), cooling and soothing sore muscles and joints (smells like Ben Gay). It has many other uses such as a bug repellent, bug bite itches and topical antimicrobial.
   Wild Oregano & Tea Tree Oil & Silver Shield Gel for nail fungus and jock itch.
 
NUTRITIVE
 
   Super Foodshake (for energy, mood, longevity, improvement of health concerns and slee):
• 2 scoops NutriBurn (Chocolate or Vanilla Whey Protein)
• 1 scoop Nature’s Harvest (Super Foods)
• 1 tablespoon Hemp Seeds
   Place above ingredients into desired amount of coconut, almond, brown rice, hemp or flax seed milks, and blend with frozen berries and one frozen banana.
   Snacks for Men: Walnuts for brain health, Brazil Nuts for glandular function (especially reproductive organs - 10 per day), Pumpkin Seeds for prostate health, Almonds for overall health, Chunks of Energy … various combinations of super foods as a healthy alternative. (*Nuts and seeds are great for protein, essential fatty acids and enzymes.)
   Body Products for Men:Urban Cowboy deodorants and shaving cream/after-shave lotion, Miracle Soapfor face, body and hair.

   *These ideas are not meant to be substitutes for proper pediatric allopathic care.  They are meant to be added to it and used together with it.This information is NOT intended to treat, cure, diagnose, nor be a substitute for the proper diagnostic assessments and treatments prescribed by your doctor. Naturopathic doctors are not PCPs, so always consult with your doctor for your health care needs. This article is only intended for your information, at your discretion and supplementing your allopathic care.

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