Our health has never been more important! For men, Obesity has been a problem for a long time, long before Covid-19. But, now more than ever, what are you doing about your own weight to help yourself lose weight? Lower your BMI? Drop that dreaded abdominal fat? Improve your energy, focus, and libido?
Well, men, we at Westchester Wellness Medicine are here to help solve your health problems by staying on the “healthy” side of medicine and prevent you from getting sick.
We believe in five health pillars that equally contribute to your healthspan and your lifespan. So if you want to STOP feeling like your 70 at the age of 30, if you want to lose weight, breathe better, not get sick, take inches off of your waist, and feel like you are 25 or 30 again at any age then we are for you!
Five Pillars to Men's Health:
Each one of the five pillars has something important to contribute to men who seek a vibrant and healthy life full of energy, youthful libido, and mental sharpness and clarity.
Picture, for a moment, overlapping circles where all of these categories or pillars are connected. They are NOT one or the other or independent of each other. In fact, in order to reach an extensive health span or even life span one must connect all of the pillars. Here is where to begin:
You may have heard it said but it is so worth repeating. "Sugar, not fat is the enemy." Let me be more specific. Refined sugar is the enemy. Notice I did not say Carbs even though, yes I know Carbs are technically sugar too, however it is the Sucrose, added sugar in all of its sneaky forms we must watch out for.
Learn to read your ingredient labels and watch out for things like; organic cane sugar, sucrose, maltodextrin, molasses, high fructose corn syrup, barley malt, dextrose, maltose, rice syrup. Well, you get the point. Refined sugar is everywhere and it is what makes us fat. Excess sugar in the blood over time will also lower our hormones and thus, you guessed it, that precious liquid gold known as, Testosterone.
Of all the things healthy we can do to at the very least preserve our hormones, sleep is number one! According to Matthew Walker in his book, Why We Sleep "If you have hopes of reproductive success, fitness or prowess, you would do well to get a full night's sleep every night." In fact, as far as Testosterone is concerned, Walker sites a study done at the University of Chicago where a group of lean healthy young males in their mid 20's were limited to 5 hours of sleep for one week. After the sleep deprivation for a week, "sample hormone levels circulating in the blood of the participants showed a marked drop in testosterone. The size of the hormone blunting effect was so large that it effectively ages a man by ten to fifteen years in terms of testosterone virility." WOW! is all I can say.
Get your blood checked. Get your blood checked. That's not a typo. Get your blood checked. The only way to truly take a deep dive into how healthy you are or are not is to get your blood checked. It doesn't lie, it's a "lie detector test." Do you ever feel tired during the day? Moody? Low libido? Unmotivated? It could be your hormone levels. Especially testosterone, growth hormone, and IGF-1. The good news, once your blood has been analyzed, your Functional Medicine doctor can help you decide if Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is right for you. It has worked wonders for me! Peptides such as Melanotan 2 and PT-141 may also be useful, consult your Functional Medicine Doctor for more details. I highly recommend Dr. Angelo Baccellieri from Westchester Wellness Medicine who is now available via Telemedicine, which means you don't even have to leave your home to see him by setting up an account here: https://medisprout.com/patients/
Here in this pillar of health, we recommend yoga, especially restorative yoga, meditation, stillness, prayer and breathwork. First, you have to find what is right for you. However, In addition, there are options to help you "hack" this cognitive clarity such as Peptides. Examples we use are Semax and Dihexa.
If it is longevity and healthspan you are interested in than long grueling hours at the gym are not necessary. Try a morning walk in the sunshine or an at-home HIIT workout. We have a trainer here who can help you with designing home workouts. Although we believe all men should "pump iron" in truth, that is just an opinion. The fact is, there are many forms of exercise that can be beneficial and actually low to moderate intensity, daily exercise is a healthier form than all-out gut-wrenching gym sessions under junk blue LED lights. So just simply grab your headphones, sneakers, and head outdoors for a walk or hike or do some gardening but just move! Burn more than you consume!
So you see, obesity can be conquered and thus we men can live healthier, longer lives. For a lot of you that may mean lifestyle change, the formation of new habits. For others, it may mean a tweaking or improving of a certain one or two of the Five Pillars. But just remember it takes a blend of all five, together to make lasting BMI and body fat percentage changes.
If you are interested in TRT and lifestyle change we are here to help you make these literal, life-saving changes. Contact us today and get started on that leaner, healthier you!