Our last blog talked about how aging is something that all women can embrace wholeheartedly. The reality is that women get better as they get older - and so do men. There is simply no reason that men need to accept the idea that getting older means losing vitality, energy, and stamina.
As a Health Coach, I spend a large amount of my time teaching my clients how to avoid what we accept as ‘the signs of aging’. I made a list of small changes that women can make in their diets to lower their Body Mass Index (BMI), which not only slims the waistline but goes hand in hand with lowering LDL cholesterol and blood pressure. The changes are just as applicable to men (and I’ll include them again at the bottom of this article) especially if they are experiencing or want to avoid ‘the paunch’.
While women store fat in their hips, men store fat in their bellies, often referred to as a ‘beer belly’ or ‘paunch’. Storing excess fat in the belly means fat will also start to accumulate in the liver, pancreas and muscles. And this leads to type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease. In fact, a 2013 study found that people with belly fat who are not technically obese are more likely to die from heart disease than obese people are. This is what is commonly referred to as ‘skinny-fat’.
Poor habits over the long-term, such as drinking too much coffee or alcohol, a sedentary lifestyle, or poor dietary choices create an ideal environment for disease to thrive - did you know that drinking more than 4 cups of coffee a day increases all-cause mortality in men by 20%? That’s one of the scariest statistics I’ve ever read.
On very easy change every man can make to improve overall health is by replacing their morning coffee with Oregon Yerba Maté. Not only does drinking Yerba Maté decrease body fat mass and percent body fat but a study found that the anti-inflammatory effects of Yerba Maté ameliorate insulin resistance in mice with high fat diet-induced obesity. Essentially, drinking Yerba Maté improves insulin resistance, which leads to a healthier BMI.
My partner is 74 years young and has more energy and enthusiasm than most men half his age. His waist is 32” with flat belly and strong chest. He has no joint pain and he runs or does yoga every day. A few days ago, a man younger than him called him a ‘youngin’. We got a big laugh out of that one!
It hasn’t always been this way for him though. There was a time he was drinking a lot of coffee and alcohol and eating desserts instead of meals. He was working all the time and not exercising much.
Eventually, he began experiencing problems and knew that something wasn’t right. He hated going to the doctor, but knew that something was up so he scheduled an appointment. The doctor admitted him to the hospital immediately, not even allowing him to go home first. His arteries were 90 percent clogged!
He had surgery that day. When he came out of the hospital, everything changed. He started running - he even started doing yoga! He began eating a healthy balanced diet with plenty of protein, veggies, good fat, fiber, and a little fruit. He has stopped drinking coffee and now starts every day with Oregon Yerba Maté Performance Blend. The change in his health has been dramatic and it continues to improve. He is fit, fabulous and sexy at 74 and if he can do it, you can too!
You can still save 25% off of our Performance Blend until the end of the month with promo code WAISTLINE. But, on Thanksgiving day, we’ll be offering a one day sale on ALL of our blends - you’ll save 40% on your purchase with promo code THANKSGIVING and there’s still NO SHIPPING CHARGE until December 31st, 2017.
As promised, here again are my guidelines for healthy aging - for both women AND men.
Minimize your carb intake - especially gluten products, which are linked to inflammation.
Minimize your alcohol consumption - these are just empty sugar calories.
Replace sugar with stevia or some other low glycemic sweetener - you may even find that, if you reduce the sugar you use over time, you won’t even miss it at all.
Drink 64 oz. of water daily - dehydration is often mistaken for hunger and we sometimes eat when we just need a glass of water.
Take a good probiotic supplement - good gut health supports healthy digestion which can impact not only weight loss but will improve immunity.
To you health!
Rachel Winkler, Owner
Oregon Yerba Maté