Monday, July 21, 2008

11 Foods Men Should Eat Every Day

Good news, men! Even though you procrastinate going to the doctor for a check-up, rarely take your blood pressure and can't remember when you last had your cholesterol checked, you may be able to eat your way to good health. Men tend to think about their health only when it's a full-fledged emergency in what doctors call the "wait-and-treat" approach, reports This isn't the smartest approach to health care. But how easy is this? Pick up a knife and fork and you could significantly improve your health! That's the word from Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen, who advise men to eat 11 things every day (or close to that) to help keep their bodies healthy and strong.

Buy One Get One Free on select groceries11 things men should eat every day:
1. Fruits and vegetables
Eat five fruits and vegetables a day, especially those that are rich in magnesium, such as beets, raisins, dates and soybeans. Why? Among many other health benefits, they will keep your bowels moving regularly.
2. 25 grams of fiber
Foods rich in fiber are artichokes, lima beans, soybeans, grapefruit, certain berries and whole grains. Look for bread that says "100 percent whole grain" or "100 percent whole wheat."
3. Foods rich in folate
Either take a supplement or drink orange juice and eat spinach and other leafy green vegetables. Aim to get 800 milligrams a day. It decreases your blood pressure and risk of cancer.
4. Tomatoes
For the biggest health punch--and we're talking about everything from helping to prevent impotence and wrinkling skin to heart disease and stroke--eat at least 10 tablespoons of cooked tomato sauce a week, which is the equivalent of 165 raw tomatoes.
5. Walnuts and almonds
Eat nuts before you eat pasta or corn on the cob and the fat in the nuts will slow your stomach so your body can most effectively process the sugar in these foods Tip: Refrigerate the nuts so they don't oxidize.
6. Baby aspirin
OK, it's not a food, but Dr. Oz calls it the "true magic pill." See your doctor first, but he recommends men over 35 should take two baby aspirin a day to help prevent heart disease and cancer.
7. Fish
Eat fish three times a week. The best fish to eat is salmon, which is not only a great source of protein, but also packed with omega-3 fatty acids for heart health. Other good fish are tilapia, flounder, cod and mahi-mahi.
8. Fluids
Drink 64 ounces of fluids every day to hydrate. It not only helps move your bowels regularly, but also prevents wrinkling of the skin. (No, beer doesn't count as a fluid.)
9. Red wine
Red wine contains rezveritrol, a very strong antioxidant that has also been shown to be heart-healthy.
10. Coffee
Yes, coffee is good for you! It has been shown to reduce liver cancer and is effective with symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's. Dr. Oz suggests drinking 24 ounces a day.
11. Vitamin D
This is a vital nutrient that comes naturally from sunshine, but in the winter you'll need to supplement it with a glass of milk or fortified orange juice.