Experts from multi award-winning Destination Spa, Ananda in the Himalayas, share their Ayurvedic tips to help keep men healthy, particularly for those approaching middle age.
Ayurveda identifies three key areas for optimum men’s health :- maintaining balance in one’s diet, sleep and sex life. Avoiding excess or a deficiency in food, sleep or sex goes a long way towards keep the three doshas (pitta, vata and kapha) in perfect balance.
When men reach 40, they may start to encounter problems in three main areas – prostate, sexual dysfunction and cardiovascular disease. Here are some tips to address or avoid these issues:
For a Healthy Prostate
Along with a healthy lifestyle, there are certain foods and nutrients that are well-supported by Ayurvedic research to support prostate health:
- Choose foods that are sweet, bitter, or astringent. Minimise foods that are spicy, salty or sour
- Flavour dishes with cinnamon, cumin and coriander
- Drink Cranberry juice or Coconut water to support urinary tract function
- Mix 5gms of Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris) powder with 150ml of warm milk and drink
For Sexual Wellness
- Eat a diet that promotes ojas (vitality) and sexual wellness which is rich in wholegrains like wheat and rice, seeds, nuts, milk products, and natural sugars, such as honey. Cooked and more liquids (such as soups) as opposed to raw food
- Drink 250ml of warm milk mixed with 2.5gms of green cardamon, nutmeg and 4 strands of saffron in the early morning
- Have regular Ayurveda Massages to balance Vata
- Limit alcohol consumption and, if drinking, choose red wine which has a rich antioxidant profile that triggers nitric oxide production in the blood and relaxes artery walls
For A Healthy Heart
Men have a greater risk of cardiovascular disease, partly because they don’t have the protective effect of estrogen, which increases good (HDL) cholesterol. Many studies have documented the risk of poor nutrition, lack of exercise, genetic factors and habits on cardiovascular disease, which can all be addressed through the Ayurvedic way of living.
Cardiovascular problems have long been dealt in detail in Ayurveda, which describes Hridaya (heart) as a body organ governing emotions and circulating blood to keep a person alive and healthy. For example, hypertension is commonly a pitta condition, but it can occur in the other doshas as well. Generallyvata hypertension is due to worry, strain, overwork, anxiety or insomnia, frequently associated with nervous system disorders, whilst kapha hypertension is due to obesity, tiredness, edema, and high cholesterol.
For good heart health, regularly add the following to your diet:
- For Vata types - garlic
- For Kapha types - cayenne
- For Pitta types - saffron or turmeric in a base of aloe gel is recommended
For A Healthy Mind
Get back to yoga basics or discover how simple changes to your diet and lifestyle can significantly impact your wellbeing. For those who do not know where to begin, Ananda’s newly designed ‘Introduction to Wellness’ programmes provide an introduction to Ayurveda, meditation and yoga – without being overwhelming. The programmes combine carefully selected spa therapies to meet specific goals for men.