Health tip for men: There are even more ways to add years to your
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Laughing not only eases stress, promotes social bonding, and lowers
blood pressure, it may also boost your immune system. So bring some
humor into your life, whether it’s through friends or even a
new TV show (preferably Comedy)
Don’t Skip Breakfast
Fiber in the morning means less hunger late in the afternoon.
Morning dose comes from oatmeal, usually mixed with raisins,
walnuts, and freshly squeezed orange juice. An early start on
eating also keeps your metabolism more active throughout the day;
breakfast eaters are thinner than people who just rush out the
Seven hours of sleep a night not only helps you live longer, but
also lowers your stress, sharpens your memory, and reduces cravings
for pants-splitting foods. Set a bedtime and stick to it. My target
is 10:00 p.m. After listening to the News.
Admire Your Work
Don’t be so trigger-happy with the flusher. Turn around and
take a look at your poop, which speaks volumes about your gut and
overall health. Poop should be smooth and S-shaped, like your
colon. If it comes out too lumpy, or drops into the bowl like
marbles, you’re constipated. Increase your fiber and water
intake. This happens to me when I travel, so I eat lots of fiber
before a trip to avoid getting irritable.
Stop Pampering Your Bad Back
Even if you’re hunched over in agony, taking to your bed will
only make a bad back worse. The latest research shows that bed rest
weakens back muscles and prolongs the suffering. Married men may
suffer more than single men because of all the pampering, get up,
take a pain reliever, and be a soldier. Perform the Ultimate
Upper-Body Workout to strengthen your back and broaden your
Taste the Colors
Foods with bright, rich colors are more than just nice to look at.
They’re also packed with flavonoids and carotenoids. Whenever I
go to the market I’m reminded that these foods are often more
powerful than the drugs sold in pharmacies. Eat fruits and
vegetables daily to help protect your body against some dieases.
Brushing is Not Enough
If you plan to spend your later years eating more than pap and
soaked bread in tea, invest in some floss. No matter how thoroughly
or long you brush your teeth, you’re missing a good portion of
their total surface. That’s like washing one armpit after a
workout. But the dangers of skipping floss go beyond hygiene: The
bacteria that linger can increase your risk of heart disease. For
a bright smile, try it.
Take a Deep Belly Breath
Do this anywhere, anytime. Push out your belly and suck air through
your nose until your lungs are full. They’ll fill with nitric
oxide, a chemical found in the back of your nose that opens up
blood vessels. The dose of oxygen will make you feel happier and
more alert. This is my secret technique for calming down.
Tip # 9
Don’t Be an Island
Ever wonder why women live longer than men do? One major reason:
They form tight networks and actually talk about their problems. If
you face life’s stresses alone, you will make yourself older.
Bankruptcy, for example, causes enough stress to wreak havoc on
your body. With another person’s love and support, that inner
aging can be reduced.
You really can remake your body into a sleeker, fitter, stronger
version of its younger self: Here’s everything you need for
your best body.
Avoid Fad Diets
The secret to weight loss is not to avoid carbs, fats, yellow food
(cholesterol) solid foods, or foods that start with the letter G.
The real trick is to lower your daily intake by about 500 calories.
You’ll hardly notice, but it’ll add up to a loss of about
20 kilogram in a year. Calorie restriction has been shown to
lengthen life (in rats and monkeys). I cut back once a year to
reset my appetite and tastebuds. Healthy food tastes great
afterward. Frankly, any food would.
Be a Smart Patient
Your doctor can help keep you in good health, but the
responsibility ultimately falls on you. Seek a second opinion
before undergoing any procedure, because 30 percent of the time,
that opinion will change the diagnosis or plan. Keep a written
medical history, and educate yourself about any family problems,
even if that means calling your creepy uncle.
Lose the Beer Belly
Most men fasten their belts below their waists. It’s just
another way of avoiding the truth about that gut. Grab a tape
measure and put it around your body at the level of your belly
button. That number should be less than half your height. If
avoiding heart attacks and diabetes isn’t enough motivation to
eliminate that gut, consider this: For every point your body mass
index is over 25, your testosterone drops 3 percent, which
isn’t very manly.
I drink green tea three times a day. It’s packed with
heart-boosting and cancer-stopping polyphenols that black tea
doesn’t offer. (These beneficial chemicals are lost when
it’s fermented.) Green tea also delivers a boost of alertness,
but from a smaller dose of caffeine than black tea. Green tea can
even fight dandruff, although only if you pour it directly onto
your scalp. (It’s probably a good idea to let it cool down
Sweat Till You’re Wet
If you can work up a sweat for just 1 hour a week, you’ll enjoy
a range of benefits: reduced risk of heart attack, better mood, and
lower blood pressure. Your muscles will become more efficient, so
you’ll have more stamina for more enjoyable activities that
also work up a sweat.
Put It in the Bank
Most people rank personal finance as their number one stressor,
usually because they feel powerless. Stress not only shortens
lives, it also drives people to habits like smoking, drinking, or
bingeing on food. Keep some money in a special bank account, safe
from your lust for a new television, and you’ll establish an
emotional comfort zone with major health benefits.
How can you do that considering the economy? Throw out the old
rules and follow these seven new guidelines to retire rich.
Have as Much Sex as Possible
If a 50-something man could have sex 700 times a year, the exercise
and stress reduction would make him look and feel years younger. I
wouldn’t recommend quitting your day job in order to hit that
number-but what’s the harm in trying? The next time your
loved one says she has a headache, tell her she’s literally
killing you. Use this fun schedule to have sex eight times this
week and I’ve your partner multiple orgasm.
Know Your Numbers, Then Aim Lower
Take the part of your brain dedicated to your house’s phone
number and reassign it to your heart’s vital signs. These
include blood pressure (which ideally should be below 130 over 85),
LDL cholesterol (under 100), resting heart rate (under 70), and
fasting blood sugar (under 100). If your numbers aren’t ideal,
change your diet until they improve.
It doesn’t take drastic changes.
Add Some Weights
Just 30 minutes twice a week spent lifting weights can build
significant muscle mass. What’s more, working all that muscle
burns tons of calories, making it a great way to lose your gut,
too. Don’t have weights? Try lifting yourself: Pressups are the
most valuable muscle-building exercises to do. Pressups work the
back, arms and belly all at once. And since you’re lifting
yourself, you’ll think twice before eating that big bowl of
Eba, because you’ll just have to lift it later.
Grab Your Nuts
Nuts are among the best sources of healthful fats and protein
around. I keep a bag of walnuts in my fridge and use their massive
dose of omega-3 fatty acids to boost my brainpower while I see
patients. Half of a handful eaten about 30 minutes before a meal
will temper your appetite and help you avoid the drive-through
No, Seriously, Grab Your Nuts
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men in the 15-to-35
age group, but it’s usually curable if it’s caught early
enough. I strongly urge you to grab your testicles. Check them for
bumps at least once a month. Each testicle should feel smooth and
slightly soft, and one should hang slightly lower than the other,
like two avocados growing on a tree.
Hit the Dance Floor
Crosswords and card games aren’t the only way to keep your
brain razor sharp. It turns out that any kind of dancing with
complex moves is stimulating enough to give your neurons a workout.
Even the simplest moves provide some physical exercise. So
don’t be such a wallflower on your next night out. As a bonus,
dancing may help you.
Do Your Penis a Favor . . .
. . . and step on a treadmill. Men who exercise enough to burn 200
calories a day significantly lower their chances of impotence.
That’s because impotence often has the same cause as heart
attacks: blocked arteries. Your penis is like a dipstick for your
arteries, so check it. If you’re interested in keeping it up
later in life, lace up the sneakers now.
Learn to Cook
Think you know how much palm oil goes into those egusi soup or
ogbono in a restaurant (Buka)? You’re probably off by half. If
you can cook, you not only save money but also gain control over
what goes into your meals. Plus, for most women, a man who knows
how to cook is as sexy as one who stars in movies. Turn on the
woman in your life with these impressive, mouth-watering recipes.
Adopt some of the tips above, which ever one you can do, and you
will like your life more in just a couple of weeks. And you’ll
live longer. Try them.