Men need food that's actively good for you for optimum function in high-stress, competitive environments. The genders have unique specific requirements, and these change over time as we age. For men, these needs are not limited to, but include:

  • Nutrition for Men Living with HIV

  • Coronary Health

  • Weight Gain from Hormonal Changes

  • Testosterone-Linked Hair Loss

  • Flexibility and Strength

  • Stress Management

  • Nutritional Support for Focus

  • Skin and Digestive Disorders

  • Inflammation-Related Issues

  • Immune Function

  • Cognitive Enhancement

  • Coping and Mental Health

  • Sexual Health

  • Side-Effects from Prescription Drugs

Taste colors Top Three Tips for men, and the reasons why.

Red Palm Oil - a high MCT oil for excellent digestion and skin health that doesn’t rack up your carbon footprint, and leaves the orangutans alone to enjoy the rainforest.
— Ysanne's Tip for Men #1

A solid oil from Ecuador that’s high in MCTs, tocotrienols and tocopherols from the Vitamin E group, and the antioxidant beta-carotenes that color the oil red. It’s organic, non-GMO, rainforest-friendly, fairly-traded, unrefined, cold-pressed and cold-filtered.

Grown on small, multi-generational family farms, with a light carbon footprint - with similar nutritional and culinary benefits to coconut oil. Red Palm Oil has a strong taste when eaten raw which fades when used in cooking. Great as a spread, or when used as a carrier for medicinal herbs. Also awesome as a grooming balm, and when used as a part of your oral hygiene routine.

 

Krill Oil - rich in Omega 3 phospholipids for optimum coronary, cognitive and immune function without negatively impacting fish stocks, whales or other marine life.
— Ysanne's Tip for Men #2

Sourced from the only MSC-certified krill fishery in the world, this is rich in Omega 3 long-chain phospholipids, which are more bio-available than triglycerides from regular fish oil. They’re essential for healthy heart, brain and immune system function, and are hard to source in a regular Western diet.

Krill are plentiful in the oceans, because whales eat them, and poop out nutrients as a by-product. The krill actually need this cycle to reproduce – no krill eating, no krill breeding. It’s a surprising and extraordinary life-cycle.

It’s not sustainable to remove large quantities of krill from any place in the ocean that’s not been certified by marine biologists who have studied the full cycle of life in that specific region. Only one area of water has been certified as sustainable – it’s in Antarctica. Don’t be tempted to buy krill-based Omega 3 products that are made from whale food. Whales are the engines behind our planet’s oxygen production system, so eating their fuel isn’t smart if we want to keep breathing.

 

Turmeric - everyone knows about the anti-inflammatory properties, but most people aren’t aware of the necessity for careful and selective use, dosage or co-nutrients.
— Ysanne's Tip for Men #3

If you’re reading this, you no doubt know about curcumins in turmeric, and their ability to reduce inflammation. However, you probably don’t know that this isn’t true for all people. I’m one of the many people with a mild intolerance to turmeric, in any form. It’s due to the high sulphur content – I also have a mild intolerance to the onion family, for the same reason. I'm fine with cooked onions and garlic, but I can’t eat raw green onions without getting a headache. Or red wine.

Unlike many people, I don’t recommend turmeric for everyone for this reason. As with anything - no one size fits all.

However, for those people it does suit, I make sure they consume turmeric in a way that's effective, so they don't end up simply producing expensive pee without significant health benefits.

This is the deal – your liver is going to pee the turmeric you eat out within two hours unless you consume it in a way that gets around this natural system. Because turmeric contains curcumins, your liver thinks it’s poisonous. It's a bitter food, and that's why it's beneficial, and also makes your liver think it needs to be expelled quickly. If you temporarily suppress your liver function, you won’t pee it out. We'll evaluate this together, and if this seems the best method for you, I’ll recommend you eat a form of high-potency turmeric with added peperine from black pepper, as an additional synergistic herb.

If you take it in a fat-soluble form, it won’t be metabolized by the liver as efficiently. Although the liver does produce bile for digesting fat, its main function is to metabolize water-soluble chemicals, and from there, to excrete them into urine. So combining high-potency turmeric with MCTs helps.

A third way to avoid the curcumins being processed and removed from your body is to eat them in whole form, via natural turmeric tubers. This can be by juicing them, or by creating a delicious turmeric butter.

All three of these very different delivery methods are possible ways to ensure you reduce your inflammation while conserving money. All three of them rely on first discovering if curcumins are suitable for your specific, personal body. Without this rigorous, personalized evaluation, the chances are you’ll be spending money on turmeric either without any benefits, or potentially with detrimental effects.

Let's figure out what’s best for you, from the spectrum of steering clear of turmeric, to eating it from whole tubers with added black pepper and MCT oils.