Today, I want to talk to you about how to optimize health for men, and this is a really important topic because a lot of men rely on their partners, their spouses, to give them advice and tips on what supplements to take. Often, we as women in our households are supplying our gentlemen with supplementation.
Support Your Healthy Habits
So today, I’m going to offer some advice for any of you ladies who want to power up and support your male partner’s health and enhance their wellness, as well as any of you gentlemen looking for some basic guidance to help support your overall health. And this is going to really support and supplement any of the good, healthy lifestyle habits and maybe current lifestyle changes you’re implementing where you’re eating healthy foods, maxing out your sleep, and lowering your stress.
Address Nutritional Deficiencies
So, the first and most important thing for men to consider taking is a whole-food, plant-based supplement, and this is really, really critical because the multivitamin that has a good amount of bioavailable, plant-based nutrition can really create a foundational piece where you get a lot of the daily requirements of your nutrients, and a lot of health issues, when we look at aging and degeneration within the body, a lot of our problems or challenges ultimately come back to nutrient deficiencies.
So, I’m very excited to recommend the Multi-Vita-Maxx. This is our plant-based, powerful multivitamin. You’re going to get all of the required daily requirements of both your vitamins as well as key minerals like magnesium, and zinc, and chromium, which is really important for gentlemen looking to balance their blood sugar levels. I also like that this is a fermented form of a multivitamin, which enhances the bioavailability of this nutrition.
Get the Gut Healthy
Now, the second thing that’s really important is for gentlemen to support their gut health. We have a term that we reference to the balance of bacteria in the gut, and we call it the microbiome. That’s an assortment of bacteria that we want to be balanced and we want it to be very plentiful and very similar to like a coral reef – we want to have multiple types of bacteria that create this kind of rainbow cascade of good bacteria that balances our body.
And in one of my masterclasses, I host masterclasses every month, I have one of my masterclasses that digs into mastering your gut health and ultimately supporting your gut microbiome. One of the things I share in that class is that the microbiome, our microbes, the actual bacteria, enhances our hormone levels and it can actually influence our immune system and it can influence the inflammatory response in the body.
So, for any gentlemen who might be dealing with diabetes, or gout, or liver imbalances, maybe elevations in cholesterol and triglycerides, or even gentlemen who might be dealing with prostate imbalances, it’s really important for us to look at adding a good probiotic.
And we have ProBiotixx+, which is a very powerful form of L. plantarum, which we know is one of the super plentiful bacteria types that can help culture and rebalance your gut. So, making sure you get a good probiotic can be very beneficial in enhancing your overall gut health, which can balance your digestive grievances like IBS, or CIPO, or gas and bloating after consuming a meal, but it can also power up our brain health and balance our hormones.
Combat Inflammation to Prevent Illness & Disease
Now, another thing that is really important for men is to address inflammation. Ultimately, inflammation is the root of all illness and disease within the body, and systemic inflammation is something we need to combat. And signs or symptoms of inflammation can be swelling, it can be elevations in enzyme levels like our ALT and AST – those are labs that identify enzyme levels in our liver. We will present with hormone imbalances. Men will have elevations in prostate markers like PSA will be elevated or experience benign prostatitis. Other individuals might experience heart disease. And so rooted behind all of these illnesses and diseases is ultimately inflammation. Our cells, our cytokine process is overwhelmed and heightened, and there are really two ways that I use some supplementation here to combat inflammation.
The first thing is magnesium, a very well-balanced, multi-magnesium, like we have Magnesium 7. This can be really helpful in minimizing inflammation that gentlemen experience in their joints. Maybe you have joint pain, or osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis, and even gout.
Swelling is a byproduct of inflammation. So, if you notice you’re holding more fluid, Magnesium 7 is what I recommend. I’m kind of an expert in the swelling category, I’m specialized in lymphatic therapy, which is all about moving the excess fluid in the body. We use magnesium to flush fluid out of the body and it will flush fluid through the kidneys and bladder and you might notice a reduction in fluid retention of upwards of three to five pounds on the scale. So, Magnesium 7 is great for lowering your inflammation levels.
Address the Reduction in Stomach Acid & Enzymes As We Age
And then, last and final is at the age of 30, for all of us, men and women, we have a reduction in stomach acid levels and we start to notice that the pancreas is not producing enough digestive enzymes. That ends up leading to digestive grievances, imbalances in our digestive process, an inability to digest our food, assimilate the nutrients, and power up the body. That can also lead to constipation, and leaky gut, and gut-brain, gut-heart, gut-thyroid imbalances.
So, one of the best ways to combat this lowered stomach acid level and a reduction in digestive enzymes that your pancreas is producing – which by the way can often be an undercurrent for diabetes – Enzyme 17 is something you want to add to your daily practice and this is something where you take two of these supplements, about 20 to 30 minutes before you consume a meal.
Enzyme 17 is one of the most plentiful enzyme blends that is out there on the market. It’s one of my favorite products we have here at Organixx, and it can help your body digest and break down the assorted macro and micronutrients that you need to support your body.
Additionally, here is a bonus tip that I tell all my patients. If you are dealing with any inflammation, or maybe you have digestive imbalances you notice. Maybe there are food particles that you’re passing in your bowel contents. Enzyme 17 is something you can take at night on an empty stomach and it will help reduce the digestive grievances and will help clear up systemic inflammation.
So, that’s a little bonus tip, but overall, these four items are going to be very helpful in supporting overall men’s health, and are basic foundational elements that every gentleman should add to his daily supplement regimen. So, that’s my tip for you and I hope you share that with any of the gentlemen in your life. And gentlemen, if you have any questions about health and wellness, make sure you comment and hit that reply button and I will be taking questions and answering them in future videos.
Organixx Enzyme 17 contains a whopping FIVE kinds of powerful protease enzymes in combination with one of the most advanced enzyme blends on the planet. It’s scientifically designed to help your body break down and process nutrients for better absorption, digestion, and overall health.
If you think that bottle of vitamin C on the drugstore shelf or the multivitamin you’re about to order online is composed 100% of the vitamin or mineral that is advertised on the label – think again. Many supplements contain a lot of other “stuff” such as fillers, binders, and flavorings that you likely don’t need in your body… or that can even be downright dangerous. Read on for a rundown of 10 “other” multivitamin ingredients that you want to avoid.
Multivitamin Ingredients: What Else Could Be Lurking in That Bottle?
Ingredients other than the actual vitamin or mineral labeled on a supplement bottle are called excipients. They are also sometimes called “inactive ingredients” or simply “other ingredients” on the bottle.
Under this broad term, there are several categories of excipients in supplements, each designed for specific uses. These are:
- Flow agents
- Preservatives (both natural and artificial)
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires supplement manufacturers to list all “non-medical” excipients on the label . As a side note, while many drug (pharmaceutical) manufacturers voluntarily list inactive ingredients in the medicines they produce, they are not required by law to list them.
Whether an excipient ingredient is listed on the label or not, it is left up to YOU to learn what those terms are and how they may affect you.
Keep in mind that many ingredients labeled as “inactive” may not be harmless to all people.
For example, for those with celiac disease, a product that contains an “inactive” gluten additive can potentially prove very harmful indeed.
The FDA has approved over 13,000 inactive ingredients for use in medications and supplements, according to early 2017 database information. We cannot list all of them in this article, but what we can do is let you in on some of the key ones you should AVOID for your optimal health.
10 Dietary Supplement Ingredients to Watch Out For
#1. Magnesium Stearate and Stearic Acid
These two related compounds top the list. Not because they are the most dangerous supplement additive out there (there is still debate on that subject, as you shall see) but because they are so common.
Stearic acid can be thought of as a simpler form of magnesium stearate, and one estimate states that about 90% of nutritional supplements contain either one or the other.
They are mostly used as “flow agents” to help manufacturing go smoothly and to speed up this process. They are also considered lubricants, so they can help supplements absorb quicker in the GI tract.
Stearic acid itself is found in many animal and vegetable foods. Flaxseed and cocoa are two foods that contain high amounts of this substance. Sounds harmless, right? Many experts, as well as the FDA, think so. Evidence does show that stearic acid from food may have benefits for health .
There can be too much of a good thing, however. Research also shows that the side effects of long-term stearic acid intake could be immune suppression , slowing of digestion, formaldehyde risk, and possible toxic contamination due to poor manufacturing practices.
While the jury is still out on the possible harmful effects of magnesium stearate and stearic acid, we at Organixx choose to play it safe when it comes to your health. We do not put either one of these substances in our products and instead choose to use inactive ingredients that come straight from nature.
#2. Gluten-Based Substances
This category is at the top of our list too because inactive ingredients that contain gluten are very common and often are disguised as other substances.
In a 2011 study conducted by Lucian Blaga University in Romania , the presence of gluten was found in almost one quarter (23.8%) of vitamin, mineral, probiotic, and other samples studied.
For those with celiac disease or extreme gluten intolerance, the presence of gluten in even the smallest amounts can cause extreme discomfort ranging up to serious health complications.
Substances that contain gluten are also often disguised as other substances. Some of these include :
- wheat starch
- starch hydrolysate
- modified starch
- pregelatinized starch
- starch hydrolysate
- dextrins and dextrates
Be sure that you know that these substances are gluten-based so you can avoid them.
#3. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
You’re likely already aware of many of the harmful, toxic side effects associated with MSG, including damage it can do to the brain . But MSG in supplements? Really? Unfortunately, yes. What’s more, some companies are sneaky about it.
Here’s a tip: many “natural flavors” are substances that contain MSG. Your safest bet is to avoid supplements (and processed foods) that contain “natural flavors.”
Many people these days cannot digest lactose, a sugar substance found in all dairy products. If you are lactose intolerant, then even supplements containing it may be problematic for you. There is also the issue of the source of the lactose found in your supplements. If it is commercially-derived and non-organic, then you’re likely to be ingesting GMOs and unnecessary hormones as well .
You may be vigilant in avoiding added sugar in your diet, but could you be allowing it to sneak in through your supplements? Unfortunately, the biggest culprit for high sugar load exists in children’s vitamin and mineral supplements.
According to a 2015 article in Newsweek magazine, many popular kids’ vitamin brands contain high amounts of sorbitol, corn syrup, artificial colors, and artificial flavors .
Soy-based substances are another source of controversy. Unless the label specifies that it is organic, soy products sold in the United States are almost always GMO-derived, which has been linked to reproductive cancers .
Other names for soy products in supplements include soybean oil, soy lecithin, and soy protein.
#7. Titanium Dioxide
Titanium Dioxide is used as a pigment in many popular commercial supplement brands . It is a man-made substance that has recently been linked to lung and respiratory tract cancers by the European Chemicals Agency (Echa) . It has also been shown to have an inhibitory effect on the liver .
Because titanium dioxide is used for aesthetic purposes only (i.e., mainly to make pills look pearly white), many experts feel it is completely unnecessary to include it in any nutritional supplement.
#8. D&C red #33
Since 2010, artificial colorings must carry warning labels in Europe because of the link between these dyes and hyperactivity in children .
In the United States, no such warnings are required – but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t affecting your neurological health and the health of your family. They are used to make pills red or other warm-toned colors; again for purely aesthetic reasons.
Leave these harmful toxins out of your supplements and out of your diet completely, for that matter.
#9. Methacrylic copolymer
A methacrylic copolymer is used as a glazing agent in many commercial supplement formulas. It has been shown to have “teratogenic” effects in rat studies . This means that it may disturb normal fetal development. If you are pregnant, it is especially important that you avoid this known toxin.
#10. Methyl and Propyl Paraben
This is a category of supplement additives with a definite link to breast cancer and cancers affecting the reproductive and endocrine systems. Studies, including a 2010 Danish study published in the journal Reproductive Toxicology , indicate that exposure to parabens can change thyroid hormone levels as well as hormone levels in the reproductive system overall.
Choose Only Natural “Other Ingredients”
Many vitamins and mineral supplement sold at common grocery stores, drug stores, or “Big Box” stores are mass produced and contain toxins such as the ten listed above, as well as solvents that can bind to the nutrient you are ingesting.
On the other hand, supplement companies also have to choose to use 100% natural, inactive organic ingredients in their products for the safety of their consumers.
Keep in mind that there are many “other ingredients” that are perfectly safe to use. Some of these include organic plant cellulose, acacia fiber, apple cider vinegar, fermented sprouted purple maize, and 100% organic, non-GMO gelatin and glycerin.
The question you should always ask when it comes to the supplements you choose is this: “Is the company using “other ingredients” that are as natural and non-toxic as possible?” The answer should be easy to assess as it’s either yes or no. And this response should directly inform which brand you decide to go with for the optimal health of you and your family.