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Big Boys Don’t Cry / Man Up

Big Boys Don’t Cry / Man Up

 

How many times have you heard this in movies, songs, or even over hearing it while out somewhere? What are the effects on the boys that grow up hearing this as they become men? We’ll explore this a little later. November 19th is International Men’s Day (IMD). It was founded by Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh in Trinidad Tabago in 1999. Although its creation goes back to the 1960’s, it didn’t really take root until 1999. IMD has the purpose of highlighting men’s experiences.

 

According to the IMD website, in 2009 six broad objectives were ratified:

  1. To promote positive male role models; not just movie stars and sports men but every day, working class men who are living decent, honest lives.
  2. To celebrate men’s positive contributions to society, community, family, marriage, child care, and to the environment.
  3. To focus on men’s health and wellbeing; social, emotional, physical and spiritual.
  4. To highlight discrimination against men; in areas of social services, social attitudes and expectations, and law
  5. To improve gender relations and promote gender equality
  6. To create a safer, better world; where people can be safe and grow to reach their full potential.

We’ll only go over a few of them here for the sake of time.

 

Promote Positive Male Role Models

According to singlemothersguide.com, 1 in 4 American children live in mother only families. Of those children, 35% never see their father. Although single mothers do their best to raise children, there are many things a man can teach them that a woman can’t. Unfortunately, boys and girls grow up learning these things from negative role models. This leads to things like seeking love in the wrong places, bad behavior, no emotional intelligence, low self esteem and self worth, etc. 

There is definitely a need for positive role models everywhere. Having a balance of mother and father for a child is crucial and if that balance isn’t able to be met a supplemental positive male or female should be encouraged. We need to start by being that positive roll model to encourage others to live better.

 

Men’s Health and Wellbeing

Physical health is usually the first thought when the topic of health comes up. It is very important, but what about mental health? How does one’s environment and influences as they grow up play into this. Let’s take the phrases that we started this of with, “Big boys don’t cry” or “Man up” as an example. In the book Deeply Holistic by Pip Waller, she states, “Understanding and respecting our needs for emotional discharge or release is an essential part of remaining healthy and being able to be fully present within ourselves.” A boy growing up with the notion big boys don’t cry that grows into an adult then hearing to man up is being taught throughout his life to suppress his emotions. This can lead to feelings of being unworthy or unloved, lack of empathy, lack of trust, and many other things that are never healed from. 

Will Bowen said, “Hurt people hurt People.” The man that grew up and suppressed all his emotions now is dating and may even get married and have kids. Now all of this suppression and unhealed emotions get passed on to his family and the cycle continues. Shining light and taking action on emotional health can break so called “generational curses” and make men’s and woman’s worlds so much better.

 

Create a Safer, Better World; Where People Can Live Free From Harm and Grow to Reach Their Full Potential

The last section highlighted the importance of emotional health. Now going further, if the man ends up healing and helping others around him heal, this now opens up spreading it to the next generation. More people walking around more open to who they are allows for them to be themselves. They can now more easily explore who they are and want to become instead of who they were conditioned to be. More children would see happy, functional relationships between their parents who know who they are and can encourage them to grow into themselves. How much better would the world be then? We have to start somewhere.

International Men’s Day focuses on men’s experiences but also impacts world experiences. If you are a man reading this, I hope this opened up some areas for you that we can improve on. Take in what moved you in any type of way and explore it so that we can begin to heal and be better men for those around us.

Rocking Out to Heavy Metal

In the every day hustle and bustle of our lives, we have incorporated juices into our diets because it is convenient and can serve as a meal supplement. But what are we really consuming? Many of us fail to read the labels, and if we do, we do not know what all of the ingredients are on the labels.

Consumer Reports found heavy metals in nearly half of 45 different fruit juices including Gerber, Minute Maid, Mott’s and even organic juices found at stores like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. When testing, CR focused on the following metals: cadmium, lead, mercury and inorganic arsenic inside of apple, grape, pear and juice blends. They also reported that organic juices’ heavy metal levels were just as high as non-organic juices. This means that we cannot assume that just because a juice is labeled organic it is a better beverage. With these heavy metals present in the juices we drink, how does it impact our health?

The trace levels of heavy metals found in these juices pose several risk factors that are harmful to both children and adults. These potential risks include behavioral issues, lower IQ, type 2 diabetes, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, cancer, and other health problems depending on how long one was exposed to the metals and how much was consumed. Not only are these and other heavy metals found in our food and drink, but also in the environment which is absorbed by plants from contaminated water and soil.

In order to reduce the risk of health problems due to the exposure to these heavy metals in juices, here are seven tips you should follow:

  1. Read the labels.

If there are ingredients you are not familiar with, it may be best to avoid drinking it.

  1. Do your research.

The more you know, the more you grow and the less likely you are to the exposure of heavy metals.

  1. Don’t assume organic is better.

Just because a label says that it is organic not only means it may not be FULLY organic, but it could also contain just as much trace heavy metals as non-organic juices.

  1. Avoid juice boxes or pouches.

When children drink from straws, it not only sits on their teeth and risks cavities, but children tend to drink more of the juice which increases their exposure to the heavy metals.

  1. Limit consumption.

The fewer juices consumed, the lower the risk of exposure to these heavy metals which then reduce the risk of health problems due to metal absorption.

  1. Blend your own juices.

The best way to know exactly what is in your juices is to make your own! There are several different flavorful recipes for simple and easy-to-make juices.

  1. Get tested for heavy metals.

Know your body and get tested for heavy metals. Affordable Intolerance testing is not only affordable but is also noninvasive and results are given within days!

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Next time you are craving a refreshing juice, be sure to do your research on the ingredients before you consume them or simply blend your own juices not only because you’ll know what’s in it, but it will also save you money!

Your Body’s Nutritional Needs

In today’s day and age, we are surrounded by fast food and other quick and easy conveniences that we indulge in from time to time. That being said, many of us still try to incorporate better eating habits when we have the time to or when we need a dietary change. But do you know exactly what your body really needs? Do you know what nutrients your body may be craving? In Dr. Ross White’s article entitled “7 Essential Nutrients Your Body Needs”, he talks about the seven vital nutrients all of our bodies need in order to maintain healthy bodily functions. These seven essential nutrients include water, carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids.

WATER

Our body is made up of up to 60% water which, when properly consumed daily, helps improve your skin and overall health by regulating your body’s functions. In order to know how much water you should consume, take both your weight and activity level into consideration. There are several water intake calculators that will assist you in finding that amount. If you do not like drinking water daily, be sure to eat foods that contain high water contents like fruits and vegetables.

CARBOHYDRATES

Unfortunately, many of us overindulge on our carbohydrates when we eat a lot of bread, pasta or other foods that break down into sugar. However, if we create a balanced diet of good carbohydrates, it could be beneficial to our eating habits. Carbs allow our bodies to feel fuller, which would help us cut down on unhealthy snacking around meals. You can create a balanced diet of carbs by eating whole grains, fruits and veggies.

PROTEIN

Proteins are essential to our bodies because it builds muscles that create hormones and new enzymes that we need. Of course meat contains a lot of protein but if you do not eat meat then be sure to substitute it with foods like eggs, dairy, beans or other foods that are high in protein so your body is getting the proper amount that it needs.

FAT

Even though many of us think of fat in our bodies as being a negative thing, healthy fats are important to have. Healthy fats help protect our bodies’ organs and absorb vitamins. You want to be sure to limit the amount of trans fat from foods like potato chips, and instead eat foods with unsaturated fats like avocados, nuts and salmon.

VITAMINS

The essential vitamins your body needs consist of vitamins A, C, D, E and B vitamins. These vitamins aid in bone growth and immune health, benefits your skin and eyes, and helps improve bone and muscle structure. Some of these vitamins can be found in foods like citrus fruits and dairy products or taken in supplements like vitamin E oil.

MINERALS

Our bodies also need minerals because they help build bones, regulate blood circulation, aid in lowering blood pressure, and improves kidney functions, to name a few. These vital minerals include sodium, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, phosphorous, and magnesium. These minerals can be found in foods like dairy, fruits, leafy green vegetables, beans and whole grains.

OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS

Lastly, our bodies need omega-3 fatty acids, especially since our body cannot create this nutrient. Omega-3 fatty acids aid in brain health and heart function, and can be found in foods like salmon, krill, flax seeds, chia seeds, and walnuts.

These seven nutritional needs are general items that our bodies need to aid in proper bodily functions, but we are all different people with different types of bodies that crave specific nutrients. In order to know exactly what your body needs, all it takes is 10-15 strands of your hair (which contains your DNA) that can be tested through Affordable Testing’s Nutritional Deficiencies test. This test examines over 100 nutritional deficiencies, some of which your body may need. It personalizes your test by using your DNA from your hair sample to tell you exactly what your body is lacking, but it is your job to make the change and give your body what it craves and deserves. Click the link: https://www.affordableallergytest.com/product/nutritional-deficiency-test/ to know what nutrients your body needs today!

References

White, R. (2018, June 05). 7 essential nutrients your body needs. Retrieved from https://www.wellnessdaily.com.au/health/7-essential-nutrients-your-body-needs