I recently listened to a program on CBC radio promoting Men’s Health. They were highlighting a study released on May 24th 2016, by the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation entitled: “How Much Does Tobacco Smoking, Alcohol Use and Excess Weight Cost Individual Canadian Men?
The study looked at three risk factors, including alcohol use, tobacco smoking and excess weight, and estimated the cost to the average Canadian man over his lifetime could hit $1.7 million to $8.6 million. For example one drink per day is $505,000 in a lifetime, 5 cigarettes per day costs $969,000 in a lifetime, 70 extra pounds costs $239,000 in a lifetime. Just think what you could do with all that money!
The report also claims that while the average life expectancy of a Canadian man is 79 years, smoking cigarettes can take 10 years off his life, drinking alcohol, almost eight years and being obese could cut life expectancy by nearly six years.
Mike Hartrick, the president of the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation, emphasizes small lifestyle changes to get people on track to better health and wealth. The foundation has started the www.Don’tChangeMuch.ca campaign where they have outlined 10 simple tips to get men started. Here are five with a naturopathic twist.
- Go out with the boys: hang out and have fun and be social, especially if you can ride your bike there!
- Take a moment: close your eyes, take 5 deep breaths three times per day to stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system away from stress.
- Shake it off: take the salt shaker off the table and avoid foods with high salt. Use Mrs Dash seasonings without salt.
- Drink your cares away: drink 5 large glasses (2 liters) of water per day can reduce your risk of a fatal heart attack by 54%! This could also be an iced herbal tea without milk or sugar.
- Every step counts: Walking 5 city blocks per day can lower your heart attack risk by 25%.
Written by Dr. Ingrid Pincott N.D.
Photo by Joshua Earle