The Root 2023 Guide To
WHOLE BODY HEALTH in your 20's
This is an important decade to prioritize mental health, especially for men. Symptoms or warning signs of certain mental conditions – such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and depression – begin in young men in their late teens to mid-20's. We recommend being aware of thought, personality or behavioral changes. We also suggest starting a regular therapeutic relationship with a counselor, particularly one who considers holistic well-being, like our Licensed Mental Heath Provider here at Root. This holistic approach to therapy is particularly beneficial to men in their 20's, who may be prioritizing education, fun and relationships more than their overall well-being, and therefore need a little extra counsel and guidance.
For optimal mental health we also encourage men in their 20's to get 7-9 hours of a sleep night, try acupuncture for anxiety and depression, regularly exercise and spend time outside at least once a week.
rest & recover
life of the party
WHOLE BODY HEALTH in your 30's
self care is sexy
The 30's are a busy time, and quite the adjustment from the carefree 20's. Slowing down with self-care practices such as getting a relaxing massage, soaking with hydrotherapy or acupuncture are all excellent ways to get grounded, reconnect and reward all of a 30-something year old's hard work.
Skincare in particular is becoming more popular for men in general. Men in their 30's may notice both signs of aging and/or acne. We recommend booking a Root Organic Facial every 3-4 months to exfoliate, deeply nourish and revive 30 something male skin.
WHOLE BODY HEALTH in your 40's
Taking care of the mind
Since the body slows down the production of CoQ10, as we age, supplementing with this energy boosting enzyme may make your busy productive 40 something life easier to manage.
Besides being cognitively energized, we encourage a man in his 40's to prioritize his emotional well-being. Going to regular therapy is as important as juggling a career, a family and an exercise regimen. Our Licensed Mental Heath Provider here at Root, offers counseling in the scope of whole body health, considering a person's emotional well-being as well as their diet, movement habits, self-care tendencies and clinical health. This type of counseling may be extra helpful for a 40 something man who has a lot of people and responsibilities to be whole and healthy for.
After age 30, muscle mass in men decreases 3-8% per decade, resulting in the slowing down of the metabolism. Men in their 40's should be strength training at least twice a week to build muscle, which allows the body to burn fat, get lean, increase metabolism and maintain healthy weight levels.
We suggest a man his 40's consider taking private yoga classes here at Root. This prescriptive custom yoga experience not only gives the student the teacher's undivided attention, but the student can also experience personalized movement, catered to them, to work with possible injuries they may have, back pain, stress or even digestive issues.
WHOLE BODY HEALTH in your 50's
Aging is mostly caused from the various factors that contribute to inflammation including diet & environment. This is so much so that modern medical circles refer to this phenomenon as inflamm-aging. To slow down this process, it's important to lead an anti-inflammatory life-style. This means avoiding refined carbs, fried food, soda, red meat and excess alcohol. While protein has been important for life so far, for a man in his 50's, it's now time to switch gears, lower the amount of protein and increase the amount of nutrient dense super foods such as kale, blueberries, olive oil, turmeric, seaweed and garlic. For actionable support on how to easily incorporate these foods and avoid harmful ones, we suggest Holistic Health Coaching.
We also strongly recommend working to reduce stress with things like meditation and walks outside. Meditation is accessible at home through apps, or for a more customized meditation, our Holistic Health Coach offers guided virtual or in person guided meditations.
RELATIONSHIPS & HORMONES
Men in their 50's often experience symptoms of hormone imbalance, often caused simply from aging. Common symptoms include fatigue, weaken muscles, mental fog, low mood, trouble sleeping, loss of sexual desire and erectile dysfunction. While these symptoms are a struggle for the individual patient, these struggles also affect the 50 something's relationships. We strongly encourage men in their 50's to get a hormone evaluation with our Naturopathic Doctor. If she finds that the patient is a good candidate for natural hormone optimization, she may recommend BioTe, a breakthrough method that uses thin pellets to bring hormones back to optimal levels. This quick in office procedure lasts 3-4 months, and results in better sleep, mood, sexual desire and performance and cognitive functioning.
Besides hormonal imbalance, life can take its toll on the romantic relationships of a 50 something year old man. Our Licensed Mental Health Provider offers Couples Counseling, which we suggest for the couple who is looking for therapy accompanied with getting healthier and more grounded together, holistically. Before or after Couples Counseling at Root, a couple can get grounded in the tea room, sweat-it-out to let-it-out in the sauna, destress with a massage or acupuncture or take a private yoga class together. This one of a kind Couples Counseling experience available at Root produces relationships more founded upon and grounded in self-care and well being, making them stronger, more mindful and healthy.
colon & heart health
INSIGHT AND DIRECTION
WHOLE BODY HEALTH in your 60's
the sixties & beyond:
Digestion & diet
When it comes to diet we recommend avoiding excess salt, foods high in saturated fat such as cake and processed meat, and food and drink containing added sugar and alcohol. Incorporate whole foods high in fiber such as broccoli, berries and whole grains to support digestion and cognitive functioning. To maintain this diet, we suggest the support of our Holistic Health Coach, who can provide anything from grocery lists, to recipes, to guided meditations to help you stay on track.
benefits of sauna
Getting older can at times be physically painful due to things like arthritis and muscle tension. We suggest incorporating regular massage into your life, at least once a month. Not only will this help with pain relief, but it will cause deep relaxation and improved circulation.
We also suggest regular acupuncture into your health regimen. This ancient modality is evidence based at reducing pain and inflammation. Acupuncture also provides relief for a 60+ year old man with other common issues such as quicker healing times, better sleep, improved digestion and lifted mood.
Movement is important at every age, and certainly should not stop when you are 60 or older. However, we do encourage the awareness to injury at this age, as injuries from exercise can increase for men 60's and older, especially for those that haven't worked out in a while. Be sure to take a brisk walk and stretch before (and after) engaging in exercise to avoid injury.
Not sure how to stretch or how to begin a movement regimen? We recommend booking a private yoga class for just you, you and your family or you and a group of friends. During these private sessions with just you and the teacher, you will benefit from one on one attention, as the teacher guides your body in a customized prescriptive experience that will result in improved flexibility, mobility and balance.