Life in the 21st century often feels like running an ultra-marathon, doesn't it, gentlemen? The frantic work deadlines, the pursuit of the ideal physique, the challenges of maintaining relationships, and the social expectations of maintaining that unwavering James Bond-like coolness. We're living in an era that demands so much from us that it's no surprise that our physical and mental well-being can often feel like they’re on shaky ground. But here's the good news: it doesn't have to be this way. 


A Journey From the Stone Age to the Digital Age 


From the early days of our species, men have been the hunters, the gatherers, the protectors. It was all about physical strength and stoic endurance. But as we've evolved, so too have our understanding and expectations of health and well-being. We've moved from a time where the primary concerns were the physical ailments that could be visibly diagnosed and treated, to acknowledging the silent, invisible afflictions of mental health. 


The men's health movement of the 21st century has seen a significant shift towards recognising the importance of self-care, wellness, and a balanced approach to health. It has highlighted the necessity of mental well-being, breaking the chains of the old mantra of 'keeping a stiff upper lip'. 


The Mind-Body Connection 


Modern scientific advancements have helped us understand that our physical and mental well-being are closely intertwined. Stress can be a silent killer, disrupting our sleep patterns, triggering unhealthy eating habits and compromising our immune systems. [1] On the flip side, physical health can influence our mental state. Studies have demonstrated that regular exercise can have a profound effect on reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety. [2] This dual relationship between the mind and body underpins our overall well-being. 


Solution 1: Unleashing the Power of Collagen with Great Lakes Wellness Collagen Hydrolysate 


Think of collagen as the body's scaffolding - it's the most abundant protein, contributing to the health of our skin, hair, nails, joints, our gut and more. [3] As we age, the production of this vital protein slows down, but the good news is that supplementation can help bridge the gap. 


Hydrolysed collagen is an unique combination of amino acids in concentrated levels offering superior healing and conditioning over other proteins, especially for bone and joint health care. 


This low- molecular- weight protein is easily digested just a few minutes after eating. It will not congeal because it has been hydrolysed for quick assimilation and improved hydration to the connective tissue. Collagen is important for nitrogen balance, now considered an anti-aging product as it supports age- cartilage damage and collagen loss. [4] 


It's as easy as stirring two tablespoons into your morning coffee, post-workout protein shake, or even your lunchtime soup. It's a simple step with far-reaching benefits. 


Solution 2: Supercharging Brain Energy with Bulletproof Forbose 


Forbose is your secret weapon against mental fatigue and boosting cognitive performance - your ally for those never-ending meetings or high-intensity workout sessions. 


Forbose plays a vital role in helping the body regenerate its energy storage molecule, ATP, which is like the battery power for brain and muscle function. 


The unique Forbose™ formula puts three key ingredients together to increase energy and speed recovery: Ribose [5], Coleus forskohlii [6] and Magnesium. 


(Forbose is a capsule, not powder format.) 


Solution 3: Achieving Optimal Mitochondrial Health with Quicksilver Scientific's The ONE Mitochondrial Optimiser 


The ONE is your ticket to optimising mitochondrial function - your body's cellular power plants. An optimised mitochondrial function equates to improved energy levels, a rejuvenated body, and renewed vitality. 


The ONE is a powerhouse combination of PQQ [7], CoQ10, and Resveratrol [8] - key ingredients known to enhance mitochondrial biogenesis and function, bringing a new energy spark to your cells. 


To energise your day, simply take one serving of The ONE in the morning. It's an easy addition to your routine that can make a world of difference. 


Solution 4: The Power of Regular Exercise 


Regular physical activity is key to maintaining physical health, managing stress levels, and boosting mood. It's not just about having a chiselled physique, but about enhancing your overall well-being. 


When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins, chemicals that act as natural mood lifters. Plus, regular exercise promotes better sleep, a key factor in maintaining mental health. 


Whether it's a brisk walk, a quick swim, or a full-blown gym session, aim to incorporate at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise into your daily routine. 


Solution 5: The Magic of a Balanced Diet 


Eating a balanced diet can do wonders for your physical health, providing sustained energy, and giving your mood a boost. It's not about stringent dieting but about nourishing your body. 


A varied diet can provide you with the nutrients your body needs, including essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants - the micro soldiers protecting your body from damage. 


Strive to consume lean proteins, a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats. Remember, the key is moderation and diversity. 


It's clear that there's no silver bullet when it comes to achieving optimal physical and mental well-being. Rather, it's about arming yourself with the best tools and strategies; and diligently incorporating them into your day-to-day life. From supercharging your brain energy to optimising your mitochondrial function, it's about giving your body the best fighting chance to be at its best. 


However, we know that everyone is different, and what works for one person might not work for another. That's why we encourage you to take your health journey one step further and explore tailored solutions that best meet your needs. 


Whether your goal is weight loss, improved sports performance, or both, we have an array of cutting-edge products at Functional Self that can provide you with the extra edge. Why not visit our 'Weight Loss & Sports Performance' page to explore what we have on offer? It's time to take control of your well-being and stride confidently towards your health goals. 


Remember, it's not just about living longer; it's about living better, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. Now that's true functional living. So, what are you waiting for? Let your journey to peak well-being begin today. 


[1] Stress and eating behaviors 
[2] Beneficial effects of exercise on depression and anxiety during the covid-19 pandemic: a narrative review 
[3] A Collagen Supplement Improves Skin Hydration, Elasticity, Roughness, and Density: Results of a Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Blind Study 
[4] Hydrolyzed collagen—sources and applications 
[5] The influence of D-ribose ingestion and fitness level on performance and recovery 
[6] Does Forskolin actually work? an evidence-based review 
[7] Pyrroloquinoline-quinone is more than an antioxidant: a vitamin-like accessory factor important in health and disease prevention 
[8] CoQ10 and resveratrol effects to ameliorate aged-related mitochondrial dysfunctions