updated 4/7/2006 7:38:16 AM ET 2006-04-07T11:38:16

Men, here’s a health tip from Prince Charles — rely on the ladies.

In an interview with Men’s Health magazine, which specializes in advice on building muscle and flattening stomachs, the heir to the British throne discussed his sometimes controversial ideas about health and spirituality.

Asked how men could be encouraged to pay more attention to their health, Charles said: “Via the ladies, I’d have thought.

“It’s funny, the influence that women can have on getting us men sorted out is enormous,” said Charles, who celebrates the first anniversary of his marriage to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, on Monday.

The 57-year-old prince acknowledged that his advocacy of alternative medicine has provoked controversy and criticism.

“There’s been endless ridiculing and rubbishing, endless laughing, full stop,” he said. “But is it so controversial to suggest that we are actually made up of mind, body and spirit and not just of the body?”

Charles’ office said the prince was happy to do an interview for the magazine’s “best of British section,” calling it a good opportunity to reach out to younger men.

The edition goes on sale Monday.

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