While prostate cancer can be very curable if detected in its early stages, never developing prostate cancer in the first place should be our goal. The development of prostate cancer is multifactorial including genetics, environmental exposures, diet, metabolic state and psycho-spiritual well-being. Several of these factors including diet can be addressed to reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer. Studies have shown that maintaining an optimal body weight, and eating a low-fat diet with an abundance of vegetables and foods rich in anti-oxidants can reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer. Improving the immune system through physical exercise and stress-reducing activities are also beneficial. Many are also interested in improving their pyscho-spiritual well-being. Having a coach to assist men to get to root causes of their illness and insight into how to reduce their prostate cancer risk is very valuable.
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Nutrition, Diet, and Prostate Cancer Avoidance
One of the easiest ways to help prevent prostate cancer is by changing your diet. Forgoing unhealthy foods that contain a lot of fat and choosing a more nutritious meal can help reduce the chance of developing prostate cancer. In addition, the following suggestions can do wonders in decreasing your likelihood of developing the disease.
Eat a Low-Fat Diet
In addition to being helpful to the heart, limiting fatty-food intake in your diet can be helpful in avoiding prostate cancer. Men who eat foods high in fat (such as meats, oils, dairy products like milk and cheese, nuts, and more) have a higher risk of developing cancer than men who eat foods which are less fatty and healthier. Simple ways to lower your fat intake is by selecting low-fat varieties of your favorite foods or by choosing low-fat or reduced fat milk products.
Choose a diet with more fruits and vegetables
The fact that vegetables are healthy for the mind and body has been known for thousands of years. Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins and nutrients and are believed to reduce the risk of prostate carcinoma. Increase the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat in your diet by including an additional serving during a meal or by snacking on them throughout the day.
Additionally, tomatoes and tomato products are high in anticancer substances. Pizza sauce and even ketchup includes this valuable substance. Fruits and vegetables are healthy, tasty, and could potentially lower your risk of prostate cancer. Anti-oxidants including pomegranates, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are also beneficial.
Limit the amount of dairy in your diet
Though no definitive way to avoid prostate cancer has been found, studies have shown that men who drink and eat less dairy products have a lower risk than men who eat these products frequently. Though results have been mixed, lowering the amount of cheese, yogurt, and milk in your diet can have beneficial effects on your health, especially if you alter your diet with low-fat or reduced-fat versions of your favorite foods.
Avoid flax seed oil, use olive oil
Flax seed oil should be avoided at all costs, as this particular oil can stimulate the growth of cancer. Instead of flax seed oil, try using olive oil instead, which is rich in vitamin E.
Eat more fish
Fresh fish is full of omega-3 fatty acid, which, although it has the word “fatty” in its name, is very healthy. To reduce the risk of prostate carcinoma, try increasing the amount of fresh fish in your diet. Fresh fish includes salmon, sardines, mackerel, and more. Ideally, these fish should not be fried, but instead baked, grilled, or poached. For the best results, try to eat fresh fish multiple times a week.
Drink green tea
Studies have shown that men who drink green tea have a reduced risk of prostate cancer development than men who don’t drink green tea. Green tea contains antioxidant-containing polyphenols which can help prevent chemical damage to cells.
Reduce your alcohol intake
Men who drink several alcoholic drinks each day have shown to have an increased risk in developing prostate carcinoma. If you drink beer or any other alcoholic beverage, it’s important to place a limit on the amount you drink. Ideally, if you must drink, try to limit yourself to one or two drinks per day.
Eat less red meat
Cooking meat at high temperatures creates the same carcinogens that are found in tobacco smoke. When eating meat, do not char or blacken the skin or meat. Better yet, try eating fish next time you grill! As already mentioned, fish is full of omega-3 fatty acid, a healthy compound that reduces the risk of the disease.
These simple, easy changes to your diet could mean all the difference.
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