Many men should be paying more attention to their prostate health. It’s surprising that a large majority of men no nothing about their prostate considering that in 2010, 40,975 men in the UK were diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to Cancer Research UK.
There are many ways in which you can keep your prostate healthy, simply by changing what you eat. From various fields of research, certain groups of foods have been linked with reducing your chances of developing prostate cancer, so you definitely need to focus more on healthy eating.
Here are some tips that are offered by the professionals:
- There are a series of foods linked to reducing your risk of prostate cancer. Pulses such as kidney beans, lentils and soy beans contain plant chemicals that are thought to be anti-cancerous, whilst tomatoes also contain lycopene, which is known to slow down the growth of prostate cancer. It has also been recommended to drink a glass of concentrated pomegranate juice every day.
- You should be aiming to eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables every single day. This does not mean munching down on five bananas. Develop diversity with the different fruits and vegetable you incorporate into your diet and remember, the richer their colour, the better.
- Try and place a limit on the amount of red meat you intake. This will include beef, lamb, pork, goat, and any processed forms such as hot dogs and bolognese. If you are worried about your protein levels, your best bet is chicken and fish, whilst beans and eggs are also healthy sources of protein.
- Fats do not have to be eliminated from your food, but consider healthy options such as olive oil, avocados and nuts. The latter in particular has proven to help reduce the risk of prostate cancer, so start chewing on almonds, pecans and walnuts, to protect, well, your ‘nuts’. Hydrogenated fats should be avoided altogether and also try and place a cap on saturated fats from dairy products.
- Keep an eagle eye on salt and sugar levels. Read package labels to see how high the sodium and sugar levels are if you are unsure, but generally sodas, canned and processed foods should be limited. A common mistake that many people make is thinking that fruit juices are completely healthy, but they often contain extremely high sugar levels, so be wary.
- Generally, keep an eye on your portion sizes. Always eat your meals slowly, and whenever you feel full, you should stop eating.
Beyond what you eat, it is also wise to keep an eye on your lifestyle. Even if it is just for a small amount, remaining physically active can improve your strength and reduce your fatigue levels. The general recommendation is to be active for around 15 to 30 minutes at least two or three times a week. During these times, your heart should be beating faster, but you should also still be able to talk – the equivalent of a brisk walk.
Look after your prostate and reduce your risk of developing cancer. It may just save your life.