September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Prostate cancer is the second-most common cancer among men, and this year an estimated 268,000 US citizens will be diagnosed with the disease. To raise awareness of the condition, and to offer advice on how to better look after the prostate, we’ve compiled a list of habits to help support prostate health.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Over 35 million men in the United States are obese. Obesity is a condition that could contribute to prostate cancer. This is because obese men often have increased estrogen (estradiol) levels, which drives down testosterone, a hormone needed for the prostate to function correctly.
Support Your Liver
Blood circulates through the body and relies on the liver to clean toxic materials. When the liver is congested, it is unable to function correctly. Liver dysfunction is associated with increased estrogen levels. In addition to this, liver disease is thought to influence incidences of prostate cancer.
Support the Body with Reservatrol
Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in almost 80 different plant species, but most commonly in red grapes (and red wine). It has been successfully used to alleviate the adverse side effects of chemotherapy, and could also help to fight against colon cancer, lung cancer, and prostate cancer.
Get More Phytonutrients
Phytonutrients found in vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, and sprouts have been found to inhibit tumor growth. Some of the most popular of these active chemicals include curcumin (found in turmeric) and capsaicin (found in chilies). Moderate amounts of spicy food could therefore help boost prostate health and fight cancer.
Eat a Healthy Diet
While pharmaceutical treatments can be important in fighting prostate cancer, a holistic approach that involves healthy eating and natural support could provide the perfect foundation needed to combat ill-health.
Reduce Red Meat Consumption
Heavy red meat consumption has been associated with a chemical compound known as PhIP. This compound is released when red meat has been charred and is known to increase the risk of prostate cancer. By limiting red meat consumption to special occasions, you could reduce your risk of disease.
Carbon monoxide in smoke kills red blood cells and increases the number of free radicals flowing through the body. If you currently smoke, you may find it helpful to talk to a doctor or medical professional for advice on how to quit.
While stress does not directly cause issues with the prostate, long-term stress and anxiety are known to weaken the immune system. Stress can also alter the delicate hormonal balances within the body, making you increasingly susceptible to disease. Meditation can be a great way to relax and improve your mental health, which in turn will have a positive impact on your physical health. Healthy body, healthy mind.
Water is essential not just for prostate health, but for overall health. On average, you should try to consume at least eight cups of water each day and be certain to rehydrate both during and after exercise.