Men don’t get it do they? They avoid the very foods that can help them live longer. More so than women. And despite the fact that many studies show eating a diet heavy on fruits and vegetables can protect you from all manner of cancers – including prostate cancer. Not to mention such foods are good overall defenders of your health. There are many ways to keep your prostate in good condition, thus lowering, if not, eliminating the risks of suffering from prostate diseases like Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), Prostatitis, and worse of them all, Prostate Cancer.
So the most obvious of men’s health tips to apply is to simply eat more fruits and vegetables. Especially since it all counts. Whether you eat it fresh, drink 100% juice, or whatever. Frozen, canned, dried or fresh. It’s all good and all good for you. To assist here are some documented men’s health tips that simply involve eating smarter.
For starters, did you know each fruit or veggie is packed with it’s own special blend of minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals. It’s true. These tasty and colorful foods are loaded with disease fighters. Is weight a problem for you? Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber while low in calories and fat. So they naturally help you control your weight. Besides being mostly water they give you a feeling of fullness that helps you eat less.
While there are no specific fruits or veggies to eat that eliminates your cancer risk completely, numerous studies have shown that eating a variety of fruits and vegetables daily cuts your overall risk. Another painless way to consume more fruit is to kick start each day with a smoothie. Tropical fruits like pineapple or kiwi add vitamins, blend with anything, and give you an easy way to get in a couple more varieties into your diet. Plus they jump start your morning in a flavorful way.
Least I forget in this list of men’s health tips, we’re talking just nine servings a day. Alas only 4% of men manage to do that. 4%! Pitiful. But here’s how you can improve.
-Pack a box of raisins with your lunch bag. That’s one.
-Apple sauce is another idea.
-V8 is also a tasty change pace.
-Add a salad with your lunch or a bowl of vegetable soup.
-Chickpeas have a nutty flavor that goes with anything.
-Slice bananas into your cereal bowl.
-I also love frozen raspberries. Or frozen grapes – which you can freeze whole or cut in half. Simply pop them into your mouth instead of popcorn. You’ll find you can’t eat just one.
-If price is a concern buy what’s in season. Or buy locally grown at a farmer’s market. Or buy frozen on sale.
-Anything frozen is just as packed with nutrition. You don’t lose anything by freezing.
Diet and lifestyle are the two most important factors which could affect your health, especially the health of your prostate.
Work on a prostate-friendly diet. Maintaining your prostate in good health must start off with a prostate-friendly diet. Food which tend to increase the production of Estrogens must be avoided. And what are these foods? These are the type of food which contain animal fats such as dairy food like cheese, milk, butter, and yoghurt. Dairy food have been advertised as “healthy food” but in fact, they’re not. They contain animal fats which would help produce estrogens in the body, which subsequently increases the ratio of Estrogens to Testosterone, causing the body to respond by converting Testosterone to DHT (Di-Hydro Testosterone), which, based on recent research, is a major cause of prostate enlargement and prostate cancer. Aside from dairy food, sugar is must also be avoided, if not minimized. And, to top it all, you must make sure that your diet consists of a balance of nutrients. The necessary nutrients may not be contained in the regular food served on your table. Yet, you can get these nutrients from nutritional supplements available in the market. As the old saying goes, “Eat what your body needs, and not what you want”.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle. A healthy diet could not work on your prostate if not coupled with a corresponding healthy lifestyle. Appropriate body exercise also plays an important role in maintaining a healthy prostate. You must engage in regular body exercise to work on the development of your body muscles. I am sure all of us (including you) are aware of the benefits we can get from this activity. In relation to prostate health, exercise leads to the improvement of your prostate and sexual health by increasing the production of Testosterone.
No matter how old you may be or how healthy you may seem, you must be conscious of the condition of your prostate and you must find ways to keep it in good health. Seeing a doctor is usually done when you are already experiencing symptoms of prostate diseases. So see? It’s easy to give your body the means to keep you healthy. To bottom line it, almost half of what you eat should be something grown on a plant. Half! If you learn nothing else from this list of men’s health tips and eating – learn that. You need to eat more fruits and vegetables starting today. Why wait for that day when you can start taking care of your prostate NOW?