10 Prostate Health Hacks You Need To Know
The threat of prostate cancer weighs heavily in the minds of many men, especially as they get older. Whether you’re looking to reduce your risk and focus on prevention, or dealing with treatment and combating the disease, there are many lifestyle habits you probably don’t consciously think about that affect your prostate health.
From nutrition and ingredient awareness to fitness and holistic knowledge, you can integrate these 10 health hacks into your life and not only lower your chances for prostate cancer, but better your body’s overall health in a multitude of ways.
1. Soy Milk
Pour some soy milk on that bowl of cereal for breakfast. Soy can help your prostate health, both in slowing growth and preventing cancer’s return.
2. Cruciferous Vegetables
Veggies like cauliflower, sprouts, spinach and broccoli, otherwise known as “cruciferous” vegetables, all slow the growth of prostate cancer, and can positively impact the rest of your health due to the high volume of nutrients and antioxidants.
3. Green Tea
Put down the coffee (it irritates urinary passages) and pick up a hot mug or icy glass of green tea. Apart from preventing prostate cancer, it can better your memory and lower cholesterol. It can be added to smoothies or marinades if you don’t enjoy the standalone flavor.
Acupuncture is a popular holistic treatment using ancient Chinese medicine practices for a range of cancers and other illnesses, both in treatment and prevention. It works on the concept of energy flow, and very small needles are inserted to acu-points to get the nasty toxins out of your pores.
If you love cooking with spices, your prostate health is in luck. Turmeric is renowned for its anticancer properties and attacks prostate cancer by inducing cell death, stopping spread of cancer cells and reducing sex hormone receptor expression, which also kills cancer.
6. Red Wine
A good glass of red wine can do a surprising amount. Apart from being an anti-aging youth elixir, its key ingredient resveratrol can help obliterate cancer cells and progression. It protects DNA as well as free radicals and significantly reduces tumor growth.
7. Sun Exposure
Getting out in the sun to a reasonable extent can also help. If you’re not comfortable with that, get yourself some Vitamin D supplements. Studies say men who have or are prone to prostate cancer generally have lower Vitamin D rates.
Your fitness game is also important in protecting your prostate. This is less swinging up impressive dumbbells and more working on pelvic floor exercises and moderate activities like biking, golf or brisk walking. Not staying sedentary helps protect your body against cancer and prevent prostatic inflammation.
Include foods that are high in Zinc content or consume a supplement. Zinc facilitates a healthy immune responses, enzymatic activity and reproductive health. Adding an additional 40/80 mg (according to your doctor’s discretion) can help improve and protect prostate health.
Getting sleep is something that a lot of people find overrated, but it’s essential in all aspects of the reproductive system. A lack of sleep decreases testosterone, and increases stress hormones, as well as resulting in prostatic growth. So make sure you get your eight hours a night.