July 28, 2017
Health and Wellness Update
You may know there is a connection between healthy eating and reducing your risk for conditions such as obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure, but did you know eating well is also connected to prostate health?
We’re sharing three tips on how you can slow the progression of prostate cancer and live your healthiest life.
Work out consistently: The American Cancer Society performed a 20-year cancer study that found a striking correlation between exercise and prostate cancer survival. In this study, more than 10,000 men between 50 and 93 were surveyed on their amount of daily exercise before and after their prostate cancer diagnosis. They found that men with the highest level of exercise prior to their diagnosis had a 30% less chance of dying from the disease, and men with high exercise levels after diagnosis had a 34% higher survival rate. Although this study didn’t get into specifics of why exercise shows such promising results; it is well know that exercising regularly improves cardiovascular health and strengthens your immune system.
Additionally, the type of exercise can be important to the benefits on your health. The best activities are the more rigorous ones that your individual body will allow. These activities include: running/jogging, biking, swimming, playing basketball and tennis. While good physical health is vastly important, what goes into your body is just as significant.
Eat certain foods: A recent study published in Precision Oncology shows that adding three foods to your diet can help starve out cancer cells or help you avoid cancer all together. Researches have learned that the plant nutrients found in turmeric, apple peels and grape skins have the ability to starve cancer cells. They determined that these foods were able to prevent tumor growth by preventing the uptake of the amino acid glutamine, which is necessary to the survival of cancer cells.
Be cautious of any herbs or natural supplements: Herbs and supplements need to be taken in moderation and have the potential to affect or interact with your prescribed medication. One-third of American men with prostate cancer use some form of complementary medicine such as herbs and supplements. The primary concern is that they can enhance the effects or potentially negate the benefits of your prescribed medication. One of the most publicized studies on supplement and prostate cancer showed that men who were given high doses of vitamin E or selenium showed no benefits and some men even increased their chance of high-grade cancer by 111%. The important takeaway is that you should be wary of what you put into your body and you should always consult your doctor before taking a new supplement.
A healthy lifestyle that includes regular and consistent fitness will provide emotional and physical benefits to your body. Grapes, apples, and turmeric have the potential to shrink cancer cells when added to your diet and have no added risks when taken in any concentration. In contrast, herbs and supplements can be beneficial, but studies have shown they can also be detrimental. Always consult your doctor before taking any form of complementary medicine.
To learn more about Vituro Health’s comprehensive prostate care, call: 866-4VITURO (848876).
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