A healthy prostate is on the minds of a lot of men, and it should be. But reducing your risk of prostate conditions is not as simple as getting a list from your doctor about what foods to eat. Although there are certain foods associated with reduced risk for prostate trouble, more work is needed.
Instead of focusing on specific things, like what to eat and what to avoid, a better approach to prostate health is to look at overall lifestyle. Your prostate is likely to benefit when healthy habits are adopted, as is your overall health profile. You might not realize it, but there are several factors—including diet, belly fat, and overall activity—that have a significant influence on prostate health.
Making good decisions about meals and snacks is an essential factor in prostate health. Trying to get the recommended intake of five servings of fruits and vegetables per day, as well as selecting fiber-rich whole grains over refined grains like white bread and pasta, can also be helpful. Cutting back on processed meat like hotdogs, bacon, and sandwich meats is also a good idea. Replacing them with lean meats like fish, chicken, beans, and eggs is associated with a healthier prostate.
Cutting down on salt, sugary drinks, and sticking to one portion size can also help. Any steps you can take to minimize weight gain may ultimately help prevent any compromise to prostate health.
Activity may also influence the health of your prostate. Surveys have shown that less physically active men have higher counts of BPH (benign prostate hyperplasia). The good thing is that even low-to-moderate levels of activity show benefit. Combined with a healthy diet, increased activity can also lead to fat loss, which may also increase the likelihood of better prostate health.
There are no magic ingredients for prostate health. Believe me, I wish I could tell you that eating a handful of almonds and blueberries and then jumping as high as you could ten times in a row would do it, but it’s more than that. Embracing a healthier lifestyle with better nutritional decisions and more activity seems to be the best option for prostate health at this point.
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