This month is Blue September and with it comes an important message; time for the men in our lives to take a health check. So whether it is your father, brother, son or friend, encourage the men you know to use the Blue September message as a springboard for overall health and wellbeing; not only for prostate health, but their health in general.
Sometimes men tend to ignore their own health vulnerability, so it’s time for a refresher on committing some effort to preventative measures.
· Eat more fruit and vegetables. Tomatoes, watermelons, pink grapefruits, guava and papaya contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, bok choy and kale also are good choices.
· Let your doctor know if you have a family history of prostate cancer. Having a father or brother with prostate cancer more than doubles a man’s risk of developing this disease.
· Include more soy in your diet from sources such as tofu, soy nuts or soy flour or powders.
· Don’t smoke.
· Eat more selenium-rich foods such as wheat germ, tuna, herring and other seafood and shellfish, beef liver, kidney, eggs, sunflower and sesame seeds, cashews, mushrooms, garlic and onions. Selenium reduces risk of prostate cancer.
· Get a PSA blood test and digital rectal exam annually, beginning at age 50. Men at high risk, such as African American men or men with a strong family history of prostate cancer should begin testing at age 45.
These are all very important – and should be upheld every day of every month of every year.
But there are many signs that the body needs more support. Placing emphasis on maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help our bodies be less likely to have problems with genetic or lifestyle-based diseases.
One key is to minimise inflammation, which comes about through the body’s need to bring more ‘circulation’ to an injured or diseased area. I place circulation in apostrophes as circulation is source of energy and nutrition and used for the removal of toxins and disease. Nerves and lymphatics have as important a part to play as the circulation.
Inflammation can come about due to an area of weakened structure. It can be acute through injury, or chronic through long-term deterioration or long-term injury.
I liken it to an ox bow curve in a stream. A little blockage occurs which stops the full flow of the stream to be able to cleanse that area. This leads to more build up and over time the stream finds a new way and flows around the area.
If our ‘circulation’ cannot cleanse/nurture/rejuvenate an area – inflammation and pain will set in, including physical deterioration. In your gut or organs this leads to poor assimilation of nutrients and removal of toxins leading to an ever-increasing deterioration.
Early symptoms can be noted by the daily signs of your body, a new symptom or a change in pattern of the old weakness you have always had. Also digestive bloating, changes in stools, a pain or discomfort you had not noticed before.
Your cells are full of cellulite, your energy levels are low, your immunity is never quite getting on top of symptoms, and wounds not healing correctly.
Listen to your body and act on those symptoms. There are also times when there are no symptoms – but for those of us who do have them – you need to act.
Natural Health works when applied correctly with the right information. Your wellbeing is the basis to everything you can do and be. Act now by getting more information. Talk to your trusted local health store or health practitioner. Do not allow them to sell you an A-Z of products through fear. Get the right advice and support so you can make choices. Results should be seen and felt. Ask what results you should see or feel. Natural Health works beside your diet and lifestyle. Make a change to be healthier for best prevention today.