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Maintaining a healthy lifestyle: 18 foods & drinks that may help

Stock these in your arsenal: power foods, potent spices, and superfood snacks – from every aisle in the supermarket.

 

There aren't as many definite answers about diet and prostate cancer as we would like, but what we do know is that studies have shown that certain dietary components can cause or protect against cancer [ 1 ]

These are just a few of the things wives and daughters who want to help their loved one say to the support crew manning the Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC) hotline.

WENDY
President of Prostate Conditions
Education council (PCEC), A
non-profit founded in 1989

"Men living with prostate cancer who adopt a healthier lifestyle can have better outcomes, that's the bottom line," says Wendy Poage, president of Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC), a non-profit founded in 1989. Whether you're the one living with advanced prostate cancer, or you want to support a husband, father or neighbor, you can prepare home-cooked meals packed with these power foods. Talk to your healthcare team about lifestyle changes, including those to your diet. Be sure to print and stash your custom grocery list, and keep it handy when shopping or share it with a loved one doing a grocery run for you.

Pump Up Your Grocery List [ 2 ]:

POWER PRODUCE

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Berries
  • Broccoli Sprouts or Broccoli
  • Collard Greens
  • Peaches
  • Pears

SPICES+CONDIMENTS

  • Tumeric
  • Olive Oil 

ANTIOXIDANT-PACKED DRINKS

  • Green Tea
  • Purple Grape Juice

SUPERFOOD SNACKS

  • Almonds
  • Popcorn
  • Hummus
  • Whole Grain Crackers

TIP 1: Consumption of veggies and fruits can help lower the risk of obesity, which indirectly can influence cancer risk.[ 3 ]


TIP 2: In addition to a healthy diet, people who get moderate to vigorous levels of physical activity are at a lower risk of developing several cancers, including prostate cancer.[ 3 ] Talk to your healthcare team about what type of exercise program would work for you.


TIP 3: Dairy products are excellent sources of calcium; however, do not exceed recommended levels of calcium as it has been linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer.[ 3 ]


TIP 4: Food is the best source of vitamins and minerals, not supplements; however, be sure to talk to your doctor before making any alterations to your diet.[ 3 ]

REFERENCES

[1] National Cancer Institute (NIH): Diet. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/diet. Accessed March 15 2017.
[2] National Cancer Institute (NIH): Eating Hints. Before, During, and After Cancer Treatment. https://www.cancer.gov/publications/patient-education/eatinghints.pdf. Accessed March 15 2017.
[3] American Cancer Society: Common questions about diet and cancer. https://www.cancer.org/healthy/eat-healthy-get-active/acs-guidelines-nutrition-physical-activity-cancer-prevention/common-questions.html . Accessed March 15 2017.