Okay, boys, those Movember stashes will soon be mighty manly but let’s face it, no matter how woolly they get, they won’t actually save you from prostate cancer.
Here are 5 health habits that might.
1. Something Fishy
For the sake of your prostate, you might want to add fish to your diet a little more often. Get the healthy fat from our scaly friends at least three times a week to reduce your risk of aggressive prostate cancer by 25%. While you’re at it, get rid of those bad trans fats and you’ll further decrease your risk. Out with the cookies and in with the cod.
2. Go Veggie
Reducing your red meat intake (especially processed meats) is a proven way to decrease your risk. So now is a good time to make friends with Meatless Monday (and maybe Wednesday and Saturday too). Plus, all of those extra veggies are like super-charging your cancer-fighting team. By the way, the stars of that team are broccoli (thanks to its isothiocyanates) and cooked tomatoes (powered by anti-oxidant, lycopene).
3. A Steaming Cup Of…
Take your pick here. Both green tea and coffee (even the decaf version) have been found to decrease the risk of developing prostate cancer and increasing your chances of beating it. So, go for the green or sip a cup of joe, either way, that hot, steaming beverage is good for your prostate health.
4. Beans, Beans, the Magical Fruit…
The more you eat, the healthier your prostate will be. Okay, it doesn’t rhyme but the benefits of eating more beans (soy, black, kidney, lentils – take your pick) is pure poetry to your prostate’s health. They’re rich in fibre, anti-oxidants and B12 – all of which are great for fighting off cancer. Brewing up a batch of chili just got magical (in a new way).
5. Trim it Up
This month you’ve been focused on keeping that mighty moustache of yours trim but once the month is over, you’ll want to turn your attention to keeping your figure trim. Men who maintain a body mass index below 30 have a significantly lower risk of dying from prostate cancer.
Now, here’s to shave day (just one more week, ladies!) and making prostate health a (mo-free) year-round affair.