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  • midlifelove 11:13 am on September 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: broccoli, , increase fruit and vegetables, Japanese, , Mediterranean, preventing prostate cancer, prostate cancer diet, , reduce red meat, , selenium, tomatoes   

    Eating To Beat Prostate Cancer 

    eating healthyTake a step away from the barbecue this season if you’re an over-50-year-old man who wants to be kind to his prostate. That’s the message from a review of diet recommended for preventing prostate cancer.

    That’s not just because of potential carcinogens in the charred meat, but also because reducing intake of saturated fat and red meat , dairy and calcium, and increasing fruit and vegetables is most beneficial in preventing and treating prostate cancer.

    Researchers Robert W.-L. Ma and K. Chapman recommend eating lots of tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, drinking green tea, and supplementing with vitamins including Vitamin E and selenium, which they say seemed to decrease risk of prostate cancer.

    Japanese or Mediterranean Best

    Two ethnic cuisines – traditional Japanese diet high in green tea, soy, vegetables, and fish, and the Mediterranean – high in fresh fruits and vegetables, garlic, tomatoes, red wine, olive oil, and fish – have long been credited with longevity and reduced risks of prostate cancer.

    Combine those nutrition guidelines with exercise – research shows 30 minutes daily can slow prostate cell growth by 30 per cent – and you are making all the best choices for a long and healthy life.

    Recommended Supplements

    Vary diet as much as possible, and in addition:

    • Take a multivitamin with B complex and folic acid daily.
    • Avoid high-dose zinc supplements.
    • Avoid flax seed oil. This can stimulate prostate cancer to grow. You can obtain the very healthy alpha omega-3 fatty acids you need through fresh fish and nuts.
    • Use olive oil, which is very healthy and rich in vitamin E and antioxidants. Avocado oil is also good. Avoid oils high in polyunsaturated fats such as corn, canola, or soybean.
    • Take vitamin E, 50 to 100 IU of gamma and d-alpha, only with the approval of your doctor. Some recent studies have raised concerns over serious risks with vitamin E intake. Natural sources include nuts, seeds, olive oil, avocado oil, wheat germ, peas, and nonfat milk.
    • Selenium is a very powerful antioxidant and the backbone molecule of your body’s immune system. Most studies support a daily selenium supplement of 200 micrograms a day. The benefits appear to be only for those who have low selenium levels, which is difficult and expensive to measure. Since it only costs about 7 cents a day and is not toxic at these levels, it is reasonable for all men to take selenium. Natural sources include Brazil nuts, fresh fish, grains, mushrooms, wheat germ, bran, whole-wheat bread, oats, and brown rice.

    Saw Palmetto and Lycopene

    Prostate health can be enhanced with the herb saw palmetto and tomato extract lycopene found in herbal supplements like Quup. See What is Herbal Quup for more details and ordering options.

  • midlifelove 3:10 am on March 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: acidophilus, anal sphincter, beans, bifidobacterium, bowel activity, broccoli, cabbage, chewing food, closed buttocks, digestion process, digestive tract of mammals, farting, Flatulence, flatus, mixture of gases, passing gas, probiotics, swallowing air, tempeh, yogurt   

    Why is flatulence more common among elderly? Or is it? 

    You probably haven’t met an 8-year-old boy who doesn’t fall about laughing when someone farts. Whoopee cushions have long been the source of belly laughs for older folk.  But there’s no doubt, when you suffer flatulence in a social situation, it’s embarrassing.  And it appears the problem does worsen as you grow older.

    While flatulence is an important signal of normal bowel activity, and people on average fart 14 times a day, as we age typically our digestion slows.  That gives our intestinal bacteria more time to produce turn dinner into gases like methane and hydrogen.
    So we have more gas as we get older, and also it doesn’t behave as discreetly as it did when we were younger.

    As we age gas tends to build up in the lower colon before making a sometimes rapid and noisy escape, says Karen Hall, MD, PhD, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Michigan who specializes in geriatrics and gastroenterology. “There isn’t necessarily more gas,” she says, “but there’s a higher potential for embarrassment.”

    The noises commonly associated with flatulence are caused by the vibration of the anal sphincter, and occasionally by the closed buttocks as the gas formed as a by-product of the digestive process is expelled from the rectum..

    Diet plays a major role in what causes flatulence. Gas-producing foods such as beans, cabbage, and broccoli are some of the major culprits, but they are healthful, so don’t cut back on them. Instead try chewing your food slowly and thoroughly. Chewing food for longer allows the enzymes in saliva to break the food down before it enters the stomach and digestive tract.

    The more that food is chewed, the more it is broken down for the digestive system. What’s more, swallowed air is a prime cause of flatulence, and careful chewing avoids the swallowing of air that occurs when food is eaten too quickly.

    Also try probiotics, gut-friendly bacteria available in supplements and foods like yogurt, kefir, and tempeh. A 2005 Mayo Clinic study of 48 patients found that taking probiotics containing acidophilus and bifidobacterium bacteria for 4 weeks decreased flatulence and bloating.

    You can also keep excess air out of your system by going easy on carbonated beverages. And get regular exercise, which keeps things moving in your digestive system, giving bacteria in your intestines less time to make gas.

    That way you’ll give those 8- year-olds less cause for mirth.

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