I am all about food that nourishes us as a whole; body, mind and spirit. I love making and eating food, but I am equally into, or even more into, the way certian foods make my body and mind feel.
The “right things”, being food that encourages a healthy internal enviorment and therefore reducing the risk of disease as well.
Unfortunatly there are too many choices being made in our modern society that encourages the growth of disease and prostate cancer being one of them. It is one of the most common cancers among men and in the world.
Some of the greatest risk factors for developing this disease are being overweight, eating dairy, cured and prosessed meats, high alcohol and sugar consumption, and not eating enough fresh fruits and vegetables.
My country of Norway, is unfortunately in second place as the country in the world with the highest rate of prostate cancer. We eat and drink tremendous amounts of dairy, bread, cured, prosessed meats and have a low intake of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Italy on the other hand is a country with significant lower prostate cancer rates , bringing the country all the way down to the 124. place on the list. There are also findings that show Italian men living in the south of the country have lower cancer rates compared to those living in the North. This is probably due to the diet being very rich in tomatoes in Southern Italy. Tomatoes are a great source of the powerful antioxidant- lycopen and is crucial in preventing the disease.
This is one of the reasons why Italy is the healthiest country in the Europe and second/first in the world, and also why I am looking into the case and exploring more. Read more about Project healthy in Italy here
It is quite easy to make changes that can impact your health in a positive way. What you eat plays a huge part.
Tasty ways that may prevent prostate cancer:
- Eat lots of tomatoes both fresh, juiced or in home made dishes. Not ketchup and prosessd foods! Also make sure to not buy canned tomatoes due to the aluminium content. Go for glass or paper packaging. You can get my favorite tomato based recipes here and here
- Eat lots of vegetables and focus on cruciferous vegetables like onions, garlic, broccoli, kale and cauliflower. Get my dairy free califlower soup recipe here
- Get juicing! Juicing is a fantastic way to add more vegetables, especially inflammation reducing ginger and leafy greens, to your diet. Get my green juice recipe here
- Add and use healthy fats, the right flours and spices when cooking. Read more about my basic healthy kitchen “rules” here.
- And also, last but not least, drinking espresso the Italian way may be a great way to prevent prostate cancer! Of course without dairy or sugar. Read more here.
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