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DIETARY/LIFESTYLE TIPSFOR PROSTATE DISEASE MANAGEMENT

 Recommended Supplements: Bioceuticals ultraclean krill oil 1500mg,Natures Sunshine Tumeric or Mediherb Curcuma Active , Bioceuticals multiessentials or Eagles Tresos B pluse plus selenium, bioceuticals ultraclean epa dha,

Eating certain foods and nutrients might decrease your chances of developing prostrate cancer recurrence, or help slow the progression of the disease. A good diet high in fresh fruit, whole grains, vegetables and fresh fish will ensure optimal health. Meat and dairy should be limited in the diet. Intake of meat and dairy should be from good sources. Choose organic meat and chicken. Good sources of dairy include biodynamic yoghurt and feta cheese.

 

Although an essential nutrient ensure diet is not too high in protein. A high protein diet (44% of calorie intake) inhibits 5@-reductase resulting in prostrate enlargement.

Include more fish and vegetarian proteins in the diet. Vegetarian may include tofu, lentils, nuts and seeds, beans.

 

Include omega three sources in the diet – linseeds, flaxseed oil, fish i.e. sardines, salmon.

 

Increased consumption of cruciferous vegetables can provide some benefit. Sulforaphane, a compound found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower, helps the body to repair damage caused by cancer causing substances, thereby helping to slow down the cancer growth process.

 

Consumption of tomatoes has been shown to have significant benefit on the development and progression of prostrate cancer. This is due to lycopenes antioxidant action.

 

Polyphenols found in green tea, and red wine as well as isoflavones in soy products has both shown anti cancer effects in laboratory studies.

 

Selenium intake is associated with a lower risk of developing prostrate cancer. Sources include brazil nuts and organic garlic.

 

High consumption red meat and dairy products increases the risk of developing advanced prostrate cancer, while consumption of omega 3 in fatty fish, fish oil and flaxseed oil, lower’s the risk of developing prostrate cancer.

 

Avoid grilled meats, exposure to high levels of a cancer causing substance known as Phip, found in grilled meats, has been associated with development of prostrate cancer in laboratory animals.

 

Include Zinc rich foods. FISH, MUSSELS, GRAIN, BEAN, NUTS, PUMPKIN SEEDS and SUNFLOWERS
All these products contain zinc. This very element in these products is the basis of preventive maintenance and associated treatment of the adenoma of the prostate. It was discovered before that zinc intake led to the decrease in size of the gland and the decrease of the symptoms of disease. Scientists argue it is connected with the involvement of zinc in the hormonal metabolism. It is necessary to get creative with our daily menu. It is possible simply to put one or two handfuls of the purified pumpkinseeds into soup or porridge. Seeds in the dishes will swell from the water and they become soft. They are especially good in combination with buckwheat and porridges. It is possible to decorate meat or vegetable ragout with pumpkin seeds. Seeds are added into the dishes usually 5 minutes prior to readiness.

 

Avoid alcohol, especially beer. Red wine in moderation.

 

 

Please also see our webpage on Digestion and IBS.

  

Recommended supplements: Bioceuticals Sb floractiv probiotic, Bioceuticals multigest enzymes.

  

Lactose is a white crystalline sugar present in the milk of humans, cows, sheep and goats. An intolerance is caused when there are insufficient amounts of an enzyme called lactase in the small intestine which allows the body to digest lactose efficiently. If lactose is not digested properly, it causes painful gastric symptoms, nausea, bloating, excess mucus and sinus problems. Lactase deficiency is common in 70% of the worlds population, and it is estimated most cannot efficiently digest milk products past the age of 4 years when this enzyme level declines.

 

There are many arguments for reducing and eliminating dairy from our diet with research showing dairy to be implicated in cancers. Population studies indicate the higher the milk consumption, the higher the risk of breast cancer. Ovarian cancer has also been linked to milk consumption. A Harvard University study found that the one thing that women with this cancer had in common was that they had eaten dairy products more frequently than women without cancer. There appears to be a higher risk of prostate cancer and non-Hodgkins lymphoma with diets higher in dairy produce.

 

Osteoporosis rates appear to be lower in societies where few or no dairy products are consumed. This maybe because they are high protein foods and high protein intakes result in urinary excretion of calcium.

 

The type of saturated fat in dairy products is also the worst offender for making cholesterol in the body. Perhaps it is no surprise that Scandinavian countries have a high epidemic of heart disease which could be due to their high dairy consumption.

 

Finally the protein in cow’s milk has been linked to juvenile diabetes, allergies, behavioural problems and autism in infants.

 

Foods to eat freely: fruit, vegetables, unprocessed meats, fish and seafood, eggs, nuts and seeds, pulses and grains.

 

Foods to Avoid: milk, whey (milk and whey are high in lactose), cream, milk solids, all cheeses, all creams, yoghurt, ice cream, processed foods (read labels these nearly always contain milk products. Be aware of the following – casein, whey, caseinate, lactalalbumin, lactoglobulin curds, milk solids), chocolate, biscuits, sweets, instant coffee, milo and ovaltine. Also sauces and soups are often made with milk.

 

Dairy Substitutes: soya cheese, soya yoghurt, tofu, tahini, rice milk, soy milk, almond milk, oat milk, halva, soy ice cream, vitari, coconut milk, soy chocolate, nut butters i.e. cashew paste, almond paste. Hummus Dip. Sardines and salmon also provide a high source of calcium.

 

 

Recipes

 

Roasted Vegetable and Salmon Miso Soup

Roast vegetables- sweet potato, zucchini, onion, garlic (several cloves) capsicum. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Soups base: Miso paste approximately 2 tablespoons dissolved in water, add grated ginger, 1 tsp sesame oil, chilli flakes, ¼ of a cup mirin, seaweed of choice i.e chopped up nori sheets or kombu.

 

Add salmon chopped up near end of cooking. Add roasted vegetables and serve with buckwheat noodles or basmati/brown rice. This is great in winter!!

 

Banana dairy free ice-cream

4 bananas

½ cup cashews nuts

½ cup dates

1 tablespoon raw honey

½ cup frozen cherries

 

Blend ingredients and freeze. Should be ready to serve in about 6 hours.

 

Banana and Cashew Nut Cream

Blend in mixer 2 bananas,

½ to 1 cup of cashews

1 cup of water

1 tbsp of raw honey.

 

Serve with fruit salad.

 

 

Daily Calcium Intake

The recommended daily intake of calcium is 800mg to 1400mg per day. This is important for bone maintenance and osteoporosis prevention along with several other nutrients (zinc, V.C, magnesium, boron, vitamins A and D) and life style factors (exercise - particularly resistance training, alcohol and coffee intake).

 

Listed below are some examples of the calcium content of foods:

Aussie soy lite               250ml                           260mg

Tahini                                       1 tbsp                           85mg

Almonds                                   25nuts                          70mg

Brazil Nuts                               7-8 nuts                        55mg

Sesame seeds                           2.5tbsp                         290mg

 

Vegetables                               1 cup                            10-50mg

Tofu                                         ½ cup                           130mg

Soybeans                                 ½ cup                           90mg

Fresh fruit                                 1 piece                         10-30mg 

The risk factors are:

  • Heredity - offspring of parents and grandparents with cardiovascular disease are more likely to have heart attacks and strokes.
  • Men - men are more likely than women to have heart attacks and have heart attacks at younger ages.
  • Increasing Age - 4 out of 5 people who die of heart attack are over 65 years of age.
  • Physical Inactivity - regular aerobic exercise plays a significant role in preventing heart and blood vessel disease. Even modest levels of low-intensity exercise is beneficial if done regularly over the long term. Exercise also helps prevent of control blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, etc.
  • Cigarette / Tobacco Smoke --smokers have more than twice the risk of heart attack as nonsmokers, and the risk of sudden cardiac death is between two and four times the risk faced by nonsmokers.
  • High Blood Cholesterol Levels - higher LDL ("bad") cholesterol correlates with increased risk of heart disease.
  • High Blood Pressure - the extra burden on the heart causes the heart to enlarge and weaken.
  • Obesity - the extra weight causes a strain on the heart; obesity leads to diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.
  • Diabetes Mellitus - 80 percent of people with diabetes die of some form of heart or blood vessel disease.
  • Stress - a potentially significant risk factor, particular in conjunction with one or more other risk factors.

10 Superfoods for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention.

1. Legumes. Are low in fat, high in fibre and nutrients and flavonoids. Flavonoids are antioxidants which can protect against hea Omega-3 oil is usually thought of as “that healthy stuff in fish”. But, what if you don’t want to eat fish every day? What if you’re a vegetarian, or simply worried about pollution adding harmful substances to your fish dinner? Chia is the richest plant-source of this healthy oil. By weight, chia contains more omega 3 than salmon, and it still tastes like whatever you want! Omega 3 oil is important in heart and cholesterol health. It’s also recently been targeted as a weight-loss helper. USA Weekend magazine also reports on a study where overweight dieters who included omega 3s in their eating plan lost 2 more pounds monthly than the control group, who did not. rt disease.

2. Chia seeds. Chia is the riches source of plant based omega 3. Without the potential toxins that fish derived omega 3 may contain. Omega 3 is extremely important for heart and choleserol health and may have a role in lowering blood pressure also.

3. Nuts. The high vitamin E content is an essential antioxidant for heart health.

4 Fish. Another essential omega 3 source. Also a great low fat replacement for red meat.

5. Green vegetables. Spinach, broccoli, rocket etc. The high magnesium and antioxidant content offer protection against heart disease and other degenerative diseases. Also they have a high folate B9 content so assist in reducing homocysteine levels in the body.

6. Berries. The high vitamin c content and flavonoid content offer essential antioxidant protection , prevent artery hardening and many also have a role in controlling blood pressure.

7. Oatmeal. The fibre and high magnesium content are excellent for cardiovascular health. Oats contain a fibre known as beta glucan which have been shown to reduce cholesterol.

8. Wine. Okay, red wine in moderation due to the very high antioxidant of the grape. Organic is always better when it comes to red wine consumption

9. Green Tea Contains antioxidant properties called polyphenols. These assist in eliminating free radicals decreasing the levels of cholesterol in the blood and prevents the process of oxidisation creating bad cholesterol.sterol

10. Bitter Foods. Stimlulate the liver and fat digestion. Hence have a role in keeping cholesterol under control. Try lemons and rocket.Avoid saturated fats found in red meat and dairy and also trans fats (found in margarine, packaged biscuits and processed foods), high salt foods, MSG, and foods containing sugar.

Supplements: To reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, consider the value of supplementing key vitamins. Especially if you have a family history or have been diagnosed with a heart condition or high blood pressure by you GP.

 

Vitamin E: strengthens the immune system and heart muscle, improves circulation, reduces risk of clots (preventing thrombosis: blot clot blocking a blood vessel), destroys free radicals.

Vitamin C: important in treating cardiovascular disease. Our practitioner only Beta AC contains both vitamin C, A and E plus antioxidants

Multivitamin Tresos B (Vitamins B6, B12, and Folic Acid found in high doses in multivitamin tresos B) : deficiency has been linked to heart disease, particularly blocked arteries. These nutrients also have a role in reduced homocysteine levels. A major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The combination of B vitamins folate, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12, has been found to reduce the level of the amino acid homocysteine in the blood. At high levels, homocysteine damages the lining of the arteries, increasing the risk of heart disease. A deficiency in one of these B vitamins can lead to higher homocysteine levels. Hence it is essentail to take a daily multivitamin.

CoQ10 promotes heart function, an antioxidant, reduces risk of heart failure, reduces high blood pressure, speeds recovery from bypass surgery, reduces risk of heart attack, and prevents recurrences of heart attack. Protects against side effects of statins heart medication.

Chromium Picolinate: fights atherosclerosis, lowers triglycerides, and improves blood cholesterol and blood sugar profiles. Our naturopath chosen Magnesium biocomplex contains chromium and magnesium or our glucosupport formula

Magnesium: contributes to proper functioning of heart muscle, keeps heartbeats normal, reduces angina. See our magnesiumm biocomplex mineral formula in the supplements section.

 

Mediherb Nevaton or kava: if stress is a factor consider taking a herbal supplement to manage stress. Nevaton (St johns Wort, schisandra, damiana and skullcap herbs) is best for ongoing stress and anxiety or mild depression. Kava is good to have for those stressful days and works quite instantly. Vist our supplement section for more information.

Krill oil: Results from a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition reported that krill oil can significantly reduce heart-damaging inflammation. The study was conducted by measuring the presence of C-Reactive Protein (a.k.a CRP) levels in the blood. One way to measure the risk of heart damage is to examine the amount of the body's CRP levels. Participants of the study were divided into two groups; a placebo and krill oil group. During the study, CRP levels were measured three times; the beginning, seven days and 14 days. After 7 days, the placebo group's CRP levels increased by 15.7 % and after 14 days levels increased again by 32.1%. The group that had been taking 300 mg of krill oil daily reduced their CRP levels by 19.3% after seven days. After 14 days, CRP levels dropped even further by 29.7%.

Findings revealed that patients taking just 500 mg of krill oil daily achieved 300 % improvement in cholesterol levels.

 

Omega 3 in fish or fish oil tablets: There is mounting evidence and research that omega-3 fatty acids from fish or fish oil supplements not only help prevent cardiovascular diseases in healthy individuals, but also reduce the incidence of cardiac events and mortality in patients with existing heart disease.

  

Antioxidant support: Spirulina or vital greens. Ensure diet is high in fresh fruit and vegetables! 

Recommended supplements: ask our naturopath which supplements are best for you before ordering online.

Mediherb Hipep

Bioceuticals Intestamine, Bioceuticals SB Floractiv probiotic, Bioceuticals Multigest enzymes,

For stress combined with wheat allergy: nevaton and kava

 

 

Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of coeliac disease, which may occur on their own or in combination, include:

  • Anaemia
  • Digestive upsets, such as flatulence and bloating
  • Diarrhoea or constipation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pains and cramps
  • Weight loss or poor weight gain in children
  • Fatigue and generalised malaise.

Gluten and gliadin
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, triticale and oats. The component of gluten that causes problems for people with coeliac disease is the prolamine fraction. The prolamine fraction in wheat is called gliadin; in rye, it is called secalin; in barley, it is hordein; and in oats, it is avenin.Foods to avoid
A person with coeliac disease should avoid all foods that contain gluten. It is important to read the labels of all packaged or prepared foods. Some foods that may contain gluten include:

  • Meat products – any products prepared with breadcrumbs or batter, sausages and other processed meats or smallgoods (unless labelled gluten free), thickened soups, meat pies and frozen meals.
  • Dairy products – malted milk, some cheese spreads, icecream in a cone and some soymilks.
  • Fruits and vegetables – canned and sauced vegetables, textured vegetable protein (found in some vegetarian products) and fruit-pie filling.
  • Cereal and baking products – wheat, wheaten corn flour, semolina, couscous, wheat bran, barley, oats, porridge, breakfast cereals containing wheat, rye, oats or barley, corn or rice cereals containing malt extract, some icing sugar mixtures and baking powder.
  • Pasta and noodles – spaghetti, pasta, lasagne, gnocchi, hokkein noodles, soba noodles and two-minute noodles.
  • Bread, cakes and biscuits – all bread, cakes and biscuits prepared with flours from a gluten source.
  • Condiments – malt vinegar, many mustards, relishes, pickles, salad dressings, sauces, gravy and yeast extracts.
  • Snacks – liquorice, some lollies and chocolates, packet savoury snacks and some flavoured potato and corn chips.
  • Drinks – cereal coffee substitutes, milk drink powders.
  • Alcoholic drinks – beer, stout, ale, guinness and lager (most beers contain gluten; however, a range of gluten free boutique beers is now available in Australia).

Naturally gluten free foods
Despite the restrictions, a person with coeliac disease can still enjoy a wide and varied diet. Corn (maize), rice, soy, potato, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, lentils and amaranth are all gluten free. It is important to read the labels of all packaged or prepared foods. Some gluten free foods that people with coeliac disease can enjoy include:

  • Meat products – unprocessed meat, fish, chicken, bacon, ham off the bone and meats that are frozen or canned but with no sauce.
  • Dairy products – eggs, full cream milk, low fat milk, evaporated milk, condensed milk, fresh cream, processed or block cheese and some custards and soymilks.
  • Fruits and vegetables – fresh, canned or frozen but not sauced; fruit juices, nuts and peanut butter.
  • Cereal and baking products – corn (maize) flour, soya flour, lentil flour, rice (all types), rice flour, rice bran, potato flour, buckwheat, millet, amaranth, breakfast cereals made from corn and rice without malt extract, polenta and psyllium.
  • Bread, cakes and biscuits – most rice crackers, corn cakes, rice crispbreads, corn tortillas and corn taco shells.
  • Pasta and noodles – gluten free pasta, rice noodles, rice or bean vermicelli and 100 per cent buckwheat noodles.
  • Condiments – tomato paste, tahini, jam, honey, maple syrup, cocoa, all kinds of vinegars (except malt), some sauces and some salad dressings.
  • Snacks – plain chips and corn chips, popcorn and plain chocolate.
  • Drinks – tea, coffee, mineral water, wine, spirits and liqueurs.

Food labelling caution
All packaged foods have ingredient labels printed on the box, package or bottle. There are two types of food suitable for those requiring a gluten free diet:

  • Foods labelled ‘gluten free’
  • Foods made for the general market that are gluten free by ingredient.

The product ingredient label may not list ‘gluten’ as a component. However, under mandatory labelling standards, all ingredients and food additives derived from wheat, rye, barley or oats must be declared on food labels. Processing aids must also be declared if present in the final product.Gluten free products
There is an Australian Food Standard for processed foods labelled ‘gluten free’. When foods are tested using the prescribed test, there must have ‘no detectable gluten’. Currently (June 2007) this test is sensitive to 0.005 per cent (five parts per million).

Also please visit our stress and insomnia and also our  IBS and digestion page.

 Ask our naturopath Click here to email Leanne or ph 0402 356 548 

PMS and Endometriosis

Symptoms including bloating, period pain, hormonal acne, heavy periods, headaches, mood swings

Diet: increase fresh vegetables especially greens, salmon, chia seeds, nuts and seeds, decrease dairy products and red meat, limit alcohol.

 

Supplement

Chaste tree: for bloating, mood swings period pain, heavy periods. Email naturopath via contacts page to see if this the right supplement for you.

Magnesium 300 biocomplex mineral formula: when period pain and mood swings exist. This formula contains zinc, essential for balancing hormones.

Tresos B: essential for busy people whose diets do not always consist of home cooked meal and lots of vegetablesand fresh foods.. This formula also contains zinc essentuial for balancing hormones.

Livco: when there is a history of alcohol of drug use, a diet of processed foods, when the liver is not functioning 100% hormonal imbalances result.

Nevaton: additional support for mood swings and anxiety.

Tumeric: additional antiinflammatory and liver support.

 

PCOS: mediherb polyfem is the most strongly indicated herbal supplement for this condition, mediherb wild yam complex and magnesium 300 biocomplex (contains chromium) to balance blood sugar and also eagles glucosupport for blood sugar management, Low GI Diet. See our blood sugar page. Please email naturopath via contacts page.

 

Menopause

Diet: Eats foods high in photoestrogens, increase soy products, soya milk and tofu, Eat or drink two servings of soy a day. Soy foods will take 4 to 6 weeks to show an effect. Here are some easy ways to add soy to your diet:

Choose tofu dishes instead of meat at your local Chinese restaurant. Make instant miso soup for a quick pick-me-up snack. Make fruit smoothies, with soy protein powder. Drink soy milk. Buy baked tofu in the supermarket and experiment at home. Add it to salads or stir-fry dishes, even try it on crackers. Buy canned soy beans and add them to soups, chili and casseroles.

Phytoestrogens are particular plant chemicals that are very similar in structure to estrogen, and may act as weak estrogen in our bodies. Simply put, phytoestrogens may trick your body into thinking it has more estrogen than it really does -- potentially diminishing some of the discomforts caused by lower estrogen levels during menopause.

The mineral boron is another beneficial element of fruits and vegetables. Boron seems to increase the body's ability to hold onto estrogen. It also helps keep our bones strong by decreasing the amount of calcium we excrete each day.

Here are top sources of boron that also contain phytoestrogens: asparagus, carrots, beans, soybeans, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli,

Eat calcium rich foods: Calcium is essential to a woman's health as she ages as oestrogen depletes in menopause so does calcium absorption. Hence a diet rich in various forms of calcium is important.. Drink soy coffees rather than milk coffees each day. Eat broccoli, a leafy green vegetable, or beans these also contain calcium. Eat small portions of full fat dairy. Calcium is not easily absorbed from low fat dairy products as calcium is a fat soluable vitamin. Other calcium rich foods include almond, other nuts and seeds and seaweed.

 

Eat flaxseed: otherwise known as linseed. Or eat LSA(linseed, sunflower and almonds ground) mix on your cereals or ground linseeds in smoothies. A Mayo study showed that twenty-one women who consumed 40 grams of ground flaxseed daily had a significant decrease in the frequency and severity of their hot flashes. The women’s hot flashes were scored over a period of six weeks, and those who took the flaxseed showed a 50% decrease in the frequency of flashes, and a 57% decrease in their “flash score” overall, resulting in major improvements in their quality of life. Participants in the study even noticed improvements in their mood and in joint and muscle pain.

Flaxseed is particularly promising as a treatment for menopause symptoms because it is a plant estrogen containing both omega-3 fatty acids and lingans. Omega three fatty acids are known to be protective in heart disease, and lingans contain antioxidants that are being studied for their ability to prevent cancer. Flaxseed also seems to have some anti-estrogen qualities that could decrease the risk of breast cancer.

 

Exercise: Exercising during menopause will help decrease blood cholesterol levels, decrease bone loss (especially resistance training), improve your ability to deal with stress, improve circulation, improve heart function and improve your body's ability to use oxygen and nutrients.

And, of course, exercise is an ideal way to manage weight. Many women gain considerable weight in their 40s. This could result from the age-related drop in our metabolic rate. Or it could be caused by a reduction in physical activity as we age. Either way, exercise is your best defense.

Supplement

Mediherb Polyfem: hormone balancer.

Mediherb Wild Yam complex: For flushes and nervous system support,

Mediherb Valerian complex or kava: for insomnia. Note valerian complex contains a herb called ziziyphus which is useful for night flushes.

Magnesium 300 biocomplex mineral formula: To support hormonal changes, and support nervous system and sleep patterns.

Mediherb Kava and Mediherb Nevaton for additional nervous system support

Mediherb Siberian Ginseng: When adrenal exhaustion or burnout is an issue. Adrenal hormone support is essential during menopause when indicated.

Mediherb Tribulus: To increase sex drive

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