Reduce Your Risk ~ ProfBiotics

The other week the lovely Sam at Spink Health contacted me about a range of vitamin and dietary supplements they have released that aim to support the wellbeing of 5 different areas of your body, breast, pancreas, bowel, liver, and prostate. These are all part of their #reduceyourrisk campaign, a campaign that looks to people sharing personal stories and their tips and tricks on how we all like to reduce our risk. Feel free to pop your personal stories or tips and tricks in the comments below or go along to the hashtag on all social media and spread them there! 

Now the whole #reduceyourrisk campaign is about sharing personal stories and advice which brings me to the next part of my blog post. I actually don't have any personal stories that have dealt directly with cancer, I understand that many many people have and I have seen as a healthcare professional the struggle and emotional upheaval it can be for the people involved. So that being said I am instead going to share some of my tips and tricks for reducing your risk!!

I am sure that you are well aware of the need to eat right and exercise regularly as well as leading a healthy lifestyle including not smoking and not excessively drinking so I'm not going to harp on about those in my tips. Ain't no nagging nurse here!!

Some tops diet tips that I have tried to incorporate into my diet have also been suggested by Tara Whyand, Onocology Dietitian:
  • Try to incorporate more lean meat and nuts into your diet as these contain Zinc and help to maintain the usual levels needed within your body.
  • When reaching for that bit of fruit with your lunch or as an after dinner snack try switching out that banana or orange for a bowel of chilled watermelon or pretend you are sunning yourself (with protection of course!) somewhere exotic while enjoying some papaya or pink guava.
  • I know everyone goes on and on about us needing more sunshine and vitamin D but you can actually get plenty of vitamin D by making sure you add fish and eggs into your diet. 
  • She also suggests having more food in your diet that contain flavonoids these can be found in onionsbroccoli, tea, fruits, and turmeric.
  • Another suggestion is to incorporate more fish into your diet for their omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, so load up on salmon and fresh tuna. The perfect excuse to go out for lunch with the girls and order something fishy.
  • I'm sure you saw this one coming but the final suggestion she makes is to maintain a healthy weight and to limit your alcohol meaning sticking to your units of alcohol each week and no more.

These supplements really intrigued me as they give you the extra micro nutrients that you might not necessarily get the amount you needed though your diet. As many of you guys reading are well aware it is well documented that while there is no magic pill that will stop you getting cancer, a healthy balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle can help to reduce the risks of getting cancer. Like I'm sure many of you I do not have the perfect diet, in fact I tend to struggle with leading the best lifestyle I should so these can help to supplement any vitamins and minerals you may be missing. They also market them as a support if you have a particular health concern.

I am going to be talking about the breast supplement which contains Zinc, Vitamin D, Curcumin extract, Lycopene-rich Tomato Powder, and Rice Flour. You are probably wondering what each of those does inside your body....

  • Vitamin D is an essential vitamin in your body that is responsible for proper immune function and the alleviation of inflammation. It also helps your body with the absorption and use of calcuim and phosphorus. Whilst you get it from sunshine (while we have some in the UK!), you can also find it in eggs, fish, mushrooms, and dairy products.    
  • Zinc is needed within the body for the synthesis of nucleic acid and the metabolism of proteins. This mineral is not stored within your body which means a regular intake is needed.
  • Curcumin is an active ingredient within turmeric, it helps to control inflammatory responses within your body whilst also maintaining the efficacy of the immune system. It also aids fat digestion and as well as having antioxidant properties.
  • Lycopene is what gives tomato and fruits like watermelon their colour, there is evidence that shows the consumption of lycopene can support breast wellbeing.

Each of the different supplement is colour coded, for instance breast is pink and prostate is blue. The packaging is also very sleek and would look good within any medicine cupboard! The breast supplements cost £35 for a 30 day supply, with you needing to take two capsules a day (whether you take them at the same time or one in the morning and one in the evening). 

Like most supplements/vitamins these aren't the smallest capsules, while I am not the greatest with swallowing tablets most people should have no problems with swallowing with a bit of water. ProfBiotics state that when taking the supplements they should be taken with a small amount of food that contains fat within as this helps to aid the absorption of curcumin and lycopene within the digestive system. 

If you are interested in the breast, prostate, pancreas, liver, or bowel supplements you can read all about them and purchase them here.
Danielle Levy

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