Super Foods To Treat Prostate Health
Prostate Cancer / Prostate Infection / Prostatitis
The size of a mere walnut, the prostate gland is small but critically important to men’s health. It produces semen, the fluid that carries sperm from the testicles, and it regulates the flow of urine from the urinary tract, or urethra. It also comes into contact with the rectal cavity and the bladder.
According to Dr. Earl Mindell, almost every man experiences prostate trouble at least once in his life. In fact, a studies show that 1 out of 6 males will develop prostate cancer. That will result in almost 170,000 prostate removals and nearly 31,000 deaths from prostate cancer.
Fortunately, you can, for the most part, prevent prostate disorders if you start a program of good nutrition early. Prostate disorders range from prostate infection to enlargement to prostate cancer. Principal symptoms of prostate disorder include:
- Difficulty urinating
- Dribbling and urgency to urinate
- Increased nighttime urination
- Dramatic reduction of ejaculate
- Weak ejaculation
- Lack of sexual desire
- Difficulty achieving full erection
- Terminal blood in urine
What Causes Prostate Disorders?
The most benign prostate disorder is infection. The prostate can become infected by viruses and bacteria from the rectal cavity (constipation and poor colon health may be a factor), or the urethra (sexually transmitted). Infection could result in painful urination or difficulty urinating (swelling of the prostate). This can be treated with a prostate cleanse and inflammatory herbs and supplements.
It’s important to note that oral sex exposes the prostate to more bacteria than vaginal or even anal sex. Also, environmental toxins have been observed in patients with prostate cancer.
The most common prostate disorder is prostate enlargement, known as prostatitis. When the prostate swells, it blocks the flow of urine, making it difficult or even impossible to urinate. This normally is treated with antibiotics or surgery, but natural cures include the use of antiinflammatories, prostate massage, and dietary changes.
Finally, there is prostate cancer, the most severe of the prostate conditions. Incidence of prostate cancer in America is on a sharp rise. Experts are still unsure as to the exact cause of prostate cancer, but suspect that genetics, nutrition, hormones, and environmental toxins all play a role. Studies suggest that diets high in saturated fat and sodium nitrate increase risk for prostate cancer, as does a sedentary lifestyle. No wonder prostate cancer is so common in the United States!
Treatments for Prostate Health
The best treatments for prostate health are preventative ones. Concerning the prostate, it’s much better to eliminate the risk of disease than to treat it after the fact. Here are some key points:
- Eliminate saturated fats and excess sugars and starches from your diet. Reduce the amount of meats and processed foods you eat—especially partially hydrogenated oils. Increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables (lightly cooked or even raw).
- Drink green tea at least once a day. Better yet, trade coffee for green tea.
- Take dietary supplements: Vitamins B, C, and E and omega fatty acids.
- Exercise frequently and engage in sexual activity (including masturbation) regularly.
- Get plenty of movement. A sedentary lifestyle is the enemy of the prostate.
- If your diet has been poor for a long time, consider a colon cleansing as described under Colon & Intestinal Health.
- Combinations of phyto (plantbased) estrogens are useful in treating prostate disorders.
- If you suffer from prostate infection or enlargement, then in addition to the practices listed here, take saw palmetto along with antiinflammatory and circulationstimulating herbs and supplements (lemongrass, cumin, tumeric, mistletoe extract, sage, pygeum, pumpkin seed extract, sterolins, and zinc)
Excess alcohol and caffeine play havoc on the prostate, as do coagulated dairy products (hard cheeses, for example). Excess meat consumption is also a prostate irritation, as meat generally is not completely eliminated and remains in the bowels, infecting the prostate. For this reason, it’s a good idea to include plenty of dietary fiber from raw fruits and vegetables, salads, and nuts. Soy products are also helpful.
Avoid excess alcohol and cigarette smoke, including secondhand smoke. Avoid excess caffeine and stress, as they promote hormone imbalances that can affect the prostate.