June 2013- Prostate Health

jpegProstate disorders usually begin after age 35. Between the ages of 51 and 60, 50% of all men have an enlarged prostate - over 90% percent by age 80. Commonly prescribed drugs for the prostate can cause side effects of decreased potency and libido (in some cases, it is stifled entirely). Yet, men can help themselves manage prostate problems naturally without the drug side effects (often as bad as the prostate problem itself). Is Your Prostate Enlarged? Check for these symptoms:

With BPH, the condition is basically the symptoms… an inflamed, swollen, infected prostate gland; frequent, painful desire to urinate with reduced flow of urine or dribbling, especially at night, incontinence in severe cases; lower back and leg pain; loss of libido, and usually painful intercourse. Most men also suffer disrupted sleep and daytime fatigue.

What’s at the root of the problem?

A high fat diet puts a man at greatest risk, as does a poor diet with too little fiber, and too much alcohol and caffeine. Essential fatty acid and prostaglandin depletion lead to hormonal changes like increased estrogen levels and altered testosterone levels. Exhausted lymph system from too many antihistamines and lack of exercise figures in.

jpeg (1)Diet to Heal the Prostate

  1. Take lemon juice and water every morning for two weeks to cleanse sediment; then cider vinegar and honey in water daily for a month to prevent sediment recurrence. Add green tea daily. Follow a fresh foods, low fat, high fiber diet for 3 weeks - plenty of green salads, fresh fruits, juices, steamed vegetables, Omega-fatty acids from seafood and flax, and tomatoes are especially beneficial.
  2. Watchwords should be: less saturated and trans fat, more fiber. Add whole grains, soy foods, seafoods and sea veggies (2 tbsp. chopped dry daily) for more EFAs.
  3. Make a cholesterol-lowering mix: lecithin granules, toasted wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, oat bran, nutritional yeast, flax seeds, sesame seeds, crumbled dry seaweeds; take 4 tbsp. daily over rice or miso soup. Naturally lowering cholesterol lowers PSA levels.
  4. Drink 6 glasses of water or cleansing fluids daily. Especially add 2 glasses of cranberry or tomato juice. Have a vegetable drink or Systems Strength drink for iodine and potassium nutrients, during healing.
  5. Avoid red meats, caffeine, hard liquor, sodas, especially beer, during healing. Limit spicy foods that irritate your bladder. Avoid tobacco, fried, fatty and refined foods forever.

jpeg (2)Lifestyle Choices and a Healthy Prostate

Men concerned about prostate health may benefit from an exercise program or increasing their physical activity overall, as both can support a healthy weight.  Exercise can help to reduce the risk of many diseases, including prostate cancer.  According to the Mayo Clinic, prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men, and men with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher are at greater risk.

Studies referenced by Harvard Medical School also found that men who were more physically active were less likely to suffer from enlarged prostate and erectile dysfunction, and experienced reduced prostatitis symptoms.  Harvard also notes that while relatively few studies have assessed the effects of exercise on prostate health, in general, men with an average risk of prostate cancer who make positive lifestyle choices - including regular exercise - may reduce their risk of prostate and other cancers.

Sources:

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School, “10 Diet and Exercise Tips for Prostate Health”.http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/10-diet-and-exercise-tips-for-prostate-health

Mayo Clinic, “Prostate cancer prevention: ways to reduce your risk“.http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/prostate-cancer-prevention/MC00027