How to Maintain Proper Prostate Health

As men age, they are more prone to prostate related health problems, such as: prostate enlargement, prostatitis and prostate cancer.  Moreover, around the age of 70, 90 percent of men are affected with benign prostatic hyperplasia. Prostatitis, meanwhile is the most common reason for men below age 50 to get their prostate checked.

 

Making changes in your lifestyle can significantly reduce the risks. If you or your partner already have prostate issues, natural supplements, herbs and a healthy lifestyle, will be able to address the prostate enlargement, inflammation and prevent cancer cells from growing.

The Prostate

The prostate gland is part of the male reproductive system. It’s roughly the same size as a walnut and surrounds a part of the urethra, underneath the bladder.

Its prime function is to produce fluid that becomes part of the semen, when it combines with fluids from other glands and sperm cells from the testicles. The prostate muscles also function to ensure semen is pressed into the urethra during ejaculation and it serves as a gate between bladder and the urethra. Moreover, the prostate is also responsible for hormonal metabolism.

Prostate Problems

Prostate Cancer

Cancer of the prostate is the formation of malignant cells in the tissues of the prostate. Risk increases with age. Family history and race are also factors.

Symptoms include:

  • chronic pain in the pelvis, hips or back
  • dizziness
  • fatigue
  • frequent urination
  • pain or burning sensation when urinating
  • presence of blood or semen in the urine
  • shortness of breath
  • weak flow

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

This condition is when the prostate gland is enlarged or becomes inflamed. This makes it hard to urinate and increases the risk of an infection or development of stones. BPH can be caused by zinc deficiency, weakening blood vessels and/or hormonal changes. Symptoms include frequent need to urinate and painful urination.

Prostatitis

When the prostate gland is inflamed or infected, this can be prostatitis. This can result in sexual dysfunction, urination issues, tiredness or depression. In contrast to other prostate problems, this is more common among young and middle-aged men.

The three types of prostatitis are:

  • Prostatodynia
  • Bacterial prostatitis
  • Nonbacterial prostatitis

Top Natural Remedies

1. Food

A pure and organic plant based diet is the best way to maintain your overall health and wellbeing, and in particular beneficial for your prostate. The following foods and drinks are just a few you can choose from:

Tomatoes (They contain lycopene and other antioxidants)

Green Tea (A great source of antioxidants and can treat and relieve prostatitis symptoms.)

Pumpkin Seeds (These have carotenoids and liposoluble vitamins, including zinc.) 

It is also important to avoid eating meat and dairy, as their consumption has been linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer. Dairy consumption can cause high calcium levels, which suppress vitamin D levels. Vitamin D has anticancer properties. Meanwhile, meat can affect hormones and is carcinogenic. Moreover, please avoid processed foods, fried foods, refined sugars and refined oils, as they can harm your health.

2. Exercise

A Stanford study found active men to be less at risk of prostate cancer. This is due to the fact that  physical activity helps balancing hormone levels, prevents obesity, boosts the immune system and reduces stress the overall stress level. 

3. Supplements

  • Vitamin E (antioxidant)
  • Vitamin D (bone health)
  • Selenium (immune booster)
  • Lycopene (antioxidant)
  • Zinc (immune booster)
  • Saw Palmetto (hormone balance)
  • Stinging Nettle (anti-inflammatory)

Even though supplements are definitely beneficial, they cannot replace your meals. Therefore, it is very important to adopt healthy eating habits, next to your supplements.

4. Essential Oils

The following essential oils can reduce inflammation and have antioxidant and antibacterial properties: 

Rosemary

This can be taken orally for six weeks or topically applied underneath the genitals two times a day. Dilute rosemary oil with equal parts carrier oil for topical use.

Frankincense

Place two drops on the roof of the mouth for six weeks or apply topically underneath the genitals.

Myrrh

Apply topically underneath the genitals two times a day.

As with all essential oils, please make sure you check with your local holistic healthcare practitioner, which essential oil is suitable for you or not and how to use them in the right manner. Essential oils are potent plant extracts, and must be used with care.

Precaution

Prior to using these natural remedies, it is important to consult your local holistic healthcare provider. This is to avoid any possible interactions with your current medication if you are already diagnosed with the aforementioned conditions or other health related issues.

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