Prostate health affects young and old men, as well as the women who love them. Prostate issues can lead to sexual difficulties, urinary problems and an enlarged prostate.
The prostate gland is a small walnut-shaped organ that lies just below a man’s bladder. It surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body through the penis. The prostate gland produces most of the fluid in semen. There are three basic conditions that can occur with regards to prostate health.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is an enlargement of the prostate that can trigger symptoms such as difficulty getting a urine stream started, frequent urination and a feeling of incomplete urination.
Prostatis is an inflammation of the prostate. The inflammation is often caused by bacteria and is rarely considered a serious infection. Men confuse this condition with BPH due to some overlap in the symptoms. Symptoms of prostatis may include fever, cloudy urine, pelvic pain and pain while ejaculating or urinating.
Prostate cancer, according to The American Cancer Society, is the second leading cause of cancer death in men and causes over 32,000 deaths every year. One man in six will get prostate cancer during his lifetime. Prostate cancer can be effectively treated when detected early, but frequently goes unnoticed because it often has no symptoms.
Considerable studies reveal the three main causes of prostate health problems are inflammation, hormone imbalances and free radical damage. Dietary changes have been shown to have a huge impact on overall prostate health. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends eating more fruits and vegetables, such as tomatoes and dark leafy cruciferous vegetables: cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts. These natural antioxidants are rich in phytonutrients and help to fight free radicals in the body.
Doctors recommend drinking plenty of water, limiting dietary calcium and supplementing with fish oil, saw palmetto, pomegranate juice and antioxidants. Maintaining a low fat diet by limiting dairy products and eating less red meat is an added benefit. Health conscious men should consider eating meat and dairy products free of antibiotics and hormones. Studies reveal that men who eat fermented soy products (fermentation destroys the toxins in soybeans) and fatty fish at least twice a week have a lower risk of prostate health challenges.
A positive attitude, prostate massage, meditation and exercising on a regular basis three to five days a week can increase the body’s natural ability to fight off illness by strengthening the immune system. Maintaining an overall healthy and active lifestyle can reduce the risk of developing prostate complications.