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7 Ways to Improve Prostate Health in 90 days - Part 1 - 14/06/2010
In this article nutritional expert Lisa Vance reveals 7 ways to improve prostate health in 90 days.
If you are reading this, you are probably male and that means you probably have a prostate gland! (It’s shaped like a nut (a walnut), lies in front of the rectum, and makes fluid that becomes part of semen, the nutrient rich white fluid that contains your sperm.) So, here’s what you need to know to look after your prostate!
You certainly wouldn’t wait for the oil light to come on in your Ferrari before you check the oil, would you? And if it did come on unexpectedly, you certainly wouldn’t ignore it. The same way you put the correct fuel in your Ferrari, you check the oil from time to time, check the tyre pressure and service it regularly to get maximum performance, and life out of it, if you want to get the most out of your body, there are a few checks and lifestyle requirements that can be done to ensure vitality and longevity.
Sports cars and bodies have a lot in common, they are very valuable, they are expensive to fix when they break, and with a bit of TLC they will take you great places and give you incredible thrills along the way. Don’t wait until you have a prostate problem before you act, there is no need for you ever to experience that sort of pain, discomfort or threat. You’re a man, you want to function like a top of the range sports car, not a car wreck! Check out the list below and start by adopting one thing you can commit to doing it straight away. Then, add to your list!
If you already have a prostate problem, let’s get to the root of it and get your body working on itself again, you will especially benefit from the nutrition tips in my next article (Part 2). Get started today, pick something you aren’t yet doing and start there.
Prostate cancer if found and treated early is usually not life threatening.
Supporting and Healing:
One vital stat for you to know and an easy first step is to go to your doctor and request a blood test. You want to get your Homocysteine levels tested. High Homocysteine levels are a strong indicator of disease risk, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and very many other diseases. (It’s quick to get it tested and relatively easy to “fix” or bring down once you know). If you have high levels (ideal levels are 6 or below) you are probably deficient in a few nutrients: Zinc, B vitamins (especially B2, B6, B12 and Folate) and something called TMG (Tri-methyl-Glycine). (You can get all these nutrients from food, green vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables, broccoli, and whole grains, for the Bs, TMG is present in Broccoli so eat lots, you find Zinc in pumpkin seeds (pepitas) and oysters, but if you homocysteine is 9 or higher, it is a good idea to start with a supplement to reduce it. It you are a vegetarian it is a good idea to be supplementing B12 (sublingually- which means under the tongue!) Deficiencies in these nutrients will have a knock on effect throughout your whole system, including your prostate.
Another useful blood test (which the doc will probably do automatically) is your hormone levels: ensure your testosterone, prolactin and estradiol are within normal ranges.
The right fuel is comprised of a variety of foods that contain loads of nutrients; these are usually foods that most closely resemble their original state. Seek out whole foods, oats and muesli rather than other processed cereals, whole fruit rather than jam and juice, and preferably are predominantly alkalinizing e.g. green leafy vegetables.
Studies suggest some of the most important nutrients to ensure prostate health are Zinc, Selenium, amino acids (protein), lycopene (found in tomatoes and watermelon), isoflavones (found in soy), B vitamins (Green leafy vegetables, beans, grains, chicken), antioxidants (vitamin E and C especially) and the herb Saw Palmetto.
o Saw Palmetto
o Vitamin E and Selenium (1000-1200 IU of Vitamin E, 200 –400mcg Selenium as amino acid chelate)
o Flaxseed oil (a tablespoon full a day)
o Vitamin C (2000mg ester C or non-acidic variety a day)
o B6 (25-50mg pyridoxine) have a suppressing effect on prolactin
o B complex, TMG and Zinc (if you have elevated Homocysteine levels, check out www.patrickholford.co.uk).
Probably one of the best ways to prevent prostate cancer is to masturbate regularly! Research shows that men who ejaculate more than five times a week are a third less likely to develop prostate cancer later in life! (www.news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3072021.stm)
o Alcohol is toxic to your body. Limit your consumption to 4 standard drinks a week ideally, but definitely not more than 12.
o Caffeine, enjoy a maximum of one coffee or tea a day, ideally limit coffees and Ceylon teas to one or two a week. Enjoy herbal teas instead; especially green tea and Rooibos tea. Treat soft drinks like coke (including the light or zero varieties) and energy drinks like Red Bull as rare treats.
o Processed foods usually contain chemicals, additives, and artificial ingredients that are carcinogenic (cause cancer), so eat nutrient dense whole food rather than processed food.
Symptoms to look out for when things are not 100%:
o painful urination or ejaculation
o difficulty urinating in the morning
o low back pain
o frequent urges to urinate
o a weak stream of urine
o when you have finished urinating having a feeling that you still need to go but “can’t”
o small amounts of blood in your urine
o Your “high risk” age category is over 50.
Terms you might hear doctors using when things go wrong or your prostate is not in tip top condition:
o Prostitis (inflamed Prostate, uncomfortable but not usually life threatening, and should be acknowledged as a warning)
o BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) (doesn’t mean cancer, “uncomfortable” condition that can lead to serious symptoms)
o Prostate Cancer (usually they surgically remove the prostate, this may affect urination and sexual function for the rest of your life).
If you follow these 7 tips to improve your prostate health you can look forward to not only a healthier prostate but also a healthier, more energetic, fuel efficient sports model of yourself!
Look out for Part 2 of this article - coming soon.
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