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Prostate Health


The prostate is a walnut shaped gland surrounding the urethra. When the prostate becomes enlarged and inflamed it can squeeze the urethra causing difficulty with urination.

Common symptoms of irregular prostate are:

  • Bladder obstruction
  • Increased urination
  • Waking throughout the night to urinate
  • Difference in urine flow and speed

In extreme cases, complete obstruction of urine flow. If this happens you should immediately seek medical attention.

It is said that all men will have some sort of problem with their prostate given enough time. It is easy for a gentleman to ignore symptoms for a while, yet the reality is that ignorance is not bliss. Just as if you are driving along and you notice your vehicle is beginning to rattle when you accelerate, you can ignore it but it doesn’t make it go away. With age, the increase of being affected by prostate issues will occur, about 5-10% of 30 year young men, and 90% of men 85 years of age.

First and foremost, is it necessary to have your prostate examined. If you have not had this done and you are over the age of 40, this should be an annual event. Just as women have an annual exam, a prostate exam is part of the rite of passage of getting older. If left unchecked, prostate obstruction can lead to kidney damage. Kidneys are very fragile and can lead to death without proper care.

All men over the age of 40 are recommended to start a prostate protection program. This includes the incorporation of a good multi-vitamin with prostate supportive nutrients like zinc and saw palmetto, along with lycopene.

Men have different nutrient requirements and as they age it becomes more apparent. The prostate gland requires higher concentrations of zinc, which is not surprising since it helps control the conversion of testosterone to DHT, the substance that when improperly controlled can increase prostate disease. Normally the typical diet does not maintain sufficient zinc to help maintain healthy prostate function and supplementation is routinely suggested. Due to the hormonal imbalances of men, zinc can be restricted from being absorbed, making it increasingly important to take additional zinc.

However, if you are already having symptoms like; night time waking, slower stream, hesitancy before going, forked stream, sense of incomplete emptying of your bladder or increased frequency it is time to pick up the pace. Other prostate supportive nutrients are saw palmetto, lycopene, nettles, and vitamin D.

You should consume plenty of tomato products because they are rich in lycopene; also lots of cruciferous veggies including broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, collard greens, etc. It is strongly advised to consume 4-5 servings of fresh vegetables everyday. An exception to the rule is tomatoes. It is easier to absorb the lycopene from canned and condensed tomato products, like ketchup. Keep in mind that many canned tomato products have added refined sugar which can be unhealthy.

It has also been recommended by leading medical experts that everyone can benefit from taking a high-quality and complete daily multi-vitamin. Few people actually eat a sufficiently health and broad diet to ensure the adequate intake of nutrients for all the biochemical processes necessary to not just sustain the human body but to help it truly thrive.

Summary

From the age of thirty and on the risk of developing prostate enlargement increases. This can mean the prostate; a walnut shaped gland near the bladder can become inflamed and put pressure on the urethra. This is a hormonal imbalance that causes a build-up of testosterone in the prostate. If left unchecked, this condition can be life threatening, and a simple test can determine whether it is cancer. While only a medical professional can accurately diagnose this many symptoms may be;

  • Frequent urination
  • Feeling of not being empty, but unable to finish urination
  • Waking in the nighttime to urinate
  • Urgency to urinate
  • Slower low of urine

If any of these are currently happening you should seek medical advice. Otherwise, a prevention plan is necessary and natural remedies exist.

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