Prostate problems usually don’t develop until the middle age, but this doesn’t mean that you have to wait until you get older before you begin taking care of your health. For many men, the condition of the prostate can become a significant health issue, so it’s worth taking action sooner rather than later.
I’ve heard the prostate called ‘god’s joke for men’ as its position around the urethra means that if enlarged it can cause urinary problems and interfere with getting a good night’s sleep.
The enlargement of the prostate can be due to hormonal imbalance or chronic inflammation caused by infection or unhealthy dietary or lifestyle choices. Prostatitis, inflammation of the prostate, can involve fever, lower back pain, urinary tract infection or pain when urinating or ejaculating. Prostate cancer is, for all that, possibly the main concern for men. Cancer cells are naturally present in the body and a strong and healthy immune system, including a healthy and robust mindset, can very often reduce the risk of them getting out of hand.
You might be wondering, are prostate health issues genetically determined? As the famous saying goes, “Genes load the gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger.” As a consequence, what you choose to do, eat, or even think about, for example, will significantly dictate which genes are expressed or activated and which will remain inactive. Outside influences, i.e. the environment you provide for your 75 trillion cells, can help to rewrite DNA coding.
Low level and chronic inflammation levels in the body cause many health issues, conditions, and diseases. Inflammation is an entirely normal process and is used to heal tissues, organs, blood etc. from situations such as exposure to toxins and the presence of unwanted microorganisms. This process ends when the toxins are removed, and the issue healed. However, if the body, and in particular the immune system, does not have sufficient resources to complete this process totally, then ongoing low-level inflammation results. If this situation remains over time, then sickness and health problems will arise. What we do every day can either contribute to an ongoing condition of inflammation, or we can stop and even start to reverse it.
Whatever the particular concern, paying attention to the environment in which the cells of your body live can have a significant effect on the likelihood or not of problems developing.
How can you make changes to improve inflammation and the risk of developing prostate issues?
1 Cut out un-natural foods
A diet high in animal products, processed foods, refined carbohydrates, unhealthy fats, sodas, and with excessive alcohol consumption not only provides little or no nutrition for the body but also causes it stress. And it’s well known that sugar, has been linked to the cancer process ever since Dr Otto Warburg won the 1931 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work on cancer’s energy cycle.
2 Eat Real and Healthy Food
Eat plenty of bioactive foods, in other words, food with life force. In particular, a diet high in nutrient-rich, colourful organic vegetables, especially leafy greens, and also fruits, can improve health and prevent disease. Include nuts and seeds as well as healthy fats and limit animal protein to modest portions of organic grass-fed meat and line-caught fish. Eating organic food helps reduce exposure to hormones, pesticides, and herbicides.
3 Drink plenty of pure water
We comprise up to 60% water. The brain and heart contain even more, up to about 75%. In order to function efficiently therefore, it’s crucial to keep well hydrated with plenty of pure quality water alongside any other daily fluid intake.
4 Targeted supplements for missing nutrients
Tumeric, and in particular its active ingredient curcumin, has a long history of use as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Research has also shown its benefits for prostate cancer.
Saw palmetto is considered to inhibit the conversion of testosterone to DHT in the prostate. A low level of DHT (related to testosterone levels) is needed for a healthy prostate.
With over 90 essential nutrients that are beneficial to human beings, the ability of bee pollen to block DHT makes it an additional aid for the prostate.
5 Stay active daily
Staying active doesn’t mean starting a massive training regime such as doing a marathon or triathlon. This is not the place for heroics! However, ensuring you move regularly and consistently by walking every day, for example, together with mind focused and gentle stretching exercises such as Tai Chi or yoga, will begin the changes that will make a difference. Some say sitting is the new smoking! I use a standing desk when I work, and that has made an enormous difference to my fitness levels.
6 Breathe well
We may feel we know how to breathe, and of course, up to a point we do. We can only survive on average 3 minutes without taking in oxygen. But often breathing habits have become short and shallow, especially if there has been stress or tension.
Make it a goal to retrain your body to breathe in a relaxed, healthy manner. This will clear out carbon dioxide and cortisol. Breathing effectively makes you feel more alive, positive and energised.
Use deep, focused breathing into the belly, the area just below the navel, to help reduce stress levels and increase oxygenation.
7 Use the healing powers of nature
We are nature, our bodies are nature, and it makes sense that nature will help us heal. Plenty of fresh air (along with the exercise) is hugely beneficial, especially if you can get your feet on some grass, walk on the beach or among trees.
In this way, you will boost the immune system and help reduce inflammation and thus facilitate improved health and healing.
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Please note: I am not a doctor and nothing in this article should be taken as medical advice.