"Let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food. Each one of the substances in a person's diet, acts upon the body and changes it in some way, and upon these changes the whole life depends, whether in health, in sickness or convalescent."
Hippocrates 2 000 years ago.
Table of Contents:
1. Prostate Problems.
2. Home Remedies for an Enlarged Prostate.
3. Symptoms of Prostate Cancer.
4. Home Remedies for Prostatitis.
1. Prostate Problems
Three guesses what can strike huge terror in any male's mind?......................... Prostate Problems!
When all of a sudden you start having a problem trying to pee, the first thing that springs to mind is prostate cancer.
And then all the other thoughts start invading.... I will never have sex again, I will have to wear nappies and so on and so forth..........
Welcome to our website page dedicated to exploring effective home remedies for prostate problems, focusing on conditions such as inflammation, an enlarged non-cancerous prostate, and prostate cancer.
The prostate gland, a crucial part of the male reproductive system, can be susceptible to various issues that can affect urinary and sexual health.
While home remedies can supple relief and support, it is essential to emphasize the importance of consulting with a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and guidance.
In this article, we will delve into natural remedies that may help alleviate symptoms and promote prostate health, but we cannot stress enough the significance of seeking medical advice for accurate assessment and appropriate treatment.
Join us as we navigate the realm of home remedies for prostate problems while emphasizing the role of professional medical care.
So.... let's explore the world of natural remedies while keeping our health and well-being at the forefront of our priorities.
So..... what are we going to do here?
- Firstly, here is what we are not going to do, and that is to diagnose what your problem could be.
- But we are going to set out the different types of health issues that can arise around this tiny walnut sized gland and the symptoms you could be experiencing.
- Then secondly we will point you in the direction of what this earth of ours can offer to help prevent or soothe the symptoms of prostate problems.
Three types of Prostate Problems
Prostatis: Inflammation of the prostate gland.
Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) : An enlarged non-cancerous prostate gland.
Prostate Cancer: The big C of the prostate gland.
- Ok, first things first, if you have the slightest suspicion you have a problem with this very important "little" gland, you have to take yourself off to the Doctor and face up to the dreaded rectal examination.
- Testing for prostate problems usually involves a digital rectal exam as well as a blood test that screens for levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), which is a protein secreted by the prostate.
What are the warning signs of Prostate Cancer?
- Burning or pain during urination.
- Difficulty urinating, or trouble starting and stopping while having a wee.
- More frequent urges to urinate at night.
- Loss of bladder control.
- Decreased flow of urine stream.
- Blood in urine (hematuria).
What is the Prostate Gland?
- As you can see in the image above, this is a walnut sized gland that encircles the urethra (the tube through which urine flows).
- The gland is involved in seminal fluid production which nourishes and transports sperm for ejaculation.
- Sperm is made and stored in the testicles.
What causes Problems with this Gland?
- Another find is that a shortage in zinc, can also cause prostate problems.
- Normally these are aging problems.
- "A link has been found between a high fat diet that is low in fruit and vegetables."
- "Heavy fat consumption raises testosterone levels which could stimulate growth of the prostate including any cancer cells it may be harboring."
- An enlargement of this gland is often caused by a build-up of dihydrotestosterone (a big word) but in simple terms is a product of the male hormone testosterone.
Prostate Health and Cycling.
- Been an avid cyclist myself, it is widely circulated in the cycling field that men should rather change to a saddle with a gap down the middle, it takes the pressure off the prostate and moves it to the hips.
- This is specially for those guys that are doing long distances, training or just keeping a level of fitness for the next fun ride.
Regular Sex and Prostate Health
- There are no conclusive findings that regular sex is good for prostate health, some experts say that ejaculating regularly cleans up "the house" so to speak, and removes any harmful agents which could be lurking around.
- But others say that a higher sex drive means a higher amount of the male hormone testosterone which will improve the chances of prostate cancer.
2. HOME REMEDIES FOR AN ENLARGED PROSTATE
- He could also do an ultrasound to assess to what degree bladder emptying has been impaired.
- Just before we tackle Home Remedies for an Enlarged Prostate remember that if you have the slightest suspicion that you have a prostate problem, head straight for your doctor who will then base his treatment on the type of (if any) problem you have with your prostate.
- He will base this on your medical history a digital rectal examination (dreaded by all men) and a blood test.
Causes for an Enlarged Prostate
- This is often caused by a build-up of dihydrotestosterrone (a product of the male hormone testosterone).
- Tests have shown that an enlarged prostates show zinc levels that are lower than normal.
Symptoms of an enlarged Prostate
- Frequent waking at night to urinate.
- Trouble starting and stopping the flow.
- A sensation that the bladder is not completely empty after urination, and decide if you need to pee or not to pee!!
- Dribbling after urine has been passed.
- A poor stream of urine.
Home Remedies for Enlarged Prostate - Zinc
- Remember that increasing the amount of zinc in a man's diet may lead to relief of the the symptoms of an enlarged prostate gland.
Home Remedies for Enlarged Prostate - Saw Palmetto
- Saw Palmetto is known for its help in the treatment of impotence, loss of libido, testicular atrophy and male pattern hair loss.
- But it's main use is for urinary symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate.
- It is suggested that saw palmetto is helpful and effective for treating urine flow and may help reduce the frequency of night-time urination.
Home Remedies for Enlarged Prostate or BPH - African Pygeum
- Have a chat to your doctor about using this herb to help relieve symptoms of frequent night time urination and difficulty urinating.
- The trees are grown in more than 20 countries in Africa.
- Ask your health shop.
What Foods are good for easing the Symptoms of an Enlarged Prostate?
- pomegranates seems to have gained popularity for natural help for all sorts of ailments including menopause
- Research suggests that it may help for the symptoms of prostate enlargement.
- Pumpkin pips contain beneficial amino acids that are extremely prostate friendly and research has shown that they help men trying to avoid BPH or already have BPH.
- Prickly pear contains at least three prostate friendly phytochemicals: beta sitosterol (which is also good for hair loss) , linoleic acid and zinc.
3. SYMPTOMS OF PROSTATE CANCER
It is important that you know what the symptoms of Prostate Cancer are, as although this is a relatively common form of Cancer, it is also a slow growing one, and the earlier it is detected, the sooner it can be treated, and not allowed to spread to other parts of the body.
What are the warning signs
- Pain on urination.
- A Burning sensation on urination.
- Frequent urination.
- Not been able to wee.
- The flow is not like the good old days.
- Blood in the urine.
- Lower back discomfort.
But before you panic......... remember that these symptoms are the same as for an enlarged Prostate (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH).
It is vital that you see your Doctor.
Never try and self-diagnose, self-medicate or listen to advice from well meaning friends.
SEE YOUR DOCTOR.
Risk Factors for Developing Prostate Cancer
- Genetic influence.
- Recurring prostate flare-ups.
- A history of a sexually transmitted disease.
- Having taking testosterone at some stage.
- For unknown reasons, African American men have the highest incidence rate for Prostate Cancer in the United States.
- Sometimes there are no symptoms.
How to Detect Prostate Cancer
- You have to "subject" yourself (that is how most men feel) to a digital rectal examination.
- This is a vital test if you are showing any of the symptoms of prostate cancer.
- This, however is not sufficient as most prostate cancers are found at the back of the gland and are not easily detected by a rectal examination only.
- A blood test (PSA test) will also have to be done which is then sent to a laboratory to test the levels of PSA in the body. The cost of a blood test can vary a lot, ranging from a few hundred dollars to more than a thousand.
- However, depending on your health insurance and the circumstances surrounding the blood test, you might be able to write the cost off as a tax-deductible medical expense.
- There are a number of online calculators that can give you a better idea on what you might (or might not) be eligible for.
- If the results are between 0 - 4 it is considered to be normal. Between 4 - 10 there is a 25% chance of cancer lurking and above 10 the chances are bigger.
These tests are however not foolproof.
If there is the slightest concern your doctor will refer you to a Urologist and further tests will be done which include a prostate scan.
It is important for men over the age of 40 to have an annual check up so these levels can be determined over a period of time and a history is very valuable to your physician because levels will rise with age.
FOODS THAT MAY SLOW DOWN CANCER
The foods listed below are all meant to be used in conjunction with your cancer treatment, and not as a sole means of helping to slow down cancer.
Research has shown that compounds found in garlic are toxic to malignant cells, which means they may kill cancerous cells the same way chemotherapy does.
Triterpenoids in licorice may stifle quick growing cancer cells and cause some precancerous cells to return to normal growth.
Foods that are High in Beta Carotene
- Apricots dried
- Peaches dried
- Sweet Potatoes cooked
- Spinach Raw
- Pink Grapefruit
- Green Lettuces
- Cooked Broccoli
- Brussels sprouts
4. HOME REMEDIES FOR PROSTATIS
Home Remedies for Prostatitis will not only guide you through the symptoms of Prostatitis and the various types of problems that can arise with prostatitis, but will also give you some natural ideas of what YOU can do to help ease the symptoms or even prevent the condition.
What is Prostatitis?
- Prostatitis is the inflammation of the Prostate Gland, and you will be relieved to know that it is only ominous if left untreated.
- This is usually an infection caused by bacteria from other parts of the body that have invaded the gland.
Types of Prostatitis
Acute infectious Prostatitis
- The cause of this type of prostatitis is usually a bacteria and will occur suddenly.
- Symptoms can include some pain between the bottom (rectum) and the scrotum (testicles).
- This can be accompanied by frequent urination together with a burning sensation and a feeling of fullness in the bladder.
- There could also be blood or pus in the urine and sometimes even a slight fever.
Chronic Infectious Prostatitis
- This long term type of prostatitis is also caused by a bacteria.
- Symptoms can be nothing more than a bladder infection.
- As with many other types of ailments, medicine, as we know it does not know what causes this non-infectious type of prostate inflammation because it is not caused by a bacterial infection.
- Symptoms will also include frequent urination sometimes with pain, pain after ejaculation and lower abdominal pain.
Can Home Remedies for Prostatitis help?
- Firstly you have to subject yourself to a digital rectal exam which is normally done in conjunction with a blood test to test the (PSA) levels of prostate-specific antigen, a protein secreted by the prostate.
- It is recommended that these tests are done at least once a year, especially as you get closer to 50 years of age.
- If Prostatitis is diagnosed it must not be left untreated as this can lead to impotence and problems with urination.
- OK... so you have been diagnosed with bacterial prostatitis and the normal treatment would be antibiotics and analgesics.
- But you might have the non-infectious type, and your question is what on earth do I do now?
- Our earth has so much to offer and here is a list of natural "goodies" that will probably help YOU with your prostate problems.
What Helps Cure Prostatitis?
Selenium: Selenium has antioxidant properties that help protect cells from toxin damage linked to prostatitis.
Cranberry Juice: For centuries, Cranberry Juice has been recorded as a natural remedy for urinary tract infections, and has been linked as a remedy to some forms of prostatitis.
Quercetin: Eat those onions DUDE.
Onions are rich in quercetin which is an anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor flavonoid.
Zinc: Zinc has been linked as a balanced requirement in the body for all forms of prostate problems.
Garlic: Garlic is one of nature's best natural antibiotics, don't worry about the garlic breath, just mix this smelly herb with parsley.
Magnesium and Calcium: Both Magnesium and Calcium are necessary minerals for improved prostate function.
Water: Drink 2 to 3 quarts of spring or distilled water to help stimulate urine flow. This will also help the function of your kidneys and prevent dyhydration.
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