TIPS FOR A HEALTHY PROSTATE - FEBRUARY 2017 - VOLUME 8, ISSUE 11

 

Ramilas Health Tips

Ramila's Healing Arts Clinic

 

This month, we are taking a look at prostate health - it's not only men's issue, but it's also important to their spouses/partners/families, as well. Many men are not sure what they can do to improve the health of their prostate. We'll look at three common problems, and also at what can be done to reduce the likelihood of these problems.

 
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Volume 8, Issue 11

Ramila Padiachy

Doctorate of Natural Medicine (DNM)®

Ramilas Healing Arts Clinic

1437 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa ON (map)

613.829.0427
info@ramilas.com

 

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Prostate Health

The prostate is a small gland that is part of the male reproductive system and is normally about the size of a chestnut or walnut. It's located below the bladder, in front of the rectum, and it surrounds part of the urethra (the tube that empties the bladder).

 

The prostate produces a fluid that makes up part of the semen which carries sperm from the testicles during ejaculation. The prostate also metabolizes the hormone testosterone into a biologically active form called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is an androgen hormone that plays a role in puberty and helps men develop their adult male characteristics.

Common prostate health problems

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (or hypertrophy) (BPH) occurs when the prostate gland becomes inflamed or enlarged as men get older. This causes the prostate to compress the urethra, making it difficult to urinate. This can lead to a bladder infection or bladder stones.

 

The development of BPH is age-related in nearly all men and starts at around 40 years of age. According to studies from all around the world, it seems that about 10% of men in their 30s, 20% of men in their 40s, 50% to 60% of men in their 60s, and 80% to 90% of men in their 70s and 80s show some signs of BPH. Many men with BPH never see a doctor for this and never need any treatment. It's when BPH is associated with other symptoms that men usually seek treatment. The most common issue is lower urinary tract symptoms, such as pain when urinating and a need to urinate frequently.

 

Prostatitis is inflammation or infection of the prostate gland that often results in swelling and pain. It may also lead to problems urinating, sexual dysfunction and general health issues, such as feeling tired and depressed. Unlike most other prostate problems, prostatitis occurs more often in young and middle-aged men. Treatment usually includes antibiotics. Please note that it's important to take probiotics if you take antibiotics to maintain healthy levels of 'good' bacteria (see Supplements).

 

It is a significant health problem with prevalence rates of 11% to 16%. In the United States, there are more than 2 million consultations per year for prostatitis. It is the most common reason men under the age of 50 consult a urologist, and it results in more physician visits than BPH or prostate cancer in the U.S.

 

Prostate cancer is a leading cause of cancer in men in the United States and Canada. In Canada, 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. This was estimated to be 21,600 cases in 2016, with an estimated 4,000 deaths. The death rate has been declining by just over 3% per year from 2003 to 2012 in Canada. The risk of developing prostate cancer increases with age, rising sharply after age 55 and peaking at age 70-74, after which it declines slightly. Family history of prostate cancer (father, brother) is another risk factor.

Tips for a healthy prostate

Fortunately, there are a number of preventive measures to improve prostate health, including diet and lifestyle changes.

  1. Dietary changes
    • Get at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables every day.
    • Include produce high in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, such as red peppers and tomatoes. Lycopene makes fruit and vegetables red and has been proven to be a cancer-fighting agent.
    • Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy and kale are good anti-cancer foods.
    • Choose whole grain bread and pasta over bread and pasta made with white (refined) flour.
    • Be more selective with your choice of protein. Avoid processed meats, e.g. sandwich meat, hot dogs, bacon. Limit the amount of red meat you eat, including beef, pork and lamb.
    • Instead, eat more fish with high levels of omega-3 acids. Wild caught fish in general, and salmon, in particular, is a great choice.
    • Beans, poultry and eggs are also healthy options for protein.
    • Limit your alcohol and sugar intake.
    • Green tea is the best beverage for anti-aging because it contains the highest level of antioxidants. It helps promote detoxification (to remove symptoms of prostatitis) and prostate health.
    • Pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil are good for prostate health because of their high carotenoid content and liposoluble vitamins. Pumpkin seeds contain zinc, which acts as a diuretic to help empty the bladder, and they reduce inflammation.
    • Avoid high consumption of dairy products, which have been linked to a higher risk of prostate cancer. This has been attributed to higher calcium intake.
       
  2. Other lifestyle changes
    • Physical activity - A majority of studies have reported a reduced risk of prostate cancer in men who were most active. Physical activity also reduces the risk of BPH. It is believed that it's the ability of exercise to modulate hormone levels, prevent obesity, enhance immune function and reduce oxidative stress that explains the protective effects of physical activity.
    • Maintain a healthy weight. Men who are obese may have an increased risk of prostate cancer. If you would like help with losing weight, please contact me for an appointment.
    • Do not smoke.
       
  3. Supplements can play an important role in increasing prostate health (see below).

Supplements

There are some Nature's Sunshine supplements that are relevant to this newsletter. You can find information about these products and purchase them in our online store:

 

Bifidofilus Flora ForceFor prostate health:

  • Vitamin D
  • Zinc
  • Saw Palmetto
  • Saw Palmetto Concentrate
  • Super Omega-3
  • Zambroza

Probiotics:

  • NutriBiome Bacillus Coagulans Probiotics
  • Probiotic 11
  • Bifidofilus Flora Force

For additional information, email info@ramilas.com or call Ramilas Healing Arts Clinic at 613.829.0427 for an appointment. Please continue letting friends and family know about this newsletter. Visit our website where you can see back issues of this newsletter, information about services and our clinic, and order products.

 

References:

 

  1. Axe J. How to maintain proper prostate health. draxe.com/prostate-health/ Accessed February 16, 2017.
  2. What is the prostate? What's normal? webmd.com/men/prostate-enlargement-bph/what-is-the-prostate#1 Accessed February 16, 2017.
  3. Roehrborn CG. Benign prostatic hyperplasia: an overview. Rev Urol 2005;7(suppl 9):S3-S14.
  4. Statistics. Prostate Cancer Canada. prostatecancer.ca/Prostate-Cancer/About-Prostate-Cancer/Statistics Accessed February 17, 2017.
  5. wikiHow to Improve Prostate Health. wikihow.com/Improve-Prostate-Health Accessed February 16, 2017.
  6. 10 diet & exercise tips for prostate health. health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/10-diet-and-exercise-tips-for-prostate-health Accessed February 16, 2017.

Disclaimer: The suggestions and recommendations in this newsletter are not intended to be prescriptive or diagnostic. The information is accurate and up to date to our knowledge, but we are not responsible for any errors in our sources of information.

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