I wrote this blog upon my husband’s insistence, who thought I should give women a heads up. Kinda like I did for him with his prostate health. So, here you go ladies. This one’s for you and your man, of course.
The way to a man’s health is sometimes through his woman, wife, whatever you are. And as if we don’t have enough to worry about, there is our man’s health too. But, hey, better us than no one. Most men tend to ignore their health, and the truth is they hate being poked and prodded by doctors even more that us women do.
So needless to say, it’s been my job to nag my husband into his doctor’s office. And since he hails from a family with prostate issues, the urgency is even greater. Not only did he have to become knowledgable about his prostate health, I had to as well. For it was only through knowing the issues that I was able to effectively nag him. Nowadays I don’t nag nearly as much because he’s very proactive with his overall health, and that in itself is a plus for his prostate health.
One of the most common and ongoing problems in men 50 and over – and sometimes in men as young as 40 – is an enlarged prostate. So what should we do to support our men with their prostate health?
BHP (benign prostate hyperplasia, a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland.) also known as an enlarged prostate. The prostate glands makes the fluids that carry and nourishes sperm during ejaculation. Here are some tips to help you recognize the symptoms of the most common prostate issue:
♦ Frequent nighttime and daytime trips to the bathroom.
♦ Dripping (drip, drop) urine as apposed to the usual long, consistent flow. Basically, a weak urine flow
♦ Complaints of difficulty starting to urinate.
♦ Incontinence ( Urinating unintentionally).
♦ BHP is non-cancerous. It occurs when the swollen prostate squeezes the urethra (the tube that transports urine from the bladder out of the body).
♦ BHP affects approximately 50% of males in the USA. The statistics are likely the same in other countries.
♦ For most men, life style changes, especially one that includes clean, wholesome foods can make a huge difference.
♦ BHP is treatable. But, left untreated it can lead to further complications.
Foods to prevent enlarged prostate
♦ Dark green leafy vegetables are rich in antioxidants, which is needed for a healthy prostate.
♦ Salmon is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, and is necessary for healthy fats in the body. A decrease in healthy fats can lead to prostate problems.
♦ Tomatoes are a great source of lycopene, which fights antigens proteins that are associated with prostate enlargement.
♦ Rosted Soybeans is rich in tofu. Studies have shown that asian men consume more soy bean, which correlates with their low risk of prostate.
♦ Bell Peppers contain vitamin C, and is shown to help lower the risk of enlarged prostate.
♦ Avocadoes are great for beta-sitosterol, which reduces inflammation and helps reduce symptoms of prostate enlargement.
♦ Zinc foods like oysters, almonds, pumpkin seeds and adzuki beans.
Dixie Lincoln- Nichols is a biological science educator, health and wellbeing consultant and Qigong instructor. Her work has been featured in media outlets like, Oprah Mag, SELF, Yahoo and more. She is the founder of Inside Outer Beauty Market, a multi-cultutal retailer curating and creating products to support the body inside and out. Visit the site at www.iobeautymarket.com