A Healthy Prostate: What You Need To Know
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on March 12, 2010 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Men, cop a feel.
Go ahead: put your finger on it. No, not mine, yours!
That’s right, your own. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Then you’ve just significantly increased your chances of letting your prostate cancer go undetected.
THAT catch your attention?
Prostate Cancer: One Of The Most Common
By the time you’re 80, my man, you will have an 80% chance of developing prostate cancer. Whoa. According to Prostate Cancer Foundation “one new case occurs every 2.7 minutes and a man dies from prostate cancer every 19 minutes. Prostate cancer affects 1 out of 6 American men.”
There are some contributing factors, like age, race, and genetics. And while the cure-rate is almost 100% when detected early, it’s still completely life altering to undergo. Prevention is key!
What Is The Prostate
The prostate gland is a walnut-sized organ at the base of the bladder. It’s part of the male reproductive system, partly responsible for making semen and giving it its liquidity.
Because of its location, when it becomes enlarged it can make urination difficult, and cause problems with erections and ejaculation. No fun!
Prostate Cancer Screening: A Public Health Disaster?
Most doctors recommend that their patients over 50 have a prostate exam (the dreaded up-the-bum) once per year. Quit complaining: it’s a fast way to tell what’s going on in there!
Another option is the lab exam, most often PSA screening which shows how much of the prostate antigen a man has in his blood. High levels can be present when a man has a prostate tumor, but can also be present as a man’s prostate enlarges as he ages.
Because the test can’t distinguish whether the levels are high due to a tumor, a biopsy is next recommended. Aggressive treatment follows. I’m reading now that prostate tumors are slow growing, and that the treatments can seriously harm the body – and consequentially a man will fall ill due to treatment, and not the prostate cancer itself.
Whatever screening option you opt for, you definitely have to engage in feeling yourself up, too. Hey, have your partner feel themselves up too – we women do our own breast self-exams – and make it a party!
The Prostrate Self-Exam
I’ll keep this short and sweet. You can do this in the shower with some soap, or wherever else you may be comfortable. You can use a thin glove, or nothing. Here’s a fast How To:
1. Make a fist with one hand. Use the fingers of your other hand to feel the flesh between your thumb and the fist finger – this is what your prostate feels like. Release your hands.
2. Insert finger into rectum, as far in as you can go until your palm touches your scrotum.
3. As we said above, the gland is walnut-sized and is located at the base of the bladder. You’ll feel it, as we’ve just described.
NOTE: If you feel anything hard, like a knuckle, call your doctor.
If you feel anything that is as firm as the knuckle, then that needs to be brought to a physician’s attention.
Tips On Maintaining A Healthy Prostate
Obviously, staying in touch with your body is key to having a healthy one – prostate or anything else. And there are other things you can do, to stay healthier, longer:
Ejaculation – Of course! It’s recommended that the prostate be emptied at least a few times per week, through intercourse or masturbation.
Exercise – Obesity adds extra pressure through weight onto all of our organs. Riding the body of excess weight means lowering the pressure – and blood flow increases oxygen and helps remove toxins from the body through sweating. Of course, if the prostate is swollen then biking and jogging may be painful – try walking on an incline.
Diet – A healthy diet rich in fruits, veggies and fish have all shown to be beneficial to the health of the prostate.
With that said, here are some fabulous foods for the health of your prostate!
Top 5 Foods For A Healthy Prostate
1. Pumpkin Seeds – Compounds found in pumpkin seed oil can interfere with the multiplication of testosterone into DHT. This can help prevent Benign Prostate Hyperplasia, a common condition of the enlarged prostate.
2. Tomatoes – Packed with lycopene, the compound that gives tomato (and watermelon!) it’s rich red color, eating these can significantly lower your chances of developing prostate cancer (According to research published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.)
3. Green tea – Green tea is a potent antioxidant, linked to lowered rates of cancers in Asian cultures. Drink a few cups per day!
4. Broccoli and Cauliflower – Eating more than one serving of broccoli and cauliflower a week may reduce the risk of prostate cancer by up to 45 per cent, says a new study from Cancer Care Ontario.
5. Onions – Onions posses an abundance of quercitin, a compound found to have anti-tumor qualities. It’s said the George Washington drank the water of a boiled onion whenever he felt an illness hanging around!
And don’t forget:
Fruits and veggies – Naturally high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, fresh fruits and vegetables can help b
oost immunity and reduce inflammation. Eat lots!
Herbs and Supplements – Many plants – like saw palmetto – and their components are potent anti-inflammatories and antioxidants – keys to a healthy, long life!
The bottom line: enjoy a healthy lifestyle, eat well, and have lots of orgasms. Feel around once a month. You’ll be giving your body the opportunity to be one of those 5 men who don’t develop prostate cancer – and at least you’ll have an amazing time getting there!
Love you guys, Sage
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan