Healing from the Top Down - Prostate Gland

In continuing our series Healing from the Top Down, the subject of this article is the prostate gland. Don't worry ladies, next month we will talk about you! But since most of us have men in our lives in some way (neighbors, husbands, relatives), this article should be helpful for everyone.

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The prostate gland, in a normal state, is a small gland about the size of a walnut and is located just below a male's bladder. One of the purposes of the prostate is to provide the nutrients sperm need for survival. These nutrients include proteins, enzymes and minerals which nourish the sperm. In addition, the prostate gland secretes fluids that neutralize the acidic environment of the vagina and without these secretions the sperm would never be able to survive the female reproductive tract.

With our aging population and our increase in health awareness, prostate health is becoming an important piece in a male's natural health care program. One of the main concerns is a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH for short. While the potential is there for this to affect a large percentage of the male population, we believe that a natural more preventative approach is a much more positive way to look at these figures. BPH becomes more common in men over 50 and it seems to be caused by an increase in dihydrotestosterone or DTH, the active form of testosterone, which stimulates abnormal growth of the cells in the prostate. The prostate can then grow to be the size of a grapefruit and it will then press on the urethra, causing difficulty in emptying the bladder or frequent, sometimes urgent, urination, especially at night. Other symptoms include a weak and/or slow flow or urine, difficulty starting the urine stream which can sometimes lead to bladder irritations and infections.

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The causes of BPH are fairly accepted as being viral or bacterial infections and heavy metals which includes pesticides, insecticides, dental toxicities, and other sources. It is my opinion that this is one very important reason why I feel that having a diet as clean as possible is so important. Toxins and heavy metals will always be present in our lives but being careful as to what we eat and what we put in our body is something positive that we can do for ourselves.

Along with a diet of grains, seeds, nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables, there are certain foods that we can make sure to include in order to enhance prostate health. These food include cranberry and blueberry juice without added sugar to discourage any infection growth. Also including foods rich in zinc, which play an important role in regulating cell growth and regulating normal cell death, such as pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, eggs, legumes and seafoods will be helpful. Also make sure to drink plenty of pure water.

contact me if I can be of any service to you. Until next time, be well!

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