Tips to Keep Your Prostate Gland Healthy
Prostate health is not atop most men’s list of concerns, though it is usually in the top five. Although there is no sure way to avoid prostate cancer, there are everyday ways of maintaining good prostate health.
First off, check your diet. There are no magic foods that will protect you, but there are patterns of healthy eating which ward off disease. Choose at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day, particularly those with deep, bright colour. Tomatoes, strawberries, apples, and other red fruits and vegetables contain the phytochemical lycopene, which has been tied to reduced risks of cancer. (Although some apparently “innocuous” food might worsen irritative symptoms in the urethra by making urine more acid. Source: http://www.prostatitis2000.org/en/miscellaneous/diet)
Reduce your salt intake: the body must work hard to bring sodium and potassium levels back to balance when you eat overly salty foods. Select foods that are low in sodium by reading and comparing labels. On a similar note, stay away from heavy saturated fats (as from dairy and animal foods), and definitely avoid hydrogenated fats (trans fats), which are present in many convenience and packaged foods. These have been linked to all sorts of unpleasant side effects, including anal leakage (not so good for the prostate).
It can be hard, but high among the tips for keeping your prostate gland healthy is giving up high sugar drinks, like most sodas and some fruit juices. Make sweet things an occasional treat, instead of an ingrained reward. Similarly, watch your serving sizes; many people like to pile up their plates and eat as fast as they can, a habit that is learned and passed along. By reducing portion size and eating more slowly, stopping when full, you improve your digestion and the quality of family dinners. In many parts of the world, people chew each mouthful thirty times before swallowing. Remember that the prostate gland is located in the GI tract; what you put into your body directly affects this gland.