April 14, 2010

Causes and Diet for Enlarged Prostate Gland

Posted in Category : Men's Health

The prostateis the organ responsible for shutting off the urethra before ejaculation and is positioned below a man’s bladder. The prostate glandcan become infected and cause several serious disorders like cancer. The malfunctioning of the prostate can affect a man’s ability to perform sexual intercourse and can cause problems related to the bladder, like difficulty in urination and urinary tract infections. The prostate is most commonly affected either by an infection, cancer or can sometimes malfunction on account of enlargement. There are statistics to prove that men who are above the age of fifty are at risk of suffering from prostate cancerand it is thus essential to get your prostate examined for any signs of trouble. There are several factors that contribute to the malfunctioning of the prostate and it should be attended to immediately. This is primarily because cancer of the prostate grows at a very slow rate and its symptoms manifest very late. A periodic medical check is thus the first step to keeping your prostate in good health. High stress levels and an improper diet are the major factors that contribute to prostate disordersand it is very important to maintain a proper diet to prevent the possibility of infection.

Health and Diet

It is important to reduce your levels of stress and get as much rest as possible. Try to practice yoga or meditation to relax your body. Ensure that you follow a nutritious dietthat consists of essential vitamins and nutrients. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, mainly, beans, peas and lentils. Legumes are also an integral part of a diet for a healthy prostrate. Fresh fish are a rich source of essential fatty acids that are highly beneficial for the health of your prostrate. Eat plenty of fresh fish like sardines, salmon, cod and mackerel. Avoid eating fatty foods like meat and foods that contain hydrogenated oils like cookies, donuts, margarine, chips and other deep fried and processed foods. Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages and caffeinated drinks. Excessive consumption of salt is also detrimental to the health of your prostrate. Ensure that you reduce your intake of dairy products and desserts to ensure the good health of your prostate.

There are several foods that may help your prostate fight common disorders like infection and even cancer. Chilli peppers are very effective in improving the health of the prostate and help fight cancerous cells. The herb saw palmetto is effective in the treatment of enlarged prostatesand helps keep the gland healthy. Increasing you consumption of zinc either in the form of zinc rich foods or supplements enhances the health of the prostate.