Prostate Health - 10 Things every man should know.
Thursday, 9 June 2016 | Editor
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Prostate Health - 10 Things every man should know.
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Do you have:
- Constant night-time trips to the bathroom?
- Weak urine flow, with stops and starts, and dribbling?
- Broken sleep, often several times during the night?
- A burning sensation when you go to the bathroom?
- A feeling that your bladder is never really empty?
- A swollen prostate gland?
- Weak erections and ejaculations?
If you don't yet, you should know that most men over the age of 50 will develop all or most of these symptoms at some point - these are all signs of prostate problems.
But you don’t have to feel powerless about taking charge of your prostate health. There are plenty of solutions in the form of natural remedies which have proven very effective over many years.
Some of the signs and symptoms men can suffer as a result of a less than optimally healthy prostate gland and hormonal imbalance are unpleasant to say the least. For example:
- weaker muscles
- flabby muscles
- weaker erection
- enlarged prostate
- difficulty and pain with passing urine
- growing "man-boobs”
- hair loss
- loss of sex drive or ability to perform
. . . to name just some of them.
Luckily, all of these are normally avoidable with a few simple steps.
There’s one offender not always discussed when it comes to the prostate gland, but this little-talked-about risk affects most men over 50, and robs you of urinary control and sexual pleasure. But, it needn’t be this way. It’s normally possible to reverse the damage in just weeks or months.
This offending hormone can turn a normally vital man into a more feminised version of his former self. The evidence is a softer body: softer muscles in arms, legs and belly, and the growth to a greater or lesser extent of "man boobs”. This hormone will also cause your prostate to swell up until you have trouble passing urine, causing frequent visits to the bathroom, day and night.
So, what is this offending prostate unfriendly hormone?
It may (or may not) surprise you to hear that it’s oestrogen. Oestrogen? Isn’t that a female hormone? Yes it is, but men also have some (just as women have some testosterone).
The trick is, to get the balance right, so that men remain men, and women remain women.
Why does the oestrogen cause a problem, when it’s normal for men to have some?
It’s a matter of balance – enough is enough, and too much is too much. The reasons why men often have too much by the age of 50 are as follows:
- There are many oestrogen-like chemicals in our environment, such as bisphenol-A in plastics, detergents, toiletries, and so on. It’s even in abundance in our rivers and oceans, and it’s well known that male fish are feminising and turning into lady fish!
- Hidden hormones in our food supply. For many years chicken, beef and pork and their related products, such as cows milk, contain hormones which were used to speed up their rate of growth. Even vegetarian options such as "vegetable protein” contained in veggie As we get older, we tend to retain more fat. Fat cells produce an enzyme called aromatase, which changes testosterone in your body into a very powerful form of oestrogen, called oestradiol.
- So you can see, whilst your oestrogen levels rise, your testosterone levels decline. This is the imbalance which can lead to flabby arms and belly, mood swings (similar to female PMS or Premenstrual Syndrome), and weaker erections. Your prostate also begins to enlarge, making it more difficult to pass urine.
- Too much oestrogen can even trigger male pattern baldness!
- The body knows it’s out of balance, and tries to compensate for the demasculization effects of having excess oestrogen by turning it into DHT, another hormone. This DHT, however, is 10 times stronger than testosterone, and the high levels of DHT confuse the normal growth cycle of hair follicles on your head. Your hair becomes thinner and wispier, and eventually you grow fewer and fewer new strands of hair until there’s very little or none left.
- Another horrible side effect of a man having too much oestrogen is that it takes away from you what it means to be a man. You lose muscle strength and sex drive, and you develop more female attributes, such as a softer body.
- Luckily, there’s an easy way to get to the root cause of the problem.
- There’s a little-known nutrient that reduces oestrogen and shrinks a swollen prostate.
- Scientists have discovered a single nutrient that can reverse this oestrogen build-up and get rid of the symptoms.
- It’s called DIM, or di-indolylmethane.
- It’s possible, with the supplementation of DIM, to help reverse the steady increase of oestrogen levels in your body. It does it by cleverly converting undesirable oestrogen into ‘good’ oestrogen by-products.
What this means is that not only will you have less oestrogen in your body, but also, the ‘good’ oestrogen by-products will cause more testosterone to be released into your bloodstream. This increase of more testosterone helps to return you to your former, younger self, with increased energy levels, sex drive, fitness and better prostate health. DIM can help shrink the prostate to normal size and relieve the pain and discomfort that comes from prostate problems such as restricted urine flow and dribbling.
But, the good news doesn’t stop there. DIM also happens to be a strong immune booster which helps you fight viral infections. It can help increase your fitness levels and help build lean, hard muscle. Plus, it increases your energy levels and promotes and healthy, active sex life.
If you’re a man over 50, in most instances it’s really a no-brainer to be taking DIM. However, always check with your medical adviser before taking any Health Supplements if you have any doubts.
There’s even better news: other Health Supplements and herbs which have also been shown over many years to be very effective for prostate health.
For example, Saw Palmetto has been used for many years to:
- increase urinary flow,
- stop the sudden urges to pee,
- relieve the pain a swollen prostate can cause.
Like DIM, Saw Palmetto encourages healthy levels of testosterone, whilst reducing levels of DHT and the enzyme 5-alpha reductase, both of which have been linked to enlarged prostate glands.
A very common plant found in gardens throughout America and Europe, and generally thought of as a nuisance weed, has also shown amazing effectiveness in scientific studies. This weed is the common stinging nettle (herbalists love this ‘weed’) and it has been shown to dramatically boost the effectiveness of Saw Palmetto. People who added the stinging nettle to their arsenal of remedies were able to cut their night-time bathroom visits by half! How does it help? It does so by blocking the hormone DHT, which can cause your prostate to swell up. It appears that both herbs block out DHT.
Other remedies have also been shown to be effective.
- Beta-sitosterol is a plant sterol, or phyto-sterol, known to strengthen your prostate. Several double-blind clinical studies have shown this plant sterol to be effective at reducing the symptoms of a swollen prostate (particularly when you combine it with Saw Palmetto). A particularly good source of phyto-sterols are pumpkin seeds, which also happen to contain good levels of zinc. German Doctors have been using pumpkin seeds for years for enlarged prostates.
- Pumpkin seeds also contain a protein called myosin, which helps your muscles to contract. When the muscles in your urinary system and prostate gland contract better, it keeps the prostate functioning, and your sex life performing.
- There’s also a clear and recognised link between selenium and prostate health. Approximately 200mcg of selenium per day resulted in better prostate, colon and lung health, according to one study.
- Another recognised help for the prostate gland is the red-pigmented antioxidant called lycopene – that’s the one that makes tomatoes and water melon red. Lycopene has been shown to slow down and even stop your prostate from enlarging.
- Two more nutrients need to be mentioned.
- Vitamin D has long been ignored as being vital for all aspects of health, not least of which prostate health. Deficiency of this important vitamin has been linked with obesity, diabetes, allergies, sexual dysfunction, arthritis, fatigue and heart disease, among many more.
- Last but definitely not least, is Zinc. This mineral is vital for prostate health and for male hormone activity. Men need zinc to produce sperm and semen, and you hold more zinc in your prostate gland than any other part of your body. It was found in one study that people with chronic prostate problems had 9 times less zinc than people with a healthy prostate! Zinc levels decline in your body as you get older.
- Your immune system needs zinc as well, so the more infections you have, or stress you experience, the more deficient in zinc you may become. If you take zinc, it’s wise to also take just a little bit of copper – your multivitamin and mineral supplement may already contain this.
Any one of the above nutrients on its own has been shown to have beneficial effects, but combining them has a synergistic effect. Imagine how great it will feel to get 7 or 8 uninterrupted hours of sleep, and wake up with more energy than you may have had in years. Imagine feeling relaxed and confident about your sex life and your ability to perform.
Well, there’s so much evidence of the helpful effects of the above supplements, that now would be a good time to start looking after your prostate and hormonal health. But give yourself a few months to feel the effect.Here is a selection of supplements you will wish to consider taking if you are a man over the age of 50