Health For Men – Finding Hope For An Enlarged Prostate
By Dr. Rita Louise
The prostate is a walnut
sized gland that sits just below the bladder in men and is an
integral part of the male reproductive system. Made up of two
lobes and enclosed by a layer of tissue, the prostate goes through
two main periods of growth. The first occurs early in puberty,
when the prostate doubles in size. At around the age of 25, the
gland begins to grow again. This second growth phase often results
in what is identified as an enlarged prostate.
As the prostate gets
larger, the layer of tissue surrounding it stops it from expanding,
causing the gland to press against the urethra. While the data
varies, it is believed that most men over the age of 45 experience
some amount of prostate enlargement, but may live symptom free.
This enlargement is usually harmless, but it often results in
problems urinating later on in life. By 60, it is believed that
80% of all men experience some sort of urinary interference due
to prostate enlargement.
Enlargement of the
prostate is not a malignant condition, but it does put pressure
on the urethra and can create a number of urinary complaints such
as frequent urination, urinary urgency, the need to get up at
night to urinate, difficulty starting, a reduction to the force
of the urine stream, terminal dribbling, incomplete emptying of
the bladder and even the inability to urinate at all. If left
unchecked, benign prostatic hypertrophy can cause serious problems
over time including urinary tract infections, bladder or kidney
damage, bladder stones or incontinence.
It is important to
take care of your prostate and address any prostate, be it an
enlarged prostate, prostetitis (inflammation of the prostate)
or prostate cancer early on. Take an active role and protect yourself
by having your prostate checked regularly. Traditional treatments
for prostate issues include the surgical removal of all or part
of the prostate. While most people experience a relief of symptoms,
it may leave them impotent. For the health conscious, this should
only be used as a last resort.
If you are over 40,
have your doctor perform a prostate exam during your regular checkup.
Incorporate a healthful
diet filled with lots of fruits and vegetables and low on unsaturated
fats, sugars and processed foods.
Kegel exercises can
be done to improve circulation to these tissues. A kegel exercise
is performed by pulling up all the muscles around the scrotum
and anus. Repeat this movement 10 times. Try doing this “invisible”
exercise 5-6 times daily.
For men suffering from
prostate enlargement, saw palmetto
is the place to start. Saw palmetto has a long history of relieving
testicular inflammation and inhibiting the hormone responsible
for prostate enlargement.
has also been used for decades to support a healthy prostate.
The herbs nettle and
pygeum have also been show to be effective for relieving symptoms
associated with an enlarged prostate. They can be used alone or
in conjunction with saw palmetto.
A great combination
for prostate issues is Nature’s Sunshine Men’s
Formula with Lycopene, which contains pygeum, saw palmetto,
gotu kola, stinging nettle and zinc.
You can also try Nature’s
Sunshine’s PS II or P-X.
PS II contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that
are beneficial for maintaining healthy prostate gland function.
Incorporate the herb
damiana into your wellness program.
Damiana has a long history of helping balance the body’s
is another herb that supports the urinary system, where it is
know to promote the overall health of the prostate gland and help
to reduce inflammation and swelling.
Supplementation with antioxidants (vitamins A,C, E and selenium),
such as those found in Defense Maintenance
or Super Antioxidant will help
to protect these sensitive tissues from oxidative damage.
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Dr. Rita Louise, PhD is a Naturopathic Physician and a 20-year
veteran in the Human Potential Field, but it is her unique gift
as a medical intuitive that enlivens her work. So whether it is
a physical problem, an emotional issue, a problem at work or a
problem in a relationship, Dr. Rita Louise, Ph.D. a can help you
identify what is really going on and provide you with straightforward
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