Prostate pro­tec­tion

As usual, diet and ex­er­cise are key – even for your prostate.

Element - - Well Being - LANI LOPEZ NU­TRI­TION By Lani Lopez

“Do not go gen­tle into that good night.” In per­haps the most fa­mous poem on age­ing, Dy­lan Thomas’ as­serts that wise men ‘rage against the dy­ing of the light’.

A lit­tle at­ten­tion and ef­fort is all it takes to be wise about age­ing and to ac­tively op­pose the loss of well­be­ing and qual­ity of life.

Yet some as­pects of age­ing are in­evitable. For men that al­most al­ways in­cludes en­large­ment of the prostate. Most men over 45 may ex­pe­ri­ence some prostate en­large­ment, but many live symp­tom-free. But by the age of 60 up to 80% of men may ex­pe­ri­ence some uri­nary in­ter­fer­ence due to prostate en­large­ment (see break-out box on right).

Ac­tively in­volved

Aware­ness of prostate health is grow­ing and many of us know some­thing about the tra­di­tional treat­ments for is­sues.

Sur­gi­cal re­moval of all or part of the prostate is com­mon and while many men will ex­pe­ri­ence a re­lief of symp­toms, un­wanted con­se­quences fre­quently re­sult – such as im­po­tence. This should be a last re­sort. It is time to raise aware­ness and use of preven­tion and nat­u­ral man­age­ment of prostate en­large­ment.

Ex­er­cise is es­sen­tial and specif­i­cally a rou­tine known as Kegel ex­er­cises (see be­low). Th­ese are ef­fec­tive to im­prove and pro­long uri­nary con­trol, which man­ages many symp­toms of en­large­ment. Im­por­tantly this im­proved con­trol in­creases aware­ness of changes in prostate health and can in­crease early de­tec­tion of symp­toms, sup­port­ing early treat­ment and bet­ter long-term prostate health.

Sooth­ing steps

Wise men ad­vise not to in­flame a sit­u­a­tion, which is good ad­vice too for prostate health. In­flam­ma­tion con­trib­utes to dis­eases in­clud­ing can­cer and heart dis­ease (an­other killer for Kiwi men). Stress, phys­i­cal in­ac­tiv­ity and di­etary choice all con­trib­ute to in­flam­ma­tion.

Fol­low an anti-in­flam­ma­tory diet (see right) and pay at­ten­tion to food al­ler­gies or in­tol­er­ance. Look for symp­toms like in­di­ges­tion, bloat­ing, flat­u­lence, lethargy, headaches, con­ges­tion af­ter eat­ing and elim­i­nate foods caus­ing th­ese. A natur­opath or clin­i­cal nu­tri­tion­ist can help with this. They can also ad­vise of sup­ple­ments and her­bal reme­dies to fight in­flam­ma­tion; but be on the look­out for anti-ox­i­dant rich sup­ple­ments con­tain­ing; cur­cumin from the spice turmeric, resver­a­trol, boswellia, ly­copene, saw pal­metto, sting­ing nettle and gotu kola, vi­ta­mins B, C, D and E, zinc, flax oil, se­le­nium, coen­zyme Q10, lipoic acid and omega 3.

Weight is also an in­flam­ma­tory is­sue. Ex­ces­sive body fat is toxic to our sys­tem and raises in­flam­ma­tion in the body. Re­strict­ing your waist­line or what I call ‘belt-health’ is a key mea­sure for preven­tive prostate care.

Daily ex­er­cise is im­por­tant. Ac­tiv­ity as sim­ple as a morn­ing or evening walk will be ben­e­fi­cial. Look for ev­ery chance you have to walk to the shop on that con­ve­nience run, take the stairs or leave the cart be­hind at golf.

Wise words

Tra­di­tional treat­ments for en­larged prostate can be se­vere and carry con­se­quences that com­pro­mise qual­ity of life and all-round well­be­ing. Preven­tion costs noth­ing but time and at­ten­tion and brings with it many re­wards.

Be wise and ac­tive to pro­tect your prostate.

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