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CARING FOR YOUR PROSTATE

A professor of Anatomy once said :
“Man has three balls, two dangling outside, while the third remains up inside. ”

The prostate is a male accessory organ of reproduction. The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located between the bladder and the penis, just in front of the rectum. The urethra runs through the center of the prostate from the bladder to the penis, letting urine flow out of the body. This is the reason why any condition affecting the normal size of the prostate, internally or externally also affects the amount of urine retained in the bladder and its rate of flow out of the bladder. 

The prostate secretes fluid that nourishes and protects sperm. During ejaculation, the prostate squeezes this fluid into the urethra, and it is expelled with sperm as semen.This function of the prostate requires it to have loads of zinc. 

Do you know that all men over 50 years old have prostate enlargement? Do you know that 90 percent of men over 70 years old suffer from one prostate problem or the other?  And that for all men that died of natural causes, on autopsy, their prostate already was having one problem or the other, and it was only a matter of time, the prostate would have been the very cause of death? 

And do you also know that changes in lifestyle and diet before reaching fifty years of age and after can be all the difference that will exclude you from those having prostate problems? Wouldn’t you rather be among those whose prostate problems would probably be detected only on routine autopsy after living a healthy and active life well into old age? I am sure that you will prefer to outlive your prostate. 

Basically, there are three main types of Prostate Problems :

1.Prostatitis: Inflammation of the prostate, sometimes caused by infection. In some cases, it is treated with antibiotics.

2.Enlarged prostate: Called benign prostatic hypertrophy or BPH. This affects virtually all men over fifty years old, and it is associated with symptoms of difficult urination. 

3.Prostate cancer: It is the most common form of cancer in men (besides skin cancer), but only one in 40  men die from prostate cancer. 
Here are some dietary factors to consider in preventing or managing prostate enlargement: cooked tomatoes have lycopene in a concentrated form, much higher than ordinarily available in raw tomatoes. Lycopene is very essential for prostate health, preventing enlargement and cancer.
Sesame seeds are rich in zinc – an important prostate mineral (research shows that men with prostate cancer have up to 75 percent depletion in their zinc). Pumpkin seeds, almonds and oysters also have high levels of zinc. It is important to note that zinc is more easily absorbed when it is in a food as opposed to in a supplement. African Walnuts are also very good for the prostate. The use of turmeric with ginger in foods is probably the best investment a man can make on his prostate health. 

Peppers : Cayenne pepper, Alligator pepper, Black Pepper, Bell Pepper are all powerful anti oxidants and anti inflammatory agents. They prevent prostate enlargement.

Water Melon : this is a must for every man on regular basis. All parts of this fruit is consumable and loaded with nutrients, especially the seeds and the external cover. Grapefruits are also rich in lycopene, but unlike in tomatoes, grapefruit needs no cooking to make their lycopene available. Simply cut up the whole grapefruit into pieces, put in blender, add some lemon and blend! Aside of these dietary tips there are also a few lifestyle changes necessary for a healthy prostate that needs mentioning. 

Avoid dairy milk and beverages containing sugar or other sweeteners. Avoid soft drinks. Avoid any food packed in tin. Avoid wearing of tight nylon under- wears. And lastly but not the least in importance is the need to sit less and walk more. Move those legs to keep those dangling two balls rolling, so as to keep the third ball upstairs healthy. Your prostate will be happy for it!

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