Attention, Men! Here’s How to Keep Your Prostate Healthy

Here’s How to Keep Your Prostate Healthy (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Why You Need to Care About Your Prostate

Neglect, as in other cases, can aggravate the risk factors for prostate cancer. But before we get into that, let’s understand the function of a healthy prostate. It is a small gland located under your bladder. It aids in sperm production, controls urination, activates the male reproductive hormone testosterone, and closes the urethra during ejaculation. Physical inactivity and aging are major factors for prostate cancer and can cause the prostate to enlarge and thus lead to a host of problems.

You cannot survive without a prostate. (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Guide to a Healthy Prostate

June is Men’s Health Month, the perfect time for you to start over and take better care of your mind and body. Here are a few ways you can keep your prostate healthy:

  1. Exercise. The right exercises can lift your mood, improve your mental health, and lower the progression of prostate cancer over time. Yes, prostate cancer screenings show a significant reduction in its severity among men who were prescribed an exercise routine after diagnosis. Men’s mental health is often badly influenced by prostate issues. So, for an overall healthy body and mind, don’t sit for more than 30 minutes straight. Walk around. Stay on your feet as much as you can.
  2. Watch what you eat. You need to eat foods rich in antioxidants to combat any damage to your cells that prostate cancer may impose. A plant-rich diet is a great starting point. Certain foods can also help keep your prostate healthy, such as nuts, tomatoes, legumes, and anything with omega-3 fatty acids.
  3. Take supplements. If you can’t figure out how to fit all the needed nutrients in your diet, start taking supplements for a healthy prostate. Additionally, don’t forget to sit in the sun and get some vitamin D. It’s an easy way to get your body everything it needs when you’re not in the mood for something healthy. Just remember sunscreen!
  4. Ditch the alcohol. If you want to avoid inflammation, you have to avoid alcohol, which is a risk factor for prostate cancer. Processed foods are also a big no-no, because they reduce antioxidants and can cause a lot of cell damage. They also often have zero nutritional value and do more harm than good. Replace them with green, leafy vegetables, and fruits for a change.
  5. Stop smoking. Smoking is cancerous and is the cause of many types of cancer. Treat smoking as a major risk factor for prostate cancer and avoid it.
Exercise can keep your prostate healthy. (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer can ruin men’s mental health, and that’s just one of its effects. Sometimes it grows slowly and can be caught in time to prevent massive damage. But in other cases, prostate cancer is deadly, abrupt, and aggressive. Its symptoms include:

  • erectile dysfunction
  • pain or burning sensation while urinating
  • blood in the urine or semen
  • bone pain
  • trouble controlling urine
Understanding Prostate Cancer ︱ProstateCancerCanada

Conclusion

The prostate is a small gland that plays an important role in urination and fertility. A healthy prostate can be maintained through regular and frequent exercise, a good, nutrient-rich diet, and by avoiding smoking, drinking, and processed foods. Early signs of prostate problems include struggling with urination, erectile dysfunction, pain in bones, and blood in the urine or semen. If you’re 55 years old or older or have someone in your family suffering from prostate issues, you’re at higher risk of developing prostate cancer, so it’s best to get screened as soon as you notice something amiss.

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