In this post we are exploring what the prostate is, health conditions of the prostate and some self help for prostate health. If you know someone with a prostate, please share with them - they may thank you for it!
The prostate is a chestnut shaped gland found only in males. It is directly beneath the bladder, just in front of the rectum, and surrounds the urethra (which carries urine out of the body). The prostates function is to produce a fluid ( ) that mixes with sperm from the testicles to make semen. This fluid is stored in the seminial vesicles. The prostate also produces a protein called prostate specific antigen (PSA), which helps liquify semen, enabling them to swim more freely. PSA is present in trace amounts in blood plasma. The amount of PSA is one of the indicators the medical profession use to identify if there may be a health issue with the prostate.
One of the essential functions of the prostate is to he prostate also acts as a valve for urine flow and control of fluids.
Health problems related to the prostate include Prostatis (inflamed prostate), Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (Non Cancerous Enlargement of the Prostate) and Prostate Cancer.
Listed below are some signs and symptoms to look out for. You do not need to have all of the symtpoms. In all cases seek medical attention. Alongside this, Natural remedies will help support your health recovery, and work on the root cause of the problem.
ProstatitisHere the prostate becomes inflamed (swollen). There are different causes for this, one of theem being bacterial infection. Prostatis can happen at any age, though is more common over the age of 50.
Symptoms can include:
- perineal pain (pain in the area between the anus and scrotum), which is usually worse for prolonged sitting
- pain in the pelvis, genitals, lower back and buttocks
- pain when urinating
- a need to pee frequently
- difficulty urinating, such as problems starting to pee
- pain when ejaculating
Signs of an enlarged prostate can include:
- difficulty starting or stopping urinating
- a weak urine flow
- straining when peeing
- feeling like you're not able to fully empty your bladder
- prolonged dribbling after you've finished peeing
- needing to pee more frequently or more suddenly
- waking up frequently during the night to pee
Prostate cancerIn the UK, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men, with more than 45,000 new cases diagnosed every year. (source, NHS.uk website). The risks of developing this cancer rise with age, most commonly affecting men over 65. Statistically it is also affected by ethnicity (being more common in black males, and least common in asian males) and family history. So if you have a family member who has had Prostate cancer, please bear this in mind, and certainly look after your health with preventative care.
The problem with prostate cancer, is that in its early stages, it may not cause any symptoms, and as it develops its symptoms can be similar to prostate enlargement. So any concerns, do get checked out.
So, symptoms of Prostate cancer may include:
- needing to pee more frequently, often during the night
- needing to rush to the toilet
- difficulty in starting to pee (hesitancy)
- straining or taking a long time while peeing
- weak flow
- feeling that your bladder has not fully emptied
- blood in urine or semen.
Please note, this is not to replace medical care. See a GP and get a diagnosis. Then you can decide upon an action plan. There is no shame is getting your health sorted.
So the first step to explore is really easy. Affirmations. Esoterically, every part of the body represents a place where we may store emotion. The prostate (according to Louise Hay) represents Mental fears that weaken the masculinity. Giving up, sexual pressure and guilt. A belief in aging.
Whilst some may see this as nonsense you can see the links that go with Men not wanting to go to the GP for this area of health, and how the very health problem weakens their health and creates fears. It is also a link with aging.
Louise Hay always has an answer to start your support work. Repeat this affirmation three times, several times a day. Ideally say it out loud, and perfectly, infront of a mirror too. But do not let ideal stop you - just do it.... your way!
"I love and approve of myself. I accept my own power. I am forever young in spirit."
You will be surprised how powerful that is. If you can, journal what comes up. It may stir memories, things you want to resolve, emotions, or just stuff. Write it down. Get it out - process it. Your future you will thank you later.
More self help
Try to eat a high lean protein and a high complex carbohydrate food (wholefood) diet.
for example, lentil bolognaise on whole meal pasta, chicken curry on brown rice, porridge with ground nuts and seeds, leafy green vegetables. Include eggs, greens, etc.
Keep your bowels regular. Include plenty of fresh water during your day.
Eat flax seed as part of your diet - it helps promote bowel motions.
If you struggle with constipation, try abdominal massage (work in the direction of the bowels)
Keep warm, the cold will aggravate your nerves, which may cause you to need to pee more. Also, keep your stress levels low. Stress always aggravates health.
Herbs and supplements that may help include saw palmetto, nettle root and ginseng. Of course, if you are on medication, please check with your medical practitioner to make sure they are okay . Nutrients wise, you will porobably benefit from additional zinc and selenium in the diet. I have added links for the herbs and extra nutrients below for you (Full disclosure - I do receive a small commission on these products, but I have chosen to share it with you... so we all benefit - please see the link below).
This is a good formula for you to use (do not use if allergic to celery).
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If you have any concerns about your prostate, do get it checked out. It may be nothing, or it may be a something, but you can not take action if you do not know.