The prostate is a small-sized gland responsible for producing seminal fluid. Various causes commonly lead to conditions such as prostatitis, enlarged prostate (BPH) or even prostate cancer.
While it’s not always clear what causes these issues, it is known that one’s lifestyle plays a huge role. Join us on this Ayurvedic journey and discover how to deal with prostate-related conditions and stay healthy.
Symptoms of Prostate Problems
The prostate conditions can come along with various other conditions and its symptoms are often quite similar. If you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, don’t hesitate to consult your doctor and have your prostate checked out.
- Sudden and frequent urination
- Pain while urinating
- Interrupted urine flow
- Inability to fully empty bladder
- Loss of bladder control
Nutrition and Prostate
1. Sugar and Salt
These two are the worst combo that your prostate will come across in your daily diet. What you can do is avoid sweetened drinks including processed fruit juices and sodas and also, artificial sweeteners. Salt, on the other hand, can be found in nearly every commercially-available product. Make a habit of reading the labels carefully and choosing food with low sodium content.
- Can’t say no to juices? No problem! Make your own. Natural juicing is a doorway to nutrition boost and an excellent prevention method for prostate cancer. You can mix nearly all fruits right at your home.
- We all like a sweet taste. Instead of refined sugar, opt for low-processed sugar forms such as honey, brown rice syrup, and maple syrup.
- Make your own desserts and candies.
- Cook fresh food and avoid frozen, canned, and processed foods.
- Green tea and a limited amount of coffee are especially useful for the prostate.
Do you know which fats are good for you and your prostate? Certainly not the saturated and trans fats. They can be found in most packed dishes, fast food, oils, and specific dairy products.
Your body needs healthy fat. Here’s where to find it:
- Olive, canola, coconut, peanuts, sesame, and grapeseed oil
- Nuts such as almonds, walnuts, pistachios, and pecans
- Dark chocolate
- Sunflower and chia seeds
3. Carbs & Protein
Carbs are not good for your health when they are refined. They lack nutritious properties and lead to weight gain. Whether you are cooking pasta, eating bread or enjoying cereals for breakfast, make sure that they are made of whole grains.
Furthermore, you should avoid red meat and highly processed meat. They increase the chances of prostate cancer development. Instead, opt for products such as fish, beans, eggs, chickpeas, and low-fat dairy products to gain sufficient protein intake.
4. Vitamins & Minerals
They are vital to healthy prostate and overall health. Make sure to incorporate them into your every meal as a side dish or a dessert. When choosing vegetables and fruits, opt for red-colored ones such as bell peppers, strawberries, and tomatoes. Additionally, goji berries and blueberries make excellent antioxidant sources!
Importance of Physical Activity
According to a research report by the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, men who were physically active had lower chances of developing an enlarged prostate. Based on the analysis of the gathered data, it was calculated that inactive men are 20% more likely to develop prostate-related issues than the active ones.
Here’s a list of must-try exercises:
- Cardio exercises
Your diet has a considerable impact on your prostate health, and it may be in need of drastic changes. Besides proper nutrition, staying active is another crucial factor of Ayurveda and healthy living. Whether you are having prostate problems or not, the best thing to do is to start taking care of your health right now.