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PROSTATITIS

The prostate gland is a small donut shaped gland that is located at the bottom of a man's bladder, situated halfway between the rectum and the base of the penis. This little gland circles the urethra, which is the tube that carried urine out of the bladder and through the penis. The prostate gland performs a vital role in sexual reproduction, producing most of the fluid found in semen.

Along with benign prostate hypertrophy (an enlarged prostate) and prostate cancer, prostatitis is another common condition the affects the prostate gland. Prostatitis is infection of the prostate that can come about because of the overgrowth of bacteria such as e-coli that can happen because of a urinary tract infection. A urinary tract infection (UTI) is much rarer in men than it is women but can happen when the prostate becomes enlarged slowing the flow of urine or when kidney stones develop.  UTI’s have a much better chance of happening as men age.

The two type of prostate infection:

Acute Prostatitis: This type of prostate infection develops suddenly and brings on the following symptoms.
Chills and fevers
The strong urge to urinate
Frequent trips to the toilet, in which only a small amount of urine comes out
Low back and abdominal pain
Occasional blood in the urine
A pain and burning sensation when urinating or ejaculating

Chronic Prostatitis: This milder form of prostate infection with much milder symptoms than the acute type. A person suffering from it will not usually experience chills or fevers.  Both chronic and acute prostatitis  do present pain in the pelvis and perineum.

Treating Prostatitis

Prostatitis is usually treated on an outpatient basis with the use of antibiotics. Prostate infections tend to respond well to antibiotics making them the first line of defense against both types of prostatitis. A doctor will usually determine which antibiotic will work best for each individual  after a simple urine test. Long term antibiotic therapy may be needed if infection occurs again.

DIET FOR PROSTATE HEALTH

As men get older, it just seems to be a matter of time before their prostate starts giving them trouble and affecting their health.  By the time they reach retirement age, most men will have experienced hypertrophy of the prostate, a condition in which the prostate gland grows putting increased pressure on the urethra. This condition leads to difficulty urinating and increases the risk of bladder infections as well as other types of kidney damage. Thankfully, there are many foods out there that can help offset any potential prostate problems if you choose to include them into your diet. Many of these prostate friendly foods are probably already part of your diet.

Foods for prostate health

Lycopene: lycopene is a plant pigment that is known for its ability to promote wellness and battle cancer. It has also been found to support a strong immune system and support prostate health in men. Tomatoes, water melons, red grapefruit, papaya and red berries are all excellent sources of lycopene. While fresh tomatoes are good also, researchers have found that the lycopene in cooked tomatoes is actually more readily absorbed into the body.

Quercetin: Quercetin  can be called a flavonoid’s flavanoid  since it helps form the backbone of other cancer combating flavanoids. Aside from helping fight off prostate cancer, quercetin also has anti-inflammatory properties that may help bring relief from an inflamed prostate gland. Apples, black tea, green tea, onions, raspberries, red wine, red grapes, citrus fruits, broccoli, cherries and most leafy green vegetables are all great sources of quercetin. This flavanoid can also be found in honey and the sap of the eucalyptus and tea tree flowers.

Aside from the two ingredient mentioned above, a healthy prostate is also  dependant on a balanced diet rich in antioxidants, Vitamin E, and plenty of water to help flush the bladder.

Things to avoid

To keep your prostate in tip top shape you should avoid caffeine, alcohol and spicy foods. Keep your weight down will also help keep your prostate healthy and happy.

 

HEALTH TIP

HOME REMEDIES FOR PROSTATITIS

1. Making sure to drink lots of water

2. Using different herbs with known antibiotic and anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • Echinacea
  • Golden Seal
  • Garlic
  • Siberian Ginseng
  • Saw Palmetto
3.  Keeping up with a daily regimen of vitamin and mineral supplements
  • Antioxidants
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin C
  • Beta Carotene
  • Selenium
  • Zinc (60mg when symptoms are present otherwise 30mg)
4. Drink cranberry juice which has been proven to help stop the spread of infection from the bladder to the prostate. You can also take the chewable tablet form

5. Hot baths will help

6. Whole grains, steamed vegetables, fresh fruits and herbal teas

7. Make use of natural diuretics to help flush the bladder and prevent urine buildup.

More Recipes

Prostatitis tea: Mix 1 part of birch leaves and 1 part of horsetail herb. Take 50 grams of the mix, add 3 cups of boiling water, infuse it for 30 minutes, strain and drink 1/2 cup 3-4 times a day.

Wintergreen tincture : Take 50 g of powdered Wintergreen herb, add 500 ml of vodka, leave it for 2 weeks, strain and drink 40 drops of the tincture 3 times daily before meals.

Prostatitis tea: Mix equal parts of Horsetail herb and German Chamomile (also called Matricaria recutita). Take 20 grams of the mix, add 1 cup of boiling water, infuse, strain and drink a 1/2 cup 3 times a day before meals.


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