With age comes change. These changes aren’t always pleasant, especially when it comes to your prostate. The best way to limit, and potentially prevent, prostate issues is to take prostate care seriously.
Prostate disorders are considered common in men after the age of 50. But if you fit within this category, it doesn’t mean you have to be among the majority. The earlier you consider and implement prostate care, the healthier your prostate. Even so, it’s not too late to start now!
Five Tips for Prostate Care
1. Eat a balanced diet.
Commit to eating your five servings of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. According to Johns Hopkins, green, leafy vegetables are loaded with the vitamins and antioxidants your prostate thrives on. Healthline suggests tomatoes with their powerful antioxidant, lycopene. Ideally, a wide variety of produce in your daily diet will go a long way in promoting a healthy prostate.
In contrast, an overabundance of red meat should be avoided, as well as processed meats. Moderation is key for any diet! Also, keep sugar consumption to a minimum and reduce your salt intake.
2. Be active.
According to Harvard Health, men who are physically active are less likely to suffer from prostate inflammation. Additionally, research has found that exercise can reduce your risk of erectile dysfunction (ED). An important thing to note is that no matter the level of exercise, obesity is a major risk factor for ED. Exercise in congruence with diet will lend to a healthy body mass index and therefore a healthy prostate.
3. Get your vitamins.
There are a variety of herbs and vitamins that encourage a healthy prostate. Zinc, stinging nettle extract, pygeum, ryegrass, and sitosterol extract are herbs known for their prostate care. Omega-3 fatty acids, most often found in fish, can aid in healthy weight which in turn reduces prostate disorder risk. A key vitamin is vitamin D. This can be taken in pill form but is best absorbed using its natural source: the sun. While being mindful of excess, limited exposure to the sun on a regular basis will help your body maintain a healthy supply of vitamin D.
4. Stop smoking.
If you need another reason to quit smoking, let your prostate be it. Studies are conclusive that smoking doubles your risk of aggressive prostate cancer. If you choose only one healthy action for prostate care, start with quitting smoking.
5. Consult a doctor.
Suffering from a prostate disorder or you simply want to be sure that your taking good care of your prostate, set up an appointment today. Regular check-ups allow for early detection of any possible issues as well as ensures that you are continuing on the healthy path.