Prostate Natural Health Tips Any Man Can Do

Natural Prostate Health Tips:

You may think that it’s kind of weird for a female naturopath to be discussing prostate issues, but I had a partner die of colon cancer and the cancer spread to his prostate. I miss him.

He had no clue that there were actually alternative treatments that he could do for his cancer. He knew something was wrong, but when he went to his doctor, they couldn’t find anything. He happened to be a veterinarian who worked in a teaching hospital, so he went to the horse barn, pulled out the ultrasound machine and did an ultrasound on the place on his body that hurt. He saw what he thought was a lump, so he took a videotape of the procedure, took it to his doctor who looked at the tape and said, “Gosh! I think you are right!” So, he was scheduled for surgery, but when they opened him up, the cancer had advanced too far. They closed him up without doing anything and sent him home to die. Which he did.

I made up my mind that if I could help anyone develop lifestyle changes that helped them overcome or prevent cancer of any kind that I would do just that–and there are some basic things that every person can do to prevent and overcome cancer. It just so happens that there are some specific things men can do for their prostate health so I’m sharing them.

Prostate Disease Statistics:

  • Prostate disorders usually begin after age 35
  • By age 50, over 25% of all men have an enlarged prostate
  • By age 70, that increased to over 50% and by age 80 it’s 80%

Signs of prostate dysfunction include many bladder outlet obstruction symptoms such as:

  • Getting up to pee more than normal for the amount of fluids you ingest
  • Can’t empty your bladder all the way or sensations of incomplete emptying
  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Smaller stream of urine–takes a long time to empty bladder
  • Foam in the urine- sign of protein in the urine (a sign of kidney disease)
  • Hesitancy with intermittency and decreased flow of urine
  • Terminal dribbling or urinary incontinence
  • Pain during intercourse, burning sensations when urinating, tugging sensation around the base of the penis, low back pain, blood in the urine or an orange staining in the underwear may have a different cause than Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH)

Products that can keep the prostate healthy and decrease the PSA scores:

Saw Palmetto is the herb of choice for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) because it tones the prostate, affects the hormones in a positive way and is also a urinary remedy. Tonic value: Strengthens and builds body tissues and encourages muscle mass. Anabolic. Hormonal: Estrogenic actions good for impotence, reduced or absent sex drive, testicular atrophy, premature ejaculation (in women it has been used for breast enlargement) Urinary remedy: Saw Palmetto is nicknamed the “plant catheter” because it strengthens the neck of the bladder and helps reduce enlarged prostate glands. It is used as a diuretic to improve urine flow (raw parsley is excellent for this as well) and it acts as a urinary antiseptic in cystitis. Take up to 3 capsules daily.

Raw Hulled Pumpkin seeds (Food of choice for BPH) Dose: 4 teaspoons/day raw and hulled. Sources: Huckleberries, Local Co-ops, Winco (about $1.75/pound) and Health Food Stores

Foods are the strongest medicines we use but, “If a little is good a lot ain’t necessarily better.”Eating a BUNCH of them can give you diarrhea. All you need is a couple tablespoons/day maximum.

How to use pumpkin seeds:

  • Put them in a bowl next to the stove and eat a small handful once a day
  • Put them in sandwiches if you like crunch
  • Put them in omelets and salads
  • Put them in stir fry or on top of steamed vegetables
  • Add them to cookie recipes

Raw Fruits: 1 to 2 cups/day

Raw Vegetables: 1 to 2 cups/day. If you can’t chew them, juice them!

Power Foods For Prostate Health Include:

  • Wheat Germ oil— (high in zinc and opens up the seminal vesicles- great for infertility) Dose: 1/3 tea/day or 3 capsules/day.
  • Oatmeal (Aveno sativa)— Great zinc source and fiber even for blood type O. Dose: about cup cooked oatmeal per day or 3 cups/week.
  • Parsley— awesome source of minerals and highly recommended for most health problems. Dose: 2 tablespoons/day chopped.
  • Zucchini— I think there’s a reason why God made an excess of zucchini. Dose: 5 cups cooked or raw per week.
  • Yellow dock tea— Dose: 1 cup/day max. Do not use if you have sensitive teeth or gouty arthritis.
  • Watermelon is a great diuretic and good for the kidneys as well as the prostate. Dose: 3 cups/day in season.
  • Unsweetened Cranberry Concentrate: For urinary tract infections you will want to add unsweetened cranberry concentrate to your diet for a couple of weeks. That is NOT cranberry juice off the shelf with all the sugar in it. You can get this product at the Co-op or at Huckleberries. It comes in an 8oz. bottle and costs about $8. Dose: Take 2 Tablespoons/day. Chase it with water and it will taste sweeter. Cranberry causes a tightening of the bladder sphincter muscles and causes the inside of the bladder to be slicker so bacteria cannot stick to it. Good brands are Knudson’s or Tree of Life.

Techniques to Help the Prostate:

  • Inguinal massage technique–Move that lymph for about 3 minutes/day. Lying down on the bed, face up, massage from where your legs attach to your body up towards the heart. Pay special attention to the lower abdomen just above the base of the penis. Be gentle. It should not hurt, but you should feel pressure.
  • Total Body Massage–Once a week is best, but every other week is the very least you should shoot for.
  • Reflexology points–Achilles tendon and heel area. Massage each leg about 5 minutes/day.
  • Exercise: Dead Lifts to increase circulation in the pelvis area. Start light. Breathe in as you lift the weights. Breathe out as you set them down. Bend at the knees. Squeeze your buttocks, throw your shoulders back and stick your chest out. Do about 2 sets of 10/day and work up from there. Don’t overdo it. Repetitions are much better for your body than the amount of weight you lift.

The Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test. What is it? How often? How is it scored?

The PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) is a protein produced only by the prostate gland. The current recommendation is to get a PSA test done once a year beginning at age 50. Other doctors recommend less frequent testing. I am a proponent of getting that base level test done so that if there is a problem in the future, there is something to compare to. Some men have a predisposition to prostate cancer or have had cancer. For this group of people the PSA test is recommended more frequently.

PSA Tests Can Be Elevated For Several Reasons Including:

  • Cancer
  • Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPE)
  • Inflammation
  • Infection
  • Age or Race (Blacks have higher PSA. Indians have the lowest amount of PSA)

PSA Scoring:

  • 0-4 nanograms/milliliter is normal
  • 4-10 ng/ml is slightly elevated
  • 10-20 ng/ml is moderately elevated
  • >20 is considered elevated

There are two types of PSA–Free and Attached.

The Free fraction is elevated with Benign Prostate Enlargement and the Attached fraction elevates with tumor involvement. Since there are both false positive and false negative tests, scientists are still studying various aspects of the Prostate Specific Antigen.

The “finger test” may pick up enlarged prostate, but increased PSA may not accompany enlarged prostate.

OK, men… now get out there and take care of yourselves because we love you and want you around for awhile.

Body Image Impacts Sexual Experiences

Research has found that body image and sexual anxiety are predictive of sexual esteem, sexual assertiveness, and avoidance of sexual activity. The research study contributes to the literature of sexual satisfaction in single women aged 30-50 by studying self-esteem, body image, and sexual knowledge. There is a gap in the literature examining sexual satisfaction within the age group of women 30-50 years of age. Walkers’ findings suggest that recommendations for further studies be conducted to focus on these variables in the level of relationship commitment whether a couple is dating infrequently or they are single. Because the variables of self-esteem, body image, sexual knowledge, and sexual satisfaction using an older population have not been studied collectively, it is not known whether sexual experiences are influenced positively or negatively by self-esteem, body image, and sexual knowledge. Individuals may blame their sexual dissatisfaction on sexual dysfunction.

As a woman becomes more familiar physiologically with her body, she can begin to become more aware of how her body will respond when she is sexually stimulated. Many women seek counseling, and those problems that present in the counseling session are rooted in depression. Research studies have stated that the symptoms of depression stem from unsatisfying relationships. Some women have sought help in counseling guidance for relationship problems that are often sexually based. People are almost totally incapable of experiencing a satisfying sexual relationship, whether it is from intercourse, heavy petting, and so forth, without a positive image of their body or normal level of self-esteem. The literature review describes how the self image of the body is developed and formed by environmental factors. Women shape their body image by many factors such as family influence, friends, and media. Many women compare themselves to what society has set as the ideal. The self-efficacy theory will be applied to the variable of body image, which is the second component of the theoretical framework to support the research study. Women’s beliefs and their capabilities to form either a positive or negative image of the body influence the outcome of their sexual experience. Individuals are more likely to continue their efforts until success is achieved if their perceived self-efficacy is high. Increased self-efficacy has been shown to be related to behaviors associated with weight loss and self image of the body.

The literature review describes the environmental factors that contribute to the development of women’s body image. The self-efficacy theory is applied to support the development of body image and one’s capabilities and beliefs to successfully engage in the possession of a positive body image. The literature review analyzes the studies that have been conducted on women and body image. The dissatisfaction of body image plays a significant role in a woman’s self-esteem and how she perceives herself to the world. The self-efficacy theory can be applied to the development of women’s body image in this research study. The theory refers to one’s beliefs in one’s capabilities to successfully engage in specific behaviors. Therefore, the way a woman feels about her body and if she believes she has a positive image of her body, she will successfully engage in positive behaviors. A person who has a negative or positive body image is affected in their sexual pleasure and its relationship to satisfaction.

Anal Sex Safety Tips for the Adventurous Couple

While it is still viewed as somewhat exotic by many people in society, anal sex is by no means uncommon: a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that 40% of women between the ages of 20 and 24 had tried anal sex at least once, as had 11% of men in that age range (as a “bottom”). Performing as a “top” in an anal sex situation (despite the possibility of a sore penis resulting) has an appeal for far more men, and so it’s no wonder that this once-scorned form of sexual engagement is increasingly popular. However, to ensure safety for both partners and good penis health for the men, there are several safety tips to remember.

Have “the discussion.”

It’s always important to know a partner’s sexual history before engaging in any form of sexual contact, but it’s especially important with anal sex, and most especially for the partner that is on the receiving end. Why? There is always a risk, particularly if the rectum in question is unused to having objects inserted into it, that there will be some abrasions and bleeding; this can supply a more direct route for the transmission of any STIs.

It goes without saying, of course, that beyond this discussion is a separate one: that which expresses the man’s interest in anal sex. A man should never engage in this act without first obtaining willful consent from his partner.

Always wear a condom.

Using an appropriate condom is crucial when engaging in anal sexual activities. True, there’s no possibility of impregnation, but as mentioned above, STIs can still easily be transmitted through anal intercourse.

Lubricate to the max.

Lubrication is always important in sex, but never more so than in an anal encounter. Unlike vaginal sex, there is no natural lubricant at work here. Without a good water-based lubricant, the chance of extreme pain is very high; it also greatly increases the chance of cuts and abrasions, which will provide greater pain after intercourse as well.

Don’t just plunge in.

This is even truer when dealing with a partner who has little or no experience with anal insertions. Before maneuvering his mammoth manhood into his partner’s rectum, a man should lubricate and insert his finger to prepare the way. If there are some appropriate sex toys, he may also work with these before inserting his penis. (It may be necessary to try these initial insertions on several occasions over several nights to build up to the actual insertion of the penis.) And the man must at all times be gentle and pay attention to the cues he is receiving from his partner.

Try different positions.

Both during the “preparation” stages with the finger and sex toys and during actual penis-to-anus engagement, the couple should experiment with different positions in order to find the one that is the most comfortable, especially for the partner receiving the penis.

Always listen.

In the throes of ecstasy, men can get a bit rough or focus too much on their engorged penis; a man must make sure to listen carefully for signs that his partner may need him to change his position or rate of thrust or that the partner may be in pain and need the encounter to end.

Anal sex can be a thrilling experience for both partners; those on the receiving end often experience an anal orgasm. However, as with any form of sex, a guy may end up with a sore penis; the rectum may be too tight or his thrusting may have rubbed the tool raw. Repairing the damage with a high quality penis health cream (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) can definitely help. Clearly, the cream must contain an effective combination of moisturizing ingredients, such as shea butter (an excellent emollient) and vitamin E (one of nature’s great hydrators) to soothe the sore penis. It’s also beneficial to find a cream that contains vitamin A, as this vitamin has valuable anti-bacterial properties that can help shed the penis of pungent odors.