A lot of men don’t know too much information about their prostate, much less know what it does, where it can be found, or how to keep it healthy. Maybe this is why one out of two men over 50 years have a prostate-related problem. The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that is situated below the bladder and it helps men produce some of the fluid found in semen.
For men, prostate cancer is second only to skin cancer. Here are some tips to help keep your prostate healthy:
- Practice good eating habits; east slowly and if you feel like you are full, stop eating.
- Reduce your salt intake. Check the labels of the food you eat and avoid the ones with high sodium content. Consumption of processed, frozen, and canned foods should also be reduced.
- Stay away from overly sweetened drinks e.g., sodas and fruit juices. If you have a hankering for something sweet, eat it in moderation.
- Cut down on red meat like beef, goat, lamb, pork, and processed meats like hot dogs and bologna. Healthy alternatives include skinless poultry, fish, eggs, and beans.
- Eat five or more servings of dark-green vegetables and fruits every day.
- Whole-grain bread is healthier than white bread. Also, opt for whole-grain cereals and pastas.
- Stay away from trans fats (found in fast foods and packaged foods), and reduce your consumption of saturated fats found in dairy and animal products. Instead, eat healthy fats like olive oil and nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans, etc.).
If you feel severe pain in your groin area, have problem urinating, and/or feel pain while ejaculating, your prostate may be the source of the problem. If you live or work around Texas, visit Cypress Family Clinic for a consultation. Please call 832-786-4652 to set up an appointment.