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What all men should know about their prostate

Enlarged prostate

Most men over the age 60 probably have an enlarged prostate, and the signs are that they make frequent trips to the bathroom or restroom as others will call it.
The reason is , as the prostate grows, it acts as a clamp on the urethra.
As the clamp gets tighter, urine stays in the bladder and increases the risk of urinary tract infection. If left untreated the enlarged prostate also known as benign prostate hyperglycemia BPH, can result in kidney damage, bladder stones and incontinence.
The conventional way of treating this would be through, either a procedure or the administration of drugs,as well as Kegal exercises, the same exercises that women use to reduce urinary incontinence.
The reason is, both men and women have PC muscle, which runs from the pubic bone in the front to the tailbone in the back. As the muscle is exercised more blood is able to flow to the reproductive organs and urinary tract which enhances bladder function and control.

So What is the prostate ( Benign Prosthetic Hypertrophy)

The prostate is like a walnut sized gland that surrounds the tube that takes urine from the bladder to the outside.
As we age the prostate gland may enlarge and this can impede the flow of urine from the bladder. This is a common condition after the age of 50.
To alleviate the condition, it is important that the prostate is nurtured and given the important nutrients such as zinc and essential fatty acids. Zinc can be found in fish, seafood especially oysters.
Essential fatty oils can be found in nuts and seeds, oily fish, salmon, trouts, mackerel , herrings and also extra olive oil.
Eating a good portion of these foods is likely to help maintain health in the prostate gland, and possibly reduce enlargement.
Linseed oil and rapeseed oil are good sauce of essential fatty, also omega-3 variety.
The herb saw palmetto, has been found to be effective in controlling prostate symptoms. Most vitamin supplements have a high concentration of zinc and essential fats. Another herb that may help in BPH is African Pygeum. Amazon incidentally has a whole range of vitamins and other supplements that is essencial for nurturing the prostate, check it out.

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Why it is healthier to cook from scratch


Researchers have always claimed that coronary heart diseases, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes have increased dramatically, due to unhealthy lifestyle choices.
Our consumption of processed foods tends to be the main cause. Most processed foods are high in salt, sugar, and fat as well chemicals, preservatives. The aim is to make it tastier and therefore attractive. Food labels could be misleading as well. Whilst the labels would display foods having say less fat, they could still be high in sugars and other additives to make them taste nice.
The government has recently talked about establishing a Sugar Tax with the expectation that it would drive manufacturers to apply less sugar in their products.

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The problem with managing your weight

The problem with weight management today is massive because, there are so many schemes available, on the world wide net, in magazines, on tv, claiming to have the solution to our overweight problem.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to determine which is the right one.
Many of the diseases we are confronted with today could be associated with weight gain. We are more cautious of our weight today than ever before. Other factors are that we like to look trendy, so have to be in good shape. Thus the peer pressure. We are bombarded with adverts upon adverts about junk food, through billboards, tv adverts, magazines introducing sugary stuff, so the temptation is great.

2. The slimming world is so commercially successful because of the challenges we face. Due to health reasons, we are made more aware of the consequences of weight gain. There is peer pressure to keep abreast with fashion. That said, there is a strong attraction to junk foods and sugary desserts and so on, which come cheap. On top of all this the pressures of the modern world, and our attempt to succeed makes us want shortcuts to everything. So instead of for example cooking from scratch, we opt for the quickest solution, which is junk food. These without a doubt are fattening
The slimming industry is aware of the problems that confront us is coming out on tv, magazines, billboards, newspapers with adverts on how to win.

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We gain weight when we regularly consume more calories that we burn. Through bodily function and physical activities, we lose weight, and the more active we are the more we lose.
Research proves that more people are over weight than under weight.
In the UK nearly 60% of adults are over weight or obese.
So what causes weight gain

1. consuming too much food, we tend to have much bigger plates these days.
2. Eating unhealthy high fat foods or foods high in sugar
The thing is, the body tends to store the excess carbohydrates or sugar into fat. Some foods have so much more calories than others, so the need to make the right choices when it comes to food.
Alcohol for instance is high in calories, and should be consumed in moderation.
Medical Reasons

Balanced diet

Weight gain could be attributed to medical reasons,
1. An under active thyroid gland, this means the thyroid is not able to produce enough, thyroid hormones, to regulate metabolism, this is most common in older women.

Generally, as we age we lose muscle, due to inactivity, meaning we burn less, to reduce muscle loss we need to stay active.
So the watch word is to stay active. More to come….

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