February 1, 2016
By The Institute for Natural Healing
There’s an old saying doctors have about the prostate gland: “It is a young man’s best friend and a mature man’s worst enemy.”
That’s because before age 30, the prostate helps a man perform sexually and is generally trouble-free. But by age 50, the gland begins to grow—and it can devastate a man’s life.
- It can make him feel like he constantly has to urinate… Only he can’t go.
- It can destroy his ability to get a good night’s sleep.
- It can wreck his sex life.
- It can even kill him.
If you think that sounds bad, here’s the worst part: The condition is shockingly widespread.
By age 50, half of men are suffering from the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. By age 80, three-quarters of men are dealing with the condition.
Enlarged prostate is also known by its medical name, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). When the prostate grows, it chokes off the urethra. This can make it difficult to empty the bladder.
In some cases, BPH can cut off the flow of urine entirely. This can lead to life-threatening kidney damage.
Certain food ingredients have been linked to enlarged prostate. By avoiding them, men can lower their risk and avoid the horrible effects. Here are three foods that have been linked to BPH symptoms:
- Canned Foods:
Most canned foods contain traces of a chemical called bisphenol A. You may know it as BPA. It is a synthetic estrogen found in the epoxy coating of food cans. Some of the chemical leaches from the can linings into the food.
Prostate enlargement is linked to hormonal changes that occur as a man gets older. In animal studies, BPA has been associated with enlarged prostate glands. And some doctors say the same thing happens in humans.
Besides food cans, BPA is also in plastic bottles made from polycarbonates.
What you should do: Choose fresh or frozen foods instead of canned. Or look for BPA-free cans. These products are not common, but they almost always advertise their BPA-free status on the label. They may be in the organic section of your grocery store.
Avoid plastic food or drink containers made from polycarbonates. These are marked with the “7” recycling label and the letters PC. This appears on the bottle, not the label.
Much of the prostate gland is made up of smooth muscle. Anything that causes the muscle to contract will exacerbate enlarged prostate symptoms. Ingesting foods or drinks with caffeine may mean the difference between showing no symptoms and having difficulty urinating.
Caffeine also has a diuretic effect. This means it increases your urge to urinate. Coffee and soft drinks are the main culprits. But some types of chocolate and cocoas can also contain high amounts of caffeine.
What you should do: Avoid caffeinated products. This becomes even more important near bedtime. Try drinking chamomile tea instead. It has anti-inflammatory properties linked to prostate shrinkage.
A 2006 study out of the University of California discovered that men with high glucose levels were three times more likely to have bigger prostates. Sugar also makes it tough to keep your weight under control. And the more belly fat you have… The greater your risk of having a swollen prostate.
What you should do: Stay away from processed foods. Most of them contain added sugar or its health-wrecking cousin, high-fructose corn syrup. Instead, look for foods sweetened with honey, stevia, molasses, or agave nectar.
Make no mistake… The size of your prostate can have a major impact on your quality of life.
That’s why The Institute for Natural Healing has created this FREE online health quiz. You’ll discover if your prostate may be the size of a walnut, apricot, or lemon.
Knowing your prostate’s size is crucial information every man must have. It can mean the difference between living an active, healthy life and miserable, premature aging.
It’s easy, free, and it takes just two minutes to find out. Just click here.