Identifying Prostate Cancer PT. 2
Your Urine Can Reveal 4 Signs of Prostate Cancer
Truth be told, prostate cancer is a relatively common occurrence among men in general. But, only a very small percentage of men actually develop a clinically significant form of it. In other words, most prostate cancers remain perpetually latent and, for all intents and purposes, are completely harmless. Only a minute percentage of prostate cancers actually develop into a form that causes serious health problems.
To avoid this latter type, it’s important to educate yourself on the most common symptoms associated with the development of prostate tumors. These include bladder and urinary problems that result in:
1. painful or difficult urination, and frequent urination, especially at night
2. loss of bladder control
3. reduced urinary flow or velocity
4. blood in the urine (a condition known as hematuria)
Many of these signs of prostate cancer develop slowly over time. However, if you notice that you’re suddenly having more difficulty releasing urine, or there’s a buildup of pressure in your bladder or urethral area, this could be an early warning sign that a prostate tumor is forming
Are You Eating Right to Avoid Prostate Cancer?
If your diet is marked by heavy intake of caffeine, alcohol, refined sugars, and unhealthy fats (these include processed vegetable oils and trans fats) you’re already at a higher risk of developing prostate cancer. A consistently bad diet is an automatic early risk factor that you need to address now for optimal health and disease avoidance.
Nutritional programs for prostate cancer prevention include diets rich in zinc and selenium, both of which have been scientifically shown to feed the prostate gland and protect against cancer. Research published in the journal Clinical Interventions in Aging in 2007 identified further how these and other nutrients, including B vitamins, stinging nettle, pumpkin seed, garlic, and more can help minimize prostate inflammation and protect against cancer.
Consuming plenty of healthy fats is part of this equation as well. Omega-3 fatty acids serve as the building blocks of healthy cellular membranes throughout your body, including in your prostate. Omega 3s also minimize the inflammation that can lead to prostatitis, hormone dysfunction, and ultimately cancer.
Healthy Digestion Can Make All the Difference
Also integral to optimal prostate health is a well-functioning digestive tract, which means if yours is out of whack, now is the time to make a change. Part of the nutrition-based prostate cancer prevention protocol involves balancing your digestion. This will avoid gut complications such as constipation and irregularity, both of which can lead to systemic toxicity.
Digestive enzymes and probiotics can help in this area. Also helpful is hydrochloric acid, or HCL, a supplemental form of stomach acid that ensures proper food breakdown and nutrient assimilation. Other beneficial nutrients include vitamin D3 and curcumin, which studies have shown help aid in keeping the prostate from becoming inflamed and oversized.
Probiotics are particularly beneficial in that they help balance your digestive microflora, the bacterial ecosystem that regulates your immune system and nutrient uptake. Recent science has shown that up to 90% of all prostate cancers may be caused by a bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes. Your body can successfully fight off if it has its own healthy arsenal of beneficial bacteria.
Even though prostate cancer statics may seem scary, understanding the signs of prostate cancer and proactively taking steps now can go in a long way in keeping prostate cancer at bay.