Written by Connie Rogers
Studies have shown an increase in the incidence of prostate cancer in young males 30 to 35 years old. “Dr. Milton Krisiloff, M.D. has found that in the majority of cases, men can significantly reduce their risk for urinary and prostate problems by making dietary changes which include eliminating all highly caffeinated products.”
Unfortunately, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death in men and can be associated with a fatty diet where obesity and inflammatory conditions pave the path. However, what’s even more impressive is if we avoid inflammatory foods such as alcohol, sugar, wheat, cereals, and vegetable oils for a month while increasing daily exercise habits, we can see huge improvements.
“Prostate cancer may be another aspect of insulin-resistance syndrome.” It’s always best to address your diet and exercise habits when suffering from symptoms of prostate pain, UTIs, high blood pressure, diabetes, and insulin resistance. Why? “The improvement of insulin resistance appears to be essential for the prevention of prostate cancer growth.”
The good news: Incorporating the above new habits can help decrease your risk for poor prostate health.
What interrupts healing?
Poor elimination habits are common among men with prostate problems. With gastrointestinal distress, whether it be IBS or leaky gut, poor gut microbes can be to blame. If left unattended, poor elimination habits can lead to metabolic and immune system imbalances.“If the intestinal lining is inflamed, bacteria and yeast can translocate. In other words, they can pass from the gut cavity into the bloodstream and set up infection anywhere else in the body, including the brain. (Leaky Gut/Leaky Brain) This is often the mysterious and undiagnosed cause of infections in gums, bones, prostate, sinuses, and bladder.” Urinary tract problems are common among men reporting poor bowel habits. We can improve daily bowel habits when we include fiber-rich foods such as organic carrots, apples, and celery in our diet. Additionally, drinking fresh ginger root and turmeric teas can improve the flow of urine.
The good news: Our body has a chance to heal faster when all bodily elimination processes are working in harmony.
What about high protein diets & supplementation?
- It’s not recommended to take vitamin E supplements for men with prostate disorders. Why? Supplementation with Vitamin E significantly increases the risk of prostate cancer.
- It is recommended that we take a probiotic in the am to improve and balance our gut microbiome. Probiotic-rich foods, such as fermented sauerkraut, can also be used at dinner time on a fresh green salad.
- As we age, some suggest eating more protein, such as dairy, for better bone health or to increase mental awareness. Who doesn’t like milk, right? We grew up on it! Some may have separation anxiety when I suggest it wise to decrease a milk habit, especially when suffering from prostate issues. Dairy from cows is found instrumental in increasing our risk for insulin resistance.
- Manly men, as they are so often referred to, love to eat what they consider high protein foods for breakfast. Studies found that bodybuilders who consume a large number of eggs aren’t aware of the damage eggs can cause to their prostate. Egg consumption is implicated in prostate woes and cancer.
Plastics, cell phones, & underwear can damage the prostate
- I surveyed several men that don’t think about the plastic bottle they’re drinking from when they are working out at the gym or just driving in a car on a hot day. “BPA is a synthetic xenoestrogen that is used to cross-link chemicals in the production of polycarbonate plastics. When plastic food containers are heated, BPAs can leach into the product.” This is bad for prostate health. You can use a sustainable stainless steel or glass water bottle instead.
- Undergarments typically contain elastic bands or polyester material that may constrict the abdomen and groin area, proving troublesome for prostate health. Try comfortable cotton undergarments instead.
- Businessmen keep their cell phones in their pockets for long periods at a time. This cellular radiation can damage the prostate. If you have a desk job, keep all cell phones in a drawer.
The good news: Knowing how to take care of your own prostate health is empowering.
Drs. Dean Ornish and Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn; together they found that a vegan diet caused more than 500 genes to change in only three months, turning on genes that prevent disease and turning off genes that cause heart disease, prostate cancer, and other illnesses. This is empowering news, given that most people think they are a victim of their genes, helpless to starve off some of the most dreaded diseases. We aren't helpless at all; in fact, the power is largely in our hands. It's on our forks, actually!
If you would like to learn more, you can contact me at www.bitesizepieces.net ©ConnieRogers2020
- Prostate cancer death- www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2015/249741/
- Insulin resistance- https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12458975/
- Improving insulin resistance- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5715889/
- Intestinal lining-c https://www.functionalmedicineuniversity.com/public/829.cfm
- Undiagnosed cause of infection- www.functionalmedicineuniversity.com/public/Leaky-Gut.cfm
- UTI problems- www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3693946/
- No vitamin E- jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/02/21/jnci.djt456.abstract
- Increase risk of prostate cancer- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4169010/
- Insulin- https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25809854/
- Eggs and prostate woes- www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21930800
- BPAs- https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/xenoestrogen