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8

September 2017

19 Ways To Keep Your Prostate Healthy

By: Epoch

Source: Prostate.net

All men, regardless of age, should be concerned about their prostate health. Although prostate disorders such as prostatitis, benign prostatic hyperplasia, and prostate cancer generally do not affect men until they are in their 40s or older, the time to help prevent prostate problems and support prostate health is now. However, whenever symptoms of prostate disease do occur, it is important to seek professional medical help with a diagnosis.

Here are some tips on how to maintain and promote prostate health. These tips are based on more than 200 studies conducted over 15 years.

  1. Maximize your intake of fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables are excellent to good sources of anticancer and anti-inflammatory compounds such as antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. These foods can help reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer.
  2. Focus on proper nutrition: Your food choices account for up to 90 percent of cancers of the prostate, breast, pancreas, and colon. Adjusting your diet can significantly lower your risk of getting prostate disease.
  3. Eat healthy fats: People who live in countries where high-fat diets are the norm (like the United States) are more likely to develop prostate cancer than people who live in countries where less fat is consumed.
  4. Choose plant protein over animal protein: Certain plants can provide all the protein you need for maximum overall and prostate health. The World Health Organization has also noted that “diets high in red meat, dairy products, and animal fat have frequently been implicated in the development of prostate cancer”.
  5. Eat whole and natural foods: Whole, natural foods are typically high in fiber, a component linked to two indicators for prostate health: lower levels of testosterone and lower PSA scores.
  6. Consume green tea: Green tea contains catechins, antioxidants that can slow the cancer cell growth, promote cancer cell death. Men who drink green tea can reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer by as much as 70 percent when compared with men who don’t drink green tea.
  7. Eat omega-3 rich foods: Found in certain fish, omega 3 fats fight inflammation, a process that destroys the body’s natural antioxidants and weakens the immune system, making the body more vulnerable to disease.
  8. Avoid foods and additives that harm the prostate: Some foods, supplements, and additives can harm the prostate, including but not limited to meat, calcium, chondroitin, and foods high in sugar.
  9. Choose safe supplements: Become an informed consumer of supplements. While many supplements can benefit the prostate, others can be harmful (such as calcium).
  10. Consume cancer-killing foods: Some foods and their components have anticancer abilities, including but not limited to lycopene, turmeric/curcumin, folic acid, and vitamin D.
  11. Hydrate daily: Drinking pure water is essential for prostate health.
  12. Maintain a healthy weight: Being overweight or obese is associated with a higher risk of prostate cancer, lower long-term survival rate, and more aggressive forms of the disease.
  13. Exercise regularly: Exercise can not only helps slow the spread of prostate cancer, but also has a preventive effect on prostatitis, BPH, and inflammation.
  14. Manage stress: Although stress may not directly cause cancer, long-term stress can weaken the immune system, alter your hormonal balance, and make you more susceptible to disease.
  15. Try natural therapies: Natural prevention and treatment approaches for prostate health include acupuncture, biofeedback, homeopathy, hormone restoration, massage, reflexology and stress management techniques.
  16. Follow a prostate friendly lifestyle: Smoking, inadequate sleep, some medications, and alcohol use can have a negative effect on prostate health.
  17. Maintain hormone balance: Hormone management and balancing play a major role in prostate health. The World Health Organization noted that “diet might influence prostate cancer risk by affecting hormone levels.”
  18. Maintain a healthy sex life: Sexual activity appears to be healthy for your prostate.
  19. Avoid exposure to toxins: Stay away from chemicals and other substances that can increase the risk of developing cancer.

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4

August 2017

How to Maintain a Healthy Kidney & Liver Naturally

By: Epoch

SOURCE: LiveStrong.com

 

 


The kidneys and liver are organs in your body that help to perform vital functions, such as filtration, storage of nutrients and digestion. When these organs are functioning at an optimal level, you are able to derive the most benefit from the foods you eat. Eating a diet of unhealthy, highly processed foods can impair the functioning of the liver and kidneys and cause symptoms, such as indigestion and bloating. Fortunately, both the liver and kidneys respond quickly to a natural approach that can maintain a healthy level of functioning.

Step 1

Emphasize high-quality proteins, in limited quantities. Protein is necessary for maintaining organ function and repairing damaged tissue. If you have compromised kidney or liver function, you should be aware that eating too much protein places a strain on these organs. Higher quality protein foods include meat, poultry, fish and eggs. Lower quality proteins are those found in vegetables and whole grains but both kinds of protein are important to maintain healthy kidney and liver function. Speak with your doctor or dietitian about how many grams of protein you need daily.

Step 2

Stay within your caloric range, which should be provided by your health care provider or dietitian. Anyone who has compromised kidney function should strive to maintain a health weight. Eating healthy foods throughout the day and staying within caloric guidelines can help you lose weight and prevent excess weight from putting a strain on both your kidneys and liver. Excess calories can impair the functioning of the liver and causes fat to be stored in the liver. Consume 15 calories for every pound you weigh as a baseline amount of daily intake.

Step 3

Limit your intake of sodium. Sodium or salt is an essential mineral that is also widely used to preserve foods. Consuming too much sodium can cause an imbalance of water in your body, placing a strain on the kidneys. In addition, salt causes water retention, especially in individuals with kidneys and a liver that aren't functioning properly. The excess water can place a strain on the cardiovascular system and increase your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Always read nutritional labels because sodium is often hidden in foods like frozen and canned vegetables. You should be able to get plenty of sodium naturally from the healthy foods you eat and not as an additive ingredient.

Step 4

Avoid drinking alcohol which can cause significant liver and kidney impairment and damage. Alcohol destroys liver cells and can disrupt the delicate electrolyte balance the body maintains to maintain biological stability. Drinking alcohol can also cause your body to retain water in an effort to restore electrolyte balance. Unfortunately, water retention causes more impairment of kidney and liver functioning and can lead to complete organ failure if left untreated.


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June 2017

9 Tests Every Man Over 40 Should Take

By: Epoch

Source: The Huffington Post

The following are tests that every man over forty should have done, as they may help you detect silent killers such as high blood pressure, or catch or even reverse other diseases while they are still in their early, treatable stages. Get these done and don’t mess around.

PSA

The PSA test measures the level of prostate-specific antigen, an indicator of prostate health in your blood. A rising or high PSA may indicate prostate cancer, or it could point to another prostate condition that may need medical attention, or it may itself lead to cancer. Despite some controversy surrounding this test, it is still an important test for all men to consider as an early warning of reduced prostate health. I found out I had an abnormally high PSA about a decade ago after a PSA blood test. Since then, I have massively changed certain aspects of my diet and lifestyle to prevent any potential progression to prostate cancer—and today my PSA level is below normal for my age.

DRE

The digital rectal exam (DRE) is a simple procedure for the early detection and diagnosis of prostate cancer and other abnormalities of the prostate gland. The doctor inserts a lubricated gloved finger in the rectum to feel the prostate gland for lumps or enlargement. As such, it’s the test guys fear the most. But man up and have it done, because it could save your life.

TESTOSTERONE

Low T can cause several changes such as erectile dysfunction, fatigue, weight gain, loss of muscle, loss of body hair, sleep problems, trouble concentrating, bone loss, and personality changes. Your doctor can check your testosterone through a blood or saliva test. Before you jump on the T therapy wagon, though, I urge you to try the natural treatments listed here which I’ve used to increase my testosterone 38% in the last 5 years. Check out my book if you’re interested in exploring this in more detail.

BONE DENSITY

Osteoporosis may be more common in women, but men get it too. Experts recommend that men over fifty who are in high-risk groups (low T, family history, sedentary lifestyle, smokers, etc.) get tested, and men of normal risk get tested at sixty. A bone density scan (DEXA) can measure how strong your bones are and help you determine the risk of a fracture.

CHOLESTEROL

There are different kinds of cholesterol circulating in your blood. When you get tested you should receive the following measures:

  1. total cholesterol;
  2. low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or your “bad” cholesterol;
  3. high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or your “good” cholesterol; and your 
triglycerides, which are another form of fat in the blood.

High cholesterol is one of the risk factors for heart disease. Most men can have their cholesterol tested as part of a routine blood test.

BLOOD PRESSURE

Blood pressure is a silent killer. There are no symptoms of high blood pressure, but it can harm your heart, lungs, brain, kidneys, and blood vessels. I keep a portable blood pressure monitor in my office. They’re not expensive, and you can get a pretty good idea of your own health before you visit a doctor for confirmation.

BLOOD SUGAR

A blood sugar test measures the amount of glucose in your blood. The test is an important screening for diabetes or pre-diabetes and insulin resistance. Untreated diabetes will continue to get worse and cause problems with eyes, feet, heart, skin, mental health, nerves, kidneys, and more. Insulin resistance causes weight gain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, bloating, and high blood sugar. When untreated, it can lead to diabetes. There’s also a higher risk of prostate and other cancers associated with high blood sugar.

It’s estimated that 34% of the US population is pre-diabetic. Although I’m not personally diabetic, I regularly take my blood sugar with a home blood sugar monitor so I can keep an eye on my glucose levels and make changes to my diet and lifestyle if it’s creeping up. 


COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING

Doctors recommend that people ages fifty to seventy-five get screened for colon cancer with any of three following tests: the sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, and the fecal occult blood test. 
The US Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer has ranked the screening methods. They say that tests like fecal occult blood screens can detect early stage cancers, but the colonoscopy is considered the best test for prevention.

I have a history of colon cancer, as my mom died from the disease in her early seventies, so I started getting checked every three to four years starting when I was forty. So far, so good—and it’s worth the regular screening to know for sure.

HIV TEST

You may be surprised to see HIV on the list, but about 15 percent of new infections each year are among people over age fifty, and people over fifty represent almost one-fourth of the HIV/AIDS cases in the United States. With birth control no longer a concern, many people over age fifty are having unprotected sex. Doctors don’t usually ask their older patients about sex, and educational programs that teach prevention neglect the patients in this age group—but HIV is certainly still a concern no matter how old you are.

These nine tests can help you stay healthy and improve your longevity. By giving you a warning that you have a condition that puts you at risk of a more serious disease, they can allow you to make changes in your diet, exercise, and other habits to reduce your risks. Because some of these conditions have no symptoms, you may have no idea that you have a problem if you do not get tested. It is easier and less expensive to prevent disease than to try to treat it after years of damage have set in.

 

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9

June 2017

The Hits to Infertility All Add Up

By: Epoch

Source: The Turek Clinic By: Dr. Paul Turek

 


As a kid, how many times did your mother tell you to put a coat on before going outside in the winter so that you wouldn’t get sick? In my family, this was a cardinal sin… but then again we were pretty healthy kids.

The coat-in-the-winter-thing is all about susceptibility. You still need to be exposed to a virus to get sick but that’s beside the point. But, when it comes to male fertility, I believe that the susceptibility argument holds water.

Do the Math

When it comes to things that affect fertility, the math is 1+1+1= more than 3. Piling on insults to fertility is not simply additive but more likely synergistic. It’s the “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts” idea, just turned a little sideways.

The first time this occurred to me was when we analyzed our data on how semen quality among infertile men improved after discontinuing hot tubs and baths. The sperm counts in many men took off after cooling the jewels for 3 to 6 months. But the semen quality in other men did not respond at all. When we took a closer look at the nonresponders, we found that they were more likely to be smokers and have varicoceles, two other insults that hurt a man’s fertility. The more that holds a man down, the more likely he won’t get up.

The second time the susceptibility idea surfaced was during a flu season. Even with the flu shot, damn near everyone gets the flu over the winter. I noticed that, unlike men with normal sperm counts, guys with low sperm counts often became temporarily azoospermic (sterile!) when hit with the flu. Pretty scary to be helping a man improve his fertility only to see his sperm count tank with a couple of days of fevers and body aches. Whatever causes the low sperm counts in the first place may also make men less robust in the face of further insults.

Eliminate Variables

Add to these examples men with varicoceles using recreational drugs or taking medications like propecia and you can see how many iterations of insults are possible, all working to keep a good man down.

So, the little things really do matter when it comes to your fertility. Sperm production is an engine that wants to run hard and at high RPM; so don’t forget to change the oil, keep it tuned and put gas in the tank. Take great care of yourself, treat your body like a temple and consume things in moderation. And yes, listen to your mother and put on a coat in the winter.


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