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Nutrition Tips for Men

In honor of Men’s Health Week, foods and nutrients that keep your prostate healthy and problem-free.

By
Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
June 11, 2013
Episode #239

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Nutrition Tips for Men

Father’s Day is this weekend, which means that this is Men’s Health Week, an annual observation that seeks to “heighten the awareness of preventable health problems, promote healthy living, and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.”

It occurs to me that I’ve never dedicated a podcast to nutrition and prostate health and this seems like a perfect time to set that right.

How Common Are Prostate Problems?

The prostate is, of course, a gland than only men have. It’s a small doughnut-shaped organ that encircles the urethra—and that’s where problems often begin. As men get older, the prostate often gets enlarged, and this can interfere with the normal flow of urine. If you watch the evening news, a weekend sports broadcast, or any other program that’s likely to attract middle aged male viewers, you’ll probably see lots of ads for drugs to treat benign prostate inflammation and urinary problems. Let’s just say that, among men of a certain age, it’s a very common issue.

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How Does Diet and Nutrition Affect Prostate Health?

The good news is that a healthy diet and lifestyle can really make a difference here. In fact, studies suggest that good nutrition can produce results on par with those drugs you see advertised, only with no side effects. No adverse side effects, that is. The strategies I’m about to give you have plenty of positive side effects!

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