foods to avoid for prostate health.

 A list of foods to avoid for prostate health.  

prostate health
 prostate health

 There are many foods that are unhealthy for the prostate gland and can raise the risk of prostate enlargement with age. 

Eating the wrong foods causes hormone imbalances in men, which can lead to BPH Prostate Enlargement, a need to pee during the night, problems with urination, and a higher risk of prostate cancer. 

In today's article, we will share with you a list of the worst foods for prostate health which you can avoid. We explain how these foods affect the prostate, and what you can do to lower the risks. 

1. Trans Fats

Trans Fats
 Trans Fats

 Some of the worst prostate damaging foods are hydrogenated oils like vegetable oil, margarine, and easy spreads, soy oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil, and canola oil. 

These oils are rich in omega 6 fats and cause massive amounts of inflammation in the body, and have been shown to raise the risk of prostate cancer, and prostate enlargement. 

Trans fats are hidden in ready meals and fast food so try to cook your own healthy meals using extra virgin oils like coconut oil. 

We also recommend consuming extra virgin olive oil instead especially in salad dressings. This is anti-inflammatory and can protect your body's cells with age. 

2. Sugary Foods

Sugary Foods
Sugary Foods

 Foods that are high in sugar are some of the worst foods which harm the prostate. These cause high insulin in the body, a hormone that can cause the prostate to grow larger and swell. 

Drinking or eating too much sugar can cause prostatitis, a common infection in young and middle-aged men. This creates a burning sensation when you urinate, inflammation in the prostate gland, and chronic pelvic pain.

 Avoid sugar at all costs, as it is the leading cause of all disease and consume more leafy green cruciferous vegetables to balance blood sugar levels. Always check the labels for hidden sugars labeled as maltodextrin, high fructose corn syrup and fruit concentrates.

 3. Soy Foods

 which contain soy cause a range of different problems in the body. Soy is considered an anti-nutrient as it blocks the absorption of proteins and important minerals that the prostate needs.

 It also causes an overload of estrogen in the body which knocks the hormones off balance and can cause prostate enlargement. Soy is hidden in many different foods such as protein bars, diet shakes, 

vegetable oils, ready meals, and even some baby milk formulas. Phytic acid found in soy inhibits the absorption of zinc in your body, a vital mineral needed for prostate function in making seminal fluid. 

To reverse damage caused by eating lots of soy, eat pumpkin seeds and shellfish to boost your zinc intake.

 4. Xenoestrogens 

A high percentage of men suffer from high estrogen and a hormone imbalance. This is the leading cause of prostate problems and raises the risk of prostate infections, swelling, enlargement, and prostate cancer. 

Xenoestrogens are substances that we absorb from our environment, that mimic estrogen in the body. These are also known as environmental estrogens. 

These are found in pesticides, fertilizers, plastics, electrical equipment, bleaches, cleaning products, and chemicals.

 It's impossible to avoid these entirely, however consuming organic foods and consuming lots of cruciferous vegetables can help you to avoid and detoxify these from your body.

 Intermittent fasting and prolonged fasting are also excellent ways of cleaning out estrogen-mimicking compounds from your liver. 

5.  alcohol

alcohol
 alcohol

Many people drink alcohol on a regular basis but do not realize that this causes high estrogen in the body. High estrogen in men leads to belly fat, prostate enlargement, loss of hair on the calves, higher voice, and breast tissue. 

Alcohol damages the liver cells which causes this hormone imbalance and triggers weight around the stomach. Avoid alcohol as much as possible. A great low alcohol alternative is a fermented drink called Kombucha Tea.

 6. Dairy

 Dairy contains lots of fat-soluble nutrients, however, men who already suffer from prostate enlargement should avoid it. This includes milk, cheese, yogurt, cream cheese, sour cream, and butter. 

Men with BPH. (Benign prostatic hyperplasia) often have problems with urinating after they have consumed these dairy foods.

 Dairy comes from nursing cows and has nutrients that trigger growth in the calf. This can cause further swelling in the prostate gland and block the urine flow. 

If you suffer from this, switch to unsweetened almond milk and nutritional yeast cheeses. If you don't have an existing prostate problem then consuming high-quality grass-fed dairy can be very healthy on occasion.

 7. Conventional Meat

Conventional Meat
Conventional Meat

 You may be avoiding unhealthy oils, soy, and sugar but did you know that most conventional meat is loaded with antibiotics and additional hormones.

 The meat and dairy industry injects their animal stock with these chemicals which causes high estrogen in humans as we consume them. In order to avoid this, we recommend consuming meats from pasture-raised, grass-fed animal sources. 

These foods are superior and contain a higher amount of nutrients like Vitamin D and Zinc for prostate health. As you can see, there are many foods and chemicals which can upset the hormone balance in the body and lead to prostate problems with age. 

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the USA, so it's important to keep this gland healthy and working properly.

 If you are overweight around the belly area, you are much more likely to suffer from prostate enlargement with age, as there will be more estrogen in the body. 

You should consume healthy foods rich in Zinc, Selenium, and Omega 3's regularly to keep a healthy reproductive system and support hormone balance. 

Daily physical exercise is also key to keeping estrogen and inflammation down in the body. 

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