Monday, May 30, 2011

Saw Palmetto: Man's Best Friend

Prostate health is a major concern for men.  For a second, let's forget about Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), aka enlarged prostate; prostate cancer and Prostatitis, aka inflammation of the prostate that are serious health concerns.  Let's get right to the heart of the matter most men face when having problems with their prostate, that usually flags a prostate problem.  That would be painful ejaculation, impotenence and other sexual problems.  This, in and of itself, is enough to make men cringe at the thought of anything causing problems in that area, which is why I wanted to address it as part of my information about prostate health.

There are several things men can do to reduce their risk of having prostate problems:
  • A diet low in saturated fat and high in fruits and vegetables may lower your risk of developing BPH. Research is ongoing to identify who might benefit from early
  • According to the American Cancer Society, most cases of prostate cancer can't be prevented. This is because prostate cancer's causes are still unknown. As with BPH, however, experts recommend eating a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables.
  • No herbal supplements have been proven to prevent prostate cancer. Studies of selenium, a mineral that has shown some promise, are underway.
  • No activity or drug is known to prevent prostatitis. Experts recommend good hygiene, including keeping the penis clean. Most men will never develop prostatitis.
  • And last, but not least, is Saw Palmetto.  A natural supplement that has been proven to improve prostate health and reduce risks of infections in the prostate.
Saw palmetto extract is an extract of the fruit of Serenoa repens. It is rich in fatty acids and phytosterols. It has been used in traditional, eclectic, and alternative medicine for a variety of indications, most notably benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate).

As with all functions and illnesses of the body, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Eating properly and taking Saw Palmetto will greatly reduce your risk of prostate infections.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Part 6 of Don't Diet Post Series: Hypnosis and Meditation

Now before you scoff or say...whoa that's just too expensive, hear me out.  I have started using a self-hypnosis download (cost me $12.95) and meditation from a free site on the internet (http://www.homeoflife.com/page1/maina.html).  Since I started almost a week ago, I find myself more centered, relaxed and less motivated to eat the wrong foods.  Notice I didn't say to not eat...to NOT eat the WRONG foods. I find myself passing up the ice cream, cupcakes and candy with more ease.  Accordingly, I have to listen to the self-hypnosis for a week for better results and have only done so twice...so I still stop and look.  But I am finding it easier to feel uninterested in purchasing them.

Self-hypnosis ("autohypnosis") is a form of hypnosis which is self-induced, and normally makes use of self-suggestion ("autosuggestion"). Listening to pre-recorded audio or other media is often mistaken for self-hypnosis, but is just another form of hypnosis.

Meditation refers to any of a family of practices in which the practitioner trains his or her mind or self-induces a mode of consciousness in order to realize some benefit.[1][2][3]
Meditation is generally an internal, personal practice and done without any external involvement, except perhaps prayer beads to count prayers, though many practitioners of meditation may rely on external objects such as candle flames as points on which to focus their attention as an aid to the process. Meditation often involves invoking or cultivating a feeling or internal state, such as compassion, or attending to a specific focal point. The term can refer to the state itself, as well as to practices or techniques employed to cultivate the state.

If we are only as beautiful on the outside as we are on the inside, mental improvement is the best place to start.