A Healthy Prostate

All men have one, but most men don’t know what it is or what it does until there’s a problem.

The prostate is a walnut-sized organ that only men have. It surrounds the urethra and lies at the base of the bladder, between the pubic bone and the rectum. It’s responsible for closing the urethra during ejaculation, and secretes a fluid called prostatic fluid which acts as a lubricant to prevent urinary infections – this fluid energises sperm too and helps carry it to the womb.

The prostate is sheathed in the male pelvic floor muscles, so good pelvic floor muscles are an important part of prostate health. When you exercise the pelvic floor, it massages your prostate which can help to expel the toxins and fluid build-up and prevent problems such as infections (prostatitis).

How do I keep my prostate healthy?

There’s a lot that you can do for good prostate health.

Maintain a healthy weight and eat plenty of fruit and vegetables: the antioxidant properties can help to maintain your prostate health.

Do regular kegel exercises for men: the movement of the muscles ‘massages’ the prostate and helps to prevent the build-up of toxins.

Eat plenty of selenium-rich foods: such as tuna, herring, liver, eggs, sunflower and sesame seeds, cashews, mushrooms, garlic and onions as selenium has been proven to help prevent prostate cancer.

Keep an eye out for any changes: as with any medical condition, if you spot any changes, for example difficulty urinating, getting up in the night too often to go to the toilet, or any leakage or incontinence, go and see your GP – the sooner any problems are caught, the more effectively and easily they can be treated.