Get proactive about your prostate health with Vitamins for Men

Getting regular health checkups is important for everyone of every age – but it’s perhaps especially important for Australian men to think about.

Research shows that men are more vulnerable to certain chronic illnesses than women. Unfortunately,  many Aussie blokes take a “she’ll be right” attitude to their health, with consequences that could have been avoided if they’d been proactive.

Some of the checkups we’d recommend booking at least yearly include:

Skin checks / mole maps

Dental and vision checks

Heart health and blood sugar checks

And of course, it’s important to get a prostate check too.

What is your prostate, and what does it do?

Your prostate is a small, walnut-sized gland that sits just beneath your bladder (if you’re a man). Your prostate’s function is to secrete a special fluid that nourishes and protects any sperm cells you create.

Once you hit your forties, it’s normal for changes in your hormone balance – particularly testosterone and DHT – to chemically triggerprostate cell growth. Because the gland is so close to your bladder, this can sometimes have uncomfortable and annoying effects on your ability to urinate. Additionally, although the growth is usually benign, it can mask symptoms of something more serious.

So, if you start to experience urinary issues (or you want to be proactive – even if you don’t have any symptoms), it’s important to get regular prostate checks.

Other ways to proactively support your prostate health

Living a generally healthy lifestyle is a good start to proactively maintain your prostate health. Beyond that, however, there are four herbs and nutrients that are worth incorporating into your lifestyle:

Saw Palmetto: has a long history of traditional use in helping to support normal testosterone balance. Also rich in fatty acids which help to block the enzyme that triggers prostate enlargement.

Lycopene: this bright red antioxidant pigment is found in cooked tomatoes, watermelon and papayas. It supports healthy prostate cell growth and division and helps to protect the cells in your prostate gland from free radical damage.

Zinc: a trace mineral with powerful antioxidant properties, Zinc is vital for testosterone production, as well as sperm formation and motility, and immunity. Good sources of Zinc include shellfish (particularly oysters), eggs, almonds, pine nuts and walnuts.

Selenium: another essential trace mineral, Selenium supportstestosterone formation, sperm health, and general immunity. You can find good levels of Selenium in Brazil nuts, and in some types of fish and meat.

The staff at Go Vita Tanunda can help you find a convenient, one-a-day capsule containing all 4 of these powerful ingredients, which makes supporting your prostate health easy.

Man to man – Naturopath, Peter Balogh will give you highly qualified, proven natural health solutions to prostate problems and their prevention. Book your consultation today.

6 TIPS TO A NEW YOU FROM YOUR HEALTH FOOD STORE and NATUROPATHIC PRACTITIONER!

If you’re feeling like it is time for ‘out with the old and in with the new’ – then Go Vita, YOUR HEALTH FOOD STORE has6 top tips may inspire you to make some healthy changes for the new you!
1.Load Up on Fruit and Veg

Fresh, organic fruit and vegetables taste great and getting your daily dose of fruit and veg is important in a balanced diet. Did you know that every 80g portion of fruit and veg consumed reduces the risk of heart disease by 4%.
2.Say Cheers with Water

Dehydration – even mild dehydration can result in feeling low and unhappy states

Pure, filtered, contaminant-free water is best for your body. Water’s hydrogen component has some profound effects on combatting toxicity, inflammation and degenerative disease.
3.Make a booking with Peter Balogh, Naturopathic Practitioner at Go Vita Tanunda, your local Health Food Store

Well established in our community, respected Naturopathic Practitioner Peter Balogh says “Some conditions that cause a loss of well-being require some work to detect. Many conditions cause similar symptoms despite being quite different from one another.”

Self-diagnosis is never a good idea, especially if you are already on medications. A wrong assumption or mixing herbal remedies with prescription medications can result in health complications. An experienced naturopath knows how to find the best solutions for you.

With information provided by testing, Pete may gain insight into the nature of a patient’s condition as a basis for effective treatment.
4.Stress Less

Unmanageable stress –  is stress that just doesn’t let up. Reduce stress by delegating, exercising, making time for yourself and eating a balanced diet.
5.Love your Liver

Every day your body is exposed to a multitude of toxins. The list is endless! A healthy active liver will recognise, filter and remove toxins from your body.
6.Support your insides

An unhealthy gut can be the basis of many health issues. So, for the sake of your wellbeing, take a high-grade probiotic supplement tohelp balance your ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria in your digestive system to keep your gut healthy.

Oestrogen Metabolism – the good, the bad and the ugly Vitamins and supplements for Men and Women

Our exposure to oestrogen begins in foetal development and too much oestrogen, or the wrong ratios of oestrogen, can lead to hormonal imbalances in both men and women. Supporting phase I and phase II liver detoxification processes can help support healthy metabolic pathways of oestrogen in the liver.

Oestrogen is a steroidal hormone produced from the building blocks of cholesterol and testosterone.

Oestrogen accelerates and stimulates cell growth in all oestrogen sensitive tissues and, while the majority of oestrogen is produced in the ovaries/testes, fat cells, adrenal glands, the liver and breast tissue can also produce oestrogen.

Symptoms of estrogen dominance:

Women:                                                                                     

  • PMS
  • Weight gain
  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • Fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Abnormal menstruation
  • Fatigue
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Breast tenderness
  • Mood swings
  • Brain fog
  • Insomnia

Men:

  • Enlarged breasts
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Infertility
  • Low libido
  • Increased Fat around the abdomen
  • Loss of muscle strength
  • Overly emotional

Xeno-oestrogens found in the environment

Xeno-oestrogens, also known as ‘endocrine disrupters’, are profound hormonal disruptors that mimic the activity of oestrogen in the body. Xeno-oestrogens can be found in our environment in pesticides, herbicides, drugs, fuels, perfumes, cosmetics, and plastics e.g. dioxins, phthalates andPCBs.

Controlling oestrogen

Healthy oestrogen levels are controlled and finely balanced by positive and negative feedback loops between the brain and the ovaries/testes. Excess oestrogen occurs when either too much oestrogen is produced, excess oestrogen is not cleared effectively from the body, or through exposure to xeno-oestrogens.

Phase I and phase II liver detoxification

One of the most important functions of the liver is to break down and remove excess hormones from your body.

Any impedance of the detoxification process can cause estrogen dominance. Just think of the guy with “man-boobs” who abuses alcohol. His liver function is impaired, and estrogen is excessive. The biology behind this example can be explained with the liver’s two-step detoxification process, which filters hormones and toxins in the bloodstream. In phase I, the liver converts substances into toxic free radicals before they are converted to a water-soluble form in phase II. If phase II isn’t operating sufficiently, the toxic free radicals build up. Both phases must be in balance so proper elimination of waste can occur.

Health hazards of excess oestrogen

High levels of circulating oestrogens or unhealthy oestrogen ratios can increase the risk of cellular proliferation, (cell proliferation is increased in tumours) so it’s important that oestrogens are broken down efficiently and effectively for elimination.

Certain herbs and nutrients, including Broccoli sprouts, Rosemary, St Mary’s thistle, quercetin and glutathione can all help to support phase I and phase II liver detoxification processes for healthy metabolism of oestrogen in the liver.

Talk to the Naturopaths and Natural Health Consultants at Go Vita Tanunda for professional advice.

GOOD FOR YOUR GUTS

We know Licorice as a delicious sweet treat, the herb itself has very different benefits. As a medicinal herb, licorice root has long been valued for the profound and positive effect it has on your digestive system.

Licorice has been used in many forms over the centuries. It is known that the glycyrrhizin in licorice root can cause high blood pressure. A procedure developed to remove this compound from licorice provides a new safer form known as DGL or deglycyrrhizinated licorice. Anti-inflammatory DGL is highly effective for soothing digestive disturbances, particularly gastritis and peptic ulcers.

The mechanism of DGL in peptic ulcer treatment is that it stimulates and/or accelerates the factors that protect against ulcer formation. Specifically, DGL improves both the quality and quantity of the protective substances that line the intestinal tract. The licorice produces a thick protective mucus gel that covers the lining of the stomach wall providing welcome relief for heartburn sufferers too.

Chewing DGL between or twenty minutes prior to meals seems to produce positive results as it must mix with saliva to promote the regeneration of salivary compounds that stimulate the growth and regeneration of stomach and intestinal cells.

DGL may also prove useful in eradicating Helicobacter pylori. Patients with duodenal and gastric ulcers may test positive to this bacterium.  Stress and anxiety were thought to be the main cause of ulcers, but H. Pylori causes damage to the stomach lining and DGL can combat this damage.
 
Licorice is also one of a group of herbs that has a marked effect upon the endocrine system. It was traditionally used as an adrenal tonic. Licorice contains glycyrrhizic acid, similar to the hormones of the adrenal cortex, these glands have the task of responding to any stress the body is under, whether it is study, work or life.  
 
Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) may help relieve:

  • Functional dyspepsia
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea and stomach pain
  • Gastritis
  • Leaky gut syndrome
  • Peptic ulcers

Licorice supplements contraindicate with anti-hypertensive or diuretic medications. Do not take if you suffer kidney insufficiency, liver cirrhosis or are pregnant.

The Unexpected Benefits of Going to a Naturopath

The human body is an amazing thing. It is made up of about 200 kinds of cells, each with a job to perform. Cells form the tissue of your beating heart, the hormones that control your moods, and the chemicals that trigger thoughts in your brain. Trillions of cells are performing processes during every second of your life.

Whenever something causes these processes to become unbalanced, the body no longer performs to precision. You may feel specific symptoms or an overall feeling of not being well. A naturopath uses natural resources to help the body restore balance so that you can achieve optimal health. These “resources” often include herbs, but they also extend to meditation, counselling, and other alternative treatments.

The Role of the Naturopath

A natural health provider, or naturopath, has in-depth knowledge of the tools he uses. This knowledge includes an understanding of natural resources such as herbs, and their innate properties. A skilled naturopath has a strong desire to improve the way you feel in body, mind, and spirit. He understands the impact that your physical, mental, and emotional symptoms have on your life.

Prevention is also a large part of naturopathy. The naturopath can look at the morphology of your blood or your genetics to assess your risk for health conditions in the future. He takes a more personalised approach to determining the types of treatments and therapies you need to achieve your best health and general well-being in both the present and the future.

What a Naturopath Can Do for You

Naturopathy is often used to complement medical treatment for chronic conditions. It may also lead to relief for symptoms of common conditions like allergies, food intolerances, digestive disorders, skin disorders, and stress. These conditions are often difficult to pinpoint. While most are not life-threatening, the symptoms you live with each day can greatly affect every area of your health and keep you from enjoying activities that are important to you.

The Dangers of Self-Diagnosis

Some of the conditions that cause a loss of well-being require some trial and error to detect. Many conditions cause similar symptoms in spite of being quite different from one another. This is why self-diagnosis is never a good idea, especially if you are already on medications. Making a wrong assumption or mixing homemade remedies or OTC medications with prescription medications can result in serious complications. Instead, you should put your care into the hands of a knowledgeable and experienced naturopath who knows how to find the best solutions for you.

What to Look for in a Naturopath

There are many levels of naturopathic care providers with varying areas of study. Some of the most important features to look for in a naturopath are training, experience, and the areas of specialty that pertain to naturopathic treatment.

Peter Balogh N.D. more than meets the criteria as a safe and trusted naturopath. He is a certified homeopath with an advanced diploma of nutritional medicine, diploma of natural science which includes herbal medicine, and an advanced diploma of nutritional medicine.

Pete has been providing compassionate care for more than twenty years. He has built a successful practice and the variety of services he offers continues to grow.

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