Hormonal fluctuations, especially drops in testosterone levels, trigger prostate enlargement, a process that accelerates with age. Fortunately, there are several ways to preserve prostate health.
Discover our 15 tips for a healthy prostate.
- Keep in shape and maintain an active lifestyle by walking or doing some exercise to slow down the aging process, one of the main causes of BPH (Benign Prostate Hyperplasia).
- Avoid bicycling: the sitting position compresses the prostate.
- Cold temperatures exacerbate the symptoms. Make sure you keep the abdomen warm.
- Do not drink too much before going to bed to prevent nighttime visits to the bathroom.
- Don’t ignore the need to go to the bathroom. Fully empty the bladder. Void your bladder every time you urinate.
- Constipation can aggravate the prostate problems, so it is important to have good bowel health.
- Stop smoking, if possible.
- Pay attention to certain prescription drugs; antispasmodic, tranquilizers and some anti-depressants worsen BPH symptoms.
- After age 45, do not neglect yearly medical exams.
- Avoid drinking chilled beverages or iced cocktails. Cold drinks do more harm than good and can cause a sudden blockage of the urinary track, resulting in difficult and painful urination.
- Reduce alcohol and caffeine intake; Bambu coffee substitute is a great alternative.
- Drink plenty of water and empty bladder regularly.
- Maintain a diet high in fibre, vitamins and minerals. Make sure you are taking sufficient vitamin A and zinc. Pumpkin seeds contain high levels of zinc. Vegetarian foods, raw fruit and vegetables, soy products and pulses including linseed are useful in bringing relief.
- Are best avoided: saturated fats, such as those in most processed foods, dairy products, red meats and hard fats. Replace by cold pressed vegetable oils. Also avoid substances that irritate the prostate gland: pepper, hot peppers, spices.
- Consider Stinging Nettle. This herb is used as a diuretic aid to help increase urine volume and flow.