Suffering from BPH symptoms? Consider these natural treatment options to shrink your prostate
BPH, or benign prostatic hyperplasia, is a condition that has become increasingly common among middle aged and older men. Although this condition is not typically deadly, if left untreated it can lead to serious health issues like restricted urine flow, frequent urination, urinary tract infection and kidney malfunction.
Fortunately, there are several natural remedies to help prevent and reduce prostate hypertrophy symptoms.
Lifestyle and diet changes
Lifestyle and diet both have a big impact on your prostate health. Certain diet and lifestyle changes may significantly help relieve the symptoms of BPH or enlarged prostate. Some lifestyle changes which may be beneficial to those who prefer the natural way over surgery or drug therapy include:
- Avoid or limit caffeine and alcohol intake
- Avoid or limit red meat or processed food consumption
- Avoid sugar-sweetened drinks and sodas
- Try to urinate more frequently, maybe once every three hours
- Stay active by engaging in various physical activities like swimming, jogging, walking or biking
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Switch to a low-fat diet with more servings of vegetables
- Eat plenty foods that are rich in omega-3 foods
Some foods that promote good prostate health include:
- Wheat germ
- Skinless poultry
- Low-fat dairy
- Citrus fruits
- Red berries
- Baked beans
- Bell peppers
Also read about which foods you should avoid if you have BPH.
A form of hydrotherapy, sitz baths are known to effectively provide relief for BPH symptoms. It relaxes the muscle in the prostate, which helps ease the constriction of the bladder neck and urethra, increasing blood circulation in the pelvic area.
A sitz bath could be done using cold, hot or lukewarm water. However, hot bath seems to be more beneficial. For a hot sitz bath, fill the bathtub with hot water (about 105-115 degrees Fahrenheit) for about 3-10 minutes while sponging the pelvic region with cool water.
For a cold sitz bath, fill two tubs with water. Fill one tub with hot water and cold water on the other. Sit for about 3 minutes in the tub with hot water and 30 seconds in the tub with cold water. Repeat this procedure 3-4 times. Make sure that the last bath is with the cool water.
Like many other health issues, proper exercise has been linked to improved prostate health. Even low to moderate exercises like walking could benefit the prostate. Here are two types of pelvic-strengthening exercises that may help ease your BPH symptoms:
- Kegels. Commonly prescribed for women, Kegels are a type of exercise that involves pelvic-strengthening movements. It is known to help alleviate the discomfort of enlarged prostate by tightening the pelvic muscles. It also helps in urination control. Kegel exercises involve emptying the bladder, lying on the floor with knees bent apart, and tightening and relaxing the pelvic muscles for about five seconds intervals, repeating the movements for 10-20 times, 2-4 times a day.
- Resistance exercises and aerobics. Resistance exercises like lifting weights, swimming and push-ups are also known to help relieve the symptoms of BPH as these help tighten the pelvic floor area and promote prostate health. Aerobic exercises may include running, playing tennis or basketball, jogging and walking. These should be done for at least 30 minutes, 2-3 times a week.
Supplements and herbs
Certain supplements and herbs have been known to promote prostate health and help manage the symptoms of enlarged prostate. Consider trying supplements with the following contents:
- Saw palmetto berries extract. This extract contains nutrients that help minimize BPH symptoms by altering hormone levels.
- Beta-sitosterol. A mixture of cholesterol-like nutrients called “sitosterols”, beta-sitosterol is taken from various herbs. This nutrient is known to help relieve urinary symptoms related to BPH.
- Nettle root extract. Also known as Urtica dioica, this extract is rich in plant sterols and fatty acids. It also contains choline, triterpenes, serotonin and a special type of coumarin, which is known as a blood thinning substance. Nettle root is known to help improve post-void residual urine volume and urinary flow rate, which helps relieve the symptoms of BPH and may help shrink the prostate enlargement.
- Bark from pygeum tree. Also known as Pygeum africanum or African plum tree, this herb seems promising for relieving BPH symptoms. It helps reduce inflammation, suppresses prostate growth factors and reduces prolactin levels, which in turn, decreases testosterone uptake in the prostate. It also helps increase bladder elasticity and prostatic secretions. Moreover, it is also a good source of beta-sitosterol like the nettle root and saw palmetto.
Talk to a Urologist About Your Enlarged Prostate
Considering talking to a professional urologist if you have questions or concerns about enlarged prostate or BPH symptoms. At the Alarcon Urology Center, we can quickly diagnose the problem and recommend effective natural remedies and other treatment options.