Do you have prostate problems? Do you have problem with urination? Prostate problems are quite common amongst men aging between 45 and 50 years. But then, if not attended to carefully, they can turn fatal.
So, how can you prevent or treat prostate problems before they become serious? And what are the different kinds of prostate problems in the first place? This post has the answers. Read on!
Given below are the three most common prostate problems. These can lead to serious health issues and hence, should not be ignored if any of the symptoms are experienced.
Prostatitis is an infection of the prostate gland. It can happen at any age. There are three types of prostatitis namely:
b. Acute Bacterial Prostatitis:
This is caused by the urinary tract bacteria that enter the prostate gland through blood or flow of semen, etc. Common symptoms include frequent urination mostly at night, and pain in the genital or pelvic area.
b. Chronic Bacterial Prostatitis:
This term is used when there is a recurring prostate infection that may cause inflammation or pain. Symptoms of this prostatitis are frequent urge of urination, painful urination, painful ejaculation, difficulty in urination, etc.
c. Chronic Non-Bacterial Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome:
This is the most common form of prostatitis. It occurs in men who are between 35 and 50 years of age. This condition is characterized by inflammation and aches in prostate and the lower urinary tract. Symptoms of this condition are painful urination, difficulty in urination, blood in urine or semen, painful ejaculation, pain in the back, penis, or near genitals.
2. Prostate Enlargement or BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia/Enlarged Prostate):
In this condition, the prostate gland enlarges but does not become cancerous. It is common in men aged above 50 years. This condition also has urinary symptoms like difficult urination, frequent urination, lack of strength in the urine stream (weak flow), urination dribbling and feeling a full bladder even after urination.
3. Prostate Cancer:
It is one of the common cancers in men. Sometimes it remains in the prostate gland and doesn’t affect other body parts. However, if precautions are not taken, other parts may get affected. Its symptoms include trouble while urinating, blood in the urine, weak urinal flow, pain in the genital area, etc.
What Foods To Avoid To Prevent Prostate Problems?
When we have any health issues, we are advised to eat certain food items and to avoid others. Prostate problems are no exception. The food items given below act as trigger foods in prostate issues and hence, need to be avoided.
- Red meat and processed meat like pork, sausages, beef, etc. should be avoided as few compounds present in them may increase the risk of cancer.
- Spicy and acidic food should also be avoided as they can worsen enlarged prostate problems. So watch out your spice intake!
- Avoid caffeine such as cold drinks, coffee, tea, chocolates, as their consumption may give rise to prostrate problems.
- Alcohol can also worsen the enlarged prostrate condition and hence, should be avoided.
- Dairy foods like cheese, curd, etc. though considered healthy, should be avoided if one has prostate problems as the abundant amount of calcium present in them may increase the risk of prostate cancer and worsen the symptoms.
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Simple Remedies To Treat Prostate Problems
Now that you know about prostate problems, go ahead and know the simple remedies that can treat them!
Tomatoes are good for prostate health as they contain a plant pigment called lycopene that is a powerful antioxidant. Consumption of tomatoes decreases prostate enlargement and reduces the risk of prostate cancer by killing the cancer causing cells. It also controls excess urination that is one of the symptoms of prostrate problem. You can drink tomato juice daily or use it in a puree form or salads.
2. Warm Bath:
Warm bath is a good and effective home remedy for prostate inflammation or prostate enlargement. One can sit in a warm water bath tub for half an hour with the water level up to the waist. Warm bath eases pain and inflammation. It also kills bacteria that cause prostrate problems.
3. Pumpkin Seeds:
Presence of phytosterols and other compounds in pumpkin seeds helps in shrinking enlarged prostate. They also contain chemicals that may prevent the transformation of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). High levels of DHT are associated with an enlarged prostate. Their consumption eases urination problem that is a common symptom of prostrate problem.
You can take approx. 80 grams of pumpkin seeds daily in a powdered, baked or in a raw form. This is an effective home remedy. But be careful if you are having excess urination as this might worsen the problem.
4. Green Tea:
Green tea is very healthy and studies have shown that it is also effective in treating prostate problems. The powerful antioxidants and other few compounds in green tea reduce prostatitis problems, slow down prostate cancer growth and reduce the risk of cancer. Green tea also helps in controlling excess urination. So, regular consumption of green tea can be a great home remedy for prostate cancer.
We all are aware of the medicinal properties of basil herb. Studies have shown that consumption of basil eases prostate symptoms by treating an enlarged prostate. Basil intake also combats prostate cancer and tumor problems. Basil has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce prostrate inflammation. You can consume 1-2 teaspoons of basil juice daily or add it to your recipes as leaves or in a powdered form.
6. Corn Silk:
Corn silk intake helps in treating prostate enlargement and prostrate infections. It reduces prostrate and urinary tract inflammation, thus easing the symptoms of prostate problems. You can simmer 6 ears of corn silk for 10 minutes. Then strain and drink its water. This should be done thrice a week. Another way is to consume its tea. It is an old and effective remedy for prostrate problem.
7. Water Melon Seeds:
Watermelon seeds are good for prostatitis problem. They contain antioxidants that cleanse toxins from your body, urinary tract, bladder and help in treating prostrate problems like prostatitis. You can eat watermelon seeds or boil them in water. Drink this water daily for 9-10 days. Water melon seeds also reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
8. Sesame Seeds:
Sesame seeds are extremely beneficial for prostate health. Intake of sesame seeds in your regualr diet is one the best home remedies for prostate cancer prevention. You can soak sesame seeds overnight and chew them in the morning for a few minutes.
9. Stinging Nettle Root:
Stinging nettle is also an effective home remedy for urination problems like painful urination, frequent urination etc., that are caused due to an enlarged prostrate (BPH). The use of nettle root does not treat an enlarged prostate, but it eases urination problems that occur due to the enlargement of prostate.
10. Carrot Juice:
Studies have shown that carrot juice is beneficial in combating prostate problems like prostatitis and prostate cancer. You can drink a glass of fresh carrot juice daily for treating prostrate problems. Combine carrot juice with other healthy juices like spinach or beetroot juice to get a wholesome glass of goodness!
Goldenseal is a popular herb of the United States that has several medicinal properties. It is also used in treating acute prostatitis and prostate infections. It possesses antibiotic properties that remove bacteria that cause prostate disorders. It also helps in shrinking enlarged prostrate. Its diuretic property also eases urination difficulty.
12. Turmeric Root Or Curcumin:
We all know that turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that help in reducing prostatitis problem. Studies have shown that turmeric also helps in treating prostate cancer and reduces its risk. You can boil turmeric root in water and drink that water after straining. Add a little honey for taste. Alternatively, you can also add turmeric powder in milk.
13. Kegel Exercise:
Kegel exercise is good for prostate health. This exercise strengthens the pelvic floor muscles. It has proven to be effective in treating urination problems due to prostate enlargement or other prostrate issues.
Before performing the exercise, ensure that your bladder is empty. Lie down and tighten your pelvic floor muscles for 3 seconds. Then relax for 5 seconds and do 4-5 repetitions. Focus on your pelvic muscles while doing this exercise.
14. Saw Palmetto:
Saw palmetto is a plant whose ripe fruit possesses medicinal properties. It is an effective remedy for treating enlarged prostate or BPH. It is used to ease urinary symptoms of prostate glands. Its diuretic properties increase urine flow and ease painful urination while the anti-inflammatory properties help in decreasing prostrate inflammation. It can be used in the form of tea, capsules or as a liquid extract.
Drinking more water is suggested in the case of prostatitis as water increases the flow of urine and flushes out toxins or bacteria that cause prostatitis. Sometimes complete removal of urine does not take place due to the enlargement of the prostate, and this is when water aids urination.
These remedies will aid in the treatment of prostate problems. However, remember that doctor’s advice and medical intervention are a must to totally cure these problems.
And if you know of any other home remedies for prostate problems, share with us by commenting in the box below!
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