Prostate-related problems can be in the form of prostate cancer, prostatitis, or benign prostate hyperplasia. Medical treatments are given along with other natural methods of assisting the medications and promotion of better prostate function. Maintaining a well-balanced diet, consistent exercise, and other physical activities act as both a preventive measure for healthy individuals and as a support to medications for men who are already suffering from prostate problems. Furthermore, these habits prevent the prostate from further deterioration and alleviate symptoms especially along with prescribed treatments. This is especially true for severe prostate conditions such as chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Significant changes in one’s diet and lifestyle are required to fully maximize the benefits of antibiotics and other kinds of treatment.
Take some tea
Among the many variants of tea all over the world, green tea and hibiscus tea are considered the best ones for reinforcing prostate health. These two are rich in antioxidants—making them not only effective for preventing diseases but also improving the condition of a sick person. Green tea has been revealed in multiple studies to have anti-cancer properties in addition to antioxidants. To be specific, its effects against prostate cancer are successful in preventing cancer formation and delaying the growth of prostate cancer cells.
However, it is advised to proceed with caution when it comes to choosing tea for a specific health condition. The caffeine content in most teas can worsen the illness of a person suffering from prostate and bladder issues. One research involving men consuming 234 mg of caffeine or more every day is found to be 72% at risk of urinary incontinence than men who are not heavy caffeine consumers. Caffeine only worsens bladder pain whether it is related to prostate conditions or not. As early as now, cutting on your coffee, soda, and energy drink consumption will pay off in the future.
So, choose wisely when you’re planning to buy a tea for yourself or another person you know who has a prostate problem. Be meticulous and only pick caffeine-free teas. Another healthier alternative is drinking more water to aid in the urination process.
Staying Physically Active
Promoting prostate health via exercising and other ways of staying fit and physically active is also greatly encouraged. Moderate to intense exercises have been supported by various scientific studies to visibly lower the chances of acquiring benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) and urinary tract symptoms. In addition, exercising also helps in improving one’s sexual stamina, performance and even alleviating erectile dysfunction, leading to increased sexual satisfaction.
The importance and urgency of exercising are placed on obese people. Make no mistake—this isn’t related to body shaming and discrimination. Rather, this is because medical studies point to the high correlation between being overweight and sexual dysfunction and prostate diseases. To cite legitimate research, one study published in the Journal of Urology analyzed the condition of overweight men and their risks for developing a BPH. Unfortunately, men with a considerable amount of abdominal fat are more vulnerable to BPH compared to their non-obese counterparts. The good news is that losing weight also takes some of the excess sizes of the prostate, thereby shrinking it gradually. Start burning those fats for a healthier prostate and bring back some spice to your sex life.
Adjusting Your Diet to Your Health Condition
If you’re not sure where to start in switching up your diet to a healthier one, then look for foods that are especially rich in antioxidants. They help mitigate the growth process of cancer cells. Foods rich in omega-3 acids are abundant in fatty types of fish. Vegetables, avocados, nuts, and olives are also recommended. Additionally, Asian mushrooms, tomatoes, pomegranate, and walnuts are especially noted for their ability to ward off prostate cancer cells.
Cultures and countries that have a low prostate cancer risk have diets that are mainly composed of fish and plant sources of protein. Interestingly, their diet is low in sugar and saturated fats as opposed to the regular American lifestyle. For instance, you can search about the Mediterranean diet if you want to feel inspired into switching your diet into something healthier and prostate-friendly.
Supplementing with Multivitamins
Taking food supplements to ensure you get sufficient and consistent amounts of nutrients is another addition to the list of promoting overall health, including the prostate. This is a huge step for men who want to avoid developing the disease later in their life and for those who want to improve the condition of their prostate.
All forms of stress have a detrimental effect on a person’s health—specifically on prostate health. One actual instance that most men may not know is that at times of stress, they are often unaware that they are already tightening their pelvic muscles. This mannerism seems harmless at first, but repetition and prolonged tightening of those muscles may result in problems related to the pelvic floor muscle, including chronic prostatitis. For men suffering from benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), stress aggravates the symptoms of frequent and painful urination.
Not only do external sources of stress further worsen prostate conditions. It can also be the other way around! For some men, the source of their anxiety and stress is their illness itself which can be a never-ending process. Concrete measures in managing stress and releasing tension can be achieved by activities that are relaxing. Activities like yoga, exercises, meditation, and tai chi are all focused on one’s breathing. This helps in shifting your focus from the source of your worries to the rhythm and consistency of the breath. Furthermore, being immersed in physical activity is also a great outlet for releasing stress stored in your body.
Change is Good
Making significant improvements to your lifestyle will benefit you in the long run. Don’t let the unpleasant feeling of adjusting and unfamiliar routines discourage you. Remember that this will only be temporary. Realize that the benefits and financial cost of changing your lifestyle for the better always outweigh the uneasy feeling during the adjustment period. Seize the opportunity that there is still something you can do to prevent or avoid the worst-case scenario.