7 Natural Practices for a Healthy Prostate

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Benign prostatic hypertrophy, or BPH, affects nearly all men once they reach an advanced age. More than 50% of men in their 60’s and 80% of men aged 70-89 have BPH symptoms. Although there is scant clinical evidence for the effectiveness of naturopathic remedies, it’s worth exploring some alternatives that could bring relief.

Do you suspect you could have benign prostatic hypertrophy? Call Prostate Specialists of Miami at (786) 500-5347 to schedule a consultation with an interventional radiologist.

1. Get Some Sunlight

Spending too much time indoors can increase your chances of developing prostate cancer. As humans, we need sufficient Vitamin D for our organs to function correctly. Low vitamin D levels can affect your kidneys, prostate, pancreas, and more.

If you suffer from any condition that may prevent you from getting sufficient sun exposure, you may have to find other sources of Vitamin D. Some of the best places to find Vitamin D include:

  • Red meat, especially beef liver
  • Fish rich in fat, like tuna and salmon
  • Egg yolks
  • Products fortified with Vitamin D, like milk, yogurt, cereals, etc.

2. Eat Healthily

Speaking of consuming foods rich in Vitamin D, you also need to maintain an overall healthy diet. In particular, green, leafy vegetables provide many of the nutrients your body needs to function at peak performance. Leafy greens can also help reduce the size of your prostate. Some of the best green vegetables for prostate health include:

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Broccoli

Likewise, try to limit your consumption of BBQ items, especially those with significant charring. The chemical reaction that occurs when charring meat proves carcinogenic, which may increase your risk of prostate cancer.

Finally, you might consider working with a nutritionist if you feel like you may have an enlarging prostate. Outside support can make all the difference when trying to stick to a healthy diet.

3. Try Saw Palmetto

Studies show that saw palmetto can inhibit overactive growth of the prostate and even reverse symptoms of BPH. Found in the southeast United States, saw palmetto represents the only species in the Serenoa genus. Many health companies produce saw palmetto extract and market it in capsule form.

While the scientific studies surrounding saw palmetto remain mixed, several have shown that patients who consume the plant experienced more of a reduction in BPH symptoms than those who took a placebo. Plus, scientists report no harmful effects related to the consumption of saw palmetto.

4. Schedule a Physical

One of the best ways to maintain the health of your prostate is to keep up with regular prostate checks. Prostate checks become even more important once you reach age 40, especially if your doctor considers you at high risk for developing prostate cancer. Men who come from African or Scandinavian heritage have an increased risk of prostate cancer. However, a family history of prostate cancer represents the primary risk factor.

5. Exercise

While daily exercise supports the healthy function of almost all organ systems, it proves especially efficacious at reducing the risk of BPH and prostate cancer. Regular exercise moderates some of the risk factors related to diseases of the prostate by:

  • Relieving tension
  • Decreasing stress
  • Supporting immunity
  • Balancing hormone levels

Scientific studies show that both aerobic exercises and weightlifting can reduce BPH symptoms and prevent the development of prostate cancer. However, aerobic exercise does appear more effective than anaerobic exercise.

6. Drink Green Tea

Many men who suffer from BPH swear by green tea to find relief from some of the more uncomfortable symptoms of the disease. Much of the science that has investigated the relation between green tea consumption and reduced BPH symptoms seems to support their claims. However, you will need to drink up to four cups per day to enjoy green tea’s beneficial effects.

Green tea contains several antioxidants known to prevent cancer, including catechins and polyphenols. These antioxidants seem responsible for much of the decrease in BPH symptoms reported by patients.

7. Lose Weight

There is a notable link between obesity and poor prostate health, including BPH and prostate cancer. Sufferers of BPH should aim to lose about one or two pounds per week by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Your doctor will help you determine a healthy weight for you based on your age, height, and other factors.

Once you’ve reached your goal weight, you can expect a slight improvement in your BPH symptoms. However, if you do not notice an improvement or experience worsening symptoms, several medical treatments remain available to you.

Dealing with Symptoms of BPH? Contact Prostate Specialists of Miami

If you’ve already tried natural practices for a healthy prostate and still suffer from frequent urination, weak flow, or incomplete elimination, call our team at Prostate Specialists of Miami. Dial (786) 500-5347 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation with Interventional Radiologist Dr. Adam S. Gropper, M.D., to determine if Prostate Artery Embolization can solve your BPH once and for all. Dr. Gropper has been practicing vascular and interventional radiology in Florida since 1999. He has training as an engineer and a medical doctor and a decade of experience as chief of radiology. Over the years, Dr. Gropper has performed countless vascular procedures. When you choose to work with Dr. Gropper and Prostate Specialists of Miami for your PAE procedure, you can trust that you’re receiving top medical care that combines state-of-the-art technology with a caring, patient-centric approach.

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