As anybody who has ever been afflicted with a BPH or prostate infection knows, it is a nuisance and any unsuspecting individual can be a victim if utmost care is not exercised in terms of precautions and lifestyle habits. However, even if a little hard to predict or avert, BPH is indeed easily treatable if diagnosed in the early stages.
Even though living with prostate problems takes away the quality of your life and leaves you chronically frustrated and upset, certain lifestyle changes and natural remedies can help you manage the symptoms of an enlarged prostate and prostatitis, and avert your condition from exacerbating:
Limit Your Fluid Intake
Guaranteed, Getting your fill of fluids is indispensable for managing your health, remember that what goes in must come out again. While you can meet the fluid demands of your body all through the day, refrain from drinking anything a few hours before going to bed. Caffeinated beverages should especially be avoided, such as tea and coffee, since being diuretic; they boost the production of urine, resulting in those frequent trips to the washroom. Not to mention, caffeinated beverages keep you up at night, making you more aware of the urge to empty your bladder again and again.
Shy Away From Alcohol
You may have heard that liquor, wine, and beer irritate your stomach when you have ulcer or a reflux; these same drinks wreak havoc on your already sensitized Prostate. It’s imperative to keep your alcohol intake in check, especially at diner meals. Being a Diuretic, alcohol increase your urine output, causing your bladder to bloat up more than you’d like.
Say no to Spices
You may be enamored with jalapenos or hot sauce on your burgers; spices aggravate the bladder, causing nighttime voiding and an increase in urinary frequency at night.
Abstain From Acidic Fruits
Acidic fruits such as grapefruits, oranges, lime, and tomatoes are acidic in nature and only serve to further irritate your urinary tract and intensify inflammation. Other fruits, such as strawberries, plum, grapes, peaches, and apples also lead to bladder and prostate irritation and should be avoided. You should also steer clear of juices prepared from these fruits. Lemon is the only citrus fruits that alkalizes the body and can be used to bring your body PH level back into balance
Check your Medication
Certain medication, such as hydrochlorothiazide and Lasix are diuretics, thus boosting the production of urine. It is highly prudent to consume these medications earlier in the day, when frequent visits to the washroom do not pose as big a challenge. In addition, you may also discuss with your doctor about possibly lowering the doses of these medications, especially the evening pills if nighttime urination is affecting the quality of your lifestyle.
Steer Clear of decongestants and antihistamines
All decongestants and antihistamines should be avoided, as they cause the bladder to release the force of contraction, resulting in an ability to empty the bladder completely. Even if you do have to use antihistamines, it’s better to use them earlier in the day.
Not releasing your bladder when the nature calls or “holding it in”, greatly enhances the chances of bacteria multiplying. One of the best preventive cautions and remedies for Prostate infections is to urinate frequently, instead of waiting for the urge to become an absolute necessity. Keep making these bathroom runs even if it comes out in small trickles. Holding off on the urge to urinate distends the bladder over time, resulting in muscle weakness which hinders the flow of urine out the bladder.
Empty Your Bladder on Schedule
You can use a clock to help with urination and discipline your bladder. If you realize that you are making infrequent trips to the bathroom, especially at night, try to release your bladder every 3-4 hours, even if you don’t feel the urge to urinate. Putting your bladder on a schedule helps you maintain a normal lifestyle, one that doesn’t involve searching for a restroom in the middle of your activities.
Avoid Cold Seats
Those uncomfortably cold seats, such as freezing toilet seats or those at the football games in the winter, can pose troubles for your bladder. The cold temperatures can contract the muscles around your prostate, making it extremely difficult to pass out urine. It’s better to use a seat warmer, or something simpler such as a cushion or a blanket to keep your bottom warm and toasted.
Avoid Pressure on Your Prostate
If you have to ride a bike for long distance, be sure to stand on the pedal every ten to fifteen minutes to alleviate the pressure off your prostate gland. Additionally, replace the seat on your bike with one that incorporates a groove down the middle to keep additional pressure off your prostate, especially if you have an already aggravated prostate.
Practice Pelvic Floor Muscle Training
While initially intended to help women with childbirth, the pelvic floor muscle exercises may prevent men suffering from prostate problems avert urine leakage, especially after surgical procedures. These exercises help to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles that both close the sphincter and support the bladder.
Performing the Exercises
Since the pelvic floor muscles are hard to isolate and sometimes internal, doctors recommend that you practice this exercise while urinating. The patient is asked to contract the muscles until they feel that the urine flow is completely stopped or at least slowed down. Each contraction should be ideally held for 20 seconds for maximum effectiveness, before the contractions are released. Each patient should perform five to fifteen contractions, at least 3 times daily.
Ample studies have proven that salt-preserved and salty foods are a major culprit in causing stomach cancers, since salt may deteriorate the lining of the stomach. In addition, salty foods are also discovered to exacerbate prostate infections. When shopping for groceries, it’s prudent to opt for foods with a lower salt content. According to the Department of Health, salt laden foods incorporate more than 1.5g of salt per 100g, and low-salt foods contain less than 0.3g of salt per 100g. Moderation is after all, the key to prevention. Since bacon, sausages, and other cured meats are loaded with salt, it is better to opt for fresh, unprocessed food.
Not does cutting on calories help you garner that sculpted body you always wished for, averting high calorie foods, such as fast foods, biscuits, chips, crisps, and chocolate could help prevent prostate cancer in the long run. These foods boost the risks of cancer since they make you overweight. In general, unprocessed foods are the healthiest of the group, ones which are devoid of extra fat or sugar added to them. You can keep your cancer risk and weight scale on the low by binging on fruits, pulses, whole grains, and fresh vegetables.
Cut Back on Sugar
Bacteria need sugar to feed on and thrive. People, who cut back on sugar in the midst of a prostate infection, can thwart the multiplication of bacteria. Every product incorporating sugar, such as crackers, soda, cookies, processed food products, candies, cakes, and starchy foods should be avoided.