A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
I had a question the other day about benign prostatic hyperplasia, also called BPH.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia is an enlarged prostate gland.
Your prostate gland surrounds your urethra, the tube that carries urine from your bladder out of your body.
As your prostate gets bigger, it may squeeze or partly block your urethra.
This often causes problems with urinating.
BPH occurs in almost all men as they age.
BPH isn’t cancer.
An enlarged prostate can be a nuisance.
But it’s usually not a serious problem.
About half of all men older than 75 have some symptoms.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia is also known as benign prostatic hypertrophy.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia is probably a normal part of the aging process in men, caused by changes in hormone balance and in cell growth.
BPH causes urinary problems such as:
>Trouble getting a urine stream started and completely stopped (dribbling).
>Often feeling like you need to urinate. This feeling may even wake you up at night.
>A weak urine stream.
>A sense that your bladder isn’t completely empty after you urinate.
In a small number of cases, BPH may cause your bladder to be blocked, making it impossible or extremely hard to urinate.
This problem may cause backed-up urine (urinary retention), leading to bladder infections or stones or kidney damage.
BPH doesn’t cause prostate cancer and doesn’t affect a man’s ability to father children.
It doesn’t cause erection problems.
As a rule, you don’t need treatment for BPH unless the symptoms bother you or you have other problems like backed-up urine, bladder infections, or bladder stones.
Although home treatment can’t stop your prostate from getting larger, it can help reduce or control your symptoms.
To deal with BPH it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily hydrates body and brain cells and flushes toxins (whether thirsty or not!).
*Review my post on candida.
*Increase exercise, relaxation techniques.
*Increase fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible).
*Consider fresh juicing.
*Consume plenty of fresh, raw, unroasted pumpkin seeds.
*Increase fiber intake.
*Ensure good bowel function; avoid constipation.
*Consider a liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Decrease toxic exposures (food and environmental).
*Decrease any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, deep-fried foods, margarine, fast foods, artificial sweeteners.
*Decrease sugar, sweets, white flour products, processed foods.
*Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*Maintain a healthy weight.