A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Prostatitis
I had a question the other day about prostatitis.
Prostatitis is swelling or infection of the prostate gland.
It often hurts.
The prostate gland sits just below a man’s bladder and makes part of the fluid for semen.
In young men, the prostate is about the size of a walnut.
It usually grows larger as you grow older.
There are several types of prostatitis.
They vary based on how long a man has had the problem and what kind of symptoms he has.
Sometimes prostatitis is caused by bacteria, but often the cause isn’t known.
Symptoms of long-term prostatitis are often mild and start slowly over weeks or months.
They may include:
>An urge to urinate often, but only passing small amounts of urine.
>A burning pain when you urinate.
>A problem starting the urine stream, urinating in waves rather than in a steady stream, urine flow that’s weaker than normal, and dribbling after urinating.
>Waking up at night to urinate often.
>A feeling of not completely emptying your bladder.
>Pain in your lower back, in the area between the testicles and anus, in the lower belly or upper thighs, or above the pubic area. Pain may be worse during a bowel movement.
>Some pain during or after ejaculation.
>Pain in the tip of your penis.
Symptoms of acute prostatitis are the same, but they start suddenly and are severe.
They may also include a fever and chills.
Some men may have no symptoms.
Prostatitis caused by bacteria is treated with antibiotics and self-care.
If it isn’t caused by bacteria, it usually gets better with home treatment.
To deal with prostatitis 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.