Activities For A Healthy Prostate

Sex Is Good

Sex is good for health. Men who are sexually active and pleased with their sex lives are healthier, happier, and live longer. In addition, studies have found that increased ejaculation frequency was related to lower risk of prostate cancer. Do not miss out on the most appealing opportunity to reduce your risk of cancer and improve the quality of your life in general.

Many urologists believe prostatitis can occur with extremes of sexual activity. Ejaculation on an excessive basis (as if that were truly definable, but generally believed to be more than twice daily) might irritate the prostatic ducts. Going prolonged periods without ejaculation (similarly impossible to define, but probably a matter of months) might lead to congestion. Either might create the irritation synonymous with prostatitis.

Of course, the other responsibilities of sexual activity still apply. Unless you are in a monogamous relationship and desiring paternity, you should use condoms or whatever means necessary to protect from pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.

Regular Exercise

Stay active. Inactivity causes you to retain urine. Even a small amount of exercise can help reduce urinary problems caused by BPH. Exercise helps to regulate hormonal levels, increase cardiovascular fitness and health, and reduce cholesterol levels.

Some medical practitioners feel that the cause of the enlargement is an accumulation of testosterone in the prostate itself. Using up the testosterone is possibly the answer, so engage in sports, sexual activity, and work with zeal, if you can.

Exercise 3—4 times weekly for 20—40 minutes with a mixture of cardiovascular exercise (walking, gentle jogging, running) and resistance exercise (yoga, lunges, weights).

Regular exercise also has the benefit of increased circulation and oxygen to the prostate area.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture may help some symptoms of BPH. Relief may only be transitory if the enlarged prostate is not managed appropriately with nutritional treatments. Initial treatment should be on a weekly basis. If there is improvement, which should be noticeable within the first five or six treatments, continue until no further benefit is apparent. Treatments every one to three months may be needed, particularly if symptoms tend to recur.

Lifestyle Hints

Here are some simple lifestyle adjustments that you can make to minimize the impact prostate enlargement has on your life:

• Men over forty should have regular prostate check-ups.

• A PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test can differentiate an enlarged prostate gland (BHP) from prostate cancer. See your doctor for details.

• Avoid toxins, especially pesticides, herbicides, chemicals (household and environmental), cadmium (from cigarette smoke), food preservatives, artificial colourings, flavourings or sugars, and environmental toxins. Toxins, pesticides and chemicals increase enlargement of prostate glands and abnormal cell growth, and cadmium from cigarette smoke increases the activity of an enzyme (5-alpha-reductase) that converts testosterone to DHT.

• If the prostate feels hot and unbearably inflamed and urination is a nightmare, use a clay poultice over the area at nighttime. Use equal parts of the following: bentonite clay, slippery elm inner bark, barberry root bark, and lavender leaf and flower powder, with enough castor oil to turn it all into a paste.

• Hot and cold showers will also increase circulation and oxygen to the area.

• Some men may develop prostatitis as a result of trauma to the perineum. The classic occurrence is among bicycle riders, whose seats press against the gland during riding. Excessive bicycle riding can also cause erectile dysfunction.

• Similarly, truck and tractor driving or other forms of driving for long periods is sometimes blamed on prostate problems.

• Some practitioners believe wearing briefs (as opposed to boxers) may cause excessive heat accumulation, leading to a decreased sperm count and prostate problems.

• Go when you feel the urge. Try to urinate when you first feel the urge. Waiting too long to urinate may overstretch the bladder muscle and cause damage.

• Schedule bathroom visits. Try to urinate at regular times to “retrain” the bladder. This can be done every four to six hours during the day and can be especially useful if you have severe frequency and urgency.

• Keep warm. Colder temperatures can cause urine retention and increase your urgency to urinate.

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