In the 2004 film, Crash, Matt Dillon wakes up to the sound of loud grunting. He pushes open the bathroom door to find his dad seated on the toilet painfully trying to force out pee. While both men are talking, his dad cuts him off “wait! I think it’s coming out!” Only to be let down again.
Odds are, your urinary problems are not as severe… and never will be (knock on wood). But the common denominator amongst all male urinary difficulties is – an enlarged prostate, also known as Benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH).
The symptoms you are suffering only gets worse over time as the prostate continues to grow bigger… further constricting the urethra (the tube inside your penis hole that urine flows out of). This pressure causes your urine stream to weaken. So you only release a little bit of urine at a time -always feeling the urge to “go” from your bladder never being fully emptied. Symptoms include:
- Difficulty urinating
- Involuntary stopping and starting of urination
- Straining to empty the bladder
- Feeling of incomplete emptying
- Frequent urgency to pee
- Irritation while urinating
- Faint urinary stream
- Frequent nighttime urination
- Chronic urinary tract infections
- Prostate tenderness
Aside from urinary issues, BPH is also linked to erectile dysfunction. An estimated 80% of men who suffer an enlarged prostate report trouble “getting it up”. For some, it is failing to achieve a full erection – only able to get somewhat hard. For others, they can’t get any erection at all.
The good news is, prostate problems can be resolved. And in this short article, you will discover how to quickly reduce your prostate and urinary symptoms with 4 foods you can start eating today and 3 food you want to avoid as much as possible if you want to save your prostate. Before revealing what they are… first you should know…
What causes BPH or an enlarged prostate? And will you die from it?
An enlarged prostate is NOT cancerous. So it’s usually not fatal. It is a common condition that affects nearly every man at some point in his life. An estimated 40% of men in their 40s experience peeing problems. And by age 80… 90% of all men suffer from it.
For most men in their 40’s that are going through prostate hell now… it usually gets worse as you age.
There are a variety of causes that’s making your prostate grow. It may even be from a combination of a few factors. But the #1 trigger in most men is a hormone called Dihydrotestosterone or DHT for short.
A crucial hormone that helps your prostate grow as your body physical develops, DHT continues to enlarge your prostate even once your body matures. Worse, DHT levels rise as you age.
So the most powerful thing you can do now to fight urinary problems… and even reversing it… is keeping your DHT production under control and lowering it.
Top 3 Foods To AVOID to shrink and protect your prostate.
Mass Produced Food
Mass-produced foods are affordable, palate appealing and ready-to-eat. Almost always packaged in cardboard, plastic wraps or cans, these foods you can just tear open and consume… or pop into the microwave… are loaded with fake flavor additives, preservatives and colorants. These artificial substances enhance flavoring, appeal and shelf life, but these chemicals increases estrogen in your body, increasing DHT production.
Diet High in Sugar
Excessive sugar increases inflammation – a metabolic condition that also triggers the cells in your prostate to grow.
Trans-Fats and Other ‘Wrong’ Fats
Most oils used in modern cooking are inflammatory, triggering a surge in prostate enlarging DHT. Inflammatory cooking oil… also known as omega 6… includes healthy sounding, yet harmful “Vegetable or plant oils” and “nut and seed” oils. Overconsuming too many of these fats promote inflammation to the prostate and contribute to BPH.
4 foods that relieve BPH
Selenium is a nutrient your prostate needs everyday to maintain a healthy size. And Brazilian nuts packs in more selenium than almost any food.
In a recent meta-analysis published in the journal Medicine, researchers examined 17 clinical studies on the benefits of selenium for your prostate and the results were conclusive. The higher the selenium levels in a man’s blood, the LOWER the risk prostate cancer and BPH later in life.
Without selenium, the mitochondria, tiny motor inside your cells, are unable to produce antioxidants that fights cell growth in the prostate.
Selenium also improves testicular health, promoting better production testosterone (Declining testosterone is linked to increased DHT).
It’s hard to believe that those pumpkin seeds that we roasted at Halloween as kids, would hold the natural chemicals and compounds needed to restore prostate health, but it does!
Shown to slash night bathroom trips dramatically, pumpkin seed is a very potent remedy for BPH or prostate enlargement. And it’s no surprise.
First, the oil is a prostate nutrient bonanza. It’s filled with healthy fatty acids, antioxidants, and phytosterols. Phytosterols are pure magic for prostate health and urine flow.
Plus, pumpkin seeds are also packed with zinc, one of the most important minerals for prostate health. The prostate contains the highest concentrations of zinc in the male body – Zinc helps insulate sperm in a safe, sterile environment that protects sperm. It also keeps testosterone levels healthy.
According to the National Institute of Health. “Pumpkin seed extract has been shown to be useful in the treatment of frequent urination at night… and the results were significant.”
Lycocene is a powerful carotenoid antioxidant that’s highly concentrated in the prostate, so we know it’s a nutrient your prostate cells crave.
A study that included over 46,000 men and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows a correlation between lycopene intake and a lowered risk of prostate issues later in life
Cranberry (extract) is one of the most potent solutions for healthy urine flow and better volume. Studies show that cranberry extract delivers significant improvements, and can help as much as 7 out of 10 men with a healthier urinary system.
An amazing antioxidant called proanthocyanidins that normalizes prostate muscle tone to support contraction for emptying and decreasing residual urine volume
In a double blind , placebo controlled study on a natural cranberry extract, the results were remarkable.
The test included 124 test subjects and showed that daily cranberry intake reduces the amount of urine left in the bladder . Patients also reported more satisfying empty feeling while boosting urinary flow and volume.