A seemingly simple symptom such as slight difficulty in urination to going to the bathroom frequently could be signs of something more serious. As easy as it is to brush it off, over 50% of men in their 60’s and around 90% in their 70’s and 80’s suffers from enlarged prostates. These are the common ages when prostate health really becomes a problem but it doesn’t just happen overnight.
Prostate health can be difficult to identify in its early stages of imbalance but there are some signs that indicate towards the problem.
What is Prostate?
Only found in men, the prostate is a gland about the size of a walnut located beneath the bladder surrounding the urethra and supports the flow of semen. In Ayurveda, the prostate gland is governed by the pitta dosha.
Pitta has to do with the element of fire and the qualities of hot, moist, and rough. This means that foods, drinks, drugs, and the likes that cause inflammation, excessive heat, acidity, and are rough in nature will aggravate the pitta organs such as the prostate.
What Should Not be Done?
There are a wide range of causes but there are some significant activities and habits that contribute the most. From not getting enough exercise to poor diet, all can attribute to the overall health of the prostate. For example:
- Sitting for long periods of time like in an office job actually puts a lot of stress and strain on the prostate and doesn’t promote circulation.
- Eating too many greasy or fried food products will also cause aggravation.
- Activities like smoking tobacco, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol and having too much caffeine (especially coffee).
- Controlling the urge to go to the bathroom can also cause problems.
So What Are The Telltale Signs I Should Look Out For?
- Frequent urination
- Slight pain in the area
- Burning sensation in the area
Though as time goes on, these symptoms can go from mild to more serious. As the body ages and naturally begins to weaken, so does our digestive system. Now the food we used to love and enjoy as a young person cause even more toxic buildup. This toxicity further propels prostatic hypertrophy or enlarged prostate. Some of the later symptoms are as follow:
- Weak urine stream
- Stopping and starting while urinating
- Difficulty to begin urinating
- Excessive urination at night
- Dull aching pain in the lower back, hips, and legs.
Natural Remedies to Relieve Enlarged Prostate
There are many natural remedies to incorporate to relieve an enlarged prostate. Important alleviating herbs and practices will not only help soothe the prostate but will also leave you feeling more energetic and clear. A few key herbs that will bring down inflammation, reduce the prostate size, and allow eased urine flow are:
As well, you should help cleanse the urinary tract by drinking a glass of cranberry or lemon juice mixed with warm water. Remember to always opt for warm foods and warm liquids, as this will strengthen weak digestion. Additionally, light yoga asana with postures and eased movement will help promote circulation and relieve pressure off of the prostate.