Lifestyle and Diet Tips to Ease BPH Symptoms

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Lifestyle and Diet Tips to Ease BPH Symptoms

As men age, more and more attention is paid to that small, walnut-shaped gland, the Prostate. And, if the prostate gland becomes enlarged, a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH occurs. 

The Symptoms of BPH:

  • Trouble starting to urinate
  • You have to strain or push when you pee
  • The stream is weak
  • You have to stop and restart several times
  • Dribbles urine out at the end

As with many conditions, diet and nutrition can adversely affect the condition. Here are a few dietary tips that may help to alleviate your symptoms.

Foods to eat

Fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats can help to protect the prostate.  Specific foods known to benefit the prostate include:

  • Salmon
  • Tomatoes
  • Berries
  • Broccoli
  • Nuts
  • Citrus fruits
  • Onions and garlic

Foods to avoid

  • Red meat
  • Dairy
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Sodium

Managing an enlarged prostate

Other basic lifestyle changes other than diet can help manage some of the symptoms of BPH:

  • manage stress
  • quit smoking
  • reduce nighttime urination by avoiding fluids in the evening
  • empty the bladder completely when urinating
  • perform regular pelvic floor exercises
  • trying bladder training exercises
  • if possible avoid medications that can worsen symptoms; antihistamines, diuretics, and decongestants
  • limit fluid intake to 64oz of liquids a day

If you are experiencing symptoms of BPH, and these lifestyle tips don’t help your condition talk to your doctor or give us a call. We’re available to discuss your situation with you.