Prostate Health issues affect more than half of men aged between 40 and 59 according to statistics. With older age comes an increased chance of developing prostate health problems. After the age of 60 prostate health problems become increasingly common, affecting up to 80% of men.
According to Dr. David Brownstein, many common prostate health issues stem from the size of the prostate.
The male prostate is about the size of a walnut and naturally enlarges with age after 40 years onwards.
However, if the speed of growth is exaggerated, the size impedes on the urethra. The urethra runs through the centre of the prostate, letting urine flow out of the body. Enlargement of the prostate can block and interfere with this function, as well as sexual function.
Are you over 40 with these symptoms?
- Need to urinate frequently, and more than 2 times a night
- Your bladder doesn’t feel completely empty after going to the bathroom
- The ‘stream’ is weak, hesitant, or interrupted
- Your libido is being affected
We are really thrilled to tell you there are natural health strategies that can help!
First, what causes it? Is it just age-related? Do you just need to put up with it?
No, there are solutions.
Hormones are the big player here. Excess of estrogen, along with changes in the way your testosterone works are two big factors.
As we age, our body makes more 5-alpha reductase. The enzyme 5-alpha reductase is present in your liver, skin, and prostate. This enzyme converts some of the testosterone you produce into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT plays a role in prostate growth, acne, growth of facial hair, and male pattern baldness.
One natural solution that blocks excess 5-alpha reductase is Saw palmetto – one of our favourite herbs for men’s hormonal health! However, using it alone will not give the best results, functional medicine factors in all the components needed to result in a therapeutic outcome.
Inflammation is the next issue at play, so reducing inflammation in the body is key to reversing early changes. This can be achieved with natural medicine, and a healthy diet avoiding any triggering foods which can be picked up in a food intolerance test.
Exercise is important as well, so be sure to get moving every day – even if it’s 30 minutes of walking a day.
Iodine: Iodine is essential for so many parts of the body! However, the dose needed to get a therapeutic result needs to be quite high, plus must have the necessary nutritional co-factors to actually get into the prostate and assert its healing actions.
The first step is to run iodine testing to get the iodine dose right. We run 24-hour urinary iodine testing which is the gold standard in iodine testing.
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