When men think of prostate problems, they immediately think of urinary difficulties.
After all, that’s what we all hear about… dribbling over the toilet in the middle of the night. Road trips postponed and ball games cut short because of the “urge to go.”
But there’s another side of the story that is equally disturbing:
How prostate problems can affect your amorous activities.
That’s right. If you are having prostate problems you may be experiencing problems in the bedroom. An inability to rise to the occasion… trouble ejaculating… no longer being able to experience that profound release you’re accustomed to.
It’s discouraging. No man wants to admit he’s having stamina problems or can’t complete the act. Not even to his doctor.
Why Your Prostate Starts Growing as You Age
We men have a serious plumbing problem. Our male sexual organ has a single pipe (the urethra) running through it. This is what we urinate through. It’s also the same pipe that carries our ejaculation. But it’s just about the width of a toothpick. Even the slightest pressure shuts it off.
This can cause all sorts of problems when it comes to passing fluids through this piping. You often feel your bladder isn’t empty – like you still need to pee. You’re up and down all night long with the feeling of urgency. You groan and strain, but nothing helps.
At the same time, it can affect your ability to gain an erection, let alone maintain one. After all, it’s hard to think about amorous activities when you constantly feel the urge to urinate.
All of this plays tricks with a man’s mind. The stress and anxiety cause your confidence to plummet. Your libido flies right out the window. And satisfaction becomes a distant memory.
Well listen up because I have some good news.
You see, there’s a male hormone called dihydrotestosterone – or DHT. This is the hormone that helps bring your prostate to full size during puberty. It’s produced by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase, which converts testosterone into DHT.
Here’s the problem…
Once you hit your 40s, your testosterone starts metabolizing at a higher rate. This stimulates DHT production. And, guess what? This causes your prostate to start growing again. (It’s also a key player when it comes to hair loss.)
Now you might think prostate problems are just a normal part of growing older. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Get Rid of the “Dribble” and Get Back into the Bedroom
Men with prostate problems are often prescribed 5-Alpha reductase inhibitors like Proscar and Propecia (finasteride). This type of medication blocks the production of DHT.
But I don’t like resorting to drugs to treat the condition. They can make you impotent along with other significant side effects.
On the other hand, there are many natural ways to decrease DHT to provide relief from urinary symptoms and get back into action.
Plant sterols, like the beta-sitosterol found in saw palmetto, are your prostate’s best friends. For instance, saw palmetto has often been compared to finasteride in scientific studies. It turns out this herb is just as effective as finasteride in improving prostate symptoms. In fact, it can reduce DHT levels by as much as 32%.
Even so, saw palmetto doesn’t contain huge amounts of beta-sitosterol. That’s why I often recommend looking for a concentrated beta sitosterol formula that is combined with other plant sterols (campesterol, stigmasterol and brassicasterol). This type of formula naturally hinders the conversion of testosterone to DHT by inhibiting 5-alpha reductase production.
Stinging nettle is also great for reducing DHT levels. Not only does it reduce prostate size, it also improves urine flow, decreases the feeling of residual urine left in the bladder.
And one of my favorites is ground flaxseed because it’s so easy to add to your diet via your smoothie, shake or salad.
Other nutrients that are food for your prostate health – and potentially your bedroom activity – include pumpkin seed extract, quercetin and zinc.
Enjoying these foods as a normal part of your diet can help keep your urine flow streaming and improve your romantic time too.
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