What is an enlarged prostate?
So what’s behind an enlarged prostate that could potentially affect your urination?
Now, it is true that when men age, their prostate actually does enlarge, and if you take a look at where the prostate is located, it’s a gland that wraps around this little tube that’s coming from your urinary bladder.
So as you increase the size of that prostate, it’s going to shut down that tube and affect your ability to urinate. and so the doctor puts you on a certain medication, like Flomax, an antibiotic, and maybe you’ll do some blood tests, and then I’ll see you in six months.
What causes an enlarged prostate
The question is: what is causing the enlarged prostate? If you take a look at all of your hormones, they can really be classified into two different categories. One category is called anabolic, and the other category would be catabolic.
Anabolic has everything to do with building something up. and catabolic means breaking something down. So when you eat food, you have this catabolic effect from all these enzymes that break down food into its basic building blocks: amino acids, fatty acids, glucose, etc.
And then you have all the anabolic hormones that kick in and take these building blocks and make body tissue out of them. And so when the prostate enlarges, it’s obvious that you have this anabolic thing going on, right?
If we take a look at all the anabolic hormones, we have prolactin. which, and maybe you’ve heard of prolactin with women in breastfeeding, but men also have prolactin, and if the prolactin is too high, it can definitely increase the size of the prostate, and then estrogen itself can increase the size of the prostate, and estrogen also increases the release of prolactin.
So then you have other hormones like DHT, which is a very powerful form of testosterone. and androgens, cortisol, growth hormone, and IGF-1, which is kind of an extension of growth hormone; it’s made by the liver and stimulated by growth hormone, definitely will increase the prostate. and you have progesterone and insulin, which is a very powerful anabolic hormone.
And so let’s take a look here: what food or thing has the majority of these hormones that you might be consuming on a regular basis? milk
Milk is a very powerful anabolic substance that is turned into cheese, yogurt, and kefir, and milk contains the majority of these anabolic hormones.
What to do for an enlarged prostate
if you have urination problems or your prostate is enlarged. You need to get off milk and milk products 100 percent. This is number one.
Number two: is insulin. What triggers insulin? Sugar. a high-carb diet. so if your prostate is enlarged or you have urination problems. You need to get off sugar and go on a ketogenic plan.
Number three: estrogen. So estrogen can come from many different sources. Soy is a big source of estrogen, so if you’re consuming anything like soy milk or soy protein isolates as a source of protein or maybe a diet shake that you’re taking, or if you’re not consuming organic foods and just have commercial vegetables or commercial foods that have a lot of chemicals that mimic estrogen, that could be one big factor that’s increasing the size of your prostate.
Natural remedies for the prostate
A lot of times, people take natural remedies for the prostate, like salt palmetto. and because salt palmetto inhibits a certain enzyme that normally converts testosterone into a very powerful form of testosterone called DHT, which can increase the prostate.
But here’s the problem: if you’re taking salt palmetto on top of consuming a lot of milk products, eating sugar, and potentially consuming some soy, it’s not going to work. So I recommend cutting out the dairy, getting on a keto plan, and making sure you don’t consume anything that can stimulate estrogen.
In addition to that, take some saw palmetto; green tea is a great inhibitor of this enzyme; pumpkin seeds; zinc; and lycopene. Lycopene also has some great research that can help shrink the prostate. It is high in tomatoes, so tomatoes would be a good food to consume if you have an enlarged prostate.
if you’re going to tell someone or make a diet for someone with an enlarged prostate. not only healthy keto and intermittent fasting. but I would also consume more cruciferous vegetables. especially kale. because that’s going to help balance your estrogen. and even beets.