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My story begins in the year 2000, and if you’re reading this, then the beginning of my story is probably going to sound pretty familiar to you.
I had just turned 60 and decided to retire; it was time to enjoy a slower pace of life.
I had spent the last 25 or so years working 7 days a week, starting early and finishing late at night. I barely knew my 5 children, and I wanted to get to know them before they became teenagers and rushed off to start their own lives.
My health at the time was… average. I was a little overweight, but nothing out of the ordinary for a 60-year-old man who sat in front of a desk for a living.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but my health had already begun to deteriorate. In the run-up to my retirement, I had started waking up at night to use the bathroom, sometimes once, sometimes several times.
At the time, I thought it was stress waking me up. Not for one moment did I connect it to prostate disease.
I didn’t realize that I had an enlarged prostate, and possibly even prostate cancer.
I thought that after I retired and slowed down, it would all go back to normal. But it didn’t… as time went on, my urinary symptoms only got worse. I began waking up 4, 5, sometimes even 6 times a night.
As everyone with an enlarged prostate can tell you, the side effects of not sleeping are pretty awful. Feeling sluggish, irritable, and struggling to keep up with conversations or to focus.
I was too tired to enjoy my retirement. And not sleeping was only the beginning.
Every few hours, I would rush to the bathroom. I would stand there straining and fighting my own bladder, only to walk away defeated.
Eventually, I decided enough was enough. My frequent nighttime trips to the bathroom had been waking my wife, and she arranged for me to see our doctor.
The doctor told me that I had something called “Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.” He recommended screening and took a blood sample for a PSA blood test. The PSA test results came back worryingly high.
So I went to the urologist and was prescribed some pills. The urologist and I didn’t see eye to eye, he wanted me to have a biopsy, but I wanted to avoid surgery. Is that why he didn’t have much time for me?
In truth, that ended up being the best thing he could have done for me.
Because I went home with questions that needed to be answered. I began by contacting doctors and urologists; then I reached out to pharmaceutical reps, researchers, and pharmacists.
I was trying to understand the medication that I was supposed to be taking.
I spoke with men who had prostate cancer, and doctors who ran trials on them. I felt like I had discovered a con or a conspiracy. The drugs I was being offered were not cures or even treatments; they were coverups – having no effect on my prostate and only hiding my symptoms.
This wasn’t treatment; it was a temporary fix until the situation got so bad that I would have to have surgery. Surgery that could have terrible side effects and ruin my quality of life, like erectile dysfunction.
I wanted a real solution. I wanted to sleep through the night and have a strong flow again. I wanted to be able to fully empty my bladder. I didn’t want to have to check the clock before having a glass of water in the evening, and I didn’t want to wake up every 2 hours to go to the bathroom… I just wanted to be healthy.
In my pursuit of answers, I had briefly touched on natural treatments for an enlarged prostate, but I hadn’t gone into them in any depth. All my life, I had been a skeptic.
But I was desperate. So I began reaching out to everyone who was involved in alternative prostate health.
To my surprise, I discovered that there was actually a large number of doctors and researchers working in that area.
There is a wealth of studies on how specific, natural nutrients impact your prostate health. I quickly learned 3 things.
- BPH is mainly caused by diet and lifestyle.
- There is a wealth of evidence which shows that certain nutrients may reduce symptoms and even shrink the prostate gland itself.
- At the time, there were no easy solutions on the market. The alternative health market was full of wackos, con-artists, and charlatans.
After reviewing the research, I created a list of about 25-30 powerful natural ingredients, all of which showed a positive impact on prostate health in several peer-reviewed, double-blind, and independent studies. I then went looking for a product that contained these nutrients.
But no such product existed. Every time I looked at a supplement, I either found that it didn’t contain the right ingredients, or that it didn’t contain clinically significant dosages of these ingredients.
As a result, I decided to create that supplement myself. The very first prostate supplement that contained all nutrients I needed, in the doses that had been shown to be effective in clinical trials. And best of all, which contained all of those ingredients in a single bottle.
So I sourced the nutrients, went into manufacturing, and put together a complete prostate health supplement.
I called it Total Health for the Prostate… And it worked. It was everything I had hoped for.
My PSA came down. I stopped waking up at night, stopped rushing to the bathroom. I could have an extra glass of wine or beer at night without worrying.
Alongside all of this, I implemented the dietary changes that I felt would maintain my prostate health.
I had my life back, for the first time in a long time. I felt healthy and in control.
It’s been quite a journey since then. I wrote a book called “All About The Prostate,” which I published as a guide for men trying to improve their prostate health naturally based on everything I learned along the way. I turned Total Health for the Prostate into a business. And I’ve spent the last twenty years educating and helping men make better, informed decisions about their health.
Here are my top 5 tips for shrinking your prostate
- Cut down on dairy & sugar – This sounds like pretty basic advice, but many men do not realize that these two dietary factors impact prostate health. Diary especially has a huge impact. It increases dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels in older men, which causes your prostate gland to grow and raises your risk of prostate cancer.
- Increase exercise – Again, you will think it sounds obvious, but even twenty minutes of walking each day will massively improve your general, metabolic, and prostate health.
- Pelvic floor exercises – Pelvic floor exercises are of great benefit for men suffering from prostate problems and can help provide symptomatic relief. By strengthening your pelvic muscles; you can alleviate feelings or incontinence, better handle urgency, and improve sexual function.
- Do your research – Many men will opt for conventional treatment. Some may opt for medications. Others may opt for surgery. You have far more options nowadays when it comes to non-invasive treatment, so always do your own research so you can make an informed decision.
- A good supplement goes a long way – A high-quality all-natural supplement with clinically significant dosages of the right active ingredients will cost you more, but it will actually help you.
Don’t settle for less. Don’t get fooled by cheap ingredients or marketing scams. If you want to learn more about prostate health, you can visit my blog here.
This content is sponsored by Ben’s Natural Health.