Chemicals, Food Additives and Prostatitis
Chemicals and food additives (BPA) are a possible cause of chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS). Chemicals and food additives such as preservatives can be found in refined and processed foods. Refined and processed foods are a mainstay of the Standard American Diet (SAD). Chemicals and food additives can be detrimental to both your prostate and overall health. Some additives have been found to cause cancer in animals and allergic reactions in humans. Even produce can be covered in pesticide residue, so it is best to buy organic.
Bisphenol-A, better known as BPA, is a chemical that is used in the manufacture of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. BPA can be defined as a food additive because it can leach into food from cans, plastic food packaging, and plastic food containers that contain the chemical. It’s been estimated that 90% of people in the United States have detectable levels of BPA toxin in their bodies. BPA is an endocrine disruptor, which means that can interfere with the way hormones function and hormones may be another cause of chronic prostatitis (read more about genetics and hormones).
A study by the Chemical Heritage Foundation was published in November 2009. It stated that, “New research on very-low-dose exposure to BPA suggests an association with adverse health effects, including breast and prostate cancer, obesity, neurobehavioral problems, and reproductive abnormalities.” Although it’s not possible to stay away from BPAs entirely, you can avoid them by not ingesting them with your food. Avoid canned tomatoes; instead look for BPA-free packaging or tomatoes in glass jars. Many canned foods are lined with material that contains BPA. Instead of bottled water, use reusable aluminum BPA-free bottles. Even some of the BPA-free plastics contain BPS, another chemical than can have the same effect on your body as BPA, so the best course is to avoid plastic from coming into contact with your food and drink as much as possible. According to the Environmental Working Group, 40% of store receipts are coated in BPA, so it is important to wash hands after handing receipts and before eating or handling food.
Talk to your health care provider about eliminating chemicals and food additives (such as MSG, aspartame, nitrate, nitrite, olestra, and sulphites) from your home and diet. Your doctor can help you determine which treatments may be effective for your prostatitis symptoms. There are many natural prostatitis treatments such as phytotherapy, diet, and foods to avoid for prostatitis that may help you. There are a number of alternative prostatitis treatments as well. Sitz baths and acupuncture can provide pain relief while other men do well with exercise therapies geared toward pelvic floor disorder.