Foods to Avoid for Prostatitis
If you have been suffering from prostatitis, with symptoms that come and go but never completely get resolved, you might consider the foods you eat. Knowing what foods to avoid for prostatitis, specifically chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) may help you manage or resolve your symptoms. It can be frustrating to suffer with no known cause of your prostate pain, but studies show that in some men certain foods can cause or exacerbate CP/CPPS symptoms. Many of the CP/CPPS causes stem from problems outside of the prostate itself, and that is why diet and intestinal health can affect your prostate and pelvic health.
A study was conducted to determine the prevalence of perceived food sensitivity in 286 men with CP/CPPS. The men filled out a questionnaire about the effect of food, beverages, and supplements on their pelvic pain symptoms. Of the 95 men who returned the surveys, 47.4% reported that consuming certain substances aggravated their symptoms.
Common foods that have been found to exacerbate prostatitis symptoms include the following (in order of most commonly associated to less commonly associated with exacerbating prostatitis symptoms):
- Spicy foods
- Hot peppers
- Alcoholic beverages
Other ingestibles found to exacerbate symptoms in some men include:
- Acidic foods
The substances that most alleviated symptoms of the men in the study included:
- Herbal teas
The researchers concluded that “many patients with CP/CPPS have demonstrable food, beverage, and dietary supplement sensitivities. Dietary changes should be considered in the treatment of these patients.”
Bowel health and prostatitis seem to be connected. Hot peppers on the list get their spiciness from capsaicin, which can increase rectal sensitivity in people with irritable bowel syndrome, a condition frequently found in men with CP/CPPS. Eating foods that promote intestinal health (like foods containing probiotics) or taking quality probiotic supplements should be part of an every day healthy diet for supporting your digestive health and your prostate health. Probiotics are the beneficial, or helpful, gut microflora that include yeasts and bacteria that normally reside in balance with other bacteria in the intestinal tract. To further support your intestinal health you’ll also want to increase your fiber intake and stay well hydrated.
Other dietary causes for prostatitis could be related to a zinc deficiency or ingesting environmental pollutants like BPA (bisphenol-A), which is an ingredient in many plastic products, food containers, and canned foods that seeps into the food supply. Try to avoid BPA water bottles and food packaging.
Diet is one of the most important aspects of your health when considering your whole-body health. Certain foods and even allergies to foods can create reactions in your body in the form of inflammation, and this can contribute to pelvic pain and tension. That is why considering your diet and how your body reacts to certain foods when diagnosing and treating your CP/CPPS can help you find out which foods to avoid for prostatitis.
Diet and foods to avoid for prostatitis are both part of the holistic NPAT treatment program for CP/CPPS. NPAT stands for:
- Natural treatments (ALCAT, elimination diets, and wheat-free diets)
- Phytotherapy (pollen and quercetin together with probiotics)
- Alternative Treatments (acupuncture, prostate massage, pelvic rehabilitation and therapy)
- Total body (exercise, chronic stress management, lifestyle)
Treating CP/CPPS requires a multimodal approach. Diet is one lifestyle component of this approach. Some men find that wheat-free diets for prostatitis help their symptoms. You may also want to consider trying other natural treatments like supplements and probiotics. Many alternative treatments are helpful as well. Treatments like acupuncture, physiotherapy, sitz baths, and stress management techniques help men with their prostatitis symptoms. By trying several methods, including avoiding foods that make your symptoms worse, you can approach your prostatitis holistically and finally find relief.
Herati, A. S., et al. Effects of Foods and Beverages on the Symptoms of Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome. UROLOGY 82 (6), 2013. 1376-1380.