Wheat-Free Diet for Prostatitis
A wheat-free diet is something that you might consider trying if you have not been able to figure out what is causing your chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS). The majority of prostatitis cases are in the form of CP/CPPS, which is a frustrating condition that can have many different causes. Many of its causes come from problems in the body that stem outside of the prostate itself. One of the potential causes is diet, leading many men to look at a specific diet for prostatitis, and specifically a wheat-free diet.
Wheat is one of the most common U.S. food allergies, and allergies could be associated with prostatitis. Even if you are not allergic to wheat, wheat is a food that can increase inflammation in the body, which can cause damage and illness. Inflammation can contribute to pelvic pain and tension. Additionally a protein in wheat called gluten can cause inflammation in some people, especially people with celiac disease, or a gluten intolerance. That is why many men find relief from symptoms after going on a wheat-free diet for prostatitis or a gluten-free diet. If you are considering a wheat-free diet for prostatitis, be aware that wheat falls under many names, including the following:
- Enriched, white and whole-wheat flour
- Graham flour
- Sprouted wheat
- Triticale (a cross between wheat and rye)
- Triticum aestivum
- Wheat berries
- Wheat bran
- Wheat germ
- Wheat gluten
- Wheat malt
- Wheat starch
It is easier to follow a wheat-free diet than a gluten-free diet. Men on a gluten-free diet avoid the entire above list plus the following grains, which contain gluten:
Other foods that contain these grains may be beer, salad dressings, frozen foods, soups, sauces, or even deli meats. It is important to read labels and get educated about gluten if you have a gluten sensitivity.
If you decide to try a wheat-free diet or gluten-free diet, you also must look beyond food. Read labels for your supplements and medications. Some capsules could contain gluten or wheat ingredients.
A wheat-free diet for prostatitis is part of the NPAT treatment program for CP/CPPS. NPAT is a holistic approach to treating prostatitis.
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)
Work with your doctor to find out if you have any food allergies or intolerances. It can be challenging to identify an allergy or food intolerance because you may not react to a particular food for a few hours or even days after eating it. Your reaction may be a worsening of prostatitis symptoms instead of the common symptoms you would associate with an intolerance or allergy.
If you think that a wheat food allergy or intolerance to gluten could be contributing to your prostatitis symptoms, try an elimination diet or consider undergoing allergy testing. Some tests like the ALCAT test do throw out false positives and can be costly, so trying an elimination diet might be a good start.