A Proper diet should be the cornerstone for chronic pelvic pain syndrome or chronic prostatitis (CPPS/CP) treatment.
The reason for this is that, aside from prostate causes, the diet plan or foods you eat can have a significant impact on your health.
Some foods can cause inflammation or cause reactions that can contribute to inducing pelvic tension or pain, hence should be avoided.
It is therefore advisable to follow a proper diet plan and examine the foods you eat to avoid making the condition worse.
Being careful with your prostatitis diet plan is one of the best ways to diagnose as well as treat prostatitis and eliminate inflammation.
NPAT treatment program for prostatitis includes a proper diet plan. NPAT are the abbreviations for:
1. Natural therapies (gluten free foods, elimination diets, and ALCAT)
2. Phytotherapy (Probiotics, quercetin, and pollen)
3. Alternative treatment methods: Prostate massage, acupuncture, therapy and pelvic rehabilitation.
4. Total body exercise, lifestyle change, and chronic stress management.
Take note of foods that can make the symptoms worse is also recommended as well. Some of the foods known to aggravate prostatitis symptoms include:
- Hot pepper
- Spicy foods
- Acidic foods
- Alcoholic beverages
Capsaicin found in hot pepper is the main compound that makes them spicy and is known to worsen rectal sensitivity for patients suffering from CPPS.CP, as well as those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
This article discusses some of the foods you should avoid if suffering from this condition.
Prostatitis and bowel health are closely linked. One of the reasons for this is that probiotic supplements and foods containing the useful bacteria do help soothe or even treat these conditions.
The probiotic bacteria, also known as gut microflora help balance bacterial growth in the intestinal tract hence promoting good health.
Zinc deficiency is another leading cause of prostatitis as well as IBS in most people.
Environmental pollutants such as bisphenol-A (BPA) commonly found in food containers and plastic products have also been linked to CPPS. These pollutants seep into our food supply causing the infection.
Food allergies or intolerance is also believed to cause prostatitis. The most common symptoms of food intolerance include bloating, vomiting, cramps, irritability, headache and nervousness.
Food allergies can be felt throughout the body as the immune system responds to the causing agents.
Other adverse effects of a food allergies include shortness of breath, itchy skin, a drop in blood pressure, hives, and difficulty swallowing anything (including saliva).
Although food intolerances can make one feel uncomfortable, food allergy symptoms can be life threatening.
Identifying or distinguishing between food intolerance and an allergy can be a challenging task. This is because such symptoms only start surfacing hours or even days after consuming the food.
Nonetheless, both reactions make prostatitis symptoms worsen.
If you suspect a food intolerance or allergy could be causing the prostatitis symptoms, it would then be advisable to undergo allergy testing.
An elimination diet can also help especially if you can identify the offending foods. An ALCAT test is not recommended at this stage.
Trying a gluten-free diet or even wheat-free diet plan can be a solution for most men in managing prostatitis symptoms.
Gluten and wheat cause tissue and cell inflammation, which causes the condition to worsen.
Foods such as triticale, malt, wheat, and barley should, therefore, be avoided altogether.
The only way to manage prostatitis is by focusing on a healthy diet plan.
Any foods that can trigger any symptoms should be avoided at all costs.
Some of the foods to avoid for prostatitis are:
• Cruciferous vegetables
• Fruits (Avoid citrus and other acidic fruits if possible)
• Lean meat and high-quality plant protein
• Mediterranean Diet (Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids and other healthy oils)
• Zinc supplements and foods high in zinc
• Foods high in dietary fiber
The Mediterranean diet is the most preferred choice for anyone suffering from any form of inflammation.
It would also be advisable to increase your intake on healthy proteins such as fish, lentils, beans and nuts as they are low in cholesterol and saturated fats as compared to red or animal meat.
Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and lycopene are welcome for anyone suffering from prostatitis.
You however should avoid tomatoes and other acidic foods especially if they pose any problem to the condition.
Adequate/heavy water intake is recommended as well. Water helps keep your body cells hydrated hence eliminating any causes of inflammation.
Soda, tea, alcohol, and caffeinated drinks should however be avoided.
A particular set of foods may also help contain prostatitis symptoms. These foods and supplements not only help the prostate but also promote urinary health.
1. Docusate (helps soften stools)
2. Calcium glycerophosphate(Neutralizes stomach acidity and acidic foods)
3. Baking soda
5. Polycarbophil (Laxative) psyllium (fiber)
Based on the facts mentioned above, it is clear that most of these foods not only help prostatitis but also promote bowel health as well.
Getting your diet under control (and eliminating offending foods) can therefore help contain the problem.
As long as you can follow a healthy lifestyle and diet plan, you should have no problems with inflammation or bowel problems.
A Mediterranean diet, for example, reduces inflammation and improves the body’s immune levels.
If possible, try eliminating alcohol and other beverages to prevent the effects of prostatitis.
It would be a wise idea to make a switch to organic foods as they are healthier and manageable.
You also need regular exercise to keep your body weight in check, as well as improve your bowel movements.