When my husband first started having symptoms of prostrate cancer the doctor’s first course of action was to treat for Prostatitis. Apparently, this is the standard process. We did our research and found a Prostatitis Diet would be best for him to follow.
Prostatitis refers to inflammation of the prostate gland, a walnut-shaped organ located under the bladder whose main role is to produce semen. An inflamed prostate can result in a number of symptoms, such as a frequent and urgent need to urinate and pain or burning upon urinating – often in addition to pelvic, groin or low back pain
During this time we wanted to find out all we could about Prostatitis and Prostrate Cancer. While researching we also found out that a PSA test score can be elevated if in fact the problem is Prostatitis. My husband was given an antibiotic to treat for Prostatitis and we wanted to give him every fighting chance to bring down his PSA level on the next blood test.
What Not to Eat
Inflammation can form when your body has certain foods and/or allergies to foods that create reactions, and this can contribute to pelvic tension and pain. That is why looking at diet when diagnosing prostatitis can help to eliminate inflammation.
You should avoid alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods such as hot peppers, chili, pickles, and salsa, especially if they make your symptoms worse. It is also suggested that you avoid red meat, acidic foods, wheat, and gluten. That takes a lot out of your diet!
So What Should You Eat?
Following the Mediterranean diet can help you reduce inflammation in your body. Choose plant protein over animal protein, opt for fish, beans, lentils, and nuts, which are all low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Eat foods high in zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. Legumes, beans, and selected grains such as amaranth and quinoa are rich sources of protein that can promote prostate health without the cholesterol and saturated fat found in most animal protein sources.
Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. If you can eat organic, this is best! You don’t need the added chemicals and preservatives. Fruits and vegetables are a rich source of phytonutrients such as antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, and fiber, which help fight the risk of infection and inflammation.
Bowel health and prostatitis seem to be connected. That is why eating foods containing probiotics or taking quality probiotic supplements is part of a healthy diet for prostatitis. Probiotics are the beneficial, or helpful, gut microflora and include bacteria that normally reside in balance with other bacteria in the intestinal tract.
And last but, not least add enough water in your diet to avoid constipation. Straining to pass a bowel movement may be very painful when your prostate is inflamed, so use a stool softener if needed.
Here are a few Mediterranean diet recipe books:
Also, a few Prostatitis Diet books: