Doctors recommend drinking six to eight glasses of water (or 1.5 to 2 liters) daily. You may need more water when you exercise or work in a hot environment. Drinking more than the required amount can increase your trips to the bathroom. Hydration is necessary, but do not overdo it.
For prostate problems, limit water intake before going to bed at night. This will keep you from waking up at night to urinate repeatedly.
What drinks to avoid for your prostate problems
You should avoid drinks that increase your urination. These can dehydrate you. These include caffeine-containing drinks such as coffee, green tea, black tea and soft drinks or sodas. Alcohol can also dehydrate you. Hence, limit its intake or consider avoiding it completely. People who avoid alcohol have seen improvements in their prostate problems.
What foods to avoid for your prostate problems
Research has shown certain foods may increase the risk of prostate problems. If you are indulging in these foods, try decreasing your intake to see if it helps alleviate your urinary symptoms.
- Red meat
- Dairy products (milk, cheese)
- Caffeine-containing chocolates
- High salt diet (such as adding salt to meals and eating processed foods)
What foods to include in the diet for your prostate problems
You should have plenty of fruits and vegetables and healthy fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids, to protect the prostate. Consider including specific foods such as
- Fatty fish such as
- Cruciferous vegetables
- Bok choy
- Brussels sprouts
- Foods high in zinc
- Citrus fruits
What medications can make your prostate problems worse?
Certain medications can increase the frequency of problems such as benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH). Talk with your doctor if you are taking any of the medications below and they are worsening your symptoms of BPH.
What else should you do for the health of your prostate?
Stay physically active
Physical inactivity has been shown to increase the risk of prostate cancer. Hence, indulge in exercises such as walking, jogging and other workouts. Weight gain and obesity increase your chances of getting prostate problems such as prostate cancer. Staying physically active will also help you shed extra pounds and keep your weight in check.
Manage your stress
While under stress, observe yourself. You may be subconsciously tensing your pelvic muscles and your back muscles.
Stress can have a negative impact on prostate problems. Think of all the options that can help you feel relaxed. You can try various techniques such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, yoga and tai chi to manage your stress. Talking with your family and friends can also be a great stress buster for you.
Medically Reviewed on 4/14/2021
Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ
Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine
Prostate Cancer Foundation