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Bladder Health Diet – Top Seven Foods to Avoid IF You Have IC

Diet is the foundation of care for most patients.  What you eat has the ability to soothe or irritate your bladder.  The daily irritation that food provokes is devastating to an IC bladder and sets back the patient a week in tissue growth.

IC patients can eat so many enjoyable foods but there are foods and drinks that are notorious for causing IC flares. Even one small serving a day can make your night sleepless and painful.  These are the first foods that should be eliminated from your diet –

1. Coffee – By far, coffee – regular or decaf, is the most irritating to an IC bladder not just for the caffeine but also for the very high acid level.  If you are symptomatic, it is strongly suggested that you avoid coffee.  When your bladder has improved and you want to incorporate coffee in your diet again, try herbal coffees first then try a low acid regular coffee.

2. Teas – Tannic acid is what gives tea their flavors which is also an irritant to the bladder.  If you want tea in your diet, try a plain herbal chamomile or peppermint tea, these teas are calming and soothing to the muscle of the bowel. Avoid powdered sugar free instant iced teas which are filled with artificial sugars and other irritating preservatives.

3. Soda – The citric acid, preservatives and flavorings in the soda are highly irritating.  Even diet sodas are irritating especially with the added artificial sugar.  If you want soda in your diet, try an organic root beer.

4. Fruit Juices – Cranberry, orange, lemon and tomato juices are very acidic. Each glass carries acid of not just one fruit but of several fruits that have been squeezed to make that juice. If you want to drink juice, try apple or pear juice and preferably a “baby” version. Baby juices use much less acid and are easier for an IC bladder to tolerate.

5. Multivitamins – Our body cannot use the massive amount of vitamins found in supplements, thus they are quickly excreted out of the body through our urine. Avoid Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) and Vitamin B6 as these are notorious to cause IC flares.

6. Artificial Sugars – In the IC bladder, artificial sugars create profound irritation. These artificial sugars are metabolized into a very strong acid and basically scour the bladder. It is strongly suggested that artificial sugars are removed from your diet.

7. Chocolate – Chocolates can cause irritation and pain to the bladder.  To satisfy your sweet tooth, try carob candies. You can also try white chocolate or a very dark, semisweet chocolate.

Sensitivity to various foods can vary among individuals, it is important to determine your personal trigger foods.

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Jumpstart a Healthy Bladder Lifestyle

Simple lifestyle changes can help improve your bladder health and reduce incontinence. Here are some easy tips for a healthier bladder:


-Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole  grains, lean proteins, and good-for-you-fats to keep regular and prevent constipation, which can cause bladder weakness by affecting the pelvic muscles and nerves.


-Although it may seem that drinking less fluid would be the logical solution to reduce leakage, this can actually lead to bladder or urinary tract infections (UTIs), constipation, and dehydration. All these conditions will worsen your bladder control.

-Stay hydrated! Physicians recommend drinking at least eight glasses of water per day.

- Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages. Caffeine can irritate the nerves that control your bladder and cause excess urine production. Alcohol also can cause excess urine production and further relax the bladder control muscles.


-Even a few extra pounds can cause bladder control problems. Consider changing your diet and being more physically active if you are overweight. Losing weight can reduce intra-abdominal pressure, which will in turn improve your bladder control.


-Exercise is both mentally and physically beneficial. If you have been avoiding exercise or other physical activity because of leakage, try absorbent pads to help you get back on your feet.


If you have been avoiding exercise and other physical activity because the exertion causes you to leak, it’s time to stop letting your bladder limit your lifestyle. Exercise is healthy for you mentally and physically and can even help improve your bladder control.

Have sex

Sexual activity will help strengthen your pelvic muscles. In addition to intentionally practicing kegel exercises, the natural muscle contractions experienced during sex and orgasm will help improve bladder control.

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