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Bladder Infection

What is it?

Also known as inflammation of the bladder, cystitis, or urinary tract infection (UTI), 20% of women will have a bladder infection once in their lifetimes. This disorder is rarely found in men, but the probability increases for older men due in part to an increased prostate size.

Although they aren’t serious if treated promptly, urinary tract infections can be recurrent in some patients. If not treated promptly, a kidney infection may result, which could lead to permanent kidney damage.

What are the symptoms?

-A strong urge to urinate

-Burning or sharp pain when urinating

-Blood-tinged urine

- Soreness in the lower back, sides, or abdomen.

How is it treated?

If you think you have a urinary tract infection, see your doctor for a diagnosis. He or she may prescribe you antibiotics. It is important to take the medication as prescribed and continue the full course of treatment to prevent the infection from recurring. Your doctor may order a urinary test one week after the treatment is complete to be certain the infection is cured.

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Interstitial Cystitis and Diet

What is Interstitial Cystitis? Interstitial Cystitis (IC), also known as hypersensitive bladder syndrome (HBS), bladder pain syndrome (BPS) or painful bladder syndrome (PBS) is a condition that results in ongoing pain or discomfort in the bladder and pelvic region. Common symptoms include urinary urgency (feeling a strong need to go), and urinary frequency (needing to go often). Many women also report pain during vaginal intercourse, and worsening symptoms during menstruation.

Although IC affects men, women and children of all ages and ethnicities, it is most commonly found in women.  IC affects about 5% of the general population, and up to 12% of women may show early symptoms.

What should I eat? Changing your diet and increasing your water consumption can significantly reduce your discomfort. Although triggers vary from person to person, acidic foods and diuretics are generally the worst offenders. Maintaining an alkaline-rich diet can help tremendously. Many doctors recommend keeping a food diary to keep track of which foods bother you the most.

Foods to avoid or eliminate:

Tobacco and Alcohol – IC sufferers should avoid smoking and alcohol consumption. Both substances constrict the bladder’s blood vessels, and inhibit the natural cleansing process.

Coffee – The caffeine and acid in coffee may cause intense pain for IC patients, and also act as a diuretic. We recommend eliminating coffee from your diet.

Tea – Avoid any tea containing black or green tea leaves, and most herbal teas. Instead, try hot water with grated ginger and honey, or mint teas containing only spearmint or peppermint leaves.

Cranberry and other acidic fruits– Although cranberry juice is good for treating urinary tract infections, it’s too acidic for IC patients. Choose more alkaline varieties such as blueberry, pear, or apple juices.

Diet Soda – Diet sodas contain citric and phosphoric acids, artificial sweeteners, acidic carbonation and caffeine — all of which will irritate an IC bladder. Opt for a non-caffeinated, non-diet root beer diluted with ice or water.

Tomatoes – These healthy fruits are unfortunately high in potassium and acid. Low-acid varieties may be substituted as an infrequent treat.

Artificial sweeteners, flavors and food colorings (dyes) – These bladder irritants are frequently found in processed foods.

Yeast-promoting foods – Many women with IC have systemic yeast issues. Vinegar, sugar, and other foods that promote yeast overgrowth should be avoided.

Gluten – Found naturally in grains and other foods through contamination and additives, gluten is an inflammation-causing protein. Some IC sufferers are gluten sensitive, and should eliminate gluten from their diet.

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