If you suffer from incontinence, chances are you are looking for every possible option to help minimize episodes and improve management and control. The following is a look at some of the foods and drinks that can increase your need to go, and how to avoid these bladder triggers to reduce accidents and leaking.
Too much fluid is not the problem. Too little may be. If you are cutting down on your fluids then your urine might become really concentrated and irritate the bladder, making you feel the urge to go more frequently. Be careful about when your fluid intake takes place, for example, don’t drink a lot just before bed, but stay hydrated.
Alcohol. Alcohol is a bladder trigger. It is a dehydrating agent that increases the amount of urine. This is going to lead to more frequent trips to the restroom. In addition, alcohol might make it harder for the brain to signal to the bladder that you need to go, leading to more accidents and leaks.
Sour Cream. Aged cheese and other creamy dairy can lead to worsened symptoms in those with an overactive bladder. Imitation, non-aged, and lower fat is better.
Condiments. Many condiments have ingredients that are bladder irritants. Avoid mustard, soy, vinegar, hot sauce, ketchup, and mayo can all aggravate the bladder.
Caffeine. Caffeine, such as coffee, tea, energy drinks, cola, and other beverages with caffeine will stimulate the bladder, and act as a diuretic. Chocolate does the same. Eating or drinking caffeine means you will produce more urine, and feel the need to go more frequently. Ease off, avoid it, or wean yourself from it, as it is also addicting in nature and your body can build up a tolerance to it, requiring you to take in more caffeine to get the desired effecs.
Acidic foods. Citrus, tomatoes, pineapple. The acids found in citrus, pineapple, tomatoes, and citrus juices can irritate the bladder, and increase the urge to go.
Many fruits. Citrus yes, but other fruits like bananas, grapes and apples can also irritate the bladder.
Cranberries. While cranberries can prevent urinary tract infections, they are acidic and can increase the risk of accidents with someone with an overactive bladder. Again, acidic foods increase the urge to go.
Carbonation. Carbonation can irritate the bladder, triggering overactive bladder problems. Sparkling alcoholic beverages are like the double whammy, with both carbonation and alcohol triggering the bladder.
Spicy foods. Spicy foods can irritate your bladder, this doesn’t mean you have to eat bland foods, but you should figure out how much spice you can tolerate before your bladder is irritated.
Sugar. Artificial sweeteners can trigger bladder symptoms.
Uncooked onions. If you love onions, cook them as uncooked unions can trigger or irritate the bladder.
Artificial flavors and preservatives. Basically avoid processed foods as MSG, additives, and the like can irritate the bladder.
Be careful what you eat, and shoot for a balanced approach. Just because something is a trigger does not mean it has to be avoided completely, just be careful how many bladder irritant foods and triggers you consume in a given day.