Dietary Tips For Your Bladder

While there is no particular “diet” that can cure  bladder control there are some dietary suggestions   that we believe can be helpful to your bladder. It is important that you do not decrease your intake   of fluids without the advice of your physician.  Highly concentrated, dark yellow urine is irritating to   the bladder surface and may actually cause you to go to the bathroom more frequently. Bacteria is   encouraged to grow when this happens, which may lead to infections resulting in incontinence.  

 There are some foods and beverages that are thought to contribute to bladder leakage. You may   want to see if eliminating one or all of these items improves your bladder control.  Sometimes it’s   not a matter of eliminating but just using moderation with the following items: 
alcoholic beverages
highly spiced foods
artificial sweeteners 
tomato based products 
caffeinated beverages
citrus and fruit juice 
  Substitutions: 
  Low acid fruits:     Kava (low acid instant) 
                                     Postum 
                                     Pero 

 For tea drinkers:   Non-citrus herbal
                                     Sun brewed tea

 Vitamin C Substitute:  Calcium carbonate co-buffered 
                                             with calcium ascorbate 

 Although water is always the best beverage choice, grape and apple juice are thirst quenchers   and are not as irritating to the bladder.  Cigarette smoking is also irritating to the bladder   surface and is associated with bladder cancer.  In addition, the coughing associated with   smoking may lead to increased stress incontinence episodes. Obesity can also contribute to   incontinence.

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