Although there is no particular ‘diet’ that can cure problems with bladder control, there are certain dietary suggestions that you can use to help control the problem.
Avoid Foods and Fluids That Can Irritate the Bladder
Some foods and beverages are thought to contribute to bladder irritability and subsequent leakage. However, their effect on the bladder is not completely understood. In any case, you may want to see if eliminating one or all of these items improves your bladder control. If you are unable to give them up completely, it is recommended that you use the following items in moderation:
- Citrus foods
- Alcoholic beverages
- Tomato based products
- Coffee (regular and decaf)
- Tea (regular and decaf)
- Any other caffeinated beverages
- Carbonated beverages
- Spicy foods
- Food colorings and flavorings
- Artificial sweeteners
- Drink Enough of the Right Kinds of Fluids
Many people with bladder control issues decrease their intake of liquids in hope that they will need to urinate less frequently or have less urinary leakage. You should not restrict fluids in order to control your bladder. While a decrease in liquid intake does result in a decrease in the volume of urine, the smaller amount of urine may be more highly concentrated. Highly concentrated, dark yellow urine is irritating to the bladder surface and may actually cause you to go to the bathroom more frequently. It also encourages the growth of bacteria, which may lead to infections resulting in incontinence.
What Are the Right Kinds of Fluids?
Water is always the best choice. However, grape and apple juice are good thirst quenchers that are less irritating to the bladder. Low acid fruits include pears, apricots, papaya, and watermelon.
Coffee drinkers may like KAVA, Postum, Pero, or Kaffree Roma.
Tea drinkers may like non-citrus herbal teas, or sun brewed tea.