X Close Window

Enter zip to see local ads
All Zip Areas

View Sponsor Directory


Share

Tell A Friend!


What is Male Menopause?

Find out about it here


Tai Chi and Qigong improves health and balance!

We have found the most effective home study  course on the market. Check out the site.


Nancy Henirich has written a wonderful Diabetes Book:

Healthy Living with Diabetes, One Small Step At a Time


Like Us on Facebook




Suggestions Email image

Health ... Conditions


Incontinence and Bladder Irritants

by Robin HoweContinence Connection

Believe it or not, many foods, drinks and medications can be irritable to the lining of the bladder. The irritation can lead to causing urinary frequency, urgency, and even bladder spasms, which can result in uncontrollable loss of urine. Every bladder irritant doesn’t affect every person. Different people may find some products irritating while others are not.

The following lists of foods are well-known bladder irritants. By eliminating or significantly decreasing your intake of them from your diet you will most likely notice an improvement in your bladder symptoms.

  • Caffeine (colas, coffee, teas and diet pills)
  • Chocolate
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Cigarettes
  • Spicy or heavily seasoned foods
  • Acidic foods (oranges, lemons, peaches, pineapple, plums, apples, cantaloupe and cranberry*)

*Many people think that cranberry juice is healthy of the bladder. On the contrary, cranberry is helpful to the bladder that is infected. Most people who have irritable bladders will make the irritation worse by drinking

  • cranberry juice.
  • Tomatoes, chilies, peppers, onions
  • Yogurt, aged cheese, sour cream
  • Vinegar, walnuts, peanuts
  • Most artificial sweeteners
  • Vitamin C
  • MSG

How you can help your irritated bladder

Start by eliminating the biggest offenders, which are coffee, tea, cola, chocolate, alcohol and cigarettes. Do this for 2 solid weeks and notice the difference in your bladder irritation. If you don’t see a difference after the 2 weeks, try cutting back on fruits and vegetables and spicy food as listed above. See if this will help you notice a change in frequency or urgency. Following this, gradually re-introduce the foods that you miss the most into your diet. Try to pay attention to how your symptoms change while doing this.

Some people who have a difficult time giving up certain bladder irritants will take a dietary supplement call Prelief®. This supplement neutralized acidic foods and seems to work well for most people. Prelief® can be found easily in most drug stores.

What can I eat?

There are lots of bladder-friendly foods. Firstly, it’s important to stay hydrated. Try to drink six to eight, 8 oz. glasses of water a day. Carry a water bottle with you and drink water over the course of the day instead of being overwhelmed by it all at once. Some people with urinary urgency or frequency falsely believe that decreasing fluids will help them become more continent. On the contrary, reducing your fluids may cause more irritation and worsen your symptoms.

Substitutions:

  • Try herbal teas without citrus instead of caffeinated tea (Stash licorice, Celestial Seasonings peppermint, Bigelow Mint Medley are good ones)
  • Eat melons, pears, blueberries, bananas, figs and raisins rather than cantaloupe
  • White chocolate in small amounts
  • Pear juice instead of cranberry

Foods that rarely affected bladder symptoms: blueberries, bananas, cantaloupe, figs, honeydew, raisins, watermelon, asparagus, avocados, green beans, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, eggplant, peas, spinach, squash, zucchini, white and sweet potatoes, legumes, eggs, beef, chicken, pork, lamb, fish, shellfish, rice, breads, milk products, pretzels, popcorn, cookies, pastries, puddings and cakes (non-chocolate). Most of the products in the meat group, the fresh meats – not smoked or deli-meats - such as beef, lamb, chicken, eggs, pork, veal, seafood and fish.


Share
5 Myths about Exercise and Older Adults

5 Myths about Exercise and Older Adults Myth 1: There no point to exercising. I’m going to get old anyway. Fact:Exercise and strength training helps you look and feel younger and stay active longer. Regular physical activity lowers your risk for a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer and dementia, heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, high […]




More Articles

Your Heart Attack Action Plan

Animation - Alzheimer

What you need to know about Arthritis

Tai Chi and Diabetes

Diabeitc footwear - a quick overview

Foot Pain Can Mean Trouble

Eye diseases of the elderly

Seniors, Skin and Sun Myths

Cardiac Rehab Works: Here's How

So what type of foot do you have?

Hearing Loss, Aging and Adaptive Devices

Is it dementia, depression or both

Your Memory Timeline - stages of brain aging

Do You Have a Thyroid Disorder?

Myths and Misconceptions About Insulin Therapy

Sorting Out Symptoms of Stress and Urge Incontinence

Talking About Hip Fractures with Dr. Bellantoni

The National Salt Reduction Initiative

5 Common Myths about Incontinence

Incontinence and Bladder Irritants

How Seniors Can Stay Mentally Sharp

Exercise and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

How Does Hypertension Affect Memory

Depression in Older Adults - Signs and Symptoms

Can Baby Boomers Dodge the Alzheimer's Bullet?

Retinal Detachment - Warning Signs to Look For

Four Key Characteristics of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Hoarding: From Cluttered to Clinical

Treating Cataracts: an overview

Hypertension Related Risks to Your Vison

Osteoporosis Preventative Measures

Protein-Rich Diets in Osteoporosis Prevention

3 Common Signs of Functional Decline

3 More Signs of Functional Decline

The Sobering Facts About Hip Fracture

9 Important Post Heart Attack Steps to Follow

10 Steps to Lower Triglycerides

10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Your Colon Cancer Diagnosis

The Concerns That Keep Us Awake At Night

What could be causing my parents cognitive impairment

Medication Assistance Programs

Is Your Loved One Overmedicated

Sleep Strategies for COPD

Beating the Brain Attack: An Overview of Strokes

Six Signs That Memory Loss May Be Serious

Helping a Loved One To Fight Their Addiction

Caring for Cancer: A True Journey