Urge incontinence can be a big problem, causing you to have a sudden, intense sensation that you need to urinate. Sometimes, incontinence may actually occur, with a small (hopefully) amount of urine “let loose.” In treating urge incontinence, lifestyle modifications play an integral role in addition to professional medical care. You may have already noticed that you are more mindful of your fluid intake, especially if you are going out and about.
Likewise, it can be very beneficial to start taking note of how your body, or your bladder, reacts after you eat certain foods.
There is ample research which demonstrates direct ties between urge incontinence and certain food choices. What affects you may not affect someone else, and vice versa. We have compiled a short list of potential triggers, but you may not be adversely responsive to a single one of them. However, chances are you do have a least one dietary culprit. It’s up to you and your doctor to find it.
- Spicy, spicy! Many people love to load their sushi roll up with wasabi, or their nachos with hot salsa. According to the Urology Care Foundation, spicy foods could be irritating to the bladder; so take care next time you pop that jalapeño pepper!
- Hello, Joe. Ah, that morning cup of coffee; it brings most of us to our senses before the start of a busy day. It may also bring with it worse symptoms of urge incontinence. This is because of the caffeine and its effect on the bladder. Choosing a decaf coffee or tea may help, but that is not the case for everyone because there are still small amounts of caffeine in them.
- Nix the nightcap. Alcohol has a diuretic effect, and it also irritates the lining of the bladder, just like caffeine can. Drinking has a compounded effect on bladder control because it prompts the kidneys to eliminate “toxins” on top of creating irritation.
- Fussy fruits. In most instances, fruits are very good for us. But when you have an overactive bladder, you may need to steer clear of those that are more acidic, like most citrus fruits. On that note, tomatoes are also acidic, and could be the culprit of discomfort.
At Collin County Urology, we seek solutions that make a difference to your quality of life. Call (972) 403-5425 for your visit.
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