Changing your diet to handle bladder weakness

  • Urinary incontinence is not defining who you are

    Updated on 15/05/2019

    Urinary incontinence is a condition, not a limitation. Many times it people feel limited by it. But if your mobility is not restricted, there is no need to let UI define who you are. You can still lead a normal life.

    This is the reason why we want to show you how to have a valuable impact on your condition. While there is no “diet” that can cure incontinence, there are symptoms that it’s possible to manage through dietary intervention.

  • 6 tips for improving your diet


    • 1. STAY HYDRATED: Drinking too little water, your urine can become concentrated and may irritate your bladder. This will make the one in your care use the toilet more often.

    • 2. DRINK IN MODERATION:
      Alcohol affects the messages that pass from the brain to the bladder to tell it when to hold urine and when to release. If you have alcohol in your system, there is less control over that signaling, and you are more likely to have an accident.

    • 3. CUT OUT CARBONATED DRINKS
      The carbon dioxide in these drinks can irritate a sensitive bladder, triggering the urge to urinate.

    • 4. CUT BACK ON CAFFEINE
      Soft drinks, teas, chocolate, and even decaf coffee contain caffeine. It makes you feel like you have togo, and it also prompts your body to get rid of liquids. Remove or reduce caffeine intake, limit it to morning coffee.

    • 5. SPICY FOOD
      If the one in your care has an overactive bladder, avoid eating spicy foods like Mexican dishes,Chinese cuisine, chili peppers, chili, and horseradish.

    • 6. AVOID ACID
      Citrus foods and tropical juices like orange and pineapple have acid that can irritate the one in your care. It can and make the one in your care feel like they need to use more often the toilet. Tomatoes are also acidic.



  • Keep track of your successes


    Keep a complete BLADDER DIARY and monitor food and fluid intake to see if there is any relationship between intake and urination. Remember that certain “natural” or “energy” supplements may also contain ingredients that irritate the bladder, so read labels carefully.

    Limiting fluid intake may actually increase the incidence. Many people who have bladder control problems reduce the amount of liquids they consume in the hope that they will need to urinate less often. Unfortunately, this creates more problems. Firstly, with less total liquid, urine will be more highly concentrated. This in turn irritates the bladder surface, causing the individual to go to thebathroom more often. Reducing fluid intake can also encourage growth of bacteria which triggers bladder weakness.

    It is recommended to drink a total of 6 to 8 glasses of water throughout the day. Unless under the advice of your physician, never restrict fluids to control bladder weakness.


    HEALTHY DIET*:

    • - 30% FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

    • - 12% MEAT, FISH, EGGS, BEANS

    • - 12% MILK AND DIARY FOODS

    • - 6% FOODS EN DRINKS HIGH IN FAT AND/OR SUGAR

    • - 30% BREAD, RICE, POTATO AND PASTA AND OTHER STARCHY FOOD







    *Please consult your doctor for more information

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