1. Avoid citrus juices like oranges, grapefruit, and pineapple
These fruits are highly acidic and irritate the bladder.
2. Avoid Chocolate
Chocolate contains caffeine, a substance that irritates the bladder.
3. Avoid: Caffeine containing beverages such as Coffee and black tea
Caffeine is a diuretic, which causes you to urinate more often, and the caffeine stimulates the bladder. Even decaf versions have this effect. That’s because decaffeinated coffee and tea are seldom caffeine-free. Herbal teas are without caffeine and are not bladder irritating.
4. Avoid: Hot sauce, chili peppers, wasabi
Spicy nachos, hot peppers, jambalaya, kabobs, and curries are significant bladder irritants.
5. Avoid: Sugar and honey
Sugars tend to stimulate the bladder. Know that for some people, even artificial sweeteners (such as aspartame) are bladder irritants. Good news: Stevia is a natural sweetener that does not irritate the bladder.
6. Avoid Tomatoes
Tomatoes, like citrus fruits, are acidic; hence their bladder-irritating quality.
7. Avoid Alcohol
Alcohol interferes with brain signals that tell you when to “go.” It’s also a dehydrator and a diuretic that makes you need to go to the bathroom more.
8. Avoid milk and cheese
Different dairy products tend to affect people differently. For some, all dairy is a bladder-baddie. Others are bothered only by very rich and creamy milk products, such as cream cheese, sour cream, or aged cheeses.
9. Avoid Energy drinks
These drinks are very high in caffeine, which bothers the bladder.
10. Avoid Carbonated Drinks
Quenching your thirst with a carbonated beverage (colas, other flavors, fizzy water, seltzer) is counterproductive if you have an overactive bladder. The carbonation is a bladder trigger, an effect that’s intensified if the drink also contains caffeine. You may consider drinking straight water or one of the flavored vitamin waters.
Now I’ve told you what to avoid. How about what to add to your diet? Numero Uno is good, ol’ water. If you drink too little (fewer than about eight cups a day), urine becomes concentrated, which can cause even more bladder irritation.
Bottom Line: There are so many foods and fluids that cause bladder irritability. I suggest you look at your diet and see if you are consuming too many of these foods and fluids that exacerbate your condition. Your bladder will thank you!