Urinary Incontinence – 4 Dietary Triggers

Urinary Incontinence – 4 Dietary Triggers


Diet can trigger urinary incontinence symptoms

Urinary Incontinence - 4 Dietary TriggersUrinary incontinence causes several symptoms that can adversely affect your quality of life. Our Round Rock obgyns have extensive knowledge and training to diagnose and treat urinary incontinence. Our physicians would like to provide you with four simple dietary changes that may help alleviate some of your symptoms.

There are four diet habits that can aggravate urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence cannot be cured by making changes in your diet alone, but there are changes you can make that may help control your symptoms.

  1. Limit caffeine consumption

    Coffee isn’t the only culprit here. There is caffeine in tea, soft drinks, chocolate and other foods. It can increase your urge to urinate and cause more frequent urination. Pay attention to the foods and beverages you are consuming and try to limit your intake to 100 mg of caffeine per day or less.

  2. Cut back on alcohol

    Alcohol acts as a diuretic and a stimulant, causing urinary urgency and frequency. Try keeping a diary to note your urinary incontinence symptoms when you drink alcoholic beverages. You may find it is best to avoid alcohol all together or limit your consumption.

  3. Avoid acidic foods and beverages

    The acid in foods and beverages can irritate your bladder, causing urinary incontinence symptoms to flare up. Foods and beverages that are high in acid include:

    • Fruits and fruit juices, including oranges, limes, lemons, pineapple and cranberries
    • Tomatoes and tomato-based foods
  4. Stay away from spicy foods

    Spicy foods are known to irritate your bladder’s lining, which is bad for people with overactive bladder symptoms. This includes foods that use ingredients such as chili peppers or horseradish.

In addition to these foods and beverages, you may want to experiment with eliminating the following items from your diet, one at a time, to see if it helps you manage urinary incontinence symptoms:

  • Carbonated drinks
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Corn syrup
  • Milk and milk products

We hope these dietary changes help to alleviate your symptoms, but our Round Rock obgyns understand that urinary incontinence is complex and often requires a combination of treatments. Contact us today for a personalized treatment plan and advice that can improve your quality of life.

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