Do you run to the bathroom after every meal? Do you notice that you always seem to have an accident after eating a specific type of food? It’s no coincidence. What you eat and drink has a huge effect on your bathroom habits, and if you’re suffering from bladder leakage (or bowel leakage, for that matter), it’s worth your time to start paying more attention to your diet.
What you eat and drink has a huge effect on your bathroom habits, and if you’re suffering from bladder leakage (or bowel leakage, for that matter), it’s worth your time to start paying more attention to your diet.
There are many known bladder irritants that may be causing you trouble. Below is a list of some of the most common foods that have been known to irritate the bladder:
- Carbonated beverages
- Citrus Juice & Fruits
- Corn Syrup
- Spicy Foods
- Sugar & Artificial Sweeteners
The sugar, caffeine, or acidity in these foods and drinks can irritate the bladder, causing an accidental leakage to occur. If you think one of these foods may be contributing to your bladder leaks, try eliminating it from your diet for a couple of weeks and see what happens. After a while, slowly add it back in and see if the problem reemerges. If so, you know it’s a food or drink you should avoid.
Everyone is different, of course, and not all of the foods listed above will be triggers for everyone. That cup of coffee that causes you to sprint to the lady’s room each morning may not have any effect on someone else struggling with bladder leakage. That’s why it’s so important to keep track of what you eat and drink. A bladder diary can be ideal for this task by letting you track what you consume, and also when you have accidents. Over time, you may start to see a correlation between that tomato sauce you love and your trips to the bathroom. A bladder diary also comes in handy when talking with your doctor about your condition. It gives them a roadmap of what you’re experiencing and helps them in diagnosing your problem and finding a solution.
Ready to start tracking? Download your free bladder or bowel diary here.
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