It’s not just about how much water you drink, an overactive bladder problem may be the result of a number of food triggers too.
An overactive bladder can really make life miserable. Not only do you have to contend with the sudden, strong urges to urinate, irrespective of where you are, but you also have to deal with the fear of incontinence. The constant stress of bladder problems can make it difficult for you to enjoy a night out or go on a trip with a group of friends. There are a few ways that you can cut down the frequent bathroom trips though. Eating and drinking certain food items may be triggering your overactive bladder. Paying attention to what your triggers are, and avoiding them as much as possible is a good way to stave off bladder problems. Keeping these common triggers out of your diet can help you ease the strain of an OAB.
If you are one of those people who love adding hot pepper sauce and wasabi to pretty much everything you eat, this is bad news for you. Spicy foods are known to irritate the lining of the bladder and worsen OAB symptoms. Instead of loading up on the spices, try a few herbs to add flavor to your food, without upsetting your bladder.
Tomatoes contain natural acids which are known bladder irritants. According to the Cleveland Clinic, this acidic food worsens OAB symptoms, and is likely to force you to make a few hurried trips to the restroom. If your overly active bladder makes you particularly sensitive to the acidity in tomatoes, you might also do well to steer clear of products such as salsa, sauce, ketchup, pasta sauce, etc. that are made from tomatoes.
Yes, unfortunately, having OAB is a regular party-pooper. Alcoholic beverages such as beer, spirits, and wine are known triggers. Not only does having excessive liquids make your bladder full faster, alcoholic beverages also irritate the lining of the bladder, and make it difficult for your brain to recognize bladder overflows.
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