Certain foods and drinks can irritate the bladder and worsen symptoms in people with bladder conditions such as interstitial cystitis (IC) or overactive bladder (OAB). According to healthline, here are some common culprits:
Caffeine: Coffee, tea, energy drinks, and other caffeinated beverages can irritate the bladder and increase the need to urinate.
Alcohol: Alcohol is a diuretic and can cause dehydration, which can irritate the bladder and lead to more frequent urination.
Spicy foods: Spicy foods can be irritating to the bladder, especially for those with IC.
Acidic foods: Foods that are high in acid, such as tomatoes, citrus fruits, and vinegar, can irritate the bladder and cause inflammation.
Carbonated drinks: Carbonated drinks like soda and sparkling water can irritate the bladder and cause bloating and discomfort.
Artificial sweeteners: Artificial sweeteners like aspartame and saccharin can irritate the bladder and cause bladder spasms.
Chocolate: Chocolate contains caffeine and other compounds that can irritate the bladder and worsen symptoms.
If you have bladder issues, it's best to avoid these foods and drinks and speak with your healthcare provider about any dietary changes that may help improve your symptoms.
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