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Taming the Overactive Bladder

If you have an overactive bladder with urge incontinence, you ought to be careful with food and drinks you consume as they impact your symptoms directly. Here are some tips:

Water only: this should be your preferred choice of fluid. Added ingredients in sodas and energy drinks, or caffeine in coffee may aggravate an overactive bladder. Avoid consuming large amount of water at one time, preferably sipping not gulping. You may also get your fluid through fruits and vegetables. Do also stay away from alcoholic drinks or drinks high in acid.

No to acidic food: Citrus fruits (lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit), tomatoes, and tomato products (like tomato sauce or salsa) are amongst those reported to aggravate incontinence. Take more pears and blueberries. An exception would be cranberries, which although high in acid, help treat urinary tract infections which may be a cause of incontinence.

Avoid Spicy food: may be an aggravator of incontinence, so stay off the curries until you are certain that spices do not affect you.

Reduce Chocolate consumption: there is caffeine in this particular confectionary, so take no more than a few bites.

Cut down on Salty food: potato chips, salted nuts, and other salty food can cause the body to retain water, which eventually goes to the bladder. They also make you thirstier, so you're likely to take more liquid.

Overactive Bladder

About The Author
Cedric Chua
Cedric graduated with a pharmacy degree from the University of Queensland, Australia. He holds keen interest in health marketing and is currently a member of the Apex Pharmacy E-commerce team.

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