If you find your incontinence worsening due to increased urination, something you are consuming regularly may be having a negative effect on your bladder. Try to avoid this list of 10 things that can contribute to incontinence symptoms.
To help prevent incontinence, try to avoid or limit alcohol consumption.It is a diuretic and can irritate the bladder.
- Carbonated drinks
The bladder does not respond well to carbonation and caffeine so limiting your intake of fizzy drinks will help minimize symptoms.
The small amount of caffeine found in this popular treat can also worsen your symptoms.
- Citrus fruits
Grapefruits, oranges, limes, lemons and tomatoes contain acid that aggravates the bladder.
- Coffee or tea
Both of these liquids contain caffeine, which is a diuretic and bladder irritant.
If you struggle with nighttime incontinence, make sure to reduce your fluid intake well before you go to bed.
- Frozen foods
Artificial foods and colorings, chemicals and caffeine contained in frozen or packaged meals contribute to increased urination.
Heart medications, blood pressure-lowering drugs, muscle relaxants, sedatives, and other drugs are often diuretics; removing fluid allows the heart and other organs to work more efficiently, but can cause increased urges to urinate in those with incontinence.
- Spicy food
Meals containing curry powder, chili powder and cayenne pepper can trigger incontinence in people who struggle with it, especially women.
Foods containing honey, corn syrup and fructose can also aggravate your bladder.
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