Interstitial Cystitis – Diet (4/5)

Interstitial Cystitis – Diet (4/5)


Successfully managing the symptoms of Interstitial
Cystitis, commonly called Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS) often means a holistic approach. Medication, physical therapy, and diet may
all be important. There is no one specific diet, but changing
the way you eat may help manage symptoms like urinary pain, frequency, and urgency. How you change will be different for everyone. It depends on what food and drinks, if any,
cause your symptoms to flare up. Keep in mind these factors that commonly affect
symptoms. Things like which foods you choose to eat,
how much food you eat, and combinations of food that may affect you. Also consider removing bothersome foods from
your diet. Foods like coffee or tea, pop and other sugary
beverages, alcohol, citrus and cranberry juices, artificially sweetened food and drink, hot
peppers, and spicy foods in general. The first step to developing the right diet
for you is to keep a food diary. Use it to track things like what, how much,
and when you eat and drink, any PBS symptoms you experience, sleep and activity or exercise,
and your own feelings. After at least 4 weeks of observation and
recording, step 2 is to eliminate all foods that could be triggers. Do this for another 4 weeks, then slowly add
back foods one at a time to see which are actually triggers. When you find the triggers, eliminate them
from your diet for at least 6 months. You can then retest to see if it is still
a trigger and adjust your diet. Finally, don’t panic and avoid food groups
entirely. A balanced diet is best. Include whole grains, plenty of fruit and
vegetables, dairy products, healthful fats, and lean proteins. And choose whole foods as much as possible,
while eliminating processed foods from your diet wherever you can. The additives and preservatives can be triggers. For more information on how diet can affect
your Interstitial Cystitis, refer to the Interstitial Cystitis: Diet page on myhealthalberta.ca.

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