According to the Urology Care Foundation, 33 million Americans have an overactive bladder. Symptoms of overactive bladder include an uncontrollable urge to use the bathroom. When you feel that urge, it’s a race to get to the bathroom before you leak urine on your clothes. Skin problems and infections can result from leaked urine that touches the skin.
It’s hard to be a social butterfly and participate in your favorite activities. What if there is not a bathroom nearby? You may stay home more often which leads to feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Talking to your doctor can be very helpful, as well as avoiding certain foods that may trigger overactive bladder symptoms. Here are four foods to avoid when you have an overactive bladder:
Carbonated Drinks/Sparkling Water
When it’s a hot day, an icy cold Coke hits the spot. It will also irritate your bladder, so you can stop drinking sodas or limit yourself to a few a week. If you’re planning to toast the New Year with champagne or sparkling water, be aware that the fizz and/or alcohol can trigger overactive bladder symptoms.
Reducing your intake of tomato-based foods is difficult because it includes popular foods such as pizza, spaghetti made with meat sauce, and condiments such as ketchup. Skip those yummy chips with salsa at your favorite Mexican restaurant, or eat them plain.
Caffeine causes your bladder to fill rapidly. You may be able to tolerate a few cups a week or have to go cold turkey. However, you don’t have to give up your Starbuck’s fix if you switch to Decaf.
Who doesn’t love chocolate, especially those chocolate fountains at certain buffets? If you find chocolate aggravates your overactive bladder, switch to white chocolate.
Citrus fruits such as oranges, limes, lemons, and grapefruit can send your bladder into overdrive, but you don’t have to give up eating healthy fruits such as bananas, apples, pears, and berries.