Some food and beverages are thought to contribute to the bladder leakage. Their effect on the bladder is not always understood however, you may want to see if eliminating one or all of these items improves your bladder control. If you are unable to give them up completely, it is recommended that you use the following items in moderation: alcoholic beverages , highly spiced foods,artificial sweeteners, tomato based products , caffeinated beverages , citrus and fruit juice.
Here are some substitutions:
- Low acid fruits: pears, apricots, papaya,watermelon
- For coffee drinkers: KAVA (low acid instant), Postum, Pero
- For Tea Drinkers: Non-citrus herbal , Sun brewed tea
- Vitamin C substitute: Calcium carbonate co -buffed with calcium ascorbate
Although water is always the best beverage choice, grape and apple juice are thirst quenchers and are not as irritating o the bladder, Cigarette smoking is also irritating to the bladder surface and is associated with bladder cancer. In addition, the coughing associated with smoking may lead ti increase stress incontinence episodes. Obesity can also contribute to incontinence.