Interstitial Cystitis: Foods to Avoid

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Interstitial cystitis, also known as painful bladder syndrome, is a condition in which bladder pain and pressure and increased urinary frequency occur. The bladder walls become inflamed, leading to scarring and a lower capacity to hold urine. Interstitial cystitis affects more women than men and can have an adverse impact on your life. Removing certain beverages and foods from your diet may help relieve your discomfort and pain.

Knowing what foods and beverages to consume with interstitial cystitis can help with your discomfort and pain.
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Certain drinks can irritate the bladder lining and cause pain in the already sensitive bladder lining. Beverages such as beer, chocolate milk, alcohol, coffee, wine, tea, citrus juices, cranberry juice and sodas can cause irritation and prolong inflammation.

Beer can irritate the sensitive bladder lining.
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Certain meats and fish, especially those that are heavily processed, can cause bladder pain. These foods include hot dogs, bologna, ham, sausage, pepperoni and smoked fish. Vegetables that may irritate the bladder include chili peppers, tomatoes, tomato sauce and juice, pickles, sauerkraut, black beans and lima beans.

Chili peppers can cause bladder pain.
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Many types of fruits can aggravate the bladder because of the acids they contain. These foods include all citrus fruits, cantaloupe, plums, cherries, pineapple, papaya, persimmon, grapes and kiwi. Black walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, peanuts and pistachio nuts can also irritate bladder walls.

Citrus fruits are very acidic.
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Desserts that may cause pain in the bladder include chocolate, coffee ice cream, sorbet, pastries with "problem" fruits and anything containing NutraSweet.

Chocolate desserts my aggravate you.
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Keeping a food diary can help you ascertain which foods aggravate your interstitial cystitis. Write down every food and beverage you ingest each day and flag any food item you suspect causes pain. This procedure will help you learn which "trigger" foods to avoid.

Keeping a food diary will help.
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Acids are the common thread in most forbidden foods in the interstitial diet. A dietary supplement called Prelief may help when it’s hard to give up that morning cup of coffee or your chocolate fix. Prelief is taken before meals, and help reduce the acids in foods or beverages by neutralizing them. Over-the-counter acid reducers may also provide some relief.

Acidic foods like coffee are not good.
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Although there are many foods you should avoid when suffering from interstitial cystitis, there are plenty of foods you can eat with no problems. These foods and drinks include beef, chicken, eggs, shrimp, turkey, vanilla ice cream, cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, potatoes, yams, corn, pumpkin, carrot cake, honey, sugar cookies, vanilla pudding, Evian water and chamomile tea.

Chicken is good to eat.
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