Foods and Drinks That Can Irritate Your Bladder

Foods and Drinks That Can Irritate Your Bladder

There’s nothing like going to the movie theatre and getting a bag of popcorn and a cold soda with it. But, have you noticed that every time you go to the movies, you quickly need to use the bathroom? Why is this you ask? The culprit behind it… is your soda.

When your bladder gets full, it signals to your brain that you have to pee. Consuming beverages with caffeine such as soda can irritate your bladder. Caffeine is known as a diuretic. Diuretic promotes the production of urine in your body and makes you need to pee more often. (1)  Both caffeine & artificial sweeteners can aggravate your bladder.

Certain beverages and foods can and will irritate your bladder. If you have urinary incontinence or an overactive bladder, you want to stay away from these food and drink items for now.

Popcorn and soda. Soda can irritate your bladder.

Other caffeinated beverages that can irritate your bladder are coffee, soda, tea, & carbonated drinks. Even if the label says no caffeine, it can still bother your bladder. Also, alcohol beverages make you pee more frequently. In simplistic terms, drinking alcohol can stop an anti-diuretic hormone that allows your kidneys to return water to your bloodstream. (2) This means that your kidneys are consuming liquids at a faster than normal rate, urging you to urinate more quickly.

Certain foods can also irritate your bladder such as citrus fruits like oranges and lemons. Spicy foods or dishes and tomato-based products can also cause you to pee more frequently.  Harvey Winkler, Co-Chief of Urogynecology from North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical System from N.Y says “If you want to eat foods with flavor, you can use some herbs instead of spices.”  He also says “don’t let citrus scare you away from other fruits, such as apples, blueberries, and pears, which provide key nutrients as well as a healthy dose of fiber.” (3)

Red tomato sauce with pasta. Foods that can irritate the bladder.

Quick Tip: Love pasta and need to have tomato sauce? Add carrots or potatoes in the pot to help neutralize the acidity.

If you or someone you know is going to the bathroom more than 8x in a day, or up all night using the bathroom, these are perfect tips to share with them. For men and women who have urinary incontinence, I recommend staying away from these foods and slowly incorporate them back into your diet. See a physical therapist who can help to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles which can help to reinforce those bladder muscles. In addition, try our Rejoice® supplement for bladder control. Take only 2 tablespoons a day with 24 hour protection & made with all natural, clinically proven ingredients. Click here to read about the ingredients in Rejoice®.

Credited Sources Below

(1) https://www.purewow.com/wellness/What-Might-Happen-if-You-Give-Up-Soda

(2) https://www.thoughtco.com/why-does-alcohol-make-you-pee-607448

(3) https://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20540820,00.html

Additional info: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/urinary-incontinence/in-depth/bladder-control-problem/art-20046597

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