It’s always a good idea to eat lots of fruits and vegetables. But, if you experience bladder leaks it’s possible that some foods are actually part of the problem. Acidic foods are bladder irritants. Next time you’re in the produce section or at the farmers market, look for fruits and vegetables with low acid content.
Low Acid Fruits and Vegetables You'll Thrive On
- Watermelon (in moderation)
- Yellow and orange tomatoes
Highly Acid Fruits and Vegetables To Avoid
- Dill pickles
- Red and green tomatoes
- Chilies (not necessarily acidic but an avoidable irritant)
Your first instinct to lower your chance of leaking may be to curtail drinking, i.e. consume less liquid, right? In reality, drinking water throughout the day is super important for staying hydrated, preventing constipation and curbing the growth of incontinence-triggering bacteria. So, it is possible, the less water you drink, the more likely you are to leak. If you are worried about having to pee too often by staying hydrated, drink small amounts throughout the day instead of drinking too much too quickly which can overwhelm your bladder and create a strong sense of urgency.
If you don’t want to get up several times a night, drink more fluids in the morning and afternoon and decrease your fluids in the evening. Make sure you skip coffee, alcohol, teas and sodas (diet or otherwise), which increase urine production – I know, it’s not what you want to hear right now… but it really is the best for you.
You may try avoiding the bladder irritants listed above for about a week to see if your symptoms improve. Then gradually — every one to two days — add one back into your diet, noting any changes in urinary urgency, frequency or incontinence. You might not have to eliminate your favorite foods and drinks entirely. Simply cutting down on the amount might be enough for you.
Ultimately, every dietary “rule” should be applied in moderation. And, you can always count on Freezya to have you covered by discreetly delivering your incontinence supplies directly to your door.