What you eat and drink can affect your bladder. Some foods and drinks can irritate the bladder lining and cause the bladder muscle to contract. This creates a strong urge to empty your bladder (urgency). These foods include:
If you think you might have this problem, limit how much of these foods and drinks you have for 3 to 4 days to see if your symptoms improve.
Even if you don’t have problems now, eating or drinking too much of these items may irritate your bladder lining.
As well as being an irritant, some foods and drinks can act as a diuretic. This means they cause your body to make large amounts of urine and can fill your bladder quickly. Alcohol and caffeine, including coffee, tea, colas, and chocolate, are common diuretics. Limit or cut down these diuretics slowly.
Straining to have a bowel movement puts pressure on your pelvic ﬂoor (the muscles and ligaments across the bottom of your pelvis) and weakens the muscles and tissues that support your bladder.
When you prevent constipation, you help your bladder stay healthy.
Eating 25 to 30 grams of fibre each day and drinking enough water can prevent constipation and straining with bowel movements.
Good sources of fibre are:
You may also consider taking a fibre supplement. Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist and follow the instructions on the label.
Current as of: May 17, 2023
Author: Women’s Health, Alberta Health Services
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