Diet for a Healthy Bladder: Care Instructions

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Your Care Instructions

You can help your bladder stay healthy. Drink lots of water and eat a healthy diet. This may help prevent urinary tract infections and other bladder problems.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

How can you care for yourself at home?

  • Drink plenty of water or other drinks that do not have alcohol. This will help flush bacteria from your bladder. If you have kidney, heart, or liver disease and have to limit fluids, talk with your doctor before you increase the amount of fluids you drink.
  • Limit or avoid alcohol. Alcohol can irritate the bladder. For some people, caffeine (found in coffee, tea, and cola drinks) also can irritate the bladder.
  • Drink one or two glasses of cranberry juice every day. This juice has a chemical that keeps bacteria from sticking to your urinary tract. Concentrated cranberry extract and pure, unsweetened cranberry juice are the best choices. Blueberry juice also may help prevent bladder infections. It has the same chemical as cranberries. (If you are trying to lose weight or need to limit carbohydrates, keep in mind that some juices have extra sugar added. All juices have calories.)
  • Avoid constipation. This can help some people who have a problem with an urgent need to urinate a lot.
    • Include fruits, vegetables, cooked dry beans, and whole grains in your diet each day. These foods are high in fibre.
    • Get at least 2½ hours of physical activity a week. Walking is a good choice. You also may want to do other activities, such as running, swimming, cycling, or playing tennis or team sports.
    • Take a fibre supplement, such as Benefibre or Metamucil, every day if needed. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
    • Schedule time each day for a bowel movement. Having a daily routine may help. Take your time and do not strain when having your bowel movement.

Where can you learn more?

Go to http://www.healthwise.net/ed

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Current as of: July 26, 2016