Can What I Eat Make My OAB Worse?

If you have an overactive bladder, there are definitely certain foods and drinks that can make your symptoms worse. It’s important to limit or completely avoid these particular foods and beverages to prevent additional discomfort. With the holidays right around the corner, you may be tempted to overindulge from time to time. However, the best thing you can do is stay away from irritating foods so you don’t have to deal with the consequences afterward. 

Foods you should avoid or limit if you have an overactive bladder include:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Carbonated and caffeinated beverages
  • Acidic juices
  • Vinegar
  • Tomatoes
  • Spicy foods
  • Sugar and artificial sweeteners
  • Chocolate
  • Onions

It’s important to note that while these foods and drinks should generally be enjoyed in moderation by those with OAB, everybody is different. You might be able to enjoy a small amount of chocolate or an alcoholic beverage occasionally without much of a problem, but you may find that caffeinated beverages and raw onions need to be eliminated entirely. Over time, you’ll find out what your body can tolerate and what should be avoided completely. 

You should pay attention to how much water you drink each day. While drinking a lot of water can worsen the symptoms of overactive bladder, not drinking enough water isn’t good for you and can also cause a variety of problems. Finding a good balance is key, and keeping a food and beverage diary is a great way to keep track of what you consume and the symptoms that develop after.

Fortunately, there are many delicious foods out there that support bladder health. Some good options you can include in your diet are:

  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Turkey
  • Eggs
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Kale
  • Grapes
  • Bananas
  • Watermelon
  • Whole grains
  • Nuts

When in doubt, talk to your doctor and don’t be embarrassed to ask questions. Aside from watching what you eat and drink, there are other things you can do to help improve your symptoms. These include exercising regularly, taking certain medications and avoiding smoking.

At Arkansas Urology, we’re here for you. Our patients’ health has been and will always be our top priority! Do you need to schedule an appointment? Contact us today or book your appointment online. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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