With bladder sensitivity, it can feel like there's little you can do to improve your symptoms. But the good news is that's not the case – with some simple lifestyle changes and the right protection
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If you’re dealing with bladder sensitivity, it can feel like there’s little you can do to improve your symptoms. But the good news is that’s not the case – with some simple lifestyle changes and the right protection, there’s no reason to stop living life to the full.
Did you know that eating or drinking certain things can make the condition worse? Your bladder is sensitive to irritants that can trigger the urge to go to the loo, but cutting out or down on the culprits can help you to feel like yourself again in no time. Here are the foods and drinks to avoid…
Most of us can’t get through the morning without clutching a coffee or enjoying our ceremonial cuppa, but caffeine can play havoc on the bladder. As well as being a diuretic, it’s also a bladder irritant so if you’re coping with sensitive bladder, it’s something to be avoided.
Try to get into the habit of drinking herbal teas instead. Don’t forget that cocoa and chocolate also contain caffeine, so consume with caution.
The acidity in citrus fruits, such as oranges, grapefruits and lemons, can irritate your bladder. Fruit juices are also best avoided for the same reason.
However, don’t be put off eating other fruits, which provide key nutrients and fibre and help prevent constipation. Low-acid fruits include bananas, apples, strawberries, melons, pears, and apricots, so there’re plenty of delicious alternatives still on the menu.
Tomatoes, like citrus fruits, are quite acidic, so may not be your bladder’s friend. But if you can’t bear the thought of life without tomato sauce or everyone’s family-favourite, Spaghetti Bolognese, there are some tips that may help when it comes to lessening how much irritation they cause.
To neutralise the acidity, try adding a little sugar or some grated carrot to your ragu, stir in some cream or sprinkle in a little baking powder.
If you’re a lover of spicy food, it might be time to leave the likes of hot pepper sauce, eye-watering curries and wasabi alone. Just like hot and spicy foods can make your mouth burn, they can also irritate the bladder lining.
Eat in moderation – if you indulge, it’s a good idea to abstain for a little while – or use herbs instead of spices to give food more flavour.
When it comes to bladder infections, a glass of cranberry juice is often the first thing we turn to. But did you know that it can actually worsen the symptoms of sensitive bladder? Again, acidity is to blame. On top of that, cranberry juice is also a diuretic, which means it makes your kidneys produce more urine.
It’s important not to cut back on drinks to lessen loo trips, though, as this will make your urine more concentrated, which can also irritate your bladder. Stay hydrated and drink when your body tells you to. Good old fashion water is the perfect option!
A few glasses of wine now and then may seem harmless enough, but alcohol is one of the worst offenders when it comes to aggravating bladder sensitivity. A diuretic and a bladder irritant, regular indulging will leave you dashing to the loo often.
A small price to pay for your favourite tipple? You decide! (We know which side of the fence we’re on… )
While abstaining from bladder irritating foods and drinks sounds simple enough, sometimes a little bit of what you fancy does you good. So to ensure you feel secure, fresh and confident every day – whatever is on the menu – you need to be wearing a product that is designed specifically for sensitive bladder.
Always Discreet for Sensitive Bladder offers a wide range of products to fit the needs of all women experiencing the condition. The liners and pads have an absorbent DualLock core that helps lock away odour and wetness. They’re up to 40% thinner* than the leading brand, yet offer twice as much absorbency than you may need.** The pants offer up to 100% comfort and protection. Plus, all products have the exclusive OdourLock technology that neutralises odours continuously.
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*Compares to the leading brand (percentage varies across line-up).