04/22/16

written by Bridget Collins

Body Banter

Bladder Friendly Foods

Hello! It’s your resident princess of pee, here to talk about bladder health.  If you deal with leakage issues, you probably already know the things you should cut out of your diet to keep your bladder under control (Goodbye to the delicious yet diuretic wonderfulness of jumbo-sized ice coffees and late night margaritas). But what foods can you add to your diet to keep your bladder healthy and happy?

Eating high-fiber foods can help relieve constipation, preventing damaging your pelvic floor while straining during bowel movements.  Also, not that we have to remind you, but pooping is awesome (Shoutout to our sisters, Tushy).  Incorporating whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet may help, just watch out for acidic fruits such as lemons, limes, oranges, tomatoes, and grapefruits, which some people find irritating to their bladder.

If you are dealing with bladder leakage, your first reaction may be to drink less.  However, regularly drinking water throughout the day is super important for staying hydrated, preventing constipation, and curbing the growth of incontinence-triggering bacteria.  If you are worried about peeing too often, drink small amounts over the course of the day instead of chugging lots of water all at once.  Treat yourself to breaks throughout the day and use the bathroom frequently.  Think of it as a mental vacation to the beach (where you get to pee all over the beach).
For an alternative treatment, there is a study that suggests that pumpkin seed oil can ease an overactive bladder and help build tissue that strengthens pelvic-floor muscles.  Apparently, pumpkin seeds were used by Native Americans and Europeans as far back as the 1500s, making these the OG natural incontinence remedy.  

For further reading, check out these references we used when writing this article:

  1. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/urinary-incontinence/in-depth/bladder-control-problem/art-20046597
  2. http://www.nafc.org/nurse-blog/2014/12/17/bladder-irritants-and-your-diet?rq=diet
  3. http://www.nafc.org/diet-and-exercise/
  4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4032845/
  5. http://markstengler.com/health-risks/pumpkin-seed-oil-for-urinary-incontinence/