When our bodies create urine, it’s made up of the liquid waste that the kidneys filter from our blood. Traces of the foods and drinks we consume can therefore end up in our urine, which is then stored in the bladder. Some foods that you eat may actually irritate your bladder, causing bladder spasms, that “gotta go now” feeling, and even bladder leaks.
Here's a handy guide to keep in mind:
Remember, you do you.
While there are certain foods that are commonly known irritants, it’s important to keep in mind that everyone’s different, and what one person may find irritating may have absolutely no effect on another.
Keeping a bladder diary can help.
It’s sometimes difficult to pinpoint which foods are triggers to you personally if you’re not keeping a close eye on what you eat. A bladder diary can help with this. It will help you track what you eat and drink, and when you have bladder leaks or OAB symptoms. Over time, you may be able to see a pattern and pick out the foods or drinks that frequently lead to leaks or those extra trips to the bathroom.
And remember, urinary incontinence is a medical condition. Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider to learn more. You can also check out our Specialist Directory to find a provider in your area.