Overactive bladder can be treated in different ways such as bladder training, pelvic muscle exercises, vaginal muscle training and medications. But it can also be managed by introducing some changes in the diet.
In the beginning, almost all the experts try to combat their patient’s problem of overactive bladder by introducing some changes in their diet. Most of the medications meant for the treatment of overactive bladder (OAB) cause certain side effects.
But managing OAB through dietary changes, cause no side effects. Whichever treatment option is adopted for combating OAB, its ultimate goal is to help the patient in regulating and controlling urination. Some guidelines for overactive bladder diet are given below.
It is a common belief that if you drink too much liquid you will urinate more. Hence OAB patients often reduce their fluid intake to avoid frequent urge to urinate. But this is not always true. On the contrary, if you limit your fluid intake your urine will be produced in less quantity.
Instead of decreasing your problem, this will increase your problem. Production of less amount of urine will make your urine more concentrated. And if your urine gets concentrated it may irritate the lining of your bladder.
As a result, you will have to go for urination more often. Consumption of limited liquid may also result in constipation which will increase your problem.
On the contrary, if you consume more liquid, it will give you relief from your problem. Diuretics and other drinks that are eliminated through urine must be avoided. If you do this, frequent visits to your toilet may be reduced.
You should avoid drinking large amounts of liquid at one time. Instead consume liquids in smaller quantity throughout the day so that you can avoid filling your bladder easily.
Notice the timing of your visit to the comfort room for urination and avoid drinking any liquid at that time. These tips for liquid intake will reduce frequent visit to the comfort room significantly.
Certain foods cause irritation in your bladder and may trigger OAB. Common triggers are tomato based foods, fruit and fruit juices, artificial sweeteners, drinks containing high sugar, and spicy foods.
You should identify the foods that trigger OAB in you and should avoid them. Eating a high fiber diet will help you to deal with constipation problem.