Foods for Overactive Bladder
You may think that your liquid intake determines your bladder comfort, but that’s only part of the story. In fact, what you eat (and don’t eat) can have just as much impact on how your bladder operates and how your OAB responds, so it might be time to revamp your daily diet to incorporate foods for overactive bladder.
As with most chronic conditions, balance is your best friend when managing OAB: learning how to get a range of nutrients, stay hydrated, and enjoy your diet will make a big difference in your daily symptoms. Start with a few small additions to see how your bladder reacts, and eventually work in all of these healthy, bladder-friendly foods.
1. Non-Citrus Fruits
Fruits and veggies are brimming with healthy compounds that belong in every OAB meal plan, but for many people, the acid in citrus fruit is a bladder irritant. Oranges, lemon, grapefruit, and limes are obvious culprits, but tomatoes and tart grapes are equally bothersome; stick to low-acid berries, melons, and orchard fruits like apples, pears, peaches, and plums for lots of fiber without the bladder discomfort. In fact, plums appear to be particularly bladder-friendly, and since they’re also great for digestion – stock up when they’re in season (and turn to prunes when you can’t get fresh plums).
Alternative therapies may help to reduce irritability of bladder tissues, urgency and lessen episodes of incontinence and reducing stress related to OAB.