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Foods That Affect Cystitis

Posted by on Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 17:04
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Foods can cause cystitis symptoms when their water-soluble derivatives, produced during digestion, are concentrated, and then excreted, in the urine.

Of course, once they are present in the urine, the longer they remain in contact with the bladder lining, and the more strongly they are concentrated, the more severe the symptoms are likely to be, involving both the bladder itself and its outlet tube.

Try avoiding acidic foods such as citrus fruit, pickles and vinegar, hot chili-type spices and sauces containing them, cereals, beans, onions, strong tea and coffee, cola drinks and alcohol. This sounds a long list, but few people dine on all of these items daily or even weekly, so the effort required of you personally may not be particularly daunting.

Anyway, in practice, people vary enormously in their sensitivity to dietary triggers. As in the case with migraine-linked foods, those reputed to ’cause’ cystitis often do so only when taken in binge-sized quantities, and can safely be incorporated into a person’s menu in ‘normal’ amounts.

A  few  cystitis sufferers can link their symptoms with more ubiquitous foods such as starch, gluten and lactose.  Omitting, say, all dairy and wheat flour products from your diet is quite an undertaking, and some experts suggest eliminating items for three weeks, then reintroducing them one by one, in order to detect the cause(s). But avoiding each in turn works just as well and is far easier to deal with.

Do I drink enough?  We  lose approximately three pints(one and three-quarter litres) of fluid daily in our urine, motions, perspiration and breath. This needs to be replaced, and you should drink extra as a cystitis sufferer in order to flush out your bladder and kidneys, keep your urine dilute, and stop it from stagnating  in any undetected tissue pockets in your urethra or bladder.

Is is equally important to empty your bladder as soon as possible after noticing signs of needing to do so. Avoid drinks that you suspect cause symptoms. Choose filtered tap or bottled mineral water, dilute vegetable or non-citrus fruit juices and herbal teas.

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