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Foods that May Trigger Bladder Pain

Some patients with painful bladder syndrome find that certain food and drinks contribute to bladder irritation. By eliminating various items from the diet and introducing them one at a time, patients can determine if foods or beverages affect their symptoms.

Below is a list of foods and drinks that are potential bladder irritants:

Artificial Sweeteners
Fava, Lima & Soybeans are also potential irritants.
Caffeinated and Citrus Beverages
Some patients have success eating white chocolate as an alternative.
Coffee: Try tea as an option. Some IC patients enjoy hot water and honey.
Cranberry Juice: While it is often recommended for preventing urinary tract infections, it can be difficult for IC patients to tolerate. . If you don’t want to give it up, try diluting it.
Herbal Teas:  Some IC patients are sensitive to herbs. Try experimenting with teas that have one or two ingredients to determine if a particular herb irritates you.
High-Acid Foods, such as strawberries, lemon, orange, grapefruit, pineapples and plums.
Soda: With a combination of carbonation, caffeine and artificial sweeteners, these can be a triple-threat.
Spices: A good rule of thumb is that if a spicy food or drink burns your stomach, it may irritate your bladder as well. The nitrates found in can be irritating as well.

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