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- Watch what you drink but don’t stop drinking-Many people with incontinence mistakenly believe that if they stop drinking liquids then their incontinence will go away. This is not true. In fact if you cut down on liquids you will become dehydrated which can make incontinence worse. Instead of reducing liquids it is important to be careful about what you drink. Avoiding coffee, tea, caffeinated beverages, alcohol, and citrus juices while drinking more water will help reduce incontinence symptoms.
- Eat more fiber-You may be surprised to learn that what you eat plays a direct role in managing your incontinence. Fiber can help you avoid constipation which can make incontinence worse. When you don’t have enough fiber and become constipated it can put pressure on the bladder which makes you feel like you have to go to the bathroom more often. Keep in mind that fiber can be found in vegetables, bran, whole grains, nuts, beans and berries. Apples, oranges, pasta, bread and potatoes also contain fiber, as well.
- Stay away from bladder irritants-Unfortunately, there are certain foods and beverages that can irritate the bladder and make incontinence worse. Some of these items are both bladder stimulants and diuretics which can make people with incontinence feel a sudden and uncontrollable urge to urinate. Some of the items to avoid include but are not limited to: alcohol, anything with caffeine, sugar and artificial sweeteners, corn syrup, spicy foods, and acidic foods and drinks.