|Avoid foods that produce more gas.|
The way we eat impacts almost everything we do, from our energy levels to our fat stores. And what you eat and when you eat it can help to improve incontinence or worsen the symptoms.
For example, certain foods and eating habits can stimulate reactions in those that suffer from light bladder leakage. Avoid:
- Meals that are too large
- Meals high in fat
- Fried foods
- Coffee or caffeinated beverages
- Certain sugars, or too much sugar (Sorbitol, a common food sweetener) can lead to cramping or diarrhea.
- Brussels sprouts
Does this mean you should avoid all of these foods? Not at all. In fact, while these foods have been shown to impact those with incontinence (urinary or bowel), there is no general dietary advice, as each individual is impacted differently. Instead, talk to your physician about your symptoms, keep a food diary and voiding diary, and compare notes. What symptoms are you suffering, and are they associated with particular dietary changes or factors?
Malnutrition can make symptoms worse, therefore, it is important to speak with a health care professional to come up with dietary guidelines that will help keep your symptoms at bay while providing you with a balanced diet and healthy eating habits.
Hydration is also important. Many individuals try to avoid “leaking” by avoiding fluids, but what they end up doing is causing further complications and problems. The bladder can become irritated with too high of concentrated urine. The bowels can be compacted with hard stool. Rather than avoiding fluids, regulate their use so that you get enough, but at the most opportune times so accidents do not happen.
For some, simple tweaks to the diet can improve symptoms drastically. For others more is needed. Talk to your physician or dietitian today.
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