Finding a solution for reducing bladder incontinence can be a challenge! Luckily, there are certain foods that can decrease the likelihood of bed wetting (and others that don’t). Adjusting to a new diet can help relieve you, or your child, when it comes to nocturnal enuresis. But in the grand scheme of things, these natural remedies are good for everyone’s health, so don’t feel left out if bedwetting isn’t your thing.
Recommended Food Types
Acidic foods can cause your urine to be acidic. As a result, the bladder can become urgently full and incontinence is more likely. A good solution is to keep non-acidic fruits and vegetables in your diet and eliminate the acidic ones out.
Non-Acidic Fruits and Vegtables
- Fruit: bananas, strawberries, blackberries, pears, blueberries
- Vegetables: Kale, broccoli, carrots
Food That Is High In Fiber
Constipation can be unknowingly sitting against your bladder wall, which could be causing increased night time incontinence. High fiber foods like this can help clear your gut out and ease constipation:
- Lentils, beans, oats, barely, bran, almonds
Protein Rich Food
These foods are good for organ and bladder function, as well as your overall health:
- Chicken, fish, tofu, eggs
Food That Is Not Recommended
It can be hard to cut out certain foods, especially because many of the ones that are listed below are imperative for healthy growth. So, limiting them to 6pm is still a helpful solution for nocturnal enuresis, especially in children.
Opt for pepper, herb seasoning, or low salt snacks. Salt makes the body retain water, which then leads to the bladder. It also makes you more thirsty, so the body has a harder time with regular water regulation.
Caffeine, just like acidic foods, can irritate the lining of the bladder. This is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to an irritated bladder, so eliminating caffeine from your diet can seriously help urinary incontinence.
- Coffee, tea, energy drinks, and other caffeinated soda drinks.
Chocolate contains a high amount of caffeine, so (sorry chocolate lovers) but keep an eye out for these desert foods:
- Chocolate protein bars, dark chocolate, white chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate cereals, hot chocolate & chocolate milk.
Food With High Liquid
Everyone is different, so figuring out how much liquid intake you can have is important for your unique case.
- Soup and yogurt
- Certain fruits and vegetables such as: melons, pineapple, oranges, cucumbers, bell peppers and celery.
- Alcoholic beverages, carbonated drinks and drinks with artificial sweeteners.
With all of these recommendations, it’s always good to check with your doctor first. Some of us need certain vitamins more than others, so eliminate and add with ease. A great way to see if your unique diet is working out is to take note of what you eat and how it’s affecting you. Enjoy these foods in moderation and perhaps you, or your child, will see a difference!
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