What Is the Diet for Interstitial Cystitis?

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Interstitial cystitis (IC) often occurs in middle-aged women and is characterized by fibrosis of the bladder wall, and reduction of bladder capacity. Patients with this disorder may have symptoms such as frequent urination (usually once every 10 minutes), urgency of urination, and feeling stress or pain in bladder area or pelvic area. Patients with IC find that adjusting their diet helps alleviate symptoms or prevent the onset of symptoms. In general, the patient should have less or no acidic foods, preserved products, smoked products, and irritating foods and beverages. The foods that should be avoided are listed below:
  • sour apple, apricot, citrus, grape, pineapple, citric acid, cheese, yogurt, or chocolate;
  • tomatoes, onions, peppers, ginger products, vinegar, sauces;
  • pickled or smoked fish or meat, or meat products containing nitrite;
  • alcoholic beverages, carbonated drinks, sour juices, coffee or tea.
Key words: interstitial cystitis; diet for interstitial cystitis.
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