HysterSisters Articles for Hysterectomy
SHARING IS CARING
20 Foods to Avoid if You Have Interstitial Cystitis (IC)
From the Pelvic Floor Articles List
What should foods should I avoid to help manage my IC symptoms?
One of first things you can do to manage your interstitial cystitis (IC)
is modify your diet. But which foods should you eat or avoid?
Certain foods tend to be a common problems for everyone with IC, but triggers are unique to each individual. In other words, what causes a flare up for you may not in others. To help you figure out what you should and should not eat, it’s important to keep a very detailed food journal and write down symptoms as they occur.
Initially, you may need to reduce your diet to some very basics. Then, you can slowly introduce foods and drinks back in to find a healthy balance. It can take some time, but it’s worth it! You can eliminate a number of painful symptoms by adjusting your diet and avoiding the foods that trigger a flare up for you.
Remember, when making big diet changes, you need to be working with your doctor. Also, you shouldn’t eliminate a food group entirely unless instructed to do so by your doctor, and you need to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
As you work to modify your diet, here is a list of foods and drinks that commonly known to cause a reaction in folks with IC:
Non-friendly foods and drinks:
- Acidic foods
- Tomato products
- Citrus foods and juices
- Spicy foods
- Hot peppers
- Artificial sweeteners
- Caffeine--coffee, tea, soda
- Carbonated drinks
- Cranberries and cranberry juice
- Yogurt and sour cream
- Aged cheeses
- Nuts (except almonds, cashews, and pine nuts)
- Tofu and soy
- Cured meats
- Tart fruits
You should also be cautious of processed and prepackaged foods. They can contain a number of different ingredients, spices, and flavorings, one of which could be a trigger for you. You also need to be aware of food additives and seasonings. Keep in mind, different brands and varieties of foods can also change how you react to them.
Another thing to remember–if it burns your tummy, it’s likely to burn your bladder. So avoid all foods that you know cause tummy issues.
Try to choose a variety of fresh ingredients and food products to create interesting and healthy meals. If your diet becomes too bland and boring, you’ll be more apt to cheat and put yourself into an IC flare.
Once you have a safe, base diet, you can individually add some foods to see how you do. Only add one back at a time, and give it a couple weeks to see if it causes a reaction.
This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.
04-25-2016 - 01:17 PM
SHARING IS CARING
Do you have a question?
If you have a medical support question related to this article, come JOIN US in our HysterSisters Community Forums. You will receive helpful replies to your questions from our members. See you there!
Recommended for Hysterectomy Recovery
Mesh panties are stretchy and light - perfect for holding peri pads securely during hysterectomy recovery. [...More]
Post-operative compression panty with medical grade silicone to speed hysterectomy recovery + reduce scarring. [...More]
Softest Bra Ever
When you want to wear something, but feel nothing. Two in a value pack for your hysterectomy recovery. [...More]
Options to Hysterectomy
Hormone and Menopause
Intimacy after Hysterectomy
Fitness after Hysterectomy
Grief and Loss
Ask A Doctor
Find a Surgeon
|Kirsten Sasaki, M.D.
120 Osler Drive, Suite 100
The Advanced Gynecologic Surgery Institute
Naperville IL 60540
|Catalin Marinescu, M.D.
415 Old Newport Blvd
Newport Beach CA 92663
|John Lenihan, M.D.
314 ML King Jr. Way
Tacoma WA 98465
|Aileen Caceres, M.D.
Center for Specialized Gynecology/Florida Hospital
410 Celebration Place, Suite 302
Celebration FL 34747
|Ellen Wilson, M.D.
5323 Harry Hines Blvd - Dept of OBGYN
Dallas TX 75390
|David McLaughlin, M.D.
9960 E. 146th Street
Noblesville IN 46060
|Jack Ayoub, M.D.
44035 Riverside Parkway
Leesburg VA 20176
|Lillian Schapiro, M.D.
3200 Downwood Circle, Suite 220
Atlanta GA 30327
|Aarathi Cholkeri-Singh, M.D.
120 Osler Drive
Naperville IL 60540