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20 Foods to Avoid if You Have Interstitial Cystitis (IC)

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tips for avoiding foods with ICWhat 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
  • Alcohol
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Cranberries and cranberry juice
  • Yogurt and sour cream
  • Aged cheeses
  • Nuts (except almonds, cashews, and pine nuts)
  • Onions
  • Tofu and soy
  • Cured meats
  • Vinegar
  • Yeast
  • Chocolate
  • 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


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