Interstitial Cystitis (IC) Involves Hardening of the Bladder

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Interstitial Cystitis is a hardening of the bladder and the eroding of the bladder lining wall. Diet can help with the chronic pain of the disease. Currently there is no cure for interstitial cystitis (or IC as its known), but there are ways to help live with the disease. One theory is that it is a form of food allergy. One thing is for sure is that there is a link between the consumption of acidic foods and the worsening of flares of the conditions. Typically IC sufferers are also prone to getting dehydrated. Make sure that you can drink half your body weight in water ounces. For one example, a 140 lb woman should drink 70 ounces of water as a good preventative to dehydration.

Urine output from a person with IC should not be yellow, try to make it as pale as possible so that you are reducing the amount of acidic buildup. You will have to urinate more, but the urine will not be as acidic as it would be without the additional hydration. Many women when having this disease will try to drink less so that they don’t urinate as much, which will in turn end up worsening the symptoms of the disease.

While there is many things you can do to help your IC with diet, here are some of the top items that will end up aggravating your interstitial cystitis the most.





Foods that you SHOULD be able to eat with IC:

Canola, Coconut, Corn, olive, peanut, safflower, sesame, soy oil

Beef, chicken, fish, lamb, beef or chicken liver, pork, shellfish

Shrimp, turkey, Veal

Chamomile tea, mint tea

Bottled water

Pear Juice



Corn bread



Oat, White, Potato Bread



Quinoa, rice

Butter, Margarine


Cream, cottage, feta, mozzarella, ricotta, string cheese

Whipped cream

Vanilla ice cream

Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chives

Collard greens, corn, cucumber, lentils

Kale, lettuce, mustard greens


Dried Beans

Allspice, almond extract, anise, basil, caraway seed, coriander

Dill, fennel, garlic, mace, marjoram, oregano, poppy seed, rosemary

Sage, salt, thyme, tarragon, vanilla extract

Okra, parsley, peas, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, snow and split peas

Summer and winter squash, turnips, zucchini, yams

Dates, pears, coconut

Brown sugar, carob

Carrot cake, crème brulee, custards, divinity, homemade pound cake

Homemade white and yellow cake

Homemade vanilla and caramel frosting



Maple syrup

Pear pastries


Sugar cookies


Vanilla pudding