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
Oat, White, Potato Bread
Cream, cottage, feta, mozzarella, ricotta, string cheese
Vanilla ice cream
Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chives
Collard greens, corn, cucumber, lentils
Kale, lettuce, mustard greens
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