Food & Beverages that Affect LOBC

Diet

Helpful Foods and Beverages

Constipation can lead to incontinence, so consuming ample amounts of fiber is important, as it greatly contributes to improved bowel habits. Foods high in fiber include:

  • Oat bran
  • Applesauce
  • The best beverage choice is water

A note about liquids: Many people reduce their liquid intake hoping it will reduce the amount they need to urinate. This may cause more concentrated liquid in the form of urine (dark yellow and strong smelling). The more concentrated urine can be irritating to the bladder and may even increase the potential for a urinary tract infection and incontinence.

Bladder Irritants

Certain foods that act as diuretics may need to be removed from your diet. Eliminating one or all of the irritating foods may improve your urine control. Talk to your physician about eliminating one or more of these items from your diet:

  • Alcoholic and carbonated beverages
  • Caffeinated coffee and Tea
  • Tomatoes
  • Citrus fruits and juices
  • Sugar, honey and artificial sweeteners
  • Chocolate
  • Spicy food

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