Potatoes, peas, summer squash, winter squash, broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, celery, parsnips, rutabaga are just some of the veggies that IC patients can usually enjoy!
Use fresh fruits and veggies
Carrots are usually IC friendly. Try a cold glass of carrot juice for something different — and healthy!
Foods to eat
Fruits: bananas, apricots, blueberries, dates, melons, prunes, pears, raisins. Vegetables: avocados, asparagus, broccoli, beets, eggplant, peas, mushrooms, spinach. Grains: oats, rice. Proteins: beef, lamb, pork, poultry, fish, eggs.
However, some people with IC find that certain foods or drinks trigger or worsen their symptoms. Coffee, soda, alcohol, tomatoes, hot and spicy foods, chocolate, caffeinated beverages, citrus juices and drinks, MSG, and high-acid foods can trigger IC symptoms or make them worse.
Allowed: Bananas, coconuts, dates, blueberries, melons and pears Avoid: All other fruits and juices (especially acidic and citrus fruits) Special note: Avoid cranberry juice. The acid is a strong bladder irritant. Avoid: Benzyl alcohol, citric acid, MSG, NutraSweet, saccharin.
The cause of interstitial cystitis (IC) is unknown. Researchers are looking at many theories to understand the causes of IC and find the best treatments. Most people with IC find that certain foods make their symptoms worse.
Amitriptyline is the medication most commonly prescribed for interstitial cystitis. Elmiron is the only oral drug approved by the FDA specifically for interstitial cystitis. It improves the bladder lining, making it less leaky and therefore less inflamed and painful. The full effect may take three to six months.
Milk/Dairy Products Avoid: aged cheeses, sour cream, yogurt and choco- late. Okay to try: white chocolate, non-aged cheeses such as cottage or American, frozen yogurt and milk. Vegetables Avoid: fava beans, lima beans, onions, tofu, soy beans & soy-based products, and tomatoes.
Honey is certainly considered IC friendly when consumed in small amounts. IC patients have shared a variety of experiences after eating honey in general. Most tolerate it quite well according to a discussion in the ICN Support Forum.
Several epidemiological studies have shown a potential inverse association between dietary carrot intake and bladder cancer risk (14–16) and a meta-analysis reported that carrot consumption was significantly associated with a decreased risk of bladder cancer (17).
are less common causes of UTI. By drinking of carrot juice from the patients about 7 days (200ml three times daily), 78.43% of women have been recovered. The antibacterial study revealed the role of carrot juice in the inhibition growth of bacteria, 18mm inhibition zone has been reported against E.
Non-acidic fruits & vegetables
Acidic foods are potential bladder irritants, so try to choose fruits and vegetables that are higher on the pH scale, such as: Avocados (pH 6.27-6.58) Dates (pH 5.49) Figs, Calamyrna (pH 5.05-5.98)
Magnesium - Magnesium has a variety of effects in the body. It can help relieve constipation, reduces inflammation, supports muscle health and can help reduce anxiety in some studies. Obviously all of these are potentially beneficial to patients with IC!
Most patients need to continue treatment indefinitely or the symptoms return. Some patients have flare-ups of symptoms even while on treatment. In some patients the symptoms gradually improve and even disappear. Some patients do not respond to any IC/BPS therapy.
Though the most widely used antihistamine to treat IC/BPS is hydroxyzine, some people with IC/BPS find relieve from Claritin, Benadryl, and Singulair.
Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) has several well-known comorbid psychiatric manifestations, including insomnia, anxiety, and depression. We hypothesized that somatoform disorder, which is a psychosomatic disease, can be used as a sensitive psychiatric phenotype of IC/BPS.
IC is a chronic condition causing bladder pressure, pain and sometimes pelvic pain. Stress is not the cause of IC, but it can trigger a flare up. When you stress at a flare, it only prolongs it and increases the intensity of the pain. Reducing stress is the best way to limit IC flares and their severity.
In the early phase of IC the symptom flares are intermittent in most patients. Over time symptoms increase and pain cycles may appear and last for 3-14 days.