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Incontinence & Overactive Bladder Health Center

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6 Diet Changes to Help You Handle Urinary Incontinence

4. Cool It on Spicy Foods

If you have an overactive bladder, avoid eating spicy foods like Mexican dishes, Chinese cuisine, chili peppers, chili, and horseradish. 

Spicy foods irritate the lining of your bladder just like caffeine does, says Christine Gerbstadt, MD, a doctor and registered dietitian.

5. Avoid Acid

Citrus foods and tropical juices like orange and pineapple have acid that can bother your bladder and make you feel like you have to go. Tomatoes are also acidic.

Cranberry juice won't help if you have an overactive bladder, Rosenman says. Cranberries, too, are acidic.

6. Cut Out Carbonated Drinks

Even if fizzy drinks don't have caffeine, they may not be your best choice. "The carbon dioxide in the drink can irritate a sensitive bladder, causing you to have the urge to go," Rosenman says.

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Reviewed on August 27, 2015

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