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Cool It on Spicy Foods

If you have an overactive bladder, avoid eating spicy foods like Mexican, Chinese, 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.

Avoid Acid

Citrus foods and juices -- like orange and pineapple -- have acid that can bother your bladder and make you feel like you have to go. Tomatoes are also full of acid. Cranberry juice is known for clearing up bladder infections, but it doesn’t help with overactive bladders, Rosenman says. Plus, cranberries, too, are acidic.

Can Carbonated Drinks

Even if carbonated drinks don’t have caffeine, they may not be a good choice for you, Rosenman says. “The carbon dioxide in the drink can irritate a sensitive bladder, causing you to have the urge to go.”

Other Concerns

Diet isn’t the only thing that worsens overactive bladder symptoms and some incontinence. Other causes include weight gain, diabetes, pregnancy, constipation, aging, and certain cancers. Talk to your doctor about what’s going on, even if you feel embarrassed. You have to start the conversation so you can get treatment.

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