Diet For Frequent Urination And Bladder Infections

By | June 23, 2009

Frequent Urination Treatment And Diet For Urine Troubles

Please suggest some effective diet for patient with urination troubles and uncomfortable night sleep

Urination troubles can be due to a urinary tract infection or kidney disease. An overactive bladder or urinary incontinence can be controlled by modifying the diet. While it is extremely important to drink adequate quantities of water daily and 6 to 8 glasses of water are recommended, people with urinary incontinence should avoid drinking this much water. Instead of the 8 glasses of 64 oz of water, you should limit yourself to 32 to 48 oz of water.

Consumption of alcohol is also not recommended if you have an overactive bladder since alcohol interferes neurologically with the functions of the bladder, thus functioning like a diuretic and reducing bladder control. This also leads to dehydration which can further complicate the issue leading to urinary tract infections. Citrus juices such as orange juice, cranberry juice which are highly acidic tend to irritate the bladder and should be avoided. Cranberry juice is recommended for treating bladder infections but if you are experiencing urinary trouble and can not sleep at night because of it, you should avoid it.

Causes Of Urination Troubles and Foods For Urination

Caffeine is another culprit that stimulates the bladder and acts as a diuretic and thus you should completely avoid consuming caffeine in any form. Caffeine is found not only in coffee but also in teas, chocolate and even in many soft drinks. If you can’t completely eliminate caffeine from your diet, you can start by reducing consumption, especially of coffee, to one or two cups a day.

Spicy foods should also be avoided since they irritate the bladder in a manner similar to caffeine. You should thus try and reduce your intake of Mexican or Chinese food, chili peppers, horse radish, pickles and other spicy and greasy foods. You should also limit your intake of sodium by reducing consumption of salt and avoiding foods such as processed cheese, pickles and canned or smoked meats. Though many people increase their consumption of potassium when they decrease intake of sodium, it is not advisable for urinary trouble. You should try seasoning your food with lemon, herbs and other spices if you find it too bland for your taste.

Limiting intake of phosphorus found in dairy products, nuts, peanut butter, lentils and beans as well as high protein foods is also recommended to treat urinary troubles as well as kidney disease. In addition to this you should try and lose weight by exercising regularly and sticking to a diet, which is high in fiber content and especially planned for your specific needs.