Incontinence and Nutrition

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May 10, 2012


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The incontinence experts at Shield HealthCare have consulted with on-staff Registered Dietitians to provide this valuable information about the link between incontinence and nutrition.
How can the diet affect bladder control?
Although there is no special diet to cure incontinence, there are certain dietary matters you should know about. Many people with bladder control problems reduce the amount of liquids they drink in the hope that they will urinate less. This can create highly concentrated, irritating urine which can make a person have to go to the bathroom more often. This also encourages the growth of bacteria, which can lead to infections. Certain foods and beverages are thought to contribute to bladder leakage. Their effect on the bladder is not always understood, but you may want to see if eliminating one or all of the following items improves bladder control.
Common bladder irritants:

Alcoholic beverages
Carbonated beverages (with or without caffeine)
Milk or milk products
Coffee or tea (even decaffeinated)
Medicines that contain caffeine
Citrus juice & fruits
Tomatoes or tomato-based products
Highly spiced foods
Corn syrup
Artificial sweeteners

Non-irritating thirst quenchers:
Water (a thin slice of lemon is OK)
Grape juice
Cranberry juice
Apple juice
Cherry Juice

Proper hydration and water intake. Water is essential for body functions including digestion, absorption, circulatory and excretory functions, as well as the absorption of water soluble vitamins. Water is also required to make saliva, cushion joints and regulate body temperature. In general, it is recommended that you drink 8 glasses of water daily (8 ounces each). You and your physician can determine if this amount is right for you.
Source: National Association for Continence
This article was submitted by Elizabeth Tscholl, Registered Dietitian at Shield HealthCare which services Denver and the surrounding areas with medical supplies for care at home. Elizabeth can be reached at 303.437.0121 or

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