Bladder Irritants – Avoiding a Mad Bladder

December 4, 2018

Bladder Irritants – Avoiding a Mad Bladder

You’ve seen the signs and after some internet searching, you’re fairly certain that your symptoms align with symptoms of a bladder tumor. Now, the next step is ask yourself, how is bladder cancer diagnosed? After a few quick clicks, you come to a clear conclusion — it’s time for a trip to see Dr. Shaw and his staff at the Austin Urology Institute.

In the meantime, it’s back to frantically grazing through Google in search of any immediate guidance.

Naturally, given that nobody wants to be in pain, you’re probably asking yourself, “is bladder cancer painful?” Well, the symptoms certainly can be, and unsurprisingly, that can largely depend upon your diet.

If you’ve been diagnosed with bladder cancer, urinary urgency, frequency, leakage or interstitial cystitis, it’s not just about what you should eat, it’s what you should not. There is little evidence that points to a link between foods and bladder cancer risk or prevention. However, many foods and drinks can irritate the bladder lining. End result? You make more trips to the restroom and are at a higher risk exacerbating symptoms such as urinary urgency, frequency, discomfort or leakage.

Some foods and drinks can directly irritate the bladder while others are acidic which lower the bladder’s pH causing bladder spasms. In hopes of a small, yet tremendously noticeable way to take your bladder cancer treatment into your own hands, avoid these bladder irritant food and drinks below and keep your bladder happy.

Food and Drinks that Cause Bladder Irritation

  • Caffeine: Coffee, tea, soda.
  • Alcohol.
  • Citric fruits (including juices): Tomatoes, lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits, and pineapples.  
  • Foods containing arylalkylamines (tryptophan, tyrosine, tyramine and phenylalanine): Champagne, beer, wine, avocados, fava and lima beans, onions, bananas, figs, cranberries, pineapple, prunes, raisins, cheese, chicken livers, chocolate, corned beef, mayonnaise, nuts, sour cream, soy sauce, and yogurt.
  • Gluten: Not much has been proven about gluten and the bladder, but we know it to be an irritant in other diseases and some patients that avoid gluten seem to have less bladder irritation and decreased urinary urgency, frequency and leakage.
  • Preservatives: Artificial sweeteners, benzoic acid (a perseverative in many fruit juices and carbonated beverages), sulfites or sulfur dioxide (found in wines, fruits, vegetables to preserve color and flavor)

For further guidance and top-notch bladder cancer treatment, treat yourself to the care of the Austin Urology Institute’s very own, Dr. Shaw, whose work is revered and utilized at the top bladder cancer hospitals in Austin, Texas.

Not only will Dr. Shaw serve as the helping hand for a potential bladder cancer diagnosis, but through further analysis and assessment, he and his staff can accurately determine which stage of bladder cancer you’re currently in and swiftly determine the safest bladder cancer treatment plan.  

Don’t wait; call Dr. Shaw at the Austin Urology Institute now at 512-694-8888.