Six Things that can make UI Worse

Six Things that can make UI Worse
1. Fluid Intake

It’s no surprise that too many drinks—whether water, milk, or other beverages—can be a problem for people with incontinence. However, you can’t solve incontinence by severely cutting back on fluids. This can lead to dehydration, constipation, and kidney stones, which can actually irritate your bladder and make symptoms worse. It is important to get the right balance, about two liters of fluid a day, which is eight 8-ounce glasses

2. Alcohol

If you have incontinence, happy hour can be anything but happy. Alcohol is a diuretic. It causes you to produce more urine, which can contribute to urge incontinence. And it can irritate the bladder, which is a problem for those with overactive bladder.

3. Coffee & Tea

Coffee and tea, once your best friends, may now be your worst enemies. They contain caffeine, which like alcohol, is both a diuretic and a bladder irritant. 

4. Chocolate

Sorry chocolate lovers, but thanks in part to the caffeine content, this sugary treat may spell trouble for an overactive bladder. It doesn’t matter if it’s dark or milk chocolate, hot chocolate, or chocolate milk (which contains about the same amount of caffeine as decaf coffee). When it comes to incontinence, all might pose a problem.

5. Sugar

Before you replace your chocolate fix with Twizzlers, consider this: Controlling your sweet tooth may also help you control your bladder. Although not as well-studied as caffeine and alcohol, sugary foods, including those that contain honey, corn syrup, and fructose, can also aggravate your bladder, some evidence suggests.Artificial sweeteners may be no better; some research indicates they contribute to urge incontinence.

6. Fizzy Drinks

A can of Coke may be a double whammy for your bladder thanks to the caffeine and carbonation. Carbonated drinks have been shown to worsen some incontinence symptoms. Try eliminating bubbly beverages—even those without caffeine—to see if it helps.