Diet For Interstitial Cystitis

by in Interstitial cystitis/Irritable bladder January 16, 2008

PhotobucketThe symptoms of interstitial cystitis and irritable bladder can often improve from avoiding certain foods thought to specifically aggravate this condition.
Be sure to see your physician if you think you suffer from the chronic urgency, frequency, and burning pain involved in these conditions.
1. For rapid relief of discomfort, take 1 teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in one cup of water. This helps to prevent urine acids from interacting with damaged tissue.
2. Drink plenty of water to dilute urine.
3. Ice packs or heating pads may help to ease pain.
4. The foods listed below contain amino acids and/or other acids which contribute to bladder destruction and discomfort. Some foods may be more irritating for certain individuals than others. Avoid all foods listed below until symptoms have resolved:
Foods to be Avoided

  • Alcohol
  • Apples
  • Apple juice
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Beer
  • Brewer’s Yeast
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Champagne
  • Cheeses (all)
  • Chicken livers
  • Chilies/spicy foods
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus fruits
  • Coffee
  • Corned beef
  • Cranberries
  • Fava beans
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Guavas
  • Lemon juice
  • Lima beans
  • Mayonnaise
  • Nutrasweet (Aspartame)
  • Nuts (except pine nuts)
  • Onions
  • Peaches
  • Pickled herring
  • Pineapples
  • Plums
  • Prunes
  • Raisins
  • Rye bread
  • Saccharine
  • Sour cream
  • Soy sauce
  • Strawberries
  • Teas
  • Tomatoes
  • Vinegar
  • Vitamins buffered with aspartate
  • Wines
  • Yogurt

Resource and Recommended reading: Gillepsie, M.D., Larrian, “You Don’t Have to Live With Cystitis.”

  1. Although there are a number of “IC Diet” lists out there, it is important to remember that every IC patient is different. Some have to live with very restricted diets and some can eat many more foods.
    Many IC patients can add foods back to their diets over time adding both taste and nutritional variety. Do your research. There are several great books with information on an IC diet.
    Be smart, be well,
    Julie B

  2. If you are a vegetarian and you follow this diet, there is not a lot you could eat, and it would be almost impossible to get a balanced amount of essential nutrients!

  3. Hello, I was diagnosed with IC approximately 3 years ago. At first, I thought it was going to be a short term thing. Unfortunately, my pain is just as bad now as it was three years ago. I sort of know what my triggers are, but with so many of them, it is very hard to avoid them all. i would appreciate any advice

  4. I’m just wondering why yogurt is out. Acid level? My ayurvedic doc also told me that as a Pitta, I should decrease dairy and nut intake, which apparently correlates to the IC diet but I’m not sure I understand. Histamines? Does anyone know the why of it?

  5. I don’t want to get into self=promotion here, but in late 2009, I was on the committee to re-evaluate the IC diet. according to the latest research and our collective experience. (I am actually a dietitian expert who has written two books on IC and diet,.) Actually, yogurt was just added back in as a bladder friendly food for most people. To be honest, the book mentioned in this article is not recommended by most of the IC physicians out there.
    As for the whys? We really don’t know why yet. No one seems to have the money to do in depth research on diet and IC. It is hard also, because it is so individualized. i will try to check back here to see if anyone else has any questions.

  6. I have known I have IC for almost two years now, I found at at the age of 17 after having cronic stomach pain all the time, I had exploritory surgery, and my doctor said it was IC. She gave me a list of foods to avoid, but the only thing on the list that I avoid is tomatoe’s, i don’t seem to have problems with anything else. They also said people with IC could go to the bathroom up to 70 times a day..I think thats a little exreme when I go about 4 times a day….After I had a child, all my pain seemed to go away. They said there is no cure for it, but I must of done something right, because I no longer suffer any pain, and hopefully my case doesn’t get worse, I hear very bad horror stories.

  7. My wife was just diagnosed with IC and she is in a state of depression because of it. We have gotten the stay away from list, but I need some help.
    I will be going to an Organic Grocery store today, and I was hoping there was a place to find an actual IC diet/cookbook that I can get her all of the things she can eat and start cooking for her to get her out of her funk she is in.
    A panicking husband,

  8. I am researching this IC issue that I have just realized that I have. I am finding lists of all kinds of foods that I can not eat. So where are the lists that say what I can eat?
    I am really trying to get a hold of the issues, I am not wanting to be in pain always and forever. if anyone has any ideas please let me know.

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