Patient Care

Frequency/Urgency Special Diet

Certain foods can cause urinary frequency and urgency:

  • Caffeinated beverages and foods
  • Alcohol
  • Spicy foods
  • Citrus fruits and juices
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Milk and milk products
  • Sugar or honey
  • Artificial sweeteners

All of these foods and drinks contain irritants that can cause bladder spasms when they collect in the bladder. Theses spasms can create the sudden urge to urinate and increase the frequency of urination.

Caffeine and alcohol are diuretics, which means they make your kidneys procedure more urine. Even a moderate amount of alcohol, coffee, tea or soda will increase the amount of urine the bladder must manage.

Smoking also irritates the bladder and increases the risk of bladder cancer. People with overactive bladders should quit smoking.

Try following the diet below to see if you can identify any foods or drinks that are irritating to your bladder.

ITEMSFOODS ALLOWEDFOODS TO AVOID
BeveragesWater, alfalfa leaf tea, low acid wines, low acid coffee, sun teaAlcohol (except low acid wines), carbonated drinks, chamomile tea, yogurt, goat’s milk, chocolate milk
BreadsWhite Bread, bread made of rice, millet, quinoa, buckwheat, sourdough, matzoRye bread, fresh baked yeast products
CerealsRefined cooked or ready to eat cerealNone
FatsButter, margarine, vegetable oilMayonnaise, nuts, salad dressing
FatsButter, margarine, vegetable oilMayonnaise, nuts, salad dressing
Meat, Fish, PoultryBeef, chicken, lamb, turkey, veal, blue fish, flounder, cod, halibut, salmon, sardines, scallops, snapper, sole, mackerel, tuna, crab, shrimpChicken liver, corned beef, pickled and fresh herring, smoked fish, caviar, anchovies, pork, bologna, pepperoni, liverwurst, salami, ham, bacon, sausage
CheeseCream cheese, cottage cheese, string cheese, velveeta, ricottaAged cheeses, boursalt, camembert, cheddar, emmenthale, stilton, blue, brie, brick, bruyers, mozzarella, romano, roquefort
EggsNoneAll
VegetablesAcorn squash, alfalfa, beet, broccoli, bok choy, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, chicory, collard greens, carrot, celery, cucumber, cauliflower, cooked onions, shallotsAsparagus, beet greens, artichoke, chard, chilies, corn, dandelion greens, eggplant, mushroom, pickles
Beans, PotatoesAkuki, navy beans, chick peas (garbanzos), split pea, kidney beans, peasPotato, sweet potato, lima beans
Fruits & Fruit JuicesApricot, pear, blueberries, logan berries, Minute Maid®, reduced acid juices, orange juice, pickled plums (umbeboshi)Canned figs, cranberries, plums, prunes, apples, cantaloupes, pickled watermelons, grapes, guava, peaches, pineapple, strawberries, bananas, raspberries, raisins, fresh figs, dates, papaya, pomegranates, fruit juices (except those that are allowed)
DesertsJell-O, custard, pudding, sherbet, blueberrypie, peppermint ice creamPie with nuts, or fruit on foods to avoidlist, cake
SweetsHard candy, honey, syrup, sugar, white chocolate, popsiclesCommercial candies containing chocolate, NutraSweet®, saccharine
SpicesRosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, marjoram, fennel, sage, dillSoy sauce, vinegar, meat tenderizers, ginger, chili, cayenne pepper, salt
MiscellaneousAloe Vera, kuzu, golden seal teaBrewer’s Yeast, soy sauce, Worcester shire sauce
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