Bladder Friendly Holidays!

holiday meal

With the holiday season in full swing it can be a challenge for our patients to manage their Interstitial Cystitis symptoms, but with a few easy tricks we can help you enjoy your holidays without the pain and discomfort of your IC symptoms flaring! The holiday season is filled with foods and beverages that we may not otherwise encounter or consume on a regular basis so it's easy to get caught up in the festivities without thinking about how those thing may effect your bladder. 

Here are some helpful tips to guide you through this season:

1) Avoid alcoholic beverages, particularly beer and wine as they are fermented and have a higher acid content. If you do imbibe, hard liquor like whisky or vodka is a better option, just make sure that if you are mixing it with something, it is bladder friendly!

2) When choosing something chocolate, go for white chocolate! Not only is it creamy, sweet and delicious, it is the only chocolate that is kind to your bladder! Thankfully there are white chocolate hot chocolates available as well as candies and other treats for you to enjoy!

3) Cranberries abound, as well as citrus fruits, during the holiday season, but they are not good for IC patients since they are high in acid, so pick other fruits like coconut, blueberry, pears, dates and watermelon.

4) Remember to stay away from tomatoes, onions and lima beans! However you can eat all the green beans, mashed potatoes, corn and carrots you want (just to name a few!)!

5) Coffee and tea are delicious, comforting and perfect for chilly nights, but there are some things to keep in mind. Stick to low-acid coffee and herbal teas as they will be less irriating to your bladder. Starbucks has some wonderful milk-based drinks that do not contain coffee or tea if you still want a hot drink in a festive cup! A nice cup of herbal tea with some honey makes a cozy treat on a cold winter night. 

We want all our patients to enjoy the holiday season in happiness and comfort! We hope these tips help! Our office will be closed on Christmas Eve (12/24) and Christmas Day (12/25) as well as New Year's Eve (12/31) and New Year's Day (1/1) but will otherwise be open and ready to help! 

Happy Holidays!

Katie Rymon Katie is the office manager for Allure Medical Spa and Laser Center and the Continence Management Institute. She has two small children and in her free time enjoys running, reading, and baking.

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