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Steps to manage your IC flare with diet



For any disease or chronic illness, the food you take in becomes an effective tool in relieving symptoms. Nowadays, doctors have started working on Diet therapy i.e.  Therapeutic use of food and how it can be inculcated in diet to help in the healing of disease. One such disease is INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS(IC).


What is IC?

Interstitial cystitis is a chronic condition causing increased bladder pressure with pain. sometimes, pain in the pelvis occurs. The pain ranges from mild discomfort to severe pain. IC most often affects women and can have a long-lasting impact on quality of life.

There are two forms of IC. Ulcerative IC and Non- Ulcerative IC.

Ulcerative IC

It causes ulcers inside the bladder wall. That makes the disease extremely painful for the patients.


Non- ulcerative IC

The disease develops with tiny bleeding points in the bladder wall. As a result, the patient experiences blood in their urine. Non- ulcerative forms are more common compared to the Ulcerative ones.

How does it cause ill effects on the body?

The bladder is a hollow, muscular organ that stores urine before you urinate. When the bladder is full, it signals to the brain, and the act of passing urine occurs. However, patients with IC often feel the need to urinate more with smaller volumes of urine. Due to the inflammation and recurrent infections patient experiences such symptoms.


What are the After-effects?

If not treated, IC can result in a variety of disorders. Problems like Stiffening of the bladder allow holding less urine which results in reduced capacity of the bladder. Other than that, frequent urination hampers day to day activities of the person.

Commonly experienced symptoms are

 - Pain in the groin

 - Painful urination

 - Blood in urine

 - Frequent urge to pass the urine

 - Incomplete urination

 - Recurrent UTIs

 - Frequent toilet trips due to urgency.

Diet therapy -a boon for IC patients

Interstitial Cystitis Bladder Pain Syndrome is a disease with periodical elevating and depressing pain. Some food items can exaggerate the symptoms, called IC flare. It is not clearly understood why interstitial cystitis is linked with dietary habits. However, studies strongly support the fact that Known food triggers can produce serious symptoms. Apart from that, Stress can aggravate the symptoms. At the same time, there is no ultimate cure for the disease.

But remissions are present if proper monitoring is done on eating habits. Hence, it is essential to incorporate stress management techniques and learn them. Simultaneously, heavy workouts and exercises are a Big NO. You can practice relaxation exercises, yoga, and simple walking.


The common foods that should be avoided are-

BEVERAGES – Tea, Coffee, Alcohol.

VEGETABLES – Tomato, Onion, Capsicum, Garlic.

FRUITS – Citrus fruits, berries.

SUGARY ITEMS- Sweet dishes, chocolates.

SPICES – Clove, Cardamom, chilies.

ANIMAL PRODUCTS- Curd, Mutton, Sausage.

PROCESSED FOODS – Sauces, Pickles.



-       These are the commonly reported items. However, you need to check out personally, the food you are allergic to.

    - Try Food Charting by initially starting with a boiled vegetable diet, then adding one by one the food items from your regular diet to find out what does not suit you.

    - Hence, in this way you can keep a close check and will be able to acquire knowledge about the food items that can be avoided.

    - Other than that, regular checkups and medication will help in Controlling the disease.

     - Avoid constipation. Have a fiber-rich diet.

   - Limit dining outside the home. Since you will not be aware of the complete list of ingredients present in the dish. But that doesn’t mean it is completely prohibited.

    - Certain rules should be followed before stepping out for dinner or lunch. Like, check out for favorite dishes before- eating out just for precaution or you can take your home prepared meal to parties or social gatherings.

    - Eat foods that are bladder friendly and promote your urinary health.

    - Avoid using public toilets to acquire UTIs as the infection may further aggravate the condition.

     - Anti-inflammatory foods should be inculcated in the diet.

     - Don’t control your pee for longer periods.

     - Have timely schedules for the toilet.

     - Avoid soda drinks, cola, and caffeine.

   - Avoid salty foods, packed namkeens, and limit dairy products.





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