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OAB: How What You Drink Affects Your Bladder

by Arkansas Urology on Monday, October 07, 2019

If you suffer from overactive bladder, it's important to pay attention to how your body and bladder react after drinking certain things. There are definitely drinks that can worsen the symptoms of overactive bladder or OAB. They can irritate the lining of your bladder and lead to discomfort. Acidic, caffeinated and alcoholic beverages are among the top culprits, which unfortunately means that wine, coffee, soda, orange juice and sweet tea should be enjoyed sparingly. Sweetened juices, such as apple juice, can also worsen symptoms when consumed in large amounts.

One thing you can do is dilute your drink before it reaches your bladder and causes symptoms to flare up. Try to consume two glasses of water for every one beverage you drink that that aggravates your OAB. If you’re a coffee drinker, try pouring a cup that is half regular and half decaf. This can help prevent irritation.

It’s also important to make sure that you’re staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water each day. Take sips throughout the day instead of gulping down large amounts at once to prevent symptoms from worsening. Your urine should be light yellow or clear at all times. If it’s dark yellow, you aren’t consuming enough water. A common misconception is that cutting back on how much water you drink will help when it comes to overactive bladder, but that simply isn’t true. Staying hydrated should be a priority, and it’s necessary to maintain a healthy body — whether you suffer from OAB or not.

At the end of the day, there’s a variety of drinks you should avoid or limit consumption of if you’re trying to improve symptoms of OAB. While there isn’t a cure for the condition, many people find some relief through lifestyle changes, dietary changes or medication. If you suffer from overactive bladder, there are certainly things you can do to help alleviate your symptoms, such as Kegel exercises or trying to time your trips to the restroom. You should have a conversation with your urologist about your unique symptoms and triggers, and discover the best treatment plan for you.

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