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Dietry advice and trigger foods

Many patients with Painful Bladder find that certain foods aggravate their symptoms. It is worth trying a two-week "elimination diet" to find out which foods might be affecting your bladder. This involves cutting out certain "high-risk" foods (see below) and seeing if your symptoms improve. After two weeks reintroduce the food to see if there is a reaction (this might take 2 or 3 days). If you find a food that provokes symptoms it can be avoided.

In order to maintain a healthy, balanced diet, it is important not to cut out too many foods from certain food group. You need to make sure you are eating sufficient fresh fruit and vegetable to get adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals.

What foods can trigger IC/BPS?

Everyone is different. Unfortuantely you will need to experiment to find out which foods affect you the most. Talk to other patients with IC/BPS. The following link gives some useful suggestions about finding trigger foods.