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Could It Be Something I ate?

Updated: Oct 15, 2018

Fall, the season of unique colors, crisp cool nights and of course, seasonal treats. This time of the year is special for many people, whether it be to enjoy the colors, the excitement of a new school year or thinking about the holidays that are soon to approach. For most people Fall is especially a time for enjoying all of those seasonal foods, drinks and delightful sweets that we haven't had since this time last year.

But for some people, consuming all of those treats causes something odd to happen - there may be a sudden increase in bladder urges, embarrassing leaks or full on accidents that for some reason seem worse than before. Some people may just overlook it and just pass it off as a phase or thing. Others may not take it lightly and instead become rather concerned. But has anyone stopped to ponder or ask "is it something I ate"?

Truth be told, there is a real possibility that it could be something you ate or drank. Often times increased episodes of incontinence can be directly linked to what we eat or drink. The body has its own unique way of processing everything that we consume. At times, the body may not be able to process something that we have consumed, like seasonal treats or foods with excessive amounts of certain ingredients as proficiently as we would like it to. Therefore, increased incontinence and bladder issues can be a result.

What do we mean? Well, many common ingredients found in sweets and treats, like sugar, artificial sweeteners and sodium can all effect the bodies processing and ultimately, the bladder. Studies and tests have revealed that sugar and sodium can cause bladder irritation that can in turn lead to an increase of incontinence issues. Some beverages can even act as a diuretic, causing the bladder to over produce and increase those frequent urges and bladder leaks.

But what may surprise some folks, is that sugar and sodium aren't the only things that can effect the body, bladder and incontinence. Based on current healthcare research and personal experience, we have put together a helpful chart with a few additional foods and drinks to consider:

Please understand however, that we are by no means saying you cannot consume any of these things and that you will absolutely have bladder issues as a result of occasionally indulging on a sweet treat or two. What we are saying is that you may need to evaluate your current habits and diet. You might need to determine if any of the above mentioned foods or drinks are directly related to symptoms and issues that you are currently experiencing. Moderation can be a helpful key to managing incontinence and bladder related issues. You might even be surprised at the results of evaluating your current habits and how they could potentially link to your overall well being and health.

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