Nutritionists generally recommend a balanced and healthy diet, in addition to taking smaller meals several times a day.
Basics of a balanced diet:
- Eat meat less then 3 times per week, preferably light meat, such as poultry.
- Eat sea fish at least 1 time per week (2 or 3 is even better).
- Eat small amounts of saturated fats.
Drink at least 1.5l of liquid per day, preferably non-carbonised mineral water. Although this daily intake may seem like too much at first, bear in mind that your body needs a certain amount of liquid and that insufficient hydration results in concentrated urine which additionally irritates your bladder.
There are no generally accepted guidelines for nutrition when it comes to chronic cystitis. However, especially in patients with IC, certain foods can affect the symptoms. Different patients react in different ways so the best thing is to try and see what works best for you.
Eat low unprocessed and low-acid foods, as much as possible. A low-acid diet (alkaline diet) means minimising acid-inducing foods and beverages. Avoid sugar and artificial sweeteners like aspartame. Be cautious about following items: alcohol (especially wine), coffee, strong tea, carbonated drinks, (sliced) cheese, yeast, smoked or pickled products, sweets, citrus (as well as other fruits such as pineapple, apple, apricots, strawberries, nectarines, peaches, plums, grapes), fruit juices, tomatoes, vinegar, and strong spices.
It is often reported that cranberry juice (300 ml per day), can diminish the frequency of recurrent cystitis.
Disclaimer: Different patients react in different ways so the best thing is to try and see what works best for you. These diet tips might not necessarily give good results for all patients.