Diet is a key factor that can help to control painful symptoms, whether ongoing or during flare ups.
We are all different so depending on the severity of symptoms you may need to do an elimination diet to see what foods agree with you. Remember this is all temporary and well worth the effort so that you can heal.
Healing Diet Tips
Dark leafy greens are alkaline and high in antioxidants.
Fresh foods such as cucumbers, celery, avocado, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower.
Sometimes it's best to lightly steam vegetables like broccoli so that it is easier to digest.
MicroGreens: these are fantastic to add to salads and meals to boost nutrition and antioxidants.
Low Glycemic Foods: blueberries are great for bladder health, high in antioxidants and are low in sugar. Some people might be sensitive to blueberries so it's best to try small amounts at a time.
Drink plenty of water: at least half your weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 140 lbs you should drink at least 70 oz of water/fluid per day. You may need more fluid intake during summer and warmer months to avoid dehydration.
Green juice with ingredients such as: Celery, parsley, cucumber, green apple, and small amount of fresh ginger (adjust if some ingredients do not agree with you, especially if ginger is irritating for you).
Vitamin D3 & K2 supplement: vitamin D3 is crucial for immunity and healing, especially for the bladder. Vitamin D3 is better absorbed with K2. Learn More
Spirulina: this micro algae has high-quality antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory. Powder can be added to juice or smoothie.
Seaweed: roasted seaweed is a great health snack, high in iodine and great source of B12.
Wheatgrass / Chlorophyll: high level of antioxidants that helps to heal damaged tissues. Wheatgrass (juice shot) is an excellent source. Check out our blog about Wheat Grass here (link).
Yams: roasted or boiled yams are a nice snack that are very high in vitamin A, which is needed for tissue healing.
Digestive health foods that can be taken with meals: Sauerkraut, if you can tolerate (look for ingredients that contain only cabbage and salt, no vinegar), and Coconut Kefir
Meat: If eating meat, try lean, organic and grass-fed whenever possible. Smaller meat portions are also recommended.
Fish: Wild-caught fish is preferred to farmed options.
Plain yogurt for probiotics (avoid flavored and any added sugar). Go slow to see if you can tolerate yogurt.
Oxalates: please note if you think oxalates could be a factor for your symptoms, you can reduce foods high in oxalates such as spinach, green pepper, celery.
Foods to Avoid
Avoid acidic foods and drinks, such as oranges, grapefruit, tomatoes, coffee, alcohol and chocolate.
Some spices such as black pepper can be irritating.
- Low to no gluten (gluten can be a huge inflammatory factor).
- Low to no yeast.
- Low to no sugar.
- Low to no dairy.
- Low to no processed foods so that you avoid nitrates, nitrites, and MSG.
- No artificial sweeteners.
Beans, lentils and seeds can be hard to digest so go slow with these to see if they affect you.
Foods high in oxalates if this is a factor for you.