Overactive Bladder (OAB) is a condition where the body produces an urgent need to urinate quite suddenly. Common in both men and women, this disorder usually affects older individuals and disrupts social life, sleep, and work. OAB can be avoided or managed by taking steps to improve urological health. This includes following a healthy food regime that contains the right superfoods. Here’s a list of food items that can help manage OAB.
Cruciferous vegetables: Broccoli, cabbage
Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, bok choy, arugula, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, radish, and turnips are filled with vitamin C, E, and K. They are also rich sources of folate and fiber that help in controlling the urge to urinate frequently. You can toss your veggies in light olive oil to make a salad, eat them raw, or add them to smoothies.
Magnesium-rich foods: Potatoes
Potatoes are high in magnesium which facilitates in emptying the bladder. They are also a good source of fiber, extremely versatile to cook, and do not irritate your kidney. The best types of potatoes are sweet potatoes with skin and regular russet potatoes.
Lean proteins: Fish, pork
Avoid bladder irritation by incorporating lean proteins in your meals. Good sources include low-fat chicken, pork, turkey, beef, and fish. It’s best to limit fried lean protein and eat them baked or boiled as too much oil can worsen OAB symptoms.
Whole grains: Oats, quinoa
According to certain studies, there is a link between OAB and constipation. Whole grains like quinoa, rice, oats, and most breads contain soluble fiber that helps in constipation. If you have gluten or celiac intolerance, check with your doctor for alternative sources of whole grains.
Adding the right nutrition to your food may help improve bladder control. However, in severe cases, a change in the food regime may not be enough. Along with certain lifestyle changes, doctors may recommend the following.
This is a selective beta-3 adrenergic agonist. GEMTESA (vibegron) is a popular overactive bladder management option that helps improve the frequent urge to urinate by facilitating bladder control and reducing urination frequency.
Myrbetriq (mirabegron) is used to control bladder spasms by relaxing the muscles of the urinary tract. It is also used for managing neurogenic detrusor overactivity (NDO) in children.
DETROL® LA (tolterodine) helps in managing the symptoms of OAB, like frequent urination and incontinence. It is available in capsule form and taken orally. For dosage instructions, please follow your doctor’s advice.