By now, you know the basics about your bladder: it’s a muscle that stores urine and empties when you go to the bathroom. Most people think that bladder problems are just an inconvenience, but they can actually be a big problem for patients who have urinary incontinence or other severe conditions. Did you know that certain foods can not only help with bladder function, but also improve overall health and reduce stress levels? Here are some foods that can help with your bladder function, according to the Urology Care Foundation.
- Pears. They are good fall fruits that generally begin to ripen in September and sometimes October depending on the region. Pears are a good source of fiber and about 100 calories per serving.
- Bananas. Typically available in grocery stores year-round, bananas are great as snacks, toppings for cereals or in smoothies.
- Green beans. At about 31 calories per 1-cup serving, green beans will add some color to your plate. You can eat them raw, add them to salads or roast them with a little olive oil.
- Winter squash. Do not let the name fool you. Winter squash are available in both fall and winter. Squash varieties include acorn, butternut and spaghetti.
- Potatoes. Need a bladder-friendly comfort food when the weather cools down? Try white potatoes or sweet potatoes (yams).
- Lean proteins. Examples include low-fat beef, pork, chicken, turkey and fish. Especially when baked, steamed or broiled, they are unlikely to bother your bladder.
- Whole grains. Quinoa, rice and oats are just a few examples of whole grains. They come in many varieties and are generally not expensive.
- Breads. Overall, breads are bladder-friendly and a nice addition to meals. Bread is also great for delicious turkey sandwiches after Thanksgiving.
- Nuts. Almonds, cashews and peanuts are healthy snacks and rich in protein.
- Eggs. Also rich in protein, eggs are on several lists as one of the “least bothersome” foods for bladder conditions.
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