Magazine 15 June 2021

Diet For Cystitis: How to Fight It Starting From the Diet

Our health is built at the table with what we eat.

If cystitis is plaguing us, following a proper nutritional strategy will help:

  1. Favor the emptying of the bladder, avoiding the stagnation of urine and the proliferation of bacteria.
  2. Promote intestinal regularity, preventing stagnant stools, and decreasing harmful bacteria.
  3. Preventing and relieving symptoms of cystitis.

 

Foods recommended against cystitis.

A diet for cystitis must possess all the typical characteristics of a healthy and balanced diet. Here’s a set of nutritional tips for you:

  • Drink at least two liters of water a day, spreading it throughout the day. Good hydration allows you to avoid prolonged stagnation of urine in the bladder and decrease bacterial concentration.
  • Drink herbal teas with diuretic and anti-inflammatory effects. We recommend horsetail, couch grass, and mallow.
  • Consume at least one serving of vegetables per meal to provide vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Favor seasonal ones that are low in sodium and high in potassium, such as cauliflower, fennel, carrots, lettuce, broccoli, or spinach.
  • Consume at least three fruits a day, preferably with the peel (after washing them well), to provide vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. In particular, we recommend blueberries, currants, kiwis, and berries because they strengthen the urinary tract and immune system with their high Vitamin C content.
  • Low-fatfresh cheeses.
  • Fermented milk and Greek yogurt with no added sugar.
  • Extra virgin olive oil.
  • Whole grains and legumes.
  • Garlic and onion.
  • Celery and parsley.
  • Fresh fish.

 

Foods to avoid in case of cystitis

Some foods are best avoided because they can predispose to the onset of cystitis or exacerbate its symptoms. Foods like:

  • Spirits and alcohols.
  • Coffee, tea, and all caffeinated beverages.
  • Chili, pepper, and hot spices.
  • Hot or spicy cheeses.
  • Sweetened sweets.
  • Sugary drinks.
  • Citrus.
  • Sauces such as mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard.
  • Sausages.
  • Fatty condiments such as butter, lard, and margarine.

 

Also, some foods are allowed in moderation:

  • Meat, preferably lean and prepared by steaming or grilling
  • Limit the addition of salt and avoid foods high in salt.

A hug,

 

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