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    "soothing foods"

    Are there foods that are supposed to help calm down the bladder?
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    Personally, I'm not very sensetive to diet, so I can't really speak from experience. But chamomile tea, mint tea, and almond milk seem to have a reputation for having a calming effect on the bladder.

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    I do my best to avoid the "banned" foods, but I've found that I do OK with the tropicana low acid orange juice, caffeine free tea and Sprite. Tomatoes don't bother me all that horribly. For the most part, I only drink water, but there are some days when water just doesn't cut it. I've also learned that grapes and yogurt are completely out of the question and will cause a major flare up with just a few bites. Once diagnosed and shown what I "should" be eating, it was the worst feeling. I had just cut out all processed foods and junk foods and was primarily eating fruits, veggies and chicken. Now I can't eat most fruits without suffering the consequences.
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    Quote Originally Posted by green_the_fish View Post
    Personally, I'm not very sensetive to diet, so I can't really speak from experience. But chamomile tea, mint tea, and almond milk seem to have a reputation for having a calming effect on the bladder.
    I am not diet sensitive either... but the fact is that there are irritants going into the urine, even if I can't feel the difference. So, I thought what might help soothe the bladder (diet wise). I do have the 3 things you listed, so I will try those and see if there is any difference! Doing the IC diet didn't help reduce my urgency/frequency, so I added some things back and never felt a difference. I still avoid most of the avoid things, but if I have ketchup, tomatoes, ranch dressing, certain seasoning, etc, I can without repercussions. I can even eat chocolate! I am scared to try coffee/tea/citrus. I had OJ the other day and that was a noticeable worsening.

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    Scrambled eggs are one of my bladder soothers. Also baked potatoes.

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    mine is a vanilla milk shake or some licorice

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    Quote Originally Posted by lorenab View Post
    mine is a vanilla milk shake or some licorice
    Ok... so I didn't know if it was just my sweet tooth or whatnot... but a milk shake seems to agree with my bladder a little bit. I don't want to have one every day... but I do notice my frequency is reduced for a little bit after drinking one...
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    Vanilla Milk Shakes our my favorites bladder calmers... When I am flaring bad and just dont feel like eating, Thats what I go and get..
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    Vanilla ice cream and milk, or like you guys said----vanilla milkshakes!!! mmmm mmmm mmmm
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    Soothing foods

    I haven't tried a lot of the herbal teas but I have tried cammamille tea and made my own corn silk tea out of a recipe I found in an old home remedies book and to my surprise it did not taste that bad or either I was just so tired of water that it was good, but I did see a good deal of ease of pain in the bladder. I will go buy some some. I miss it now that I am out of the corn silks that I made the tea out of myself.

    I do hope you find something to help you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeAnn View Post
    Vanilla ice cream and milk, or like you guys said----vanilla milkshakes!!! mmmm mmmm mmmm
    I wonder what it is about milk shakes (or vanilla ice cream) that is soothing for a bunch of us. I don't want one every day (controlling my weight wise), but I do because my bladder feels less irritated when I do...

    I wonder what is in those things that makes an improvement. Milk doesn't do it for me, so what is it about ice cream that does? Is it one of the additives that helps? I am curious...

    I am thinking about trying mint or some other herbal tea... but I am afraid to since it can hurt some people!
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    How come milk seems to irritate me, but vanilla milk shakes don't. It's so weird...I've been trying to drink milk lately just to have something else to drink besides water, but it seems to be bothering me, does it bother anyone else?

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    Oh dear God, don't tell me milk can be a problem...

    That is one thing I have every day. You know how some people can't give up their coffee... well, I can't give up my milk! LOL! I tried skipping it for 2-3 days and didn't notice a change... but maybe a week or two would be a better test...?
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    For me, scrambled eggs is the first thing I go for. After all of these years, my husband has finally caught on too. When he knows I have had a bad night (and he knows!) he will often make me scrambled eggs without me even saying anything the next morning.

    I am also a vanilla shake girl. Never was until the IC. It also gives me something I can get pretty much anywhere when I am traveling. (No wonder I can't get rid of this extra weight! lol)
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    I do vanilla ice cream.. or ginger tea.. I make it myself.. I by the fresh root.. I cut a chunk into my tea and put a little sugar and poor hot water into it.. always sooths it all.. my tummy too
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