Poorly understood and poorly treated, interstitial cystitis undermines the lives of those affected. Pains live, associated with a persistent desire to urinate make the daily life unbearable. Food hygiene can reduce symptoms and make everyday life livable again.
The origin of interstitial cystitis is unknown. It is more likely a multifactorial disease, involving many causes such as an allergic reaction, an autoimmune reaction, or a neurological problem in the muscles of the bladder wall. What is certain, however, is that interstitial cystitis is a bladder disease characterized by pain in the lower abdomen and frequent urges to urinate, day and night.
The pain is often very intense, sometimes unbearable. Urination partially relieves the pain. This pathology mainly affects women. It is very different from “classic” cystitis which is an infection caused by bacteria. Interstitial cystitis, because of the pain it causes and the incessant urge to go to the toilet, greatly affects the quality of life of those affected.
Severe pain and persistent craving
The syndrome progresses differently from person to person. Symptoms may occur in “attacks” interspersed with periods of calm. Some people suffer from moderate pain, while others will complain of unbearable pain and almost permanent urges to urinate.
The pain manifests as burning or spasms, in the lower abdomen (pelvic region) and abdominal region. The fuller the bladder, the more intense the pain. The pain can reach the lower back and upper thighs, as well as the vagina, urethra and rectum. Interstitial cystitis more commonly affects people with fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, or vulvodynia.
Food aggravation and relief
A food component seems to play against this disease. People with this cystitis have noticed that certain foods make the symptoms worse. It is therefore necessary to eliminate irritants and acidifiers from your diet such as: coffee and soft drinks, tea, chocolate, alcohol, hot peppers and spicy dishes, very acidic foods and juices. Certain fruits and vegetables: beans, beans, pineapple, citrus fruits, banana, rhubarb. People with interstitial cystitis may tend to drink little to go to the bathroom less often.
However, this has the effect of concentrating the urine and accentuating the pain. It is desirable to drink 2 liters of water throughout the day. In addition, it seems that in some people: Super Oxide Dismutase, with its strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power, is a component of choice to relieve urinary problems in general. In the same way, Quercetin, can bring a gain of comfort because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects in particular, by inhibiting the production of leukotrienes responsible for the mechanism of inflammation.