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Kate Dyson

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Kate is a content specialist who is passionate about women's health. She's also mum to three kids, two dogs and unsurprisingly, a lover of wine.

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Glossary

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Overactive Bladder

Overactive bladder is a condition characterised by a sudden urge to urinate, often accompanied by frequent urination and sometimes nocturia (waking up at night to urinate).

Interstitial cystitis/ IC

Interstitial cystitis is a chronic bladder condition marked by pain and pressure in the bladder, often accompanied by increased urinary frequency and urgency without a clear infection or other identifiable cause.

6 Bladder Friendly Drinks To Help Soothe Overactive Bladder

Are you finding it tricky to know what to eat and drink when managing the symptoms of Overactive Bladder? It can feel like a minefield trying to work out what triggers your bladder and it's tempting to restrict fluids when you feel like you are rushing to the loo all the time.

Unfortunately, limiting what you drink can cause even more problems - as your wee becomes more concentrated, you are susceptible to UTIs on top of everything else.

So if you are keen to keep up your fluid intake but need something jazzier than water, we've got some delicious suggestions for you to try.

Pear Juice

You can find pear juice in most supermarkets, or make it at home with a juicer - perfect to use up one of those big bags of pears!

Why It's Bladder-Friendly: Swap out your morning orange juice for a glass of pear juice. While citrus juices can sometimes feel like a bladder's frenemy, pear juice tends to be much milder. Pears also contain malic acid, which research suggests may be useful for preventing urinary tract stones. Pears are also a good source of Vitamin C, which has shown to be soothing for the bladder.

Coconut Water

This is a delicious and surprisingly refreshing drink that is especially delicious in the summer!

Why It's Bladder-Friendly: Coconut water is naturally hydrating without making you pee more. It provides essential electrolytes without any of the irritants present in some other drinks so is perfect for anyone with overactive bladder.

Decaf Tea

We know, tea is a staple isn't it - but did you know that your tea habit could be causing you to run to the loo more often? Most of the large brands of tea that we love so much offer a decaf alternative without compromising on taste. If you fancy a change, you could try a gentle herbal tea, like Chamomile too.

Why it's Bladder Friendly: Decaffeinated tea may be a good switch if you can't bear to give up your cuppa, but you find that you are dashing to the loo often after a brew! The caffeine in tea and coffee is known to be a diuretic, which means it can increase the production of urine and can cause bladder irritation for some people.

Pumpkin Seed Infusion

We know the power of pumpkin seed more than most at Jude, so couldn't leave this out of our list! Simply add a spoonful of lightly roasted pumpkin seeds to hot water and allow to steep. Add a dash of cinnamon to your preferred taste for a warming, infusion that your bladder will love.

Why It's Bladder-Friendly: Pumpkin seeds are clinically proven to improve bladder health and offer many benefits to our urinary system. Pumpkin seeds are rich in nutrients, and have calming anti-inflammatory effects to soothe bladder irritability.

Aloe Vera Juice

Not as easy to come by as some of our other suggestions, but Aloe Vera Juice available from health stores like Holland & Barratt. Aloe Vera is a refreshing, if slightly bitter, drink - if you like your drinks sharp, you'll love this!

Why it's Bladder-Friendly: Aloe Vera holds benefits for our whole body, and helps soothe inflammation in the bladder. It's been shown to offer relief from Interstitial Cystitis (IC), too, as well as helping to prevent UTIs.

White Wine Spritzer

We know that alcohol isn't great for our bladders, but if you do fancy the odd tipple there are some options that are better for your bladder than others. Spirits can particularly irritate the bladder, so avoid those as much as possible. Try instead a White Wine Spritzer - by mixing the wine with sparkling or soda water, you'll halve your intake.

Why it's Bladder Friendly: Low-acidity white wines, combined with some sparkling water, reduce the alcohol content and potential bladder irritants. You get the delight of wine without making your bladder... whine. (See what we did there?)

Jude’s clinically proven supplements give you better bladder and pelvic floor control, helping you sleep through the night and regain the freedom to live life on your own terms. With just one capsule morning and night, you'll have relief from need-to-go urgency in just 12 weeks.

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