Sehat ki baat - Diet for Urinary health

Karishma Shah and Dr. Aditya Sharma give important insights into urinary health. They inform that urinary problems are common in women than in men. They also provide special diet tips to beat urinary problems. Their professional expertise can definitely be a blessing for women suffering from long-term chronic bladder problems.

November is Bladder Health Month! While many of us do not give importance to our bladder health. November month serves as a reminder to get the facts about common bladder health problems and to take an active role in taking care of our health.

There are two common health problems affecting the bladder. They are - urinary incontinence and overactive bladder (OAB).

If you have a sensitive bladder, you should eat these food items like pears, bananas, green beans, potatoes, lean proteins, whole grains, etc.

Certain foods and beverages are more of a hassle than aggravating your OAB symptoms. You must avoid food items like chocolate, alcoholic drinks, citrus fruit, tomatoes, and tomatoes-based products, spicy foods, honey, raw onion, foods containing sugar or sugar substitutes, etc.


In India, according to the recent reports of the National Cancer Registry Program, the overall incidence rate of urinary bladder cancer is 2.25% (per 100,000 annually): 3.67% among males and 0.83% for females.

According to research, Men get bladder cancer 4x more often than women.

Bladder cancer occurs mainly in older people. About 9 out of 10 people with this cancer are over the age of 55.

Smoking is the main risk factor for bladder cancer.

 Karishma Shah is a Renowned Nutritionist and Plant Diet based Food Coach. She is also a Weight Loss Expert, Diabetes and PCOS Educator & Certified in Psychology of Eating

Dr. Aditya Sharma is a Urologist, Andrologist, Uro-oncologist, and kidney transplant specialist at Dr. Aditya's clinic, Lucknow. At Dr. Aditya’s clinic, they offer a wide range of treatments such as urology cancers, laparoscopic urology, prostate diseases, stone removal surgeries, reconstructive urology surgery, erectile or sexual dysfunction, pediatric urology, and pediatric renal transplant at a nominal price.

Dr. Aditya K. Sharma has been facilitated with several national and international accolades for his outstanding contribution in the field of Urology and Medicine. Some of them are as follows-

Best Urologist & Transplant Surgeon International Healthcare Summit & Awards 2017 P.C. Dubey Memorial Gold Medal, KGMU, 2005 M.C. Michael Gold Medal, KGMU, 2001 Silver Medal & Certificate of Honors in Anatomy KGMU 2001 Certificate of Honors in Physiology, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Social & preventive medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology & Medicine 

All you need to know about Overactive Bladder 

Dr. Aditya Sharma says, “As the name suggests, overactive means active more than normal. The main function of the bladder is to store urine up to the capacity of 300-500ml. After the filling of the urinary bladder, the nerves of the bladder signal the brain to pass urine. There are two levels of bladder signaling the brain- 

When the bladder is full  Controlling the urine in the bladder till reached the washroom

In patients with overactive bladder, there is a defect in the storage of the volume of the bladder and control the bladder. Due to uncontrollable contraction of the bladder, the patient can't hold urine in the bladder which leads to an overactive bladder. The hyperactive bladder results in leakage of urine.”

Diet for overactive bladder 

Dr. Sharma says, “Your diet affects health and personality. Diet also affects the urinary bladder. 

Foods not to be taken for overactive bladder are as follows- 

Sugar  Tobacco products  Smoking Caffeine  Spicy foods 

Foods to be taken for overactive bladder as follows-

Fruits  Vegetables  Exercise  Calm and composed brain  Yoga meditation.”

Diet for bladder cancer survivors 

Karishma says, “We have to understand cancer properly. The main cause of cancer is inflammation do so not consume things that increase inflammation in the body. So, an anti-cancer diet help reduce inflammation in the body. The diet tips for bladder cancer prevention are as follows- 

Anti-inflammatory diet  Avoid smoking drinking  Avoid dairy products  Avoid gluten products  Avoid fatty products Hydrate yourself  Include vegetables and fruits for a good amount of fiber  Fiber intake for detoxification  Anti-oxidants  Cereals and millets Prebiotics and probiotics  Protein.”

Long term impact of urine retention 

Dr. Sharma says, “It is important not to pressurize the bladder which leads to urine retention. The urinary bladder is a reserve tank that can control up to a certain limit. Controlling your urine in the bladder for a long time can cause over-stretching of the bladder and a decrease in controlling power with age. As the age advances, the muscle tone reduces and we see many people by the age of 50 - 60 with a lack of contracting power of the urinary bladder. The solution to urinary problems are - 

Good sanitization  Hygiene  Reduce liquid intake if you traveling for long Avoid coffee and cold drinks which irritate the bladder Do not hold urine for long.”

Urine control in males and females 

Dr. Aditya Sharma informs, “India is a country where access to toilet facilities is an issue. Women are more prone to overactive bladder than men. The bladder control is conditional reflux. The ratio of men and women is 1:2.”

Know about urinary tract infection 

Dr. Sharma says, “Urinary tract infection is common in women during the post-pubertal age. The symptoms are - 

Burning or dysuria  Lack of urine control  Frequent urination  Urine leakage  Fever  Kidney infection

The cause of urinary tract infection is Ecoli bacteria which causes infection. The habits like - 

Personal hygiene Clean washroom  Sexual activity  Hydrate yourself with 2 -3 liters of water  Every 1 hour of sweating you need 1.5 liters of water  Drink clean water  Citrus fruits  Lemon water Lifestyle  Physical activity Immunity  Blood circulation Take regular breaks  Walk after meals.”

Healthy tips for bladder related problems 

Karishma says, “The healthy tips for bladder related problems are - 

Say no to alcohol  Say no to coffee and tea which is diuretic in nature Avoid long gaps between foods Eat home-cooked meals  Do not consume sugar  Healthy balanced diet  Maintain good bacteria balance  Avoid sugar, bread, and yeast products Avoid junk food  Burn calories  Move energy through exercise Say no to sugar.”

Reduce burning sensation of urine in females 

Dr. Sharma says, “ The ways to reduce burning sensation in urine are - 

Hydrate yourself with plenty of water

Lemon water 

Consult Neurologist

Simple home remedies

Exercise well 

Stay active 

Maintain hygiene

Maintain a healthy lifestyle.”

(Edited by Dr.Rati Parwani)

Contributed by Karishma Shah, Nutritionist & Dr.Aditya Sharma, Urologist.


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About the Author

Dr. Rati Parwani

Dr Rati Parwani is a Practising Professional BHMS Doctor having experience of 8 years in the medical field. Her approach towards each and every patient is the utmost professional with high standards of practice. She has nurtured her writing skills and proves it as an asset to her professionalism. She has experience in content writing and likes her writing ethical and scientific-based.

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