Turmeric is beneficial for many ailments, including IC. The compound curcumin in turmeric is anti-inflammatory in nature, thus it helps reduce inflammation in the bladder.
Turmeric is known to regulate inflammation in the body through its action on the liver . This, in turn, helps reduce other symptoms related to IC. Curcumin derivatives have also shown to have analgesic property in some studies .
Plus, turmeric has antimicrobial properties and reduces the risk of UTIs.
- Include turmeric in your cooking by adding it to your milk, curry or soup.
- You can take curcumin supplements to help reduce inflammation in the body. For the correct dosage, consult your doctor.
8. Avoid Food Triggers
When suffering from IC, it is important to change your diet and avoid triggers that can worsen your symptoms.
Certain foods can lead to more pain and also irritate the bladder, making your condition even worse.
Questionnaire-based studies among IC patients have reported that some of the common food triggers that may aggravate IC symptoms are spicy foods, coffee, chocolate, fruits (especially citrus), tomatoes, vinegar, and pickled foods, anything with caffeine, carbonated drinks, and alcohol. Artificial sweeteners may aggravate symptoms in some people .
Eliminating or reducing these foods in your diet can help improve your symptoms.