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Learning how to manage interstitial cystitis can make living with it easier.

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    For some people, certain foods and drinks can trigger flare-ups of their interstitial cystitis (IC) symptoms. That's why it's important to pay attention to your diet and to track the foods you eat by using a Symptom Journal. This way, you and your doctor can be aware of any patterns and you can avoid the things that trigger your symptoms.

    Take Control of Potential Dietary Triggers

    Here are a few top-level dietary guidelines, as well as a chart that details the kind of foods to avoid:

    • Avoid foods and drinks the contain caffeine or alcohol
    • Avoid aged, canned, cured, processed, and smoked meats and fish
    • Avoid spicy foods
    • Avoid acidic foods and drinks
    • Avoid anything with artificial sweeteners such as aspartame
    • Avoid anything with preservatives, such as citric acid and monosodium glutamate (MSG)



    Download IC Dietary Guidelines

     Fruits permitted and to avoid

     Vegetables permitted and to avoid

     Milk/Dairy permitted and to avoid

     Carbohydrates/Grains permitted and to avoid

     Meats/Fish permitted and to avoid

     Nuts permitted and to avoid

     Beverages permitted and to avoid

     Seasonings permitted and to avoid

     Food additives permitted and to avoid

    *This is not an all-inclusive list of foods and beverages that are IC friendly or should be avoided.
    †NutraSweet is a registered trademark of NutraSweet Property Holdings, Inc.

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