BY: LBL Team

6 Foods That Worsen UTIs

Foods to avoid when you have a UTI

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) that are tough to treat are becoming increasingly more common. While they are more common in women and can occur more frequently due to genetics and sexual intercourse, certain foods can exacerbate UTI symptoms. Here are six foods that worsen urinary tract infections:

1. Coffee

Coffee can easily irritate the bladder and worsen bladder infection symptoms. Instead, drink some non-caffeinated herbal tea until you are UTI-free.

2. Alcohol

It’s common knowledge that beer, wine, and liquor can irritate the bladder, especially if you have a bladder infection. You should make sure to stay well hydrated when you’re battling a UTI. Because alcohol is a diuretic, you should avoid it at all costs.

3. Soda

Research has shown that sodas irritate the bladder in people with chronic bladder inflammation. In particular, citrus-flavored and caffeinated sodas worsen urinary tract infection symptoms.

4. Citrus

Citrus fruits, like lemons, oranges, limes, and grapefruits can worsen UTI symptoms, causing bladder irritation. You should also steer clear of any beverages made with citrus fruits.

5. Jalapenos

Jalapenos and other spicy foods irritate the bladder and worsen UTI symptoms. While you’re treating a urinary tract infection, you should stick with eating mild foods.

6. Artificial sweeteners

When you’re trying to cut calories, artificial sweeteners may seem like a healthy sugar replacement. But, if you have a UTI, you might notice that your symptoms become worse. One study, in particular, showed that artificial sweeteners worsened bladder symptoms in people with chronic interstitial cystitis.

Prevention is key

When it comes to UTIs, prevention is critical. This means you should avoid foods that irritate the lining of your bladder, urinate each time before and after sex, and stay hydrated throughout the day.

  1. “Foods You Shouldn’t Eat When Treating a UTI,” Everyday Health, n.d.
  2. “Your Diet May be Causing Your Urinary Tract Infections,” Health, n.d.
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