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  • Writer's pictureNicole Cozean

Do I need to avoid acidic foods with IC?

The answer will surprise you! The myth that acidity in the body or bladder is responsible for IC symptoms is one of the most harmful out there.

Do I need to avoid acidic foods with IC?

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In this 'sode we go through why the pH of urine has no effect on symptoms, how 'acid in' does not equal 'acid out', and what we should be doing instead.

We hope this 'sode helps to free you from 'food jail' and you can become more confident in what you eat!

The Myth: Ingesting acidic foods or beverages makes urine more acidic, irritating the bladder and flaring symptoms.

The Truth: While some acidic foods are common triggers for IC, the body is extremely complex and 'acid in' doesn't equal 'acid out.' Many foods that contain acid are considered entirely 'IC-safe,' while some basic (meaning non-acidic) foods and drinks can also be major triggers. Furthermore, acidic urine has been proven to be no more painful than neutral urine for patients with IC.

The two rules of diet changes with IC are simple: avoid your personal trigger foods and eat healthy. It doesn't have to be any more complicated than that.

Do I need to avoid acidic foods with IC?

As Nicole said in the full 'sode of the podcast on this topic...

"It's important not to villainize certain foods just because they're acidic! " -Nicole Cozean, Pelvic Sanity

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At PelvicSanity, it's our mission to support patients with pelvic pain and pelvic floor symptoms, regardless of where you live. We can help with:

- In-person treatment for those in Southern California at the PelvicSanity clinic

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Nicole Cozean

Dr. Nicole Cozean is the founder of PelvicSanity Physical Therapy in Orange County, CA. PelvicSanity treats patients from all over the world with remote consultations and the Immersive Out of Town Program. She also runs Pelvic PT Rising, training other pelvic PTs to better serve patients.

Named Physical Therapist of the Year, Dr. Nicole is author of the award-winning book The Interstitial Cystitis Solution and the first PT to serve on the ICA Board of Directors, Her passion is helping those with pelvic health issues - regardless of where they live - find lasting relief.

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