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IC Diet 

The IC diet is a dietary approach aimed at managing the symptoms of interstitial cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome (IC/BPS). The IC diet typically avoids or limits foods and beverages that irritate the bladder. Common triggers to consider reducing or eliminating include acidic foods like citrus fruits and tomatoes, caffeine from coffee and soda, alcohol, spicy foods, carbonated beverages, artificial sweeteners, highly processed foods with additives, chocolate, aged cheeses, certain spices, vinegar, and some fruits and their juices. It's important to note that sensitivity to these items varies among individuals, so personalization is key. 

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IC Diet Origin

"IC diet" is primarily based on patient self-reporting and surveys rather than robust scientific evidence from controlled clinical trials. The diet was developed based on individuals' reported experiences and dietary preferences with IC, aiming to identify common triggers and irritants that exacerbate IC symptoms.


While the IC diet lacks strong scientific validation in the form of large-scale clinical studies, it has been considered a valuable tool by some individuals with IC for symptom management. Many people have reported symptom relief by following the diet and avoiding foods and beverages commonly associated with IC symptom exacerbation, while others may not experience as much benefit.

It's essential to recognize that IC is a highly individualized condition, and what triggers symptoms in one person may not affect another in the same way. Therefore, the effectiveness of the IC diet can vary among individuals. In recent years, there has been increased interest in exploring the dietary aspects of IC through more rigorous scientific research. Researchers are investigating potential dietary triggers, the role of inflammation, and personalized dietary approaches. As more research emerges, there may be refinements or modifications to the traditional IC diet based on evidence-based findings.

What we believe 

Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) encompasses a wide range of potential root causes, and individuals with IC can have varying triggers and sensitivities; therefore, taking a personalized approach is crucial. Recognizing that inflammation may be at play, whether in the bladder, pelvic floor, gut, or systemically, an anti-inflammatory diet can serve as a foundational starting point. From there, customization based on an individual's specific needs, sensitivities, and responses is essential. It's vital to acknowledge that everyone is unique, and there is no universal, one-size-fits-all diet that applies to all individuals with IC/BPS. A personalized approach that considers each person's distinct physiology, preferences, and triggers is fundamental to effectively managing IC-related symptoms through dietary choices.

We believe that "food is medicine". The food we consume plays a significant role in our overall well-being. Nutrient-rich, whole foods can provide essential vitamins, minerals, and other bioactive compounds that support healing, boost the immune system, and promote overall health. We emphasize the importance of mindful and intentional eating, recognizing that each bite can directly impact our health. 

Beginning with an elimination diet is an excellent starting point for personalizing your dietary choices, especially if navigating sensitivities and allergies or managing specific health conditions like interstitial cystitis (IC). An elimination diet involves temporarily removing suspected trigger foods from your diet, allowing you to monitor symptoms and observe how they may change. The gradual reintroduction of eliminated foods one at a time helps pinpoint which items might contribute to your symptoms. This method empowers you to create a personalized diet plan that avoids known triggers while still providing a balanced and enjoyable way of eating.

Please feel free to reach out if you need assistance personalizing your diet or embarking on an elimination diet. Ultimately, this personalized approach can result in a decrease in symptoms and an enhancement in your overall quality of life.


If you need support personalizing your diet, don't hesitate to get in touch. 

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