Thursday, May 27, 2010

Finding an Interstitial Cystitis Support Group

Friends who understand IC can helpOne of the best ways to adjust to having a chronic illness like interstitial cystitis is to meet other people who are learning to cope with a similar condition. In fact, patients who participate in local or online support groups generally express a higher level of well-being than those who do not have support. Not only do patients benefit from sharing coping strategies with each other, but also, many support groups invite leading IC researchers and physicians to share the latest information about treatments.

IC support groups can be found in nearly every state. Some are sponsored by physician offices or clinics and others are run by veteran IC patients. Some support groups meet regularly in person, others provide primarily phone or email support. Both the Interstitial Cystitis Network and the Interstitial Cystitis Association have support group listings.

What if you are too sick to go to a meeting or the meetings in your area are not convenient? You may want to try the Interstitial Cystitis Network's Online Support Forum. The nice thing about an online support group is the 24/7 accessibility. You may even meet someone from your area that can help you find local resources!


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For step by step guidance for creating your own personal interstitial cystitis meal plan, see: Confident Choices®: Customizing the Interstitial Cystitis Diet.

For some basic, family-style, IC bladder-friendly recipes, see: Confident Choices®: A Cookbook for Interstitial Cystitis and Overactive Bladder



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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Interstitial Cystitis Diet: No Citrus? No Strawberries? No Problem!

High vitamin C foods for IC Diet
One of the most common concerns that I hear from my IC patients is how can they consume a balanced diet with interstitial cystitis and the limited, fruit selection on the IC Food List. The answer is simple! Many other bladder friendly fruits and vegetables are full of the same vitamins and antioxidants that a person might find in orange juice or berries.


In fact, even on an IC Diet, you can get a lot of vitamin C from foods that are not citrus. Check out this list of bladder friendly, high vitamin C options (all vitamin C amounts are for 100 g. servings):

  • Red bell peppers (nearly 200 mg!)
  • Parsley (130 mg)
  • Broccoli (90 mg)
  • Green bell peppers (80 mg)
  • Brussels sprouts (80 mg)
  • Kale (41 mg)
  • Cauliflower (40 mg)
  • Raspberries - if tolerated (30 mg)
  • Spinach (30 mg)
  • Cabbage, raw (30 mg)
  • Butternut (winter) squash (21 mg)
  • Spaghetti squash (20 mg)
  • Potato (20 mg, but you usually eat more than 100 g of potato)
  • Zucchini (19 mg)
  • Yellow (summer) squash (17 mg)
  • Blueberries (10 mg)
  • Banana - if tolerated (9 mg)

Some IC patients can also take an alkalized Vitamin C supplement or a sustained release formula which keeps the excess Vitamin C from spilling into the bladder all at once, which is what causes the pain. One way or another, with just a little planning, you should be able to get plenty of C in your diet!



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For step by step guidance for creating your own personal interstitial cystitis meal plan, see: Confident Choices®: Customizing the Interstitial Cystitis Diet.

For some basic, family-style, IC bladder-friendly recipes, see: Confident Choices®: A Cookbook for Interstitial Cystitis and Overactive Bladder

For health care workers:  Interstitial Cystitis: A Guide for Nutrition Educators 



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