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JessicaD

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Hi,

The ICN food list has honey in the green ("usually bladder friendly") column, and actually says that honey can soothe the bladder, but some websites say all sugars, including honey, can "stimulate the bladder" (don't know if that means they irritate it?) and should be avoided.  Does anyone know whether honey irritates the bladder or soothes it? 

(A keyword search on honey on this site found occasional mentions of it, e.g. in tea - I don't know whether people are using it just in very small amounts to be on the safe side, or whether it can be used without worry, e.g. spread on toast.)

Thank you very much for any advice!
LeanneRS

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Hi

I am also really interested in this as all IC diet lists seem to state honey as soothing.

I have been experimenting with diet for the last few weeks and have found that sugar in any form severely aggravates my symptoms. I have found that I cannot tolerate camomile tea (this is also supposed to be soothing) and am now wondering if this is due to the honey I was adding to it. I can currently only tolerate evian water.

For this reason I am also very interested in the possible link between candida and I.C as sugar is the worst thing for candida sufferers.

From what I have read everyone is just so different. 

Hopefully someone else can help 
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ModeratorKate

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Hello and welcome to you both on the Forum

I hope you will find  helpful  information from our members. Yes unfortunately there is no set fast rule,as we are all so different which is one of the reasons there is so much conflicting advice.

You could also look through the COB website, and become a Member when you will receive and have access to a load more information to assist you.
See this page for instance, and you will see you could have access to the Nutrition advice.

http://www.cobfoundation.org/interstitial-cystitispainful-bladder-syndrome/icpbs-diet

Also do enter the Bladder survey as this will help build a bigger.

On a personal note ..re Herb Teas.... I drink 'Marshmallow root' and 'Cornsilk' and find these to be very soothing.( I do not use ANY form of sweetener)I make a pot and then I can drink throughout the day, as they are just as pleasant when they are cold.

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LeanneRS

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Kate

Thanks for this I just found the site last night and haven't been formally diagnosed yet (apart from with vulvodynia). My symptoms started following a UTI (which I have a long history of) but this time - four months later, I have simply not recovered. I do not believe that my irritative bladder symptoms could be caused by vulvodynia alone.

Is it common for people with I.C to be sensitive to sugar? I find that my urethral burning during and after urination and in general is far worse.

I have got some marshmallow root tea that I ordered on Amazon as I read that it is soothing. I will give it a go
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Icy

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In my opinion I would avoid honey and as much sugar as possible. Though honey should be a natural sugar and beneficial - in the case of bladder problems and things like IC, sugar of any kind will feed parasites, bacteria and fungus !  Sugar is also a depressor on the immune system and causes the pancreas to work overtime.  
LeanneRS

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Thanks

I'm trying a strict candida diet at the moment which means no sugar, no gluten, no dairy and a limited amount of brown rice. 

Not easy as I don't eat meat and can't tolerate any nuts, but worth a go for a few weeks.

Can't make sense of it as I had no food intolerances before this started 4 months ago.
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JessicaD

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Thanks for the advice.  I have now joined COB - very glad to have found it, as it seems a very useful resource! 
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