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I am on the IC diet and trying to establish what my trigger foods are, some of these have become clear very easily; alcohol, caffeine, chilli and spices, smoked fish. But there are others which are confusing. So I think cheese and yogurt might be causing flares lasting a few days. But the reason I don't know for sure is that sometimes I can eat these items easily with no reaction at all, yet on other occasions I will flare and it is the only thing I can attribute it to in the 24 hours prior to the onset of my symptoms. I spoke to the BHUK nutritionist and she did say cheese became very acidic when digested.

Do trigger foods always cause an increase in symptoms? Or is it possible to sometimes consume them and be okay? 

Also, is a sudden flare of symptoms always due to something you have eaten or can it just happen with seemingly nothing causing it?


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I don't try to avoid any foods or drinks but take Prelief alongside my monthly bladder instillations. I take 2 tablets with every meal and it seems to really help with my IC. I've been using it for over a year now and my urologist wasn't bothered by my using Prelief when I last had a consultation and showed him this medicine. You can buy it on Amazon.

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Hello annalouise
and to confirm use of Prelief that Twiglet suggests some other threads for you to read

Here are a few alternative supplements which may aid recovery:

L-Arginine - A naturally-occurring amino acid thought to increase the blood flow to the bladder.

Quercetin - A bioflavonoid, it is a natural anti-histamine.

Bromalaine - It is derived from the pineapple plant and is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Pumpkin Seeds - They are high in Omega-3 essential fatty acids which are powerful anti-inflammatory agents. The seeds of the pumpkin were used by American Indians to treat bladder, kidney and digestive problems.

Prelief® – This product is a calcium glycerophosphate, a food-grade mineral classified as a dietary supplement, for use with acidic foods and beverages, it acts as an alkalising agent to enable some with IC/PBS to tolerate certain foods that may cause irritation. Prelief® comes in two forms, powder or tablets. It is available to purchase in the UK from COB members receive a 10% discount when purchasing this product. Please contact the COB office for the product code to obtain your membership discount. The COB Foundation conducted a Prelief® trial in 1998, for trial results please contact us (only available for members).

All of the above supplements can be purchased at most health food shops or via the internet.(this was an earlier post by Moderator Susan)
Chryssalis suggestions and help
Maazys success story with Prof



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Hi Anna,

Everyone's trigger foods are different but I do find something that is usually on my safe list may on the odd occasion cause a flare up! Dairy is an odd one for me I can have small amounts of cheese by yogurt is a no no (good job I don't like them) also I can have butter (got to be pure butter) but can't have margarine!

Flare ups can be caused by many things not just food. Stress can be a big factor for many sufferers as can exercise, not drinking enough, drinking too much, drinking somethininf quickly, if you are ill and sometimes just because it can!

At the end of the day everyone is different and reacts to things differently but learning your triggers does help with managing IC xx

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Thank you all for your responses!

Twiglet21 - that's amazing that you aren't having to avoid any food or drink by using Prelief! I'll give it a try.

Kiwi_Fairy - really helpful, thank you. Good to know that the situation with trigger foods isn't always black and white. 
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