Diet modification is the most important strategy for those struggling with interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS). Major triggers have been determined: coffee, tea, soda, alcoholic beverages, citrus fruits and juices, artificial sweeteners and hot pepper. Best foods include flatbreads, peppermint tea, blueberry juice, Gala apples... Yet, these lists are not universal. Sensitivity to various foods can vary among individuals, so there are no one-size-fits-all diet.
Keep a good food and symptoms diary while you are experimenting with your eating. It can take from minutes to hours for a problem food or beverage to trigger symptoms, so says the guide, developed and revised by a large group of experts. You may also be interested in a lecture provided by Barbara Shorteror these articles.