Amino acids are derived from protein and they are the main building blocks in the body. For example, they are used to make hormones, neurotransmitters and enzymes. Some of them are essential, meaning they need to be taken in from the diet, whilst the others can be manufactured in the body.
As you hopefully can see from the above, amino acids are pretty important. But some of them can become problematic for people with bladder pain. These are tyrosine, tryptophan, tyramine and phenylalanine (called the ‘arylalkylamines’).
Interstitial cystitis is often associated with a range of other degenerative diseases such as IBS, IBD, Fibromyalgia, Sjoegen’s, Lupus and also allergies.
‘Classic’ interstitial cystitis has some common features with allergies such as increased mast cells, histamine and inflammation.
Is something else causing IC, allergies and associated diseases or could allergies be a root cause? What if some cases of IC are simply a symptom of food intolerance? I call this the allergic bladder.
Last week I talked about the theory that some cases of interstitial cystitis may not be IC per se, but rather a mast cell activation disorder affecting different systems in the body.
Today I would like to offer a couple of natural options that may help to reduce mast cells or at least their effects in the body.
Not everyone with interstitial cystitis is prepared to follow a restricted diet, like the one I’ve outlined in the ‘Interstitial Cystitis Diet’. If you’re one of these people it is a good idea to have a look at the top 10 foods & drinks to avoid with interstitial cystitis I have listed below.
Simply having a list of foods to avoid can be overwhelming and disheartening. But some level of restriction will most likely be necessary if we want to see serious improvement in the symptoms of interstitial cystitis. Therefore I would like to share with you some steps to take to customize your interstitial cystitis diet.