Do You Have An Overactive Bladder Certain Food And Drink Could Be To Blame

If you’re like several of my patients you may have an overactive bladder which keeps you running to the bathroom to urinate frequently. Some people have smaller bladder capacities than others and therefore naturally have to urinate more. Other people may be eating certain foods that can irritate their bladder causing the need them to urinate. I’d like to explain to you what some of these foods are and what you can do to minimize your “going” issues.

Overactive Bladder – What Is It?

Overactive bladder is a mild to severe condition that can not only become a nuisance in always creating the to find a restroom while you’re out in public, but can also have some embarrassing consequences. It is also a condition that can be accompanied by something called “urge incontinence”, or UI, where you have to go so badly you just can’t hold it and urine leaks into your clothes; or “stress incontinence”, or SI, where you have involuntary leakage of urine through laughing or sneezing. Usually UI and SI are just variant symptoms of overactive bladder syndrome which also can include nocturia (waking up at night to urinate) and frequency, just “going” a lot all day long.

As mentioned above, overactive bladder can be caused by a few things which include:

  • A congenitally small bladder that has less holding capacity than most people
  • A “neurogenic bladder” – caused by damage, or pressure, pinching of the nerves of the spine that may occur in certain medical conditions like spinal injuries, epilepsy, Parkinson disease, MS, and stroke, that can result in involuntary emptying of the bladder.
  • Certain medications used to treat other conditions like diuretics for high blood pressure, or medications that contain caffeine.
  • Hormonal. Decreasing estrogen in menopause can cause bladder and urethra muscles to weaken and fall forward, resulting in more frequent urination and leakage. In men, an enlarged prostate can cause frequent urination as well.
  • Constipation. Pressure from retained waste in the rectum can aggravate the bladder.
  • Obesity. Too much abdominal fat can put pressure on the bladder as well.

However, the most common cause of overactive bladder is simple foods that we eat everyday! These are foods that have certain compounds in them that can irritate the bladder and sometimes result in a chronic inflammatory condition. The bladder attempts to wash these irritants out through triggering frequent urination. Here’s a list of the top bladder trigger foods:

  • Tomato products – tomato products generally have a lot of acid in them and can really irritate the bladder. In an attempt to get rid of the irritant, the bladder tries to flush itself out with frequent urination.
  • Caffeine – a stimulant present in coffee and tea can really irritate the bladder and make you go more. Decaf varieties can help, but they also have very small amounts of caffeine.
  • Chocolate – also contains caffeine plus other compounds like theobromines that can irritate the bladder. White chocolate has less caffeine but still has some. Try to cut down on the amount of chocolate you eat.
  • Citrus fruits – also highly acidic, lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits, can also irritate the bladder like tomatoes. Try to cut down on citrus fruits and supplement with an Ester-C type of Vitamin C to avoid further irritation.
  • Beer, wine, hard liquor – “spirits” draw more water out of your body to process it through your kidneys and make you urinate more.
  • Carbonation – soft drinks, champagne, tonic water, all contain carbonation that can trigger the bladder and make you urinate frequently.
  • Hot spices – like cayenne, jalapeno, especially when combined with tomato, can really keep you hopping to the bathroom. Not only does the spice itself irritate your bladder but they prompt you to drink a lot more cold fluids to wash them down.
  • Sweeteners – real sugar, honey, and artificial sweeteners like Equal, Splenda and Sweet N’Low, can over-stimulate the bladder as well.
  • Preservatives/Spices – MSG, salt, pepper, other kitchen spices and certain herbs like oregano and dill also have diuretic action that can keep you urinating more frequently.
  • Onions, cranberry – like tomatoes, are acidic based, which can irritate the bladder. However, cranberries can also help keep the bladder free of bacteria by neutralizing it with the compounds it contains and flushing them out.

What Can You Do To Slow Your Go?

The best recommendation I give my patients who seem to have overactive bladder symptoms from food sources is to do the following:

  • Keep track of your symptoms and what foods seem to irritate them the most. Then, try to reduce the amount, or eliminate, these foods altogether to cut down on your frequency of urination.
  • Keep drinking your recommended amount of daily water intake, generally eight 8 ounce glasses a day, or more if you’re sweating a lot. Adequate water intake dilutes your urine so that if you do eat some of these foods, they will be less of an irritant to your bladder.

If you have symptoms of overactive bladder, visit your doctor for an evaluation to determine if there is a medical condition behind it such as those mentioned above. If you’re like my patients, however, most likely foods and drinks that you take in every day are causing over active bladder symptoms. To get your “going” problems under control, try the recommendations noted above, watching what foods you eat and what your symptoms are. Continue to drink your recommended amount of water to flush out any irritants and keep the rest of you healthy as well!

I am one of the few doctors in this country who is board certified in anti-aging and am currently the Director of South Florida’s Institute For Healthy Aging. With more than two decades of experience in treating thousands of patients, you could say I’ve seen it all. I treat a wide range of medical conditions- from cancer to obesity- and believe that natural, practical alternative carry the day. I believe that education is fundamental to prevention and wellness. I’ve partnered with other medical experts and developed an online health education site,

The Best Restaurant Hotel and Spa

Paris, also known as “The City of Light”, is one of the top tourist cities in the world, with over 30 million visitors every year. Having been a Paris shuttle driver for many years, it’s safe to say that I’ve got to know the city very well! I’ve written previously about visiting Paris on a shoestring budget – though the city is typically an expensive place to go, you can travel on relatively little if you plan carefully and know where to stay. But what if money is no object? Where do you go in Paris if you’ve got money to spend, and only the best will do? Fine restaurants, stunning hotels and fabulous spas are just the tip of the iceberg…

Restaurant – Pierre Gagnaire

French cuisine is justly world renowned, and Paris is liberally peppered with truly outstanding cafes, restaurants and patisseries; the larger and famous places in the main streets and the smaller, quieter eateries tucked away down the side streets. Asking a Parisian which restaurant is the best in the city is likely to ignite a fiery debate; everyone has a different opinion, but one name you’ll hear more often than the others is the Pierre Gagnaire Restaurant. Run by the legendary chef who has given his name to the establishment, this 3 Michelin Star restaurant offers up a feast of unusual flavours in truly stunning surroundings. The a la carte menu clocks in at a cool EUR300, but this is recognised as perhaps the finest restaurant in Paris…and one of the best in the world!

The Hotel – The Four Seasons George V

Whenever I pick up a customer for a Paris airport transfer and they are headed to the Four Seasons Hotel, I know they are in for a treat. Room prices can reach an eye-watering EUR1500 a night, but if you want to stay at the best hotel in town, this is the place for you – stunning d├ęcor, superb facilities and great service are the hallmarks of the Four Seasons chain, and this particular one has a premium location just off the Champs-Elysees. If you are looking for the most luxurious base imaginable for your holiday in Paris, you can’t beat a stay at the Four Seasons.

The Spa – The Ritz Health Club

The Four Seasons hotel is also home to one of the city’s finest spas, but judging from the reports of my Paris shuttle passengers, the spa over at the Ritz might just edge it out if you are looking for the finest pampering the city has to offer. Designed in a Greco-Roman style, the facilities are everything you’d expect from the Ritz – my passengers bring back reports of a spectacular array of treatments and high-tech facilities that need to be seen to be believed. Each of the top spas in Paris has its adherents, but I’ve heard the Ritz praised more highly than any of the rest.

There’s more to a holiday in this city than fine dining, grand hotels and luxurious spas, but take it from a Paris shuttle driver – these three places really do offer the last word in luxury, and are a great place to get started, so long as you can afford them!

New Restaurants Are Waiting For You

Are you tired of eating at home every night? Having the same old meals, week after week? If you think you’ve tried every restaurant in town and are getting tired of the true home cooked meals, or even the reheated leftovers, you might want to think about branching out and finding a new restaurant. There are plenty of these establishments around you, regardless of where you are located, while some may be farther than others, you will be able to find some fine dining somewhere near you.

The best part is that because owning a restaurant is so profitable, more and more are popping up all the time, which means that you have an increased variety when it comes to thinking about what is for dinner or where to meet for that next business lunch. There are new restaurants waiting for you all over town, if you take the time to discover them.

If you aren’t the brave type that will just go out and test a new restaurant without hearing anything about it, then you may want to ask around to see if anyone you are familiar with has been there or has heard anything about it. Word of mouth is the best business for restaurants, and if your prospective diner has a good reputation, you are going to hear about it from friends and family, or other associates that you ask.

If you are brave though, you can find new restaurants and head out to enjoy a great meal, most of the time. If you fall into this category, you are going to stumble across a few that just have plain poor service, bad food, or lousy facilities, and this is all part of finding the best restaurants. Thankfully though, there are other people who are going to want to know what your bravery has earned you, whether it was a fantastic meal, or something that should be avoided at all costs.

Getting out of the house for the evening, or arranging a business lunch for a few of your associates is a great way to test out new restaurants. The owners will be grateful to serve you on most occasions, and you will add another diner to your list of places to visit when you are getting the home cooking blues. There are plenty of places to find new restaurants to dine at, but asking your friends and family for suggestions or checking out the Internet are going to be your best avenues.

Restaurants In Maidenhead

I don’t own an eating establishment, I have no shares in any restaurants which some sites may well do. No I just wanted to produce some information which may help people in making an educated choice.

I’m actually an impartial resident of the area, who was once in a position in looking for somewhere to eat, with a good menu, not really having access to restaurant reviews and I had a ‘not so good’ experience looking for and trying to book a restaurant; and so I decided to make a website to help out.

When I talk about Restaurants in Maidenhead, I have included the surrounding areas, most notably Cookham which has a high percentage of great restaurants.

You only have to think of the best place to get a Curry and one of the first words on anyone’s lips is of course Maliks in the high street. However, I would suggest in addition that the much maligned Cookham Tandoori should be looked at because the prices are a little more reasonable and the food is in my opinion just as good.

In addition the gastronomic pubs of The Bel and Dragon, and The Kings Arms are excellent. I think the Bel and Dragon is a tad expensive, but the dining experience is excellent, and their soups are to die for!

Maidenhead itself (as in the town centre) is of course made up with many chain restaurants, and a lot of those are now going the way of the economy.. (down the pan).. Pizza Hut still offers a great quick meal, by the cinema, and the opportunity to use your money off vouchers exists, as they are always running great promotions.

The two other Maidenhead restaurants that I do have a lot of time for are Boulters lock, and The Blue River Cafe.

Both places offer exquisite views of the Thames, and I’m pleased to see that Boulters now has started offering a more extensive menu upstairs again(which they stopped a while back – to try to force more customers downstairs to the more expensive restaurant area).

Anyway, I’m not going to bash any specific local restaurants but I might make a couple of recommendations for maybe two very good restaurants, that are reliable and that are ideally part of the British Hospitality Association or even National Restaurant Association, if the restaurant is an international company.

When investigating various options, it then occurred to me that in these difficult times using and finding vouchers for all sorts of things are very valuable to consumers and customers. I decided that learning how to book a restaurant in Maidenhead and how to find out that particular eatery would go about letting your redeem your vouchers or restaurant gift certificates was of paramount importance. Additionally I wanted to ensure that when using restaurant coupons, the customer was not left feeling a ‘cheapskate’ or second class customer; which is always a fear.

It took a little bit of time for me to start this project of finding the best restaurant (in my opinion) in Maidenhead. I didn’t realise that trying to find one that was able to fulfill the essential criteria of having a great menu, a fantastic ambience and of course one that makes you feel special and not excluded if you use a voucher or two. I was later to find out that there is a huge gap between establishments, which are often in the same genre of food, even on the same road!

If this is starting to sound a little involved and complicated, fear not. I want to ensure that I have that in hand. I will take into consideration the very finest and most applicable alternatives for your requirements.

Getting the best seat or table for you and your party is something you would be a lot happier if you know you had it covered. I wanted to also investigate this.

In addition I will look at how and when to use any discount or special menu deals you have, and indeed how to do it discretely. Sometimes I know that it can be embarrassing when you want to use restaurant coupons, but we live it tough times, why not take advantage?

It’s true that many restaurants are happy to accept your coupons quietly. There are some rules to using them though. Sometimes you have to let the waiter or waitress know before you order that you intend to use vouchers. Personally I hate this, as it makes you feel that they will set out the left over food for you! (I have no evidence of this at all though, it’s just my paranoia!) In some cases you can just show something on your phone which can be scanned, but in other cases you may need an actual printed voucher.

The experiences that I and other people have had will help you and your friends to come to your own conclusions. But a little help along the way can’t harm.

Restaurant Maidenhead is a site developed to give an impartial opinion of the best couple of places to eat in the town of Maidenhead and surrounding areas.

This site isn’t all about gift certificates, but about choosing the best restaurant for you and considering you, your friends and family; primarily as the restaurants customers.

Restaurant Marketing Indecision

Yesterday I went for a beer with a friend of mine who owns a small restaurant. We talked about the business (slow these days), we talked about his family (busy running the business) and, at one point, we talked about marketing.

“You know?” he said “These days, there are so many marketing people trying to get your money… ” He paused, drank a sip of Guinness and proceeded.

“They want me to do coupons, they want me to invest in my web site, they want me to advertise in the Yellow Pages, in magazines… I am not rich, I can’t afford all of this!”

I looked at my friend, and I understood what he meant. Marketing professionals pitching -of course – his or her product as the best way to promote the business bombard restaurant owners on a daily basis.

They all look good in paper, but which one is the right one for you? How do you know if a marketing initiative will bring you the clients that you so desperately crave for?

The answer is: you don’t, unless you have a marketing strategy in place.

You see, some of these initiatives might be beneficial for your business – and most will be a waste of money – but you won’t know which ones will work unless you know what to look for.

Before you start spending money in marketing, you need to have a strategy, a vision in place. You need to analyze your needs.

Ask yourself:

– Does your business struggle all week long and you are looking to attract more customers?

– Or perhaps you have slower days of the week that you would love to fill in with clients?

– Have you just opened your restaurant, and you want to increase awareness about your great food and service so that people know about your place?

– Do you want to market to your best customers to encourage them to become repeat clients? (This, by the way, is the best marketing strategy that you can implement.)

– Do you want to promote an event? (Such as a wine dinner, menu change, charity event, etc.)

– Do you want to target some specific customer profiles (such as families or professionals or older people, etc.)

You see where I’m going?

Each of these examples will require a different marketing approach.

If you are aiming to capture older, retired people, you may not gain much by having a great Web presence, since most are not very Internet-savvy.

Similarly, if you have a family-friendly restaurant, an ad placed in a weekly entertainment magazine devoted to young, concert-going people won’t work because your target audience won’t see your ad.

Ads in traditional broadcasting media like newspapers and radio are great for promoting a newly opened restaurant or announcing special events or promotions. They reach a wide audience and can spread the word about your place. However, they are ineffective marketing techniques if you simply want to fill your place; they are expensive and it’s difficult to quantify their results.

Coupons, however, are interesting.

They could be very effective since they allow you to measure their impact (you can count how many of them are redeemed at your place) and can be targeted to fill empty tables on specific days (valid only on Mondays, etc.).

However, it is important to consider how they will be distributed and, if they go in coupon packages, which other restaurants are advertising in them (you don’t want to be the only upscale restaurant packaged with fast-food joints and pizza delivery services).

So you see: Before you spend any money in marketing, sit down and look at your needs. Think strategically and make a master plan.

These are some of the questions that you’ll need to ask yourself:

  1. What kind of customers do you want? (Unless your restaurant is already very geared to a specific audience, such as families – with decor and food for kids, etc. In this case you’re already got the answer.)
  2. When do you need to fill the seats the most?
  3. What’s your profit margin per dish? (So that you know exactly how much can you afford to give away in coupons, etc.)
  4. What can you do to attract repeat clients?
  5. Do you have a formalized referral system in place? If not, you should! Not only is this the most cost-effective and revenue-generating system, but you can implement this yourself easily without spending any extra money!
  6. Do you need to promote a special event?
  7. Etc.

If all these considerations overwhelm you, perhaps you should call in an expert consultant.

Having a consultant that sits with you for a few hours or days and helps you design your own master Strategic Marketing Plan could save you thousands of dollars a year in wasted money and time.

Just make sure that this expert doesn’t waste your time going over your operational details. You want somebody that can help you define your strategy!

You need to make sure that you spend your marketing dollars wisely and you can ONLY accomplish this only with strategic thinking and planning.

Otherwise, it’s like starting a road trip in an unknown territory without a clear destination or a map that shows you the way. You may end up in some interesting place, but most of the time you’ll be wandering lost in small roads that take you nowhere.

You can’t afford to run your business this way.

To conclude: Sit down and create a marketing strategy for your restaurant. This strategy will drive your marketing plan and expenses, and will help you decide what works for you.