Top 20 Worst Foods & Drinks for Incontinence

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Food and drink can make incontinence worse

Did you know that certain foods and drinks can trigger incontinence? We found a list of 20 things that can make incontinence worse.


We were surprised

There are a lot of common foods and drinks on this list that we never would have suspected. I mean, we all know that coffee and alcohol aren’t helpful, but these 5 items really surprised us.

  1. Drinking too little water
  2. Chocolate
  3. Tomatoes
  4. Sugar and artificial sweeteners
  5. Common fruits


Effects can add up

Number 19 talks about an average day of food and it was an eye opener! Having an orange and coffee at breakfast, soda with lunch, and some chocolate in the afternoon seems perfectly harmless. But those things are on the 20 worst foods list, so the whole day ends up loaded with incontinence triggers!


Bottom line

If your older adult has trouble with incontinence, you might want to try removing these trigger food or drinks from their regular diet. Try eliminating one thing at a time. That’s how you find out if that item causes problems or not. It’s worth a try – after all, any improvement in the world of incontinence is a big win!


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By DailyCaring Editorial Staff
Image: CNN Money


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  • Reply February 26, 2017


    Yes Connie and Ron you nailed it the chocolate is a trigger that does make the urge to urinate, Makes sense because when I drink Coffee I get that same urge feeling

    • Reply February 26, 2017


      It’s great that you’ve noticed that David! Now you can watch out for caffeine if there isn’t easy access to a toilet.

  • Reply May 26, 2016


    So caffeine is a trigger that would make one want to urinate? I drink coffee sometimes and it doesn’t trigger the need for me from what I can recall. This was very interesting thanks for the post !

    • Reply May 26, 2016


      Glad you found this helpful! Everyone’s bodies are different and it sounds like you may not be as sensitive to caffeine as others could be. These triggers may not apply to everyone, but they’re good things to check if someone is having trouble with incontinence.

  • Reply January 17, 2015


    Wow I was really shocked that chocolate was on the list, Who would have ever thought that chocolate would be up there on this list. I wonder what would be in chocolate that would cause such.

    • Reply January 18, 2015


      It turns out there’s caffeine in chocolate, which is the trigger. I wouldn’t have thought of it either!

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