Urinary system anatomy

Gluten and Your Urinary Health – EP003

In this episode of ‘Gluten Free RN,’ Nadine discusses the urinary system and urinary issues associated with the ingestion of gluten, gluten intolerance and/or celiac disease. If you are experiencing health problems related to the urinary system, it is possible that eliminating gluten and dairy will eliminate the problem.

Nadine utilizes anecdotes from her own experience and those of her friend and colleague Wendy Cohan, author of The Better Bladder Book, to illustrate the connection between diet and urinary health.

This episode explains how your urinary system works and outlines the difficulties you may be experiencing. Click and listen to learn how changing your diet could alleviate your pain!

What’s Discussed:

  • The symptoms of interstitial cystitis (IC)
  • The connection between gluten and IC
  • After adopting a gluten-free diet, colleague Wendy Cohan no longer has IC
  • Other urinary issues that may be caused by the ingestion of gluten
  • Kidney and brain stones
  • Repeat urinary tract infections
  • Bed wetting
  • The health problems specific to men that are caused by inflammation in the urinary system
  • Chronic prostatitis (CP)
  • Prostate cancer
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)
  • When it is appropriate to treat urinary infection with antibiotics
  • Antibiotic stewardship means we use them judiciously
  • Why implementing a gluten-free diet may be better than taking medication for urinary issues
  • 95% of female IC patients and 77% of male CP patients reported food sensitivities
  • The ways in which other body systems are affected by urinary issues
  • It is rare for these difficulties to occur in isolation
  • Large numbers of IC and CP patients report having additional symptoms, i.e.: irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia
  • The importance of addressing the underlying cause of your urinary issues
  • The components of the urinary system
  • What healthy urine looks like
  • The need for additional research to confirm the effects of gluten on urinary health

Resources Mentioned: 

The Better Bladder Book: A Holistic Approach to Healing Interstitial Cystitis and Chronic Pelvic Pain by Wendy L. Cohan

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Books by Nadine:

Dough Nation: A Nurse’s Memoir of Celiac Disease from Missed Diagnosis to Food and Health Activism