Neurogenic bladder, bowel and nutrition
Diet can play a role in managing a neurogenic bladder and bowel.
Neurogenic bowel: Regular meals should be spaced throughout the day. Adequate fluid intake is 40 ml per kg body weight plus 500 ml, or at least 1.5 liters per day. Fiber requirements are less than the recdommended amount for the general population – 15 to 20 grams per day.
Neurogenic bladder: Drink adequate fluids. While there is some evidence 3 cups of cranberry juice a day may help prvent urinary tract infections, regular juice has too many sugar calories. Drink sugar-free cranberry juice instead. Studies have not yet found cranberry tablets to be effective, but some people report success.
Source: Vickeri Barton, RD, CD, Associate Director of Nutrition and SErvices, Harborview Medical Center. Presentation April 2011.