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Leaking Urine? You Don’t Have To Depend on Depends!

March 24, 2015

Urinary incontinence is one of the most discouraging and depression conditions that affects both men and women. Incontinence can lead to a reclusive life style because of embarrassment and even be a cause of nursing home admission.

Urinary incontinence affects millions of men and women. There are numerous medical treatment options and perhaps one of the easiest solutions is dietary modification. This blog will discuss some of the dietary changes that you can implement to help control your urinary incontinence.

The solution isn’t always to limit your water intake
Remember that if you don’t drink enough water, you might get dehydrated. The problem is, when you have incontinence, drinking a lot of water could also give you problems. Even, the recommended six to eight glasses of water a day can give you problem since you have incontinence. Now, if you don’t drink as much and you will only have little water in your body, this can irritate your bladder and this could make you go often. So, the best way is to ask your doctor what would work best for you.

Cut down on alcohol
Alcohol directly affects your bladder. This is diuretic – so, that makes you go more often to the comfort room. The problem with alcohol is that, this interferes with the signaling mechanism of the brain down to your bladder. So, if you have alcohol with you, you will not be able to control your bladder fully.
However, there are some people who can still control their bladder even if they are drinking alcohol. So, if you don’t want to stop alcohol, the best bet here is to stop it first – and then, add back little by little, so you will know how much of alcohol your body can tolerate.

Go low on the “joe” (caffeine)

You can find caffeine in your soft drinks, teas, chocolate and even in decaffeinated coffees – though in small quantity. The problem with caffeine is since it tells your body to get rid of liquid; you’ll keep on coming back to the comfort room. So, avoid them if you can.

However, if you really love that coffee zest, be sure to do it in the morning. Avoid it at night, though – especially after past 7 p.m. – if you don’t want that sleep disturbed. Be sure also to limit yourself to one or two caffeinated drinks a day.

Avoid Spicy Foods
Avoid eating spicy foods like Mexican, Chinese, chili peppers, chili, and horseradish. Remember that spicy foods can irritate the lining of your bladder -just like caffeine does.

Stay away from acidic foods
Acidic foods like citrus foods and juices – as, oranges and pineapple have acids that can irritate your bladder – just like what spicy foods and caffeine can do – which can make you feel on the go – always!
Tomatoes and cranberry juice are also acidic. Yes, cranberry juice may help bladder infections – but, this doesn’t help if your bladder is overactive. So, please stay away from them if you can.

The Whiz says go easy on the fizz
The carbonated drinks may not have caffeine, but they can irritate a sensitive bladder – and when your bladders are irritated, then you have that urge to go to the rest room as always.
You have to remember that diet is not the only way to go to control your urinary incontinence. You also have to check on your weight gain, diabetes, constipation, aging – and certain cancers (well, I hope this is not the case) since these conditions may cause you your problem.

Bottom Line: Now, if even after following those diet regimen and your condition is still not improving, it is time that you should check with your doctor.

Bladder Control-You Can Do It

March 28, 2010

Self-Care
You can take these steps to help improve control of your bladder:

  • Behavior modification. This may involve timed urination — going to the bathroom according to the clock rather than waiting for the need to go. You may start off urinating every hour or so and then build up to a longer interval.
  • Pelvic floor exercises (Kegels). These exercises involve learning how to contract and release your pelvic floor muscles in order to strengthen those muscles. These are the internal muscles you contract to stop the flow while you’re urinating. If you have problems doing the exercises, biofeedback may help you learn how to control your pelvic floor muscles. In biofeedback, a monitor helps you see the strength of your contractions and if you’ve contracted the right muscles. For incontinence that isn’t caused by nerve damage, these exercises may bring noticeable improvement in 8 to 12 weeks. If you’re a woman, you can use a vaginal cone to improve muscle strength. You insert a tampon-shaped cone into your vagina and hold it there by contracting your pelvic floor muscles. Holding the cone and contracting pelvic floor muscles may increase muscle strength. As your muscles grow stronger, you increase the weight of the cone.
  • Diet. Avoiding certain foods and drinks may improve incontinence in some people. Alcohol and caffeine relax the sphincter muscle and are mild diuretics. Carbonated drinks, citrus fruits and juices, spicy food, chocolate or artificial sweeteners may irritate your bladder. Drinking less liquid before bedtime also may help.
  • Hygiene. Problems with urine leakage may require you to take extra care to keep your skin clean and free of irritation. Frequent wiping with a cloth and use of moisturizers and creams may help with cleanliness. Deodorizing tablets may eliminate urine odor. A variety of pads, pants, shields and other devices is available to control urine leakage. Many women find absorbent pads made for urine leakage much less irritating than menstrual pads. Ask your doctor which devices to control urine leakage might work best for you.