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Natural Remedies for Urinary Retention

Left untreated, urinary retention can cause severe pain, discomfort, and other medical issues. In some cases, this condition can be life-threatening. You may need to seek emergency medical treatment.

A combination of medical and home treatments may ease symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Here are five bladder retention remedies:

Prostate medications

A common cause of urinary retention, specifically in men, is prostate enlargement. For that reason, a popular form of urinary retention treatment is prostate medications such as:

These medications can stop the growth of the prostate, or shrink it, along with relieving urinary retention symptoms. Prostate medications can also relax your bladder muscles to encourage proper flow.

Before incorporating any medication into your treatment plan, consult your options with a doctor. While helpful, some medications can cause harmful side effects that may also worsen your symptoms.

Pain relievers

Bladder retention can also be caused by bladder infections or swelling. As a result, you may experience severe discomfort, pain, and other worsening symptoms.

Pain medications can help relieve uncomfortable cramps or abdominal pain alongside prescribed antibiotics and treatment. Your doctor may recommend acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) for temporary relief.

Peppermint oil

Essential oils — like peppermint oil — are known for their healing properties and their ability to relieve pain. However, peppermint oil is also being used to treat bladder issues.

In 2018 clinical research, researchers are using peppermint oil to treat postpartum urinary retention in women.

To encourage urination, place a few drops of peppermint oil into the toilet water. The vapor from the oil will contact the perineum to increase urine flow. Don’t apply essential oils directly to the skin without diluting.

Dandelion

Dandelion is a wild herb known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It’s been used historically to treat kidney disease and upset stomach.

Because of its anti-inflammatory abilities, it’s also been used to treat bladder inflammation and retention.

For use, dandelion can be consumed as a tea. You can find this herbal tea in local grocery stores. Drink the tea twice a day for results.

If you begin to experience worsening symptoms, stop using immediately and schedule a visit to your doctor.

Stinging nettle

The stinging nettle plant, also known as Urtica dioica, has been used historically to treat joint pain. However, it’s also been used to relieve symptoms from an enlarged prostate, including urinary retention.

For use, consume the nettle root as a tea three times a day. You can also consume this plant as a pill or through an extract.

If you begin to experience irregular bloating or digestive issues, stop use immediately.

What you should eat to keep a healthy urinary tract

Did you know that a proper diet is so important in ensuring the proper functioning of the urinary tract system?

The urinary system, also known as the renal system, produces, stores and eliminates urine, the fluid waste excreted by the kidneys. The kidneys make urine by filtering waste and extra water from blood. Urine travels from the kidneys through two thin tubes called ureters and fills the bladder. When the bladder is full, a person urinates through the urethra to eliminate the waste.

The urinary system is susceptible to a variety of infections and other problems, including blockages and injuries, the reason one is advised include certain types of food in their regular diet for the system to function well.

For instance, diseases like bladder cancer can be avoided if one feeds on broccoli. Also, taking plenty of water daily maintains the health of urinary track as it aids in the removal of waste from the body.

Fruits and vegetables

“Fruits and vegetables are the main sources of antioxidant nutrients that promote the body’s ability to defend itself from infections. They also keep harmful bacteria from binding onto the bladder, as well as prevent urinary tract infections (UTI),”says Dr Francis Kazungu, a general practitioner in Kigali.

Dr Kazungu adds that fruits and vegetables such as water melon, asparagus, eggplant and berries also help in purification of the kidney.

Fruits also increase urine production thus reducing edema (fluid retention in the tissue) in cases of kidney and cardiac diseases.

“Such fruits and vegetables contain little or no sodium, yet they are rich in potassium which contributes to the diuretic effect,” he says.

According to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, people who ate at least two 1/2-cup servings of broccoli per week reduced their risk of developing bladder cancer by 44 per cent.

The normal urinary tract. (Internet photo)

Other kinds of vegetables like cabbage, sprouts, cauliflower and kale also help when it comes to lowering bladder cancer risk.

Dr Kazungu also says that limiting animal meaty foods is important since it prevents one from developing kidney stones.

He further explains that consuming fiber-rich foods is vital as it prevents one from developing UTI symptoms.

“More fiber-rich foods, such as whole grains, and less refined foods, such as white bread, reduce UTI symptoms. Nutritious whole grain like pasta, brown rice and bread provide antioxidants, such as vitamin E, which protects bladder from cancer and other illnesses,” he adds.

Dr Kazungu advises that one should always consume foods which are low in sodium, and this can be easily achieved by consuming unprocessed plant-based ingredients that contain little sodium and more potassium. This peculiar mineral proportion favours the production of urine, therefore, the diet should be seasoned sparingly.

“Drinking plenty of water helps cleanse the bladder. Diets rich in vitamin C such as guava and citrus fruits help in making the urine more alkaline thus preventing growth of bacteria,” says Dr Rachna Pande, a medic at Ruhengeri Hospital.

She adds that drinking soda with water serves the same purpose, but cautions that the baking soda used should not be more than 1/2 to one tea spoonful in a glass of water.

Pande further notes that alcohol, carbonated drinks, excess of spices normally irritate the bladder, aggravating symptoms of UTIs. Traditionally, cranberry juice is said to help cure UTI.

Wearing lose undergarments, going to toilet at frequent intervals is also useful.

For Joseph Uwiragiye, a nutritionist at University Teaching Hospital of Kigali (CHUK), proteins especially those from animal meat, should be limited.

“Keeping lower proportions of proteins is essential. Rather, one should opt for plant-based foods like legumes which generally have a lower concentration of protein. Besides, plant-based protein does not overwork renal functions, therefore making it ideal for consumption,” he says.

He says that a diet of plant-based foods is always helpful in preventing the formation of kidney stones. However, avoiding certain plant-based foods like cashews and peanuts that are rich in oxalic acid is advisable since they can put the kidneys at risk of calcium oxalate kidney stones.


Did you know that the bladder is integral to the overall health of your body and your urinary system? A healthy, fully-functioning bladder stores urine waste produced by the kidneys as your body filters toxins and eliminates excess water. Then it continues to expand to hold your urine until it’s time to use the restroom. This process keeps toxins from building up within your body, which works to keep you healthy.

However, you have to do your part so your bladder can stay healthy and do its job. Additionally, it’s a good idea to avoid the foods and drinks that may irritate your bladder.

Here are the top 5 diet tips for a healthy bladder:

1. Up your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Both fruits and vegetables may have a positive impact on your bladder’s health. For example, fruits like cherries and berries have antioxidants that can help fight off disease or illness. Vegetables also pack a powerful punch of vitamins and minerals that are necessary for overall health, such as proper organ and hormone function.

Cranberries, cranberry juice, or cranberry supplements can be a great addition to your diet as well, especially if you suffer from frequent UTIs (urinary tract infections).

One easy way to get more fruits in your diet is to mix it with yogurt. Many women may already know that yogurt consumption may fight off yeast infections. However, many people don’t realize that eating yogurt can also play a positive role in your bladder’s health too. Yogurt has active bacteria known as probiotics that your body needs. Studies show that eating yogurt may even reduce the risk of developing bladder cancer by keeping the cells of your bladder healthy.

2. Drink the right amount of water to stay hydrated.

Everyone’s bodies and individual needs are different, although experts agree that water is an essential part of everyone’s daily diet. Water helps keep you hydrated. In addition, it can help flush out bacteria and toxins from your system.

However, too much water is not always a good thing. Talk to your healthcare professional about how much water you should drink based on your body type and medical condition.

3. Take in the proper amount of fiber daily.

Foods that are high in fiber may not have a direct impact on the health of your bladder, but they can help fight constipation off, among other benefits of proper fiber intake.

When you’re constipated, your intestines can put more pressure against the bladder, which can cause sensations of being overly full and needing to urinate more often.

Try some fiber-rich foods like leafy greens, beans and lentils, fruits, vegetables, and even whole grains like pasta, bread, oats, rice, and cereals (depending on your dietary allergies and needs). This can help make a positive impact on your digestive health as well.

Did you know that foods high in fiber may also help with weight loss? Being overweight or obese can sometimes be the source of stress incontinence issues. See your doctor for proper medical advice about what steps to take in order to lose weight and reduce your risk of urinary incontinence.

4. Avoid potential bladder irritants in your diet.

Just as it’s important to eat the right things, it’s just as important to avoid eating certain things that can potentially irritate your bladder or even act as a diuretic, which flushes water from your system and can dehydrate you.

If you’re prone to bladder infections and UTIs, you may want to avoid eating much sugar outside of the natural sugars in certain fruits.

Caffeine is a primary bladder irritant and a very common part of many people’s diets. It’s best to cut your consumption of caffeine-rich foods, such as coffee, chocolate, and soda.

Acidic and spicy foods can also negatively impact your bladder’s health.

5. Get the right amount of protein in your diet.

Protein is an essential element in maintaining your muscles and hormone regulation, and this applies to your pelvic and bladder muscles too. Eating a diet with enough protein for your individual needs helps your body’s muscles and organs maintain itself.

Some foods that are high in protein include legumes, meats, peanut butter, and fish, and your doctor may also suggest a protein shake as a supplement if needed.

As with most other dietary considerations, moderation and watching out for food allergies are the main keys to keeping yourself and your bladder healthy and functioning as best it can.

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Disclaimer: This blog should not be used in place of medical or professional nutritionist’s advice. Please consult with your physician or other treating healthcare professional to discuss what you may or may not want to include in your diet, based on your individual needs and concerns.

Natural remedies for an overactive bladder

Guidelines recommend that lifestyle and behavioral changes are the first-line treatment for OAB. For many people, a combination of these options is necessary to control symptoms.

Natural remedies for overactive bladder include the following:

Dietary changes and fluid management

Share on PinterestRed wine and chocolate may cause or worsen the symptoms of an overactive bladder.

One of the most straightforward methods in the treatment of OAB involves making dietary changes. This involves cutting out several known food irritants from the diet and limiting fluid intake.

Foods to avoid

Foods and drinks, which are known to cause or worsen the symptoms of OAB include:

  • alcohol
  • artificial sweeteners
  • caffeine
  • chocolate
  • citrus fruits and juices
  • corn syrup
  • cranberry juice
  • dairy
  • sodas and fizzy drinks
  • spicy foods
  • sugar and honey
  • tomatoes
  • vinegar

As triggers from food vary from person to person, it can be helpful for people to keep a diary detailing food intake and bladder symptoms. A diary can help people work out which foods are causing the greatest problems.

Manage fluid intake

Drinking enough water is essential for health. Too little water can lead to concentrated urine, which can irritate the bladder lining, increasing urgency. Too many liquids may worsen frequency symptoms. Fluid intake before bed can contribute to urinating during the night.

A 2016 paper, published in Research and Reports in Urology, recommends limiting fluid intake to 6 to 8 glasses of water daily, and avoiding liquids for 2 to 3 hours before bedtime.

Bladder control techniques

Retraining the bladder is often recommended to reduce bladder leaking. There are several ways to do this:

Scheduled urination

A person with OAB can keep a diary of urinary habits, including bathroom trips, leakage, and symptoms of urgency. Based on the patterns noticed from the diary, they can begin to schedule trips by adding on 15 minutes to the usual urination times.

For example, if urination takes place every 60 minutes, they should schedule bathroom breaks for every 75 minutes.

It is important to use the bathroom at the scheduled times, regardless of whether urination is needed. The person can then gradually increase the length of time between bathroom visits.

Delayed urination

Each time the urge to urinate occurs, the person should try to delay urination for 5 minutes if possible. Relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, may help.

People should gradually increase the holding time until there are 3 to 4 hour gaps between bathroom visits.

Double-void technique

This technique is helpful for those who feel like their bladder does not empty fully. It is also a good idea to double-void before bedtime.

Anyone wishing to double-void should follow these steps:

  1. sit on the toilet, leaning slightly forward
  2. rest the hands on the knees or thighs
  3. urinate as normal
  4. remain on the toilet and wait 30 seconds
  5. lean slightly further forward and urinate once more

Kegel contractions

Kegel contractions involve strengthening the pelvic floor muscles, which are used to control urinary flow.

To discover the location of the pelvic floor muscles, a person can try to stop urinating midstream. If successful, this means the correct muscles have been located.

A person should practice squeezing these muscles for 10 seconds, and then relax for 3 seconds. This pattern should be repeated 10 times. A person should try to do three sets of 10 repetitions daily. Deep breathing techniques may make this process easier.

Lifestyle changes

Share on PinterestQuitting smoking is recommended as smoking may make symptoms of overactive bladder worse.

There is a wide range of lifestyle changes that people can make to improve OAB symptoms. These include:

Quitting smoking

Smoking may make symptoms of OAB worse. Coughing fits that occur in some smokers may also increase episodes of leaking.

Discussing medications with a doctor

Certain medications can lead to bladder leaking. People with OAB who are taking the following medications should discuss the possibility of alternatives with a doctor:

  • alpha-adrenergic antagonists
  • antihistamines
  • diuretics
  • muscle relaxants and sedatives
  • narcotics, such as oxycodone and morphine

Maintaining a healthy weight

Excess weight can put pressure on the bladder and pelvic muscles. Staying within a healthy weight range may help with bladder control.

Managing medical conditions

It is important for people to manage the symptoms of chronic conditions that may contribute to OAB. These include Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and kidney disease.

Herbs and supplements

Several herbs and natural supplements have been recommended for the treatment of OAB, although the research on these is limited:

  • Gosha-jinki-gan: Some research has shown that this blend of 10 traditional Chinese herbs can positively affect bladder contraction.
  • Ganoderma lucidum: This herbal extract from East Asia was shown in one study on men with urinary tract issues to improve symptoms.
  • Corn silk: A traditional medicine used for centuries for conditions, such as bladder irritation and nighttime incontinence.
  • Capsaicin: This natural remedy comes from chili peppers. Some research recommends it as an efficient and inexpensive treatment for overactive and highly sensitive bladders.
  • Pumpkin seed extract: Research suggests this is beneficial for both nighttime urination and OAB.
  • Magnesium hydroxide: These supplements were shown in one small study to improve symptoms of urinary incontinence and nocturia in over 50 percent of female participants.
  • Vitamin D: A 2010 study found that higher vitamin D levels were associated with a lower risk of pelvic floor disorders, such as bladder leaking, in women. Another study suggests a link between low vitamin D levels and episodes of bladder leaking in older adults.

Alternative therapies

Although research is limited, the following complementary or alternative treatments may prove useful remedies for OAB.

Acupuncture

Some research suggests that acupuncture provides benefits for those with OAB symptoms. These benefits include reducing urgency and frequency of urination, and improving quality of life.

Biofeedback

Biofeedback uses electrical sensors to monitor muscles. This therapy is sometimes used to treat bladder leaking. Research suggests it is a beneficial first-line treatment for children.

Supplements

Many studies have examined the use of complementary therapies for managing interstitial cystitis (IC) symptoms and flares. For example, some doctors recommend drinking water with a tablespoon of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to help sooth an IC flare. Plus, some individuals with IC report that over-the-counter supplements such as calcium glycerophosphate (Prelief®) and aloe vera supplements (Desert Harvest Aloe Vera®) help control symptoms.

New research findings suggest that functional compounds found in foods such as prebiotics/probiotics, Omega fatty acids, and antioxidants may be effective complementary treatments that can aid in healing and a general sense of well-being.

Vitamins and Minerals

Given the need to restrict certain foods, many people with IC wonder about taking vitamin and mineral supplements. There is not a lot of research about the need for vitamin and mineral supplementation; because it is better to get the vitamins and minerals you need from foods. Following an eating method such as the IC PlateTM, you will be more likely to get the vitamins and minerals, phytochemicals, and fiber you need to keep your body healthy.

Vitamin C

Many patients report that vitamin C causes bladder flares when they take supplements. There are studies that found vitamin C supplements can trigger the “need to go” in women. However, vitamin C naturally found in foods may not cause the same kind of bladder symptoms. Check out the list of IC-friendly fruits and vegetables that tend to not cause flares but that are high in vitamin C.

For patients that feel like they need to supplement vitamin C in their diet, a pH-balanced (acid-neutralized) version of vitamin C, may be an alternative to try. Remember to test your sensitivity by starting with small doses. So if you decide to try it.

Vitamin D

Research suggests that low levels of vitamin D may weaken the pelvic floor and lead to chronic pain, and the pain associated with pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD). Research findings also suggest that women with at least one pelvic floor disorder and women with urinary incontinence, regardless of age, have significantly lower vitamin D levels.

It is sometimes difficult to get the amount of vitamin D you need from foods. If you have PFD, ask your doctor to check your vitamin D level and find out if you need a vitamin D supplement. Please note: Do not exceed 2000mg. vitamin D/day unless prescribed by your doctor.

Iron Supplements

Iron supplements can cause constipation, which can be very problematic for those with IC. If you are having irregular bowel movements and take an iron supplement or a vitamin and mineral pill with added iron, it may be contributing to IC flares. Talk with your doctor and find out if you need to continue to take the supplement, or if there are alternatives available such as a time-released supplement. Read more about combatting constipation.

Prebiotics and Probiotics

Prebiotics are fibers found in foods that our bodies cannot digest. But, we need them to help promote the growth of good gut bugs (beneficial bacteria that live in our gastrointestinal tracts). Prebiotics are the food for probiotics. So, what are probiotics? They are a kind of good gut bugs, needed to keep our bodies healthy.

Some people with IC, especially those who also have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), report that probiotics help keep their gastrointestinal symptoms in check. Though some of the research looks promising, we still don’t know for sure that taking pre/probiotics is helpful. Scientists are trying to figure out exactly which probiotics are best for which health conditions. In addition, food manufacturers are working on how to keep these bugs alive in various products. The bottom line: Talk with your doctor before you take a pre/probiotic supplement. See below for a list of food that contain pre and probiotics.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Researchers are exploring the benefits of certain polyunsaturated fatty acids. Our bodies needs certain fatty acids for many functions such as normal growth of cells and functioning of our brains and nerves. There are different types of polyunsaturated fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids possess anti-inflammatory properties. In turn, Omega 6 fatty acids can promote inflammation in the body. The typical Western diet of snack foods like chips, popcorn, crackers, etc. are made with various vegetable oils such as corn, safflower, and sunflower oil that are the primary sources of Omega 6.

Our body cannot produce Omega 3 or Omega 6 fatty acids. Instead, we get these fatty acids from the foods we eat. Although both are essential, we need to get more Omega 3 fatty acids for good health. These are found in salmon, tuna, mackerel and other cold-water, oily fish. Omega 3 fatty acids come from both animal and plant sources. However, your body does not use the plant sources as efficiently as animal sources which make the Omega 3 fatty acids from fish better. However, vegetarians should still try to increase their intake of Omega 3 fatty acids through food. Two, three-ounce servings of a fish per week, such as salmon, can provide those needed Omega 3 fatty acids. Below is a list of IC/BPS-friendly foods that are high in Omega 3 fatty acids.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are compounds that naturally occur in foods such as blueberries, green peppers, spinach, kale, and walnuts. The three major antioxidants in foods are vitamin C, beta carotene and vitamin E. Studies show that eating foods high in antioxidants can improve your immune system and relieve inflammation. A good rule of thumb in selecting foods high in antioxidants is: the deeper the color of the food, the more antioxidant rich the food.

IC-Friendly Foods with Functional Compounds

Pre/Probiotics

Prebiotic Foods

  • Asparagus
  • Banana (raw)
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Garlic
  • Jerusalem Artichokes
  • Leeks
  • Oats
  • Onions

Probiotic Foods

  • Kefir
  • Milk enriched with acidophilus
  • Miso*
  • Sourdough Bread*
  • Yogurt*
  • Yogurt Drinks*

Supplements

  • Align®
  • Culturelle®
  • Psyllium husk (Metamucil®)
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Artichoke
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Dates
  • Greens (collard greens, spinach, kale)
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Pumpkin
  • Radishes
  • Raisins
  • Squash (winter)
  • Watermelon
  • Yams

DHA /EPA Omega 3

  • Fish: Salmon, Tuna, Trout, Sardines, Halibut, Herring, Mackerel**
  • Eggs (fortified)
  • Milk (fortified)

ALA Omega 3 ***

*Reported by some IC patients as a bothersome foodstuff.**These are the best sources, because they are most efficiently used by the body.***Plant sources of Omega 3 fatty acids are less efficient than those found in fish.
SOURCE: Urological and Gynecological Chronic Pelvic Pain: Current Therapies . Springer Publishing: USA. .

Revised Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Natural Ways Women Can Support Bladder Health

Dr. Laurie Steelsmith June 23, 2016 Dr. Laurie Steelsmith , Wellness Email Print Twitter Pinterest Facebook

This post was most recently updated on December 4th, 2016

Bladder infections are among the most common reasons why women visit their doctor. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, bladder infections are the second most common type of infection in the body, resulting in 8.1 million annual visits to doctors. Women are particularly prone to bladder infections because their urinary canal, called the urethra, is shorter than a man’s, which allows bacteria greater access to the bladder. In addition, a woman’s urethral opening is anatomically closer to potential sources of bacteria. The lifetime risk of a woman having a urinary tract infection is greater than 50 percent.

Signs of a bladder infection include burning and pain with urination, and there can be an intense urge to urinate. There may also be blood in the urine, so there may be streaks of blood visible when a woman wipes herself after urination. If you experience these symptoms, be sure to seek help from your doctor as soon as possible. You want to be treated promptly for urinary tract health issues, because they can progress rapidly and result in kidney infections.

Bladder infections often occur after a woman is dehydrated, or after she has had an unusual amount of sex. Sometimes, however, they may just happen, seemingly for no reason — especially in those who are chronically stressed.

There’s a lot you can do to help promote bladder health. In some cases, you can eat and drink your way to a healthier bladder; in others situations, simply changing your behavior can make a huge difference in whether you get a bladder infection. Let’s look at some of your best natural ways of helping to prevent bladder infections and support your bladder health.

Drink plenty of water.

You want to ingest one-half your body weight in ounces of water every day. This means that if you weigh 120 pounds, you want to drink at least 60 ounces of water daily. Drinking sufficient amounts of water will cause you to urinate frequently enough to help flush through bacterial contaminants that could lead to an infection. Dehydration is one of the major culprits that can lead to increased risk of bladder infections.

Drink cranberry juice.

Cranberries are known to acidify urine, which can help cleanse the urethra and bladder of bacteria. Cranberry juice contains d-mannose, a potent sugar that can help support the health of bladder cells. Drink eight ounces of cranberry juice a day, or consider taking a cranberry supplement. The ideal dose would be 800 mg daily for bladder and urinary tract health.

Eat blueberries.

Blueberries are rich in many nutrients, and they’re well-known for their potent flavonoid content. In addition, blueberries also contain bladder-friendly d-mannose. Eat them fresh or dried, add frozen blueberries to smoothies or drink blueberry juice. You could also take a d-mannose supplement.

Avoid stress, and minimize sugar consumption.

It’s well known that when your stress hormone levels are high, your natural immunity is suppressed. Add sugar (another known immune suppressant) to the equation, and the situation becomes potentially much worse. If you’re prone to bladder infections, do what you can to modulate stress in your life, and if you want something sweet, try Sweet Drops Stevia instead of sugar.

Urinate after sex.

Because the urinary opening, known as the urethra, is so close to vaginal opening, make a point to urinate after you have sex. This simple measure will help to wash away bacteria that may be present at the opening of your urethra.

Use a healthy lubricant.

One common cause of urinary tract infections associated with sexual activity is vaginal dryness, or irritation of the urethra, possibly from a condom. Be sure to use a good water-based lubricant when having sex, to help protect the delicate tissues of your vulva, urethra and vagina. Aloe Cadabra is an excellent lubricant that’s 95 percent organic aloe, and free of parabens, glycerin, and petroleum products. It has the correct osmolality, so it helps to hydrate your cells, and it’s available in three scents: aloe, lavender, and Tahitian vanilla.

Dr. Laurie Steelsmith

Laurie Steelsmith, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist who specializes in women’s health. She is the co-author of Great Sex, Naturally: Every Woman’s Guide to Enhancing Her Sexuality Through the Secrets of Natural Medicine and co-author of Natural Choices for Women’s Health: How the Secrets of Natural and Chinese Medicine Can Create a Lifetime of Wellness. Visit her website at www.DrSteelsmith.com.

Laurie Steelsmith, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist who specializes in women’s health. She is the co-author of Great Sex, Naturally: Every Woman’s Guide to Enhancing Her Sexuality Through the Secrets of Natural Medicine and co-author of Natural Choices for Women’s Health: How the Secrets of Natural and Chinese Medicine Can Create a Lifetime of Wellness. Visit her website at www.DrSteelsmith.com.

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Bladder Conditions

  • Cystitis: Inflammation or infection of the bladder causing acute or chronic pain, discomfort, or urinary frequency or hesitancy.
  • Urinary stones: Stones (calculi) may form in the kidney and travel down to the bladder. If kidney stones block urine flow to or from the bladder, they can cause severe pain.
  • Bladder cancer: A tumor in the bladder is usually discovered after blood is found in the urine. Cigarette smoking and workplace chemical exposures cause most cases of bladder cancer.
  • Urinary incontinence: Uncontrolled urination, which may be chronic. Urinary incontinence can result from many causes.
  • Overactive bladder: The bladder muscle (detrusor) squeezes uncontrollably, causing some urine to leak out. Detrusor overactivity is a common cause of urinary incontinence.
  • Hematuria: Blood in the urine. Hematuria may be harmless, or may be caused by infection or a serious condition like bladder cancer.
  • Urinary retention: Urine does not exit the bladder normally due to a blockage or suppressed bladder muscle activity. The bladder may swell to hold more than a quart of urine.
  • Cystocele: Weakened pelvic muscles (usually from childbirth) allow the bladder to press on the vagina. Problems with urination can result.
  • Bed-wetting (nocturnal enuresis): Bed-wetting is defined as a child age 5 or older who wets the bed at least one or two times a week over at least 3 months.
  • Dysuria (painful urination): Pain or discomfort during urination due to infection, irritation, or inflammation of the bladder, urethra, or external genitals.

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What It Is

A bladder ultrasound is a safe and painless test that uses sound waves to make images of the bladder before and after urination (peeing).

During the examination, an ultrasound machine sends sound waves into the bladder area and images are recorded on a computer. The black-and-white images show the internal structure of the bladder, as well as the amount of urine inside.

Why It’s Done

Doctors order bladder ultrasounds when there’s a concern about bladder problems, such as difficulty urinating or daytime wetting.

A bladder ultrasound can show how much urine the bladder holds when it’s full and whether someone completely empties the bladder when urinating. It can also demonstrate any obvious abnormalities of the bladder, the size of the bladder, the thickness of the bladder walls, and the presence of blockages or stones (lumps of built-up minerals). A bladder ultrasound is often done along with an ultrasound of the kidneys.

Preparation

Usually, you don’t have to do anything special to prepare for a bladder ultrasound, although the doctor may ask that your child drink lots of fluids before the exam so that he or she arrives with a full bladder. You should tell the technician about any medications your child is taking before the test begins.

Procedure

The bladder ultrasound will be done in the radiology department of a hospital or in a radiology center. Parents are usually able to accompany their child to provide reassurance.

Your child will be asked to change into a cloth gown and lie on a table. The room is usually dark so the images can be seen clearly on the computer screen. A technician (sonographer) trained in ultrasound imaging will spread a clear, warm gel on the lower abdomen over the pelvic area, which will help with the transmission of the sound waves.

The technician will then move a small wand (transducer) over the gel. The transducer emits high-frequency sound waves and a computer measures how they bounce back from the body. The computer changes those sound waves into images to be analyzed.

After the first image with a full bladder is taken, your child will be asked to empty the bladder and more images will be recorded. Sometimes a doctor will come in at the end of the test to meet your child and take a few more ultrasound pictures. The procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes.

What to Expect

The bladder ultrasound is painless. Your child may feel a slight pressure as the transducer is moved over the abdomen. Ask your child to lie still during the procedure so the sound waves can produce the proper images. The technician may ask your child to lie in different positions or hold his or her breath briefly.

Babies might cry in the ultrasound room, especially if they’re restrained, but this won’t interfere with the procedure.

Getting the Results

A radiologist (a doctor who’s specially trained in reading and interpreting X-ray, ultrasound, and other imaging studies) will interpret the ultrasound results and then give the information to your doctor, who will discuss them with you. If the test results appear abnormal, your doctor may order further tests.

In an emergency, the results of an ultrasound can be available quickly. Otherwise, they’re usually ready in 1-2 days. In most cases, results can’t be given directly to the patient or family at the time of the test.

Risks

No risks are associated with a bladder ultrasound. Unlike X-rays, radiation isn’t involved with this test.

Helping Your Child

Some younger kids may be afraid of the machinery used for the ultrasound. Explaining in simple terms how the bladder ultrasound will be conducted and why it’s being done can help ease any fear. You can tell your child that the equipment takes pictures of the bladder.

Encourage your child to ask the technician questions and to try and relax during the procedure, as tense muscles can make it more difficult to get accurate results.

If You Have Questions

If you have questions about the bladder ultrasound, speak with your doctor. You can also talk to the technician before the exam.

Reviewed by: KidsHealth Medical Experts

We’ve all heard of superfoods. Health and wellness articles talk about the superfoods everyone needs in their diet. We’re not talking about super tasty nachos covered in cheese and meat. We’re talking about those foods that give you nutrition, energy and contribute to your overall health. But, what constitutes a superfood? Not only will you learn what a ‘superfood’ is, but you’ll also learn how to incorporate these powerhouses into any of your meals.

What Is a Superfood?

While this may not be a legal or medical term, a superfood is a nutrient powerhouse that is stuffed with antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins and minerals. Eating these powerhouses can help with chronic illnesses, pain and prolong a healthy life.

The Great Superhero Foods to Incorporate in Every Meal:

Blueberries:

Blueberries are full of phytonutrients and have less acidity than other citrus fruits. They can help with conditions that are common in older age like dementia and Alzheimer’s. Berries in general are high in antioxidants, which are known to play a major role in preventing the development of cancerous cells. Vitamin C may also help with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

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Spinach/Kale:

Spinach is high in protein, iron minerals and oxalate. Oxalate can help prevent the formation of kidney stones. Kale has a lot of phytonutrients which help lessen a wide variety of cancers.

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Beans:

Black beans have a lot of protein without the saturated fat found in meats. They’re also full of heart-healthy fiber, antioxidants and energy-boosting iron. Black beans are especially good for your brain power because of their abundance of anthocyanins and antioxidant compounds.

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Broccoli:

Broccoli is rich in fiber, which helps cut out constipation. This can be helpful for urological patients since constipation can cause or make your urinary incontinence worse.

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Yogurt:

Yogurt, as most of us know, has millions of probiotic organisms that have beneficial bacteria. These warriors help boost your immune system as well as help provide protection against cancer. Yogurt also helps lessen the symptoms of a UTI with their loads of good bacteria. Make sure to get yogurt with probiotics in it. Look for the words “live and active cultures” on the container.

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Red Bell Peppers:

Red bell peppers are great for anyone who may be concerned about high levels of potassium in their kidneys. Red bell peppers are low in potassium while being high in vitamins A, C, B6, folic acid and fiber.

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Cauliflower:

Cauliflower is a kidney-friendly superfood. This vegetable is jam packed with vitamin C, folate and fiber. It also contains compounds that help neutralize toxic substances in your liver.

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Garlic:

Garlic is great for reducing inflammation and lowering your cholesterol. Garlic is used to treat numerous conditions ranging from high blood pressure and high cholesterol to heart disease. Garlic may even help in treating both yeast infections and enlarged prostates.

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Tomatoes:

Tomatoes are great for a few things involving your overall health. The redder the tomato, the better. This means it’s packed with the antioxidant lycopene. Studies have shown that a diet rich in lycopene can decrease your risk of bladder, lung, prostate, skin and stomach cancers. If tomatoes aren’t your thing, then you can also get lycopene from red watermelon, pink grapefruit, papaya and guava.

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Nuts:

Nuts are packed with protein and are good for the heart. The beauty of eating nuts on the regular is that they are portable and you can grab them on the go for a quick snack. Nuts can lower bad cholesterol levels in your blood. Eating nuts may also reduce your risk of developing blood clots. They’re full of unsaturated fats, Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and Vitamin E which help your heart, your cholesterol and your artery walls.

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Urology Experts Cares About Your Health

At Urology Experts, we care about your overall health and wellness. In order to stay healthy and prevent oncoming urological conditions, lifestyle changes may need to occur. We are passionate about caring for any of our patients’ needs and ensuring their overall health. Call us today if you want to set up an appointment or have any urology questions.

Cleaning Up Your Kidneys

More than 30 million Americans suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD) but many people do not know they have it because it is often silent in the early stages. Kidney disease, however, is a serious health issue and is linked to other major health issues such as heart and carotid artery disease. Carotid artery disease, when in advanced stages, can increase an individual’s risk of stroke.

    So how do you take care of your kidneys? The same way you take care of your overall health – diet and lifestyle choices. Healthy behaviors such as exercise, drinking plenty of water, and a balanced diet with the recommended amount of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals are good for your body, inside and out. For individuals with chronic kidney disease, there are plenty of foods out there that can help. If you don’t have chronic kidney disease, it is still important to protect your kidneys from disease. Check out these top drinks and foods to help you take care of your kidneys!

    Top Drinks and Foods for Your Kidneys

    Water

    For obvious reasons, water is the best tool for balancing water balance in your body. No need to go overboard, but you should always aim for 6-8 glasses a day depending on your body weight. If you are more active, you will need additional water. Water helps flush out toxins that can lead to bacterial infection or kidney stones, along with harmful particles in the blood.

    Cranberry Juice

    Be careful with this choice, some juices contain little fruit content and are loaded with sugar, so be sure to pick 100% cranberry juice (organic and water based) is a great option for cleaning out your kidneys.

    Cranberries

    Eating cranberries can also protect your kidneys. Cranberries prevent the development and growth of ulcers and bacteria in your urinary tract, and can help manage current bacteria/ulcers because they make urine more acidic and help keep bacteria from attaching to the inside of the bladder. At the grocery store, add fresh cranberries to your cart over dried.

    Apples

    An apple a day really does help keep the doctor away! High in fiber and anti-inflammatory properties, apples help reduce cholesterol, prevent constipation, protect against heart disease and decrease your risk of cancer. These can be cooked or raw. It’s up to you!

    Mushrooms

    If you have chronic kidney disease, you probably know that vitamin D is extremely important since it helps regulate kidney function, and mushrooms are an excellent source.

    Egg Whites

    Egg whites provide a high quality protein, but avoid the yolks because they contain phosphorous, which can be dangerous for people with kidney disease. Skinless chicken is also a good quality protein for renal diets.

    Kale

    Kale is a good source of Vitamins A and C to prevent inflammation and protect the immune system. It’s also lower in potassium than other greens and contains a large amount of iron.

    Cauliflower

    This vegetable brings lots of vitamin C to your plate, along with folate and fiber. In addition, it contains compounds that help your liver neutralize toxic substances. Feel free to eat this veggie raw, add it to your salad, or substitute it for mashed potatoes.

    Keep in mind that there are plenty of other healthy options that will do your kidneys, and your body, plenty of good. If you do have chronic kidney disease there are a few nutrients you should watch carefully. Your kidneys regulate potassium, which is why it’s so important to monitor how much you are eating on a regular basis. Your kidneys also have a role in red blood cell production, meaning that if they aren’t functioning correctly your count may be low. Eating iron-rich foods can help prevent this and help keep up your energy level.
    On the opposite side of the equation, salt can be your enemy. Too much salt can raise your blood pressure and make your heart and kidneys work too hard. Be careful about how much salt you use in cooking and also watch the salt content of pre-packaged foods like canned soups, frozen dinners, and boxed meals. Salt substitutes may also contain a lot of potassium, so try herbs to add flavor and give it some time. You can get used to eating less salt, but it does take six to eight weeks for your taste buds to get used to it.
    Lastly, phosphorous can be dangerous for people with kidney disease so choose foods lower in phosphorous like fresh fruits and veggies, rice milk, corn and rice cereals, and lemonade or ginger ale.

    Importance of Kidney Disease Screenings

    Kidney disease screening from Life Line Screening uses a simple finger-stick test to assess how well your kidneys are functioning. It uses an FDA-approved device adopted by more than 250 hospitals across the country.

    Common risk factors for kidney disease include increased age, family history, race and ethnicity (African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, American Indians and Pacific Islanders are at increased risk), diabetes, high blood pressure, hereditary factors and abnormally elevated creatinine levels or decreasing glomerular filtration rates (GFR).

    If you have any of the above risk factors, or if you’re over the age of 60, you should seriously consider a kidney disease screening. Learn more now or contact us with any questions you might have.

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    A Guide to Keeping Your Bladder Healthy

    You use your bladder several times each day, but do you know what you should do to keep this organ healthy? Chances are, you don’t. To understand how to maintain a healthy bladder, you first need to know the role of your bladder, why it’s crucial, the different drinks and foods for bladder health and those you should avoid. So, here’s a guide to keeping your bladder healthy.

    What Is the Role of the Bladder?

    Your bladder, like your belly, is a saclike, expandable organ that contracts when it becomes empty. When signaled, the muscles of your bladder will release urine through your urethra, which is the tube carrying urine out of your body.

    As your bladder stretches, it can increase its size from around two inches to over six inches long, depending on how much liquid fills it. Typically, the average human bladder reaches full capacity when it holds 16 to 24 ounces of urine. However, you start feeling the urge to urinate when your bladder is around a quarter full.

    Why Is the Bladder Important?

    Your urinary system or bladder is essential because it filters extra fluid and wastes from your bloodstream, removing them from your body. When your kidneys are functioning normally, they:

    1. Prevent excess fluid and waste buildup in your body.
    2. Produce blood pressure-regulating hormones.
    3. Keep your electrolyte levels like phosphates and potassium stable.
    4. Keep your bones strong.
    5. Produce red blood cells.

    Your bladder, urethra and ureters move your urine from your kidneys and then store it until it’s time to release it from your body.

    What Is the Anatomy of the Bladder?

    Your bladder is an extraperitoneal muscular urine reservoir. It sits in your pelvis behind your pubic symphysis — the secondary cartilaginous joint located between your right and left pubic bones near your body’s midline. It resembles the size and shape of a pear when it’s empty.

    When your bladder functions normally, it works through a complex coordination of neurologic, musculoskeletal and psychological functions, allowing the filling and emptying of the contents of your bladder. The synergic contraction of your bladder pelvic and neck floor muscles and relaxation of detrusor muscles is the main effector of continence. This phenomenon occurs when your bladder fills and stores urine.

    Your bladder’s inner lining tucks into folds, and expands to accommodate liquid. The muscle wall of your bladder becomes thicker when your bladder is empty, and your entire bladder becomes firm. When your ureters fill your bladder, it causes your muscle wall to thin and your bladder to move upward toward your abdominal cavity.

    You have a type of muscular valve, known as an internal sphincter, that helps keep urine from leaking out. The base of your bladder is triangular, and prevents your urethra from stretching or backflow into your ureters.

    What Can Impact Your Bladder Health?

    Various factors can affect the health of your bladder. While you can’t control everything that can affect your bladder health, numerous bladder health behaviors are within your control. Here are some bladder problem causes that may affect your bladder health.

    1. Constipation: Constipation causes excess stool buildup in your colon, placing pressure on your bladder and keeping it from expanding as it should.
    2. Diabetes: Diabetes can cause damage to the nerves surrounding your bladder that help with bladder control.
    3. Low physical activity: Being physically active could help prevent bladder issues as well as constipation. It could also help you maintain a healthy weight.
    4. Being overweight: When you’re overweight, it increases your risk of leaking urine.
    5. Smoking: Bladder issues are more common among individuals who smoke. Smoking also increases your risk of bladder cancer.
    6. Some medications: Specific drugs could increase the risk of your bladder leaking urine. For instance, medications intended to calm your nerves so you can relax or sleep could dull your bladder nerves, and you might not experience the urge to urinate.
    7. Caffeine: Caffeine could bother your bladder, changing how your bladder informs you when it’s time to urinate.
    8. Alcohol: Consuming alcohol could make your bladder issues worse.
    9. Diet: Bladder problems can worsen due to certain foods such as artificial sweeteners, sodas, citrus, spicy foods and tomato-based foods. If you have problems with your bladder, you might feel better when you don’t consume these foods or beverages.
    10. Pelvic injury: Trauma like childbirth or prostate surgery could damage the nerves and muscles that control your bladder.
    11. Bladder cancer: This cancer starts when your urinary bladder cells begin growing out of control. As more cancer cells develop and grow, they can form a tumor which can spread to other areas of your body over time. Proper testing and treatment are vital if you suspect bladder cancer.
    12. Specific activities: Some activities could increase your risk of a urinary tract infection, including having sex, using a catheter to urinate and using specific kinds of birth control.

    What Drinks Are Good for Your Bladder?

    When trying to figure out how to keep your urinary system healthy, consider these healthy drinks.

    1. You can help prevent incontinence by drinking enough water. When you’re not drinking
    2. Kohli tea: This tea is an extract from a subtropical plant that grows in southern China. It’s a sweet tea sold over the counter in Japan for its antioxidant benefits. It also has a protective effect on your bladder. A study on kohli tea found it had a substantial protective effect in rabbits with partial bladder obstruction in terms of contractile responses and bladder function.

    3. Researchers report cranberry juice could help prevent bacteria from turning into a urinary tract infection within
    4. If you drink fruit juice, switch it to a less acidic juice like pear or apple juice and dilute it with water.
    5. Barley water helps
    6. You can take diluted squash, but try and avoid squash and blackcurrant containing sugar alternatives like saccharin and aspartame, which can irritate the bladder.
    7. Fruit and herbal teas come in many varieties and are typically free of caffeine. Ginseng, however, can stimulate the bladder and could increase the urgency and frequency of urination.
    8. Lemon is vitamin C-rich and a powerful antioxidant that alkalizes your body. It helps hinder bacterial growth. Additionally, it acts like a diuretic agent, flushing harmful toxins out from your urinary tract, helping prevent UTI recurrence.
    9. is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, and prevents bacteria from attaching to the walls of your bladder. The antioxidants flush the UTI infection-causing bacteria from your body. Vitamin C is one of the most important bladder health vitamins because it enhances your immune system, so it fights against infection and combats urinary tract infection symptoms. Eat a bowl of pomegranates regularly to help prevent and potentially eliminate a UTI.

    What Foods Are Good for the Urinary System?

    Along with beverages, it’s also a good idea to know the foods for a healthy bladder and kidneys. If your bladder is sensitive, there are still foods you can enjoy without irritating it. You already know the foods you should avoid. Here are some bladder-cleansing foods you may want to eat.

    1. Pears: Pears are a great source of fiber and usually start to ripen sometime in September or October, depending on where you live.

    2. Bananas: You’ll find bananas in your local grocery store pretty much all year long. They’re perfect for topping cereals, eating as snacks or putting in smoothies.

    3. Winter squash: Despite its name, you can find squash year-round as well, particularly in the fall and winter. Squash varieties include butternut, acorn and spaghetti.

    4. Green beans: Add a little color to your plate with green beans. Put them in salads, eat them raw or roast them with a bit of olive oil.

    5. Potatoes: Both potatoes and sweet potatoes are bladder-friendly foods.

    6. Whole grains: Rice, quinoa and oats are whole grains and just a few examples of the many varieties you’ll find. They’re not typically expensive, either.

    7. Lean proteins: Low-fat chicken, pork, turkey, beef and fish are examples of lean proteins. They’re not likely to bother your bladder, particularly when you steam, broil or bake them.

    8. Nuts: Cashews and peanuts make perfect protein-rich and bladder-healthy snacks.

    9. Breads: Bread makes a great addition to any meal and is overall bladder-friendly.

    10. Eggs: Eggs are also protein-rich and are among the least bothersome foods to the bladder.

    What Are Other Tips to Keep Your Bladder Healthy?

    There are many ways to maintain a healthy bladder. Here are some tips you can follow.

    1. Practice Doing Kegel Exercises

    You can prevent urinary incontinence by strengthening your pelvic floor muscles. You perform Kegels by tightening and releasing your urine-holding muscles. Ask your doctor how often you should perform these exercises.

    2. Treat Chronic Conditions

    Some conditions that can affect your bladder and you should treat are as follows.

    • Diabetes: When you have uncontrolled diabetes, you could have sugar in your urine, and this can considerably worsen urinary leakage.

    • Vascular disease: This ailment and others can damage the nerves of your bladder.

    • Urinary tract infections: UTIs can cause temporary incontinence episodes due to the bacteria that often invade the bladder, weakening the urethra muscles. A UTI won’t trigger incontinence for all individuals, but if you’re already incontinence-prone, it can make a difference.

    • Interstitial cystitis: This chronic condition causes bladder pain, bladder pressure and sometimes pelvic discomfort. You can experience pain ranging from being mildly uncomfortable to severe. Interstitial cystitis falls under painful bladder syndrome.

    • Overactive bladder: Overactive bladder causes a sudden urination urge. It can be hard to stop this urge, and you could involuntarily lose some urine. Overactive bladder can cause you to isolate yourself, feel embarrassed and limit your social and work life. You can take medications and perform behavioral strategies — such as timed voiding, fluid schedules and bladder-holding techniques — to help.

    • Urinary incontinence: Urinary incontinence is bladder control loss. You may experience only mild leaking or uncontrollable wetting. Anyone can suffer from urinary incontinence, but it’s more common with age. Most problems with bladder control occur when your muscles are too active or too weak. If the muscles that keep your bladder closed become weak, you could have accidents when you laugh, sneeze or lift heavy objects. If they’re too active, you might only have a little amount of urine in your bladder, but still have a strong urge to go. Incontinence can occur for other reasons as well, like nerve damage and prostate problems.

    • Bladder cancer: This cancer occurs in your bladder lining. You may experience a frequent urge to urinate, blood in your urine, low back pain or painful urination. Smoking and exposure to some workplace chemicals are risk factors for developing bladder cancer.

    3. Practice a Healthy Diet

    Specific foods can cause urinary incontinence, including acidic fruits such as grapefruit or oranges, chocolate, sugary treats or spicy foods. These all can irritate the bladder. If you’re experiencing bladder problems or urinary incontinence, first try to remove these types of foods from your diet and see if there’s any change. Then, slowly add them back into your diet to see how they affect your body.

    4. Get Testing

    Being tested for bladder cancer is essential for anyone who has the symptom of blood in their urine (hematuria). Cxbladder offers accurate, non-invasive, urine based testing that can be used to detect or rule out bladder cancer.

    5. Avoid Being Constipated

    The rectum and bladder are close to each other. If you’re not regularly emptying your bowels, they can place pressure on your bladder, causing incontinence. Drinking enough water and consuming a healthy fiber-rich diet can help with constipation.

    6. Maintain a Healthy Weight

    There are numerous health problems linked with being overweight, including urinary incontinence. The more overweight you are, the more pressure you place on your pelvic floor muscles that keep urine in your bladder. Urine can start leaking from your bladder when your pelvic floor muscles weaken.

    7. Practice Good Personal Hygiene

    Keep things dry and clean down there. Don’t clean too much, however. You’ll want to avoid harsh soaps which can kill regular healthy bacteria.

    8. Avoid Fizzy Drinks, Caffeine and Alcohol

    If you’re prone to incontinence, you should probably stick with drinking water. Caffeinated beverages like coffee, alcohol and sodas with artificial sweeteners or sugar can all irritate your bladder and could lead to urinary leakage.

    9. Quit Smoking

    If you smoke, stop. Smoking can lead to urinary incontinence, and those who do smoke increase their risk. While researchers aren’t entirely sure why this occurs, they believe it has something to do with the way nicotine interacts with your bladder. Smokers often suffer from chronic cough, which can cause bladder leakage.

    10. Practice Good Urinating Techniques

    Take the time to empty your bladder completely when you urinate. If you rush, you’re not allowing your bladder to empty itself fully. If urine remains in your bladder for too long, it can cause a bladder infection.

    When urinating, stay in a relaxed position. Relaxing your bladder muscles will make it simpler to empty your bladder. Women should sit on the toilet seat rather than hover over it, since hovering will make it difficult to relax. If you’re in a public place and you don’t want to sit on the toilet seat, you can line it with toilet paper. Many bathrooms also have paper toilet seat covers you can use.

    After going to the bathroom, wipe from front to back, especially after a bowel movement. Wiping back to front can cause bacteria to enter the urethra in women.

    Urinate immediately after sex to flush out bacteria that could have entered the urethra.

    11. Take It Easy on Salt

    Salt makes you retain water, and too much of it can throw your kidney’s water/salt/mineral balance off-kilter. A diet high in sodium can elevate blood pressure, and uncontrolled, long-term high blood pressure can cause kidney damage. A diet high in salt can also contribute to kidney stone development. The development of calcium stones might be due to consuming too much calcium. However, sodium can cause the kidneys to excrete more salt.

    Watch the sodium labels on processed foods. Reduce intake of canned vegetables and soups, hot dogs, luncheon meats and sausages.

    12. Wear Cotton Underwear

    Wear loose cotton underwear to allow air to keep your urethra area dry. Nylon underwear and tight-fitting jeans can trap moisture, leading to bacteria growth.

    Take Charge of Your Bladder Health With Cxbladder

    Talk with your doctor about bladder health and how to keep the urinary system clean. If you’re experiencing any bladder cancer symptoms like blood in your urine, seek medical advice right away. Talk with your doctor about using Cxbladder when you begin discussing the diagnosis and monitoring process. Before flushing, look at the color of your urine as an indicator of concerns, including bladder cancer. If there’s blood in your urine or you “see red,” consult with your doctor. If symptoms persist, insist on further evaluation to determine if there could be bladder cancer present.

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