How To Maintain Bladder Health
If you often get bladder infections or feel like you spend half of your life either in a bathroom, looking for a bathroom, or worrying that there won’t be a bathroom around when you need one, then there is a good chance your bladder isn’t in optimal condition. Many people don’t even think about a frequent need to urinate or a high occurrence of bladder infections as an overall bad thing. In fact, most individuals don’t even pay much attention to the general health of their bladder unless they’re diagnosed with kidney stones or bladder cancer. But there are things that you can do for your bladder that can make it overall stronger, or overall weaker, just as you can for your heart, lungs or other organs that get more attention. Here is how to maintain bladder health.
Your colon and your bladder sit very close together. When you become constipated, your colon can press against your bladder, putting pressure on it and irritating it. If you needed another reason to see a physician about your chronic constipation, think about the health of your bladder.
Drink the right amount of water
That means enough but not too much. Many individuals, for fear of not drinking enough water, drink far too much water. If you have to go to the bathroom every thirty minutes and a river comes out of you each time, you probably drink too much water. And you don’t want to work your bladder more than you have to. Talk to your doctor about your lifestyle, diet and exercise habits to determine just how much water you actually need.
Avoid caffeine before driving
Caffeine runs through your bladder quickly. If you drink a cup at the beginning of your commute to work, you probably find your bladder painfully full by the time you get to work, and that’s not good for your bladder. Avoid caffeine and other diuretics when you know you won’t have access to a bathroom for a while.
Avoid acidic liquids
Acidic liquids can irritate the lining of your bladder. These include tomato juice, citrus juice, coffee, and alcohol. So cut back on these.
Take it easy on spicy foods
Spicy foods can make symptoms worse for those who suffer from an overactive bladder. Spicy foods can also make urinary tract infection symptoms worse, so cool it on the chili pepper.
Cut back on red meat
Your body breaks down certain compounds found in red meat into acid, which we already know irritates the bladder. Consuming too much red meat can also cause constipation, which puts pressure on the bladder.
Maintain a healthy weight
Carrying extra weight can harm your bladder. Several extra pounds can weaken your pelvic floor, as well as the ligaments that hold your bladder in place.
Pee when you need to and all the way
The longer urine stays in your body, the more of a chance it has to develop bacteria. Go to the bathroom as soon as you feel the urge, and make sure you fully empty out your bladder.
If you live a totally stationary life, your muscles may retain water. This water retention usually works its way through your body at night, causing you to wake up with a full bladder.
Smokers are two to three times more likely to develop bladder cancer. Yup; those nasty little tobacco sticks even effect your downstairs organs.
Clean up before sex
Most women usually have a little bacteria hanging out down by their urethra. During sex, this bacteria can be pushed up inside of them, so make sure you thoroughly clean the area before intercourse.
Pee after sex
Even if you clean up downstairs, that doesn’t mean that your partner did. You should pee immediately and completely after sex to flush out any bacteria your partner may have introduced to your body.
Drink cranberry juice
Cranberry juice can prevent bacteria from sticking to your urinary tract, which is what causes infections.
Avoid artificial sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners have also been shown to irritate the bladder. Do yourself a double favor by avoiding sodas since these contain artificial sweeteners and act as diuretics.
Avoid raw onions
The incredibly potent compounds found in raw onions can irritate the stomach, colon and the bladder. They can be particularly difficult for those who already suffer from an overactive bladder, so just cook this food if you want to eat it.