A healthy bladder in 7 steps
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Most of us don’t give any thought to our bladder … until you gotta go, that is.
November is Bladder Health Month, a time to raise awareness of the importance of having a healthy bladder.
What goes in your mouth affects your bladder.
- Drink plenty of water. Try to drink 6 to 8 cups each day.
- Drink less caffeine and alcohol. Coffee, tea or cola can increase bladder activity, can upset your bladder and can lead to leaks.
- Avoid foods that bother the bladder. They include chocolate (which also is a source of caffeine) and spicy or acidic foods like tomatoes and citrus fruits. Some foods can worsen incontinence.
- Stop smoking. Tobacco use is a major cause of bladder cancer.
How you go matters.
- When you’re on the toilet, take your time. Let your bladder empty. If you rush, and you don’t fully empty your bladder, you could develop a bladder infection over time.
- Women should sit on the toilet. Don’t hover over the toilet seat.
- Strengthen your pelvic floor muscles strong with Kegel exercises. Strong pelvic floor muscles – those around the urethra, which urine passes through – help keep urine in the bladder, preventing leaks. When at rest, the bladder muscle should be relaxed and the pelvic floor muscles should be tight. When you go, the bladder muscle contracts and the pelvic floor relaxes, creating the flow.
Our urological surgeons offer innovative treatments for overactive bladder and incontinence. We also treat urinary diseases, urinary tract infections and other bladder, kidney and prostate issues. For information, call 888-437-9613 or request an appointment online.
Source: The Urology Care Foundation, part of the American Urological Association.