Better your bladder health

Better your bladder health

May 15, 2016

If you are a woman who experiences trouble with incontinence urgent urination, or bladder pain, you are not alone. Once thought to be an issue that older women struggled with, the truth is that women as young as 20 can struggle with an incontinence or an overactive bladder. Three main ailments that can contribute to bladder problems are interstitial cystitis, a bladder infection and constipation; therefore, by tackling these three ailments, you can better your bladder.

How to Deal with Interstitial Cystitis

Interstitial Cystitis (IC) is a condition that can have a wide range of symptoms from the need to urinate up to 60 times a day to bladder pain to incontinence. Ninety percent of those diagnosed with IC are women. Though the specific cause of IC is not certain, research shows that inflammation is involved; therefore, it is important to avoid food that cause inflammation: processed foods, fried foods and  any acidic foods (i.e., tomatoes, orange juice, alcohol, etc.). It is helpful to consume natural anti-inflammatory foods, such as omega-3-rich food (primarily fish), querecetin-rich food (apples and red onions are the best choices here) and bromelain-rich foods (load up on the pineapple)!

How to Handle a Bladder Infection

Your bladder is part of your urinary tract; several research studies have found that a compound in cranberries (D-mannose) can fight the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections (UTIs). Add dried cranberries to your trail mix; select tart cranberry juice as your beverage of choice and prevent those UTis!

How to Prevent Chronic Constipation

Though constipation affects your intestinal tract and colon, it can also increase your likelihood of an overactive bladder and incontinence due to the pressure that constipation puts on your bladder. Research shows that alleviating constipation may help get your bladder symptoms under control as well. Increase your fiber (add oats or oat bran to your breakfasts; add beans to your salads and soups; increase your raw veggies and fruit; also select raw nuts as your snack of choice).

In addition to these nutrition suggestions, though it sounds counterintuitive, add more water to your diet. Drinking a lot of water may increase your urgency and frequency of urination, but research shows that not drinking enough water may cause constipation and increase your likelihood of a UTI, both of which can heighten your risk of bladder problems. Once again, we see that hydration is key.

I hope these tips help you better your bladder health!

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