Urinary incontinence is characterized by the urgency to urinate and the inability to hold urine. It can be an embarrassing condition that is caused by several issues. Unfortunately, if incontinence becomes too severe, it often requires surgery. To avoid this, there are several lifestyle changes and natural ways you can treat your incontinence.
There is often a link between chronic constipation and urinary incontinence. This is because the excess matter in the intestines can put pressure on the bladder, leading to the feeling that you have to use the bathroom constantly. Add fiber to your diet, drink plenty of water, and if you still have issues with chronic constipation, see your doctor.
Keep a Journal of Everything You Eat and Drink
You might be surprised to learn that drinking or eating certain foods and beverages and the timing of when you consume something can make your incontinence worse. Keep a detailed journal of everything you eat or drink and what time you consume everything. If you notice a pattern of increased incontinence after you eat or drink certain things or consume them at a certain time of day, try something else.
Add Vitamin D to Your Diet
Vitamin D is integral for your bones and muscles. Your bladder is a giant muscle and if your muscle is weak, you can experience bladder leakage and incontinence. Take a vitamin D supplement, as directed by a physician, or add some vitamin D-rich foods and beverages to your diet. For example, milk, cheese, yogurt, salmon, eggs, and orange juice are all filled with vitamin D.
Avoid Foods and Beverages That Can Make Incontinence Worse
Stay away from any food and beverages that contain natural diuretics, which can make your incontinence even worse. For example, caffeinated beverages, including soda and coffee, can lead to an overactive bladder.
You already know the negative impact smoking can have on your lungs. Did you also know that smoking cigarettes can actually make your incontinence worse? When you smoke you naturally cough, which can impact your pelvic floor and cause you to develop stress incontinence, which is a condition that occurs when you experience incontinence during physical activity.
Even doing something as simple as coughing can make your incontinence worse.
From adding some vitamin D to your diet to quitting smoking or avoiding certain foods and beverages, there are several simple, natural ways you can change your lifestyle and improve your incontinence.
For more information on incontinence treatments, contact a professional near you.