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Tags: womens health | bladder infection | constipation
OPINION

Tips for Better Bladder

Kelly Springer, RD By Wednesday, 25 May 2016 04:19 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

If you are a woman who experiences trouble with urgent urination or bladder pain, you are not alone. Once thought to be an issue that only 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 can contribute to bladder problems: interstitial cystitis, a bladder infection, and constipation. Therefore, by tackling these three ailments, you can better your bladder.

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. These include processed foods, fried foods, and acidic foods such as tomatoes, orange juice, alcohol, etc.).

It’s also helpful to consume natural anti-inflammatory foods such as those that are rich in omega-3 (primarily fish), querecetin (apples and red onions are the best choices here), and bromelain (load up on the pineapple).

Your bladder is part of your urinary tract; several research studies have found that a compound in cranberries called PACs that can prevent the bacteria that lead to urinary tract infections (UTIs) from sticking to the bladder walls. This anti-adhesion property unique to cranberry PACs has been shown reduce the recurrence of UTIs in adults and children.

Add dried cranberries to your trail mix, scoop some cranberry sauce or sip tart cranberry juice to keep your urinary tract healthy.

Though constipation affects your intestinal tract and colon, it can also increase your likelihood of an overactive bladder due to the pressure that it puts on your bladder. Research shows that alleviating constipation may help get your bladder symptoms under control.

To get rid of constipation naturally, increase your fiber by adding oats or oat bran to your breakfast abd beans to your salads and soups. Increase your intake of raw veggies and fruit and select raw nuts as your snack of choice.

In addition to these nutrition suggestions, try adding 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.  

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Once thought to be an issue that only older women struggled with, the truth is that women as young as 20 can struggle with an incontinence or an overactive bladder.
womens health, bladder infection, constipation
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2016-19-25
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 04:19 PM
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