How Much Water Should You Drink When You Have Incontinence?

How Much Water Should You Drink When You Have Incontinence?

How Much Water Should You Drink When You Have Incontinence?

When you have incontinence, you’ll do anything to avoid having an embarrassing accident. And it may seem logical to think that restricting fluids will help you avoid one. While cutting back a little may help, it also may hurt you. Drinking too little can cause dehydration, which means your body can’t function like it should. When you don’t drink enough your urine also can become very concentrated, which can cause bladder irritation (meaning that it may actually cause you to have an accident). And, if you do leak, concentrated urine has a much stronger smell, which may make your leak more noticeable to others. The tip is finding that right balance between too much and too little.

Below are some tips on how much you should be drinking, and how to find your magic number.

Drink Enough To Stay Hydrated.

This will vary from person to person, but for most, 6-88oz glasses per day is enough.  You can also look to your own urine for clues on if you are well-hydrated – in general, lighter colored urine means your more hydrated and darker, yellow colored urine means your urine is very concentrated and you may need to drink more.

Use A Bladder Diary.

A bladder diary is a great tool to track the relationship between what you eat and drink and your incontinence. Use it for a few days and pay close attention to how your fluid intake plays a role in any accidents or urges you may have. This will give you a good indication on whether or not your drinking too much or too little as it relates to your incontinence.

Limit Fluids Before Bedtime.

If you suffer from nocturia or bedwetting, try limiting the fluids you drink before bedtime. While you don’t want to limit your water intake too much throughout the day, keeping fluids to a minimum an hour or so before bed may help curb some of the nightly bathroom trips you’ve been making.

Pay attention to what you drink. 

Water is always a good choice, but other drinks may actually cause you to go more simply because of what’s in them. Minimize caffeinated, sugary and carbonated drinks. And decrease or eliminate alcohol consumption.  All of these have been known to irritate the bladder.

If you’re thirsty – DRINK! 

Cutting back on fluids, especially when you’re thirsty, can cause dehydration and lead to more problems. Your body needs water to function well and thirst is the number one indicator that you need to drink more. Keep this in mind especially when it’s hot outside, or you’re working up a sweat in the gym – listen to your body and never put off your thirst because you’re scared of having an accident.

Remember, everyone is different so there is no one right amount that you should be drinking. Experiment and find out what works best for you, and most importantly, pay attention to your body and stay healthy.

Want to learn about some ways to fit more water into your daily routine? Read this:  How To Drink More Water

How To Drink More Water

How To Drink More Water

We’ve all heard that drinking more water can help improve our health. Even the first lady, Michelle Obama, is making serious strides to encourage people to drink more H20. Drink UP, the movement sponsored by the Partnership for a Healthier America (and for which Mrs. Obama is the Honorary Chair) has already encouraged a big boost of water consumption in grocery stores, restaurants and homes across America since its inception in 2013.  

There’s good reason for the push. Drinking water has been shown to have a host of benefits, ranging from increased energy, better overall health, and better mood. These benefits are not lost on your bladder either – staying well hydrated can help keep your bladder functioning well and can flush out your urinary tract, preventing bladder infections. 

Here are some ways that will have you raising your glass to more water.

 Add your own flavoring. 

Sure, there are lots of flavor packets out there designed to spice up your water.  But why not add your own?  Try adding watermelon, cucumber, or lemon to your glass for an extra flavor boost.

Invest in your health. 

Splurge on a cool water bottle that you’ll actually enjoy using.  We love the Eddy Water Bottle from Camelbak, which comes in a wide variety of colors to choose from.

 Eat more water rich foods. 

Water-rich foods, such as soup, celery, grapes, and oranges can also help you stay hydrated. 

Temper your drinking. 

Drinking a glass of water for every glass of alcohol while out to dinner can help you stay hydrated and avoid the negative effects that an extra glass of wine might have on your bladder.

Get some help. 

Need some encouragement?  Use the iPhone app, Waterlogged, to set reminders and chart your water consumption over time.

Have some tips of your own?  Share them with us in the comments below!