Know Your Dos and Don'ts when it comes to incontinence. Some food just isn't worth it.

Incontinence Do's And Dont's 

There is a saying that 80% of the results in the gym take place in the kitchen. The same thought could be applied to your continence. What you eat and drink, how much, and even when you consume can dramatically impact incontinence. 

Know what foods and drinks can aggravate your system and make a note to avoid them when possible.

Diuretics

Diuretics are agents that promote the excretion of urine. They decrease blood volume by enhancing salt and water excretion by the kidney and lowering the resistance of blood vessels, thereby lowering blood pressure. 

Caffeine is considered a diuretic, so monitor your body’s response to caffeinated drinks like coffee, tea, and soda.

Alcohol

Alcohol has also been shown clinically to act as a bladder stimulant, triggering symptoms of urgency. In addition, it acts as a diuretic and may induce greater frequency of urination.  This is all triggered because alcohol inhibits arginine vasopressin, also known as anti-diuretic hormone or ADH. The purpose of ADH is to conserve water in the body by reducing its loss in urine.

Acidic Foods

Some individuals have noted bladder control issues after consuming high acid and hot and spicy foods such as tomato-based dishes and citrus fruit drinks. The medical world isn’t entirely sure why this correlation is so prevalent, but citrus and high-acid foods have long been known as bladder irritants.

What diet tips do you use for bladder and bowel health maintenance? 

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!