Let's look at some basic facts that you should know about your bladder.
1. Your recommended daily intake of liquids is somewhere around 1.5 liters of fluid per day.
2. Your bladder can hold anywhere from 400-600 milliliters of urine.
3. You will use the bathroom between 4 and 8 times per day.
4. You will likely also use the bathroom one time during the night.
5. If you drink coffee or alcohol you will increase the number of times you use the bathroom.
If you suffer from an overactive bladder it means you have trouble storing urine. Symptoms of an overactive bladder will at some point interfere with your daily life. The good news is, it's a common condition and very treatable as well. Behavioral therapies, exercising, foods, teas and herbs are all proven ways to manage urinary symptoms.
1. Pumpkin Seeds are loaded with anti-inflammatory properties and are also known to be high in omega-3 fatty acids!
2. Kohki tea is a sweet tea known for its antioxidant powers. It has shown great results to protect the bladder. Other caffeine-free teas that are fruit teas are also great.
3. Juices that are not very acidic can also help. These juices would include apple and pear. Of course, cranberry juice is always a top choice for your bladder.
4. In some cases you might experience extra pressure on your bladder do to constipation. You can prevent constipation by increasing the fiber in your diet. Eating fiber rich foods like beans, fruits, vegetables and whole wheat breads will reduce your constipation episodes.
1. Ganoderma lucidum (GL) - also known as lingzhi mushroom.
2. Capsaicin - used to treat pelvic pain syndrome.
3.Corn silk (Zea mays) - can help with strengthening mucous membranes in the urinary tract.
Now, we can take look at some foods and drinks you should avoid with an overactive bladder:
1. Coffee and Soda
3. Citrus Fruits
4. Tomato based or spicy foods
It's best to do a trial and see which of the above foods and drinks aggravate your overactive bladder. Remove one of the above items at a time for 1 to 2 weeks and see if you notice any improvement.
If none of these remedies work, it's time to consult a doctor!