Many people deal with urinary incontinence and the problems it causes on a daily basis.
And, it can affect anyone; it is an issue that does not discriminate.
With that said, bladder leakage is as issue that can actively be addressed and lessened by a
number of different things. Take a look at some of the most often recommended.
Exercise: Certain specific exercises can increase pelvic and bladder strength and
reduce leakage. First, consider daily pelvic floor exercises (also called kegels).
Directions can be found online and will explain the correct way to begin. Be aware, this
is NOT a quick fix; in order to see results you must exercise daily for several months.
Also, you may want to consider taking up pilates. This exercise regime has grown
popular in recent years and focuses on increasing core strength, which can prove
helpful with incontinence.
Lose Weight: We know, it’s the advice given for everything; but, in this case, it can
actually help! Excess weight puts additional pressure on the bladder. Sometimes
losing weight can alleviate bladder leaks completely. Make sure you embark on a
healthy weight loss regime; fad diets may result in quick weight loss but individuals
often gain the weight back. Talk to your doctor for advice and guidance before
embarking on a weight loss plan.
Eat and Drink Appropriately: This advice is multi-faceted; but one overriding fact
applies to both. Specific food and drink affect people differently. That said, you need to
identify which things have an effect on you personally. Once you have done that, limit
or eliminate those, and enjoy others. First, let’s talk about eating. Try to minimize the
amount of spicy and overly acidic foods that you typically eat. Both can be irritating to
your bladder. Now, let’s look at drinking. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and carbonated drinks.
Finally make sure you drink enough water, between 6 and 8 glasses daily; but reduce
your intake after 4:00pm.
Reduce Lifting: This may come as a surprise, lifting puts a strain on your pelvic
muscles. Of course you cannot go through life without ever having to lift something.
That said, when you do make sure you lift correctly and contract your pelvic muscles
while doing it.
Bladder Training: Try to use the restroom before you actually think you need to; empty
bladders don’t link. Conversely, if you feel you are going to the bathroom too often, try
extending the time between visits. For example, if you normally urinate every two and
one-half hours, try waiting two hours and forty-five minutes. Then move to three hours.
Gradual increases are the best.
Stop Smoking: This seems like strange advice for bladder leakage, but smoking
increases coughing which puts puts a strain on bladder muscles. If you stop smoking
you will most likely improve not only your overall health, but reduce or eliminate
incontinence as well.
The suggestions above are those which you can begin on your own. That said,
incontinence should always be discussed with your physician; as he or she may be able
to help determine the cause and may have suggestions on steps you can take to
alleviate it, including medication.
All of us at LIQUAGUARD® understand and appreciate the issues related to urinary
incontinence. We encourage you to investigate options that may offer relief and
reiterate the advice to talk to your doctor. We are proud of the products we offer and the
support we provide our clients to help deal with the effects of incontinence.