This time of year is known for delicious food, fabulous drinks, and quality time with family and friends. But with the yummy treats can come adverse effects. Some patients who struggle with urgency, frequency, and leaking of urine may notice worsening bladder habits. This may be due to the change in diet and fluid intake. So this holiday season, here are a few tips to help improve your bladder health:
- Drink plenty of water!
- Remember that there are certain drinks and food items that may irritate the bladder. These include alcoholic beverages (triple whammy- diuretic, irritant, and muscle relaxer), caffeine, carbonated beverages, artificial sweeteners (Splenda, Equal, etc.), tea, spicy foods, and some citrus fruits.
- Avoid constipation by utilizing proper toilet positioning (www.squattypotty.com), staying hydrated, and eating ample fiber.
- Try to avoid those “just in case” voids. It’s easy to get into the bad habit of going pee before you leave the house or whenever you see a vacant commode, but this is just reinforcing poor bladder behavior and decreases the storage capacity of bladder.
Hope these tips are helpful and feel free to leave a comment with some other bladder or bowel health tips!
Written by: Jenna Sires PT, DPT