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Tips for Supporting Your Bladder Health

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Tips for Supporting Your Bladder Health

Supporting Your Urinary Health

We depend on all of the different parts of our bodies every day to live our lives the way we want. In recognition of Bladder Health Month, here are some tips to help keep your bladder and the rest of your urinary tract in top condition.

Drink Plenty of Water

When your body is losing more fluids than it’s taking in, you can become dehydrated. With dehydration comes increased urine concentration, making your urine significantly more acidic than normal. Unfortunately, this can irritate your bladder, causing you to use the restroom more frequently, and it can even lead to incontinence issues.

While there is no true recommended water intake, it is advised that the average adult should try to work in at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. Additionally, you can work water into your diet by eating fruits and vegetables with a high water content.

Avoid Holding Your Urine for Too Long

Although many are guilty of holding their urine to the point where they think they may have an accident, this bad bladder habit can result in more than momentary discomfort. In fact, it can have a negative effect on your urinary health.

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, holding your urine for too long can lead to:

  • Urinary tract Infections (UTIs)
  • Damage to the muscles in the bladder
  • Kidney damage
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Urinary incontinence

Use Proper Wiping Techniques

For women specifically, it is important to practice good hygiene by using proper wiping techniques when using the restroom. Remember to wipe from front to back rather than in the other direction. This is because wiping the other way can pass harmful bacteria from your anus to your urethra, leaving you at an increased risk for developing a urinary tract infection (UTI).

Opt for Cotton Undergarments

Your undergarment choice also can affect your likelihood of developing a urinary tract infection. Synthetic materials can trap moisture against the body, creating the optimal environment for bacteria to thrive.

Choosing breathable and moisture-wicking materials like cotton for your undergarments is your best bet to reduce your risk of developing a urinary tract infection.

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