Bladder problems were something that you didn’t have several years ago and are something you don’t have to have in the future. Why not consider six natural tips to start making a personal difference in your bladder issues?
Here’s the list.
1) Kegel Exercises
Many people think that Kegel exercises are only for women but this isn’t so. Men can do them too! All it entails is starting and stopping the stream while urinating. (Don’t engage your abdominal muscles in the process.)
This action is like pumping iron for your bladder muscles. Stronger bladder muscles mean better control of the urinary system.
2) Monitor Your Fluid Intake
In many cases, water intake can positively impact bladder problems. Increasing your water intake will help dislodge any bacteria trying to reside in the urinary tract, thus helping you eliminate a urinary tract infection (UTI).
If you have urinary frequency due to prostate problems such as prostate enlargement or inflammation of the prostate (called prostatitis), watching the timing of your fluid intake could help.
Remember that after you drink a large glass of water, you can expect your hormones to kick in and cause the urge to urinate in 1-1/2 hours and every half hour for the next two hours. That means you can gain some control over your urinary frequency by stopping all fluids after 6:30 pm if your bedtime is expected to be around 10 pm.
3) The Chinese Mushroom, Ganoderma lucidum
Chinese mushrooms have been used for centuries in traditional Oriental medicine and one of them is called the king of mushrooms. That’s Ganoderma lucidum or the Reishi mushroom. Studies have shown that prostate symptoms of urinary frequency improve significantly when this herb is taken.
4) Avoid Bladder Irritants
Certain foods are known for their ability to irritate the bladder. Tea, chocolate, coffee and energy drinks are at the top of the list of bladder irritants. It’s the caffeine in these drinks that increases the excitability of the bladder wall’s muscles.
Carbonated beverages are no better. In one study, carbonated beverage intake was associated with a higher risk of developing overactive bladder and stress incontinence, according to one popular medical site online.
Alcoholic drinks also take a hit on your kidneys as alcohol has a diuretic effect on the kidneys. You’ll notice that your symptoms increase greatly when you drink a drink or two.
5) Foods You are Sensitive To Equal Irritants
Your body is unique and different from every other body out there. Your body could be reacting to different foods or the flora on different foods in a way that increases your bladder and/or kidney symptoms. Chilli and spicy foods are usually on the list of no-no’s for better bladder health but surprisingly, the capsaicin found in cayenne pepper and chili peppers increases the amount of urine your bladder can hold to up to three times. However, everyone’s body is a bit different so check out what the effect is on your own body.
What foods are on the rest of the list? Take a look:
- apples/apple juice, peaches, guava, pineapple, plums, strawberries, cranberry juice
- citrus fruits, tomatoes/tomato juice
- corn sweeteners, honey, fructose
- milk, cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, ice cream
- lima beans and soybeans/soy sauce
6) Chemicals That are Kidney or Bladder Irritants
Monosodium glutamate (MSG), nitrates in preserved meats, and other chemicals are known bladder and kidney irritants such as mothballs.
Preservatives and food additives such as artificial sweeteners, aspartame, saccharin, and acesulfame K also irritate the bladder. Avoid these!
Do I Just Start Taking All of These Recommendations?
There are a few ways you can begin your journey. You could experiment with each of these suggestions one at a time.
One of the simplest ways to start treating urinary tract issues, as a result of prostate disorders, is Prostate Healer, one of Ben’s supplements. This powerful healing tincture contains 8 of the most potent rejuvenating herbs available in Ayurvedic science.
It works on the prostate, kidney, and bladder simultaneously, coaxing cells gently to resume normal function. It’s already formulated for this purpose and has had a track history of thousands of men that swear by its success.
By this action, you’re fighting against prostatitis and benign prostatic hypertrophy. If you’re like many men that use the formula, you’ll see a reduction in the number of times you get up to go to the bathroom to urinate, plus see an improvement in the flow of your urine. These are two signs that you’re making headway.
Why would it be so effective? Well, when you start using very specific herbs in a unique blend that rejuvenate the prostate, kidney and urinary tract, it’s the herbs that get to work. They start bringing the cells back to health.
Nowadays the only thing I recommend for men with Prostatitis is Ben’s Prostate Healer. It’s an effective, fast working tincture and because it is an all-natural formula and non-GMO there are no side effects. Patients report significant improvements in the first few weeks and within 3 months they say their Prostatitis is gone.
Try it today! Here’s a link for more info: https://www.bensnaturalhealth.com/ben-s-prostate-healer.html
Dr. Donna Schwontkowski received a Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine (D.C.), from the National College of Chiropractic, Lombard, IL, in Dec. 1990. In addition to running a medical practice, Dr Donna has had a long and distinguished career as a medical teacher, both running courses at various universities and also as a published author of several books and as a television presenter on health issues.
Bladder Irritants. The Johns Hopkins Women’s Center for Pelvic Health. Accessed online August 1, 2018. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/johns_hopkins_bayview/_docs/medical_services/gynecology_obstetrics/bladder_irritants.pdf
Our Top Ten Food Trigger List. Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center Urology. Accessed online August 1, 2018. http://www.wakehealth.edu/uploadedFiles/User_Content/PatientsAndVisitors/Patient_Care/Urology/Our%20Top%20Ten%20Food%20Trigger%20List.pdf
St. John, Dr. Tina M. Foods and Chemicals That Irritate the Bladder. Accessed online August 1, 2018.
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