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1. Stay Hydrated – We’ve all heard that drinking water is great for a wide range of things, urinary health being at the top of the list. Most health professionals suggest 6 – 8 glasses per day to help prevent infection and flush out lingering bacteria. With the increase of awareness, some people may even drink more than that. If you find you are needing to empty your bladder so often that it becomes an issue, you can cut back on your intake.
2. Muscle Strength – Many of us workout daily, but are we neglecting internal muscles that aid in a healthy urinary system? Both childbirth and menopause can weaken your pelvic floor muscles, the area that holds the bladder and urethra in place, causing issues. Kegel Exercises can help strengthen these areas, promote a healthy urinary system and prevent problems with leakage, urgency and more.
3. Foods to Avoid – The food and drink we consume directly affects both our digestive and urinary system due to the track it takes through the body. Even if you are consuming your daily water amounts, you still have to be careful of what other things might be affecting your urinary health. Too much of these items can even worsen a UTI you may be trying to treat.
Foods That Can Cause Urinary Irritation include: Caffeine, soda and other carbonated beverages, high acid foods like citrus, excessive alcohol consumption, spicy foods, and artificial sweeteners.
4. Foods That Promote Urinary Health – If some of your favorite items are on the ‘no no’ list, don’t worry – there are plenty of foods that actually work with your urinary system to ensure it works properly. Berries – A glass of berry juice once a day may reduce your risk of developing a urinary tract infection by up to 34 percent. The active cultures in Yogurt can help reduce bad bacteria. Other beneficial foods include garlic, onions, baking soda, and broccoli.
5. Pay Attention – Life gets hectic. You may have irritation or frequency that is triggered by certain foods or activities and not even realize it. If you have concerns about your urinary health, keep notes in a journal or notebook. Write down how often you use the restroom, symptoms, what you’ve eaten, etc. Having a written record also makes doctor appointments much easier so you can show your urinary pattern to your doctor.
If you do notice an issue or you’re having urinary problems – make an appointment with your doctor first. Urinary tract infections must be treated with antibiotics so that they do not return or worsen. While you’re waiting on your doctor’s appointment, there are ways you can safely help alleviate your symptoms.
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