There are a number of things that you can do to try and maintain a healthy bladder. These include:
Keeping a healthy fluid intake – Try to drink at least 1.5 – 2 litres (6-8 glasses) of fluid each day. When you are not drinking enough, the bladder gets used to holding smaller amounts of urine and can become sensitive
Avoiding constipation and follow a healthy diet – When the bowel does not empty properly it will swell up and push down onto the bladder. You can help avoid constipation by following a healthy diet
Practicing pelvic floor exercises- such as kegel
WHAT CAN IRRITATE THE BLADDER?
Drinks that contain caffeine
Fizzy drinks, especially those “Lite” or “Diet” types with artificial sweeteners like Aspartame or Saccharine
Alcoholic drinks – especially heavy consumption.
The acid in some fruit juices can make problems worse for some people
Being overweight can also make your bladder problems worse. Extra weight may put pressure on the pelvic floor muscles which can become weak and may result in stress urinary incontinence.
HOW CAN I AVOID INFECTIONS?
Drinking 1 or 2 glasses (250 to 600ml) of cranberry juice every day may help people who often get urine infections.
People who are diabetic or taking warfarin should check with their doctor or continence advisor before drinking cranberry juice
Keeping your urine on the slightly acid side is another good way of discouraging infections.Taking Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), in divided doses (totalling no more than 1000mg per day), works well
Keep your catheter free of encrustation if you wear a permanent indwelling one
Do not cut down on the amount that you drink: this makes your urine even more concentrated and is likely to make your bladder problems even worse.
If you suspect something is wrong, talk with your doctor.
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