Drink Up To Manage Incontinence
When it comes to our well being, most of us think carefully about the food choices we make. But how often do you consider your beverage choices? Better bladder control requires making smart beverage choices.
WHAT You Drink Matters
You reach for coffee in the morning, soft drinks with lunch, and a glass of wine or cold beer with dinner. All of these can make your bladder control symptoms worse.
The caffeine in coffee, tea and soda acts as a diuretic, causing your kidneys to produce more fluids. Alcohol has the same effect. Additionally, caffeine and carbonated drinks can irritate the bladder, making it harder to control your bladder.
Drinking water is always a better choice.
WHEN You Drink Matters
Instead of that morning coffee, reach for a big glass of water. Sleeping dehydrates our bodies, which have been at rest without water for 7-8 hours. When you haven’t had enough water, your urine becomes more concentrated, which can irritate the lining of the urethra and bladder. It’s also important to drink ample water several times throughout the day.
HOW MUCH You Drink Matters
Many people believe that limiting fluids is the best way to control incontinence. Truth is, restricting fluids can actually aggravate the problem. When you drink less water, your urine is more concentrated and can irritate the lining of the urethra and bladder. Decreased fluids can also lead to dehydration, and in turn to constipation, which can further contribute to incontinence problems.
So while drinking more water (not less) may sound contrary—drinking at least 50 ounces or throughout the day—is actually good for bladder health and better control.
Drink It Up, Write It Down
Track your fluid intake (what, when and how much you drink), as well as your toilet trips by using a bathroom journal. This will allow you to accurately monitor fluid intake and output, which can be shared with your doctor to determine the appropriate adjustments to make.
Armed with the right information, you can eat, drink and still be merry all while successfully controlling your bladder.