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Lifestyle Changes

Fluid Intake:

Recommend fluid intake for an adult is drinking 4-6 cups of water a day which equates to about 1.5 – 2 litres. If you have to wake frequently during the night to go to toilet then reducing fluid intake during the evenings may help.

It is important though to keep hydrated as by not drinking enough fluid can lead to dehydration, which in turn can lead to bladder irritability.

What you drink also affects your urge to urinate. Caffeine and alcohol act as diuretics they are best avoided as not only will they cause you to make more urine they also stimulate the bladder, so you will want to go to the toilet more often

 

Exercise:

Being overweight can cause an increase in pressure on the bladder, which may increase the symptoms of overactive bladder. Being overweight also places the pelvic floor muscles under strain causing weakness, which can result in stress incontinence

 

Smoking:

Nicotine can irritate the bladder muscle, causing bladder contraction and urgency. Coughing, as a result of smoking, may cause urinary leakage.

 

Stress:

High stress levels can have an adverse effect on the bladder It may be helpful to keep stress levels low using relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing and yoga

 

Diet:

Eliminating certain foods from your diet may help your symptoms Spicy foods like chilli and high-acid foods such as citrus fruits and juices can irritate the bladder lining, increasing your urge to go.

Because the bladder and bowel are next to each other, constipation can increases pressure on the bladder and may be one of the causes of frequent urination. Eating more fibrous foods like brown rice, whole wheat bread, fruits and vegetables can help this

 

Getting help

If you wish to make an appointment to seek further advice and or treatment, please contact Mr Ockrim’s secretary.

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