Monday 23rd December, 2019
An overactive bladder and incontinence can easily throw a wet blanket on all your Holiday plans. What you eat and drink can play a major role in bladder control. Here are some things from your kitchen that can help you sleigh your way through bladder incontinence this season.
No holiday feast is complete without eggs in some form. Scrambled, poached, boiled, or in a salad or frittata, be liberal in adding eggs to your meals. Full of nutrients, they are quick to prepare and will not irritate your bladder.
Colourful vegetables in your meal are not only appeasing to the eye but also pack your food with vitamins and minerals. Studies show that regular consumption of vegetables helps in reducing the risk of stress incontinence.
This Christmas dinner, swap the pig roast for a platter of varied lean meats like chicken and turkey. This not only helps to reduce excess fats on your plate, but lean meats are also gentle on the bladder. Leftover chicken and turkey can be easily frozen and used in pasta and salads, thus making this a pocket-friendly choice.
Unlike diets that ask you to stay away from it, bread can be an ally for someone with urinary incontinence. Bread is a great way to pack fibre into your food and is one of the least bothersome foods for your bladder.
Although these are different foods that help control a leaky bladder, these are some foods that you must stay away from.
Not only can alcohol lead to some questionable behaviour, but excessive alcohol can be a major trigger if you suffer from an overactive bladder. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means that it compels the body to expel water by frequent urination. This does not mean that you cannot add a shot of bourbon to your Christmas cake, but maybe try not to binge-drink that bottle of rum!
Caffeine is not only present in coffee and coffee drinks, but in chocolates, protein bars, energy drinks, and some teas. Reduce the amount of caffeine in your diet by cutting down the cups of coffee per day and moderating your daily consumption of caffeine products.
Like alcohol, carbonated drinks are diuretics, along with large amounts of sugars and artificial sweeteners. These are not only irritating to your bladder, but the excess sugar can have several harmful effects on your body. Switch the sodas for flavoured water with fruits and fresh herbs and impress your guests.
While cranberry juice, orange juice and pomegranate juice are festive favourites, they are severe bladder irritants. They cleanse your bladder by simply making you repeatedly urinate. Try replacing some of those drinks with water, which has a neutral ph.
This is not an exhaustive list and you should consult your doctor before you make any major dietary changes. If you are uncertain about how to handle your symptoms, a great place to start is the Woman360Care Clinic in Newmarket. They understand that every person’s symptoms differ, and therefore, provide you with numerous options for bladder incontinence. They aim to empower you to take control of your bladder so that you can return to your normal lifestyle.
Consulting a doctor and moderation in your food intake can ensure that you have all your favourite foods without worrying about your bladder. With these tips handy, take charge of your bladder and cook your way into bladder control!
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