12 Ways to keep your Bladder Healthy
It is essential to take good care of your bladder as once it becomes damaged, you can suffer from debilitating conditions such as incontinence: it is estimated that a third of people aged 30-70 years suffer problems with incontinence.
Maintaining Good Bladder Health
- Keep the urine slightly alkaline (choose alkalising foods and drinks). Monitor pH with test strips. (Drinking freshly squeezed lemon juice with hot water can help alkalise your urine).
- Avoid acidifying foods and drinks such as:
- Have urine tests regularly to look for any signs of bacterial infection. Buy test strips for interim home use.
- Exercise regularly and eat a balanced diet containing plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. It is important to watch your weight since increased weight on your bladder can cause complications.
- Practice Kegel exercises which involve squeezing and relaxing pelvic floor muscles (particularly important for women prior to having children due to potential damage caused during childbirth). Both men and women can do these exercises to strengthen and maintain control of the bladder.
- Some medications can cause or exacerbate incontinence. It may be worth checking with your doctor if there are alternative medications you can take.
- Avoid smoking which is also a known bladder irritant
- Try to drink at least two litres of liquid a day. This will help urine flow (concentrated, stagnated urine can lead to bacterial infection). It will also help prevent constipation which can irritate the bladder by pushing on it.
- Prevent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) since repeated infections can cause damage to the urethra, bladder and kidneys which can cause incontinence in the long-term.
- Take D Mannose before an hour before sex (do not pass water), and then afterwards empty the bladder to reduce the risk of infection and irritation.
- Before medical procedures such as enlarged prostate interventions, assess the pros and cons of a range of different treatment options and how these might affect your bladder health.
- Retrain your bladder. If you have an overactive bladder, you may be able to gradually increase the time between your visits to the toilet to strengthen and gently stretch the bladder.
Using Supplements for Bladder Health
D-Mannose is universally recognised as playing an important role in maintaining a healthy bladder. Traditional treatments for UTI have become less and less viable. E-Coli, the bacteria responsible for 80% of cases of UTI, has been developing more and more resistant strains that antibiotics can no longer eradicate.
D-Mannose is a naturally occurring sugar that is a safe and effective food supplement that is used for both treating and preventing UTI caused by E-Coli infection. It is available in tablet form or as a sweet sugar powder that dissolves in drinks.
Customers know it does not create any bacterial resistance, and doesnít have side-effects. D-Mannose is absorbed eight times more slowly than glucose, when ingested, and it is not converted to glycogen or stored in the liver, but rather goes directly to the blood stream from the upper GI tract. Hence, D-Mannose is almost entirely filtered through the kidneys and routed to the bladder.
This has benefits in that it does not interact with other substances and so, not only can it be used for supporting the bladder through a flare up but it can also be used to prevent recurrence of the infection when used as a maintenance product daily. It has been shown again and again to be effective (when used appropriately) against most cases UTIs, cystitis, bacterial prostatitis, interstitial cystitis and urethritis.