Certain parts of your body can benefit from eating specific foods, which can help keep you healthy and free of illness and/or disease.
The bladder is an important part of your urinary system and body. A health and fully-functioning bladder stores urine (produced by the kidneys as your body filters toxins and eliminates excess water and nitrogen buildup) by expanding until you are ready to use the restroom. This helps stop waste from building up within your body, and it keeps you healthy. However, you have to do your part in keeping your bladder healthy so it can do its job. Part of this can be done just by eating foods that have been found to improve the health of your bladder while avoiding foods and drinks that can worsen it.
There are some conditions that can affect the bladder, such as neurogenic bladder, a spinal cord injury, or urinary incontinence. However, depending upon your current health or condition, some simple changes or additions to your daily diet might help improve your bladder’s health.
Here are the top 5 diet tips for a healthy bladder:
1. Up your intake of fresh fruits & vegetables.
Both fruits and vegetables
can have a positive impact on your bladder’s health. Fruits like cherries and berries, for example, have antioxidants that can help fight off disease or illness. Vegetables also pack a powerful punch of vitamins and minerals that are necessary for overall health and proper organ and hormone function.
Cranberries or cranberry supplements can be a great addition to your diet as well, especially if you suffer from frequent UTIs (urinary tract infections).
One easy to eat option for getting more fruits in your diet could be mixing it with yogurt. Many women may already know that yogurt consumption can fight off yeast infections. However, many people don’t realize that eating yogurt can also play a positive role in your bladder’s health too. Yogurt has active bacteria, also known as probiotics, that your body needs in order to properly balance itself. Studies have shown that eating yogurt can reduce the risk of developing bladder cancer by keeping the cells of your bladder healthy.
2. Drink the right amount of water for your body’s health.
Everyone’s bodies and individual needs are different, but experts agree that water is an essential part of everyone’s daily diet. Water helps keep you hydrated, and it can flush out bacteria and toxins from your system more quickly.
However, it is important to note that even with water, too much is not a good thing. Your doctor or other healthcare professional can advise you on how much water you should be taking in based on your body type (height, weight, etc.), and they can take into account any medical conditions you may have as well as prescription medications you may be on.
3. Take in the proper amount of fiber daily.
Foods that are high in fiber may not have a direct impact on the health of your bladder, but they can help fight constipation off, among other benefits of proper fiber intake.
When you’re constipated, your intestines can put more pressure against the bladder, which can cause sensations of being overly full and needing to urinate more often.
Try some fiber-rich foods like leafy greens, beans and lentils, fruits, vegetables, and even whole grains like pasta, bread, oats, rice, and cereals (depending on your dietary allergies and needs). This can help make a positive impact on your digestive health as well.
Did you know that foods high in fiber may also help with weight loss? Being overweight or obese can sometimes be the source of an unexpected incontinence issue. See your doctor for proper medical advice about what steps to take in order to lose weight and lessen the risk of urinary incontinence.
4. Avoid foods and drinks that are potential bladder Irritants.
Just as it’s important to eat the right things, it’s just as important to avoid eating certain things that can potentially irritate your bladder or even act as a diuretic, which flushes water from your system and can dehydrate you.
If you’re prone to bladder infections and UTIs, you may want to avoid eating much sugar outside of the natural sugars in certain fruits.
Caffeine is a primary bladder irritant and a very common part of many people’s diets. It’s best to cut your consumption of caffeine-rich foods, such as coffee, chocolate, and soda.
Acidic and spicy foods can also negatively impact your bladder’s health.
5. Get the right amount of protein in your diet.
Protein is an essential element in maintaining your muscles and hormone regulation, and this applies to your pelvic and bladder muscles too. Eating a diet with enough protein for your individual needs helps your body’s muscles and organs maintain itself.
Some foods that are high in protein include legumes, meats, peanut butter, and fish, and your doctor may also suggest a protein shake as a supplement if needed.
As with most other dietary considerations, moderation and watching out for food allergies are the main keys to keeping yourself and your bladder healthy and functioning as best it can.
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Disclaimer: This blog should not be used in place of medical or professional nutritionist’s advice. Please consult with your physician or other treating healthcare professional to discuss what you may or may not want to include in your diet, based on your individual needs and concerns.