Do You Have Bladder Problems?
Do you have a bladder problem? There are many reasons for experiencing bladder problems. In general, bladder problems come from the proliferation of bladder infections. This is often called a urinary tract infection. This condition is more common in women than men but shows up especially in pregnant women and the elderly. Did you know that you can help your bladder problem by choosing the right beverages and foods?
Probable Causes of Bladder Problems
Bladder infections are commonly caused by bacteria found on your skin. They often recur as a result of contamination through sexual intercourse and catheters. Most infections can be traced to hygiene problems stemming from cleanliness or to dehydration which allows an acidic environment in the bladder leading to infection. And, in the case of pregnant women, their enlarged uteruses put pressure on their bladders preventing complete or thorough emptying of the bladder. Under the right conditions, bacteria eventually find their way to your bladder, attach to the wall and commence overgrowth causing inflammation and painful urination.
Common symptoms of a bladder infection include sudden and urgent urination and may be indicated by bloody, cloudy or abnormal smelling urine. You may also experience back pain accompanied with a burning sensation when urinating. If you experience any unusual discharge in your urine, back pain and burning you should visit your healthcare provider for a quick proper diagnosis. If your appointment is not immediate drink copious amounts of water and cranberry juice for some relief. But basically once an infection takes root, the only sure remedy is a full battery of a broad spectrum antibiotic.
Sometimes the symptoms are minor and if addressed immediately, can be eased and treated with a proper bladder diet. However, if left untreated, a bladder infection may spread to the kidneys, become even more painful and require the use of prescription drugs and possible hospitalization. The best treatment for a recurring bladder problem is prevention; and in that case, a bladder diet is paramount.
Overactive Bladder, Symptom or Problem?
On the other hand, perhaps your bladder problems involve an overactive bladder. This can result from involuntary contractions of the muscles of the urinary bladder causing an urge to urinate. This may be due to abnormal muscle tissue or to abnormalities of the nervous system. Overactive bladder is also referred to as urinary incontinence. This type of bladder problem is common in older adults but can happen at any age. The part of the nervous system that innervates bladder muscle may have been damaged by a spinal cord injury, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or diabetes. Other causes of bladder complications may include bladder stones and bladder tumors.
Prevent Bladder Problems with Diet
Once you have been diagnosed by a physician and have recurring bladder problems, you might want to consider changes in your diet. As with many medical conditions, diet and of course, exercise can help prevent problems in the future.
The main goal in changing your diet is to decrease or even eliminate your bladder troubles to help improve your quality of life. I’m sure most women have experienced the pain, discomfort and embarrassment from bladder complications especially when in public situations.
Don’t make the mistake of decreasing the amount of fluids you take in as this will make your problem worse because you will produce a urine that is highly concentrated that will generate further irritation. Taking in less fluid will tend to make you constipated as well leading to further complications.
Do You Have Chronic Bladder Problems
Do you have a bladder problem? There are many reasons for experiencing bladder problems. In general, bladder problems come from the proliferation of bladder infections. This is often called a urinary tract infection. This condition is more common in women than men but shows up especially in pregnant women and the elderly.
There are certain foods that can trigger bladder problems. In general, if you are prone to infections, you will need to stay away from foods that contain highly acidic components such as coffee, soda drinks, tomatoes and fruit juices. In particular, stay away from the citrus family including: oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes. Also, try to avoid very spicy foods.
All of these things can cause bladder inflammation, which in turn produces urgency, frequency and burning when urinating. You should also avoid alcohol (causes inflammation of the bladder wall), caffeinated drinks, chocolate, sugar and artificial sweeteners. Caffeine happens to be a diuretic that generates bladder muscle contractions and hence a sense of urgency to need to vacate the bladder.
Naturally Good Bladder Foods and Beverages
If you’re into herbal teas try white or green tea unsweetened (cold or hot), as they are soothing to an irritated bladder. Also, try adding marshmallow root or corn silk to your green or white tea as they also inhibit bladder discomfort. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried marshmallow root when steeping your green or white tea. Drink throughout the day to ease inflammation and pain. Or, you can steep 1 teaspoon of dried corn silk with your green or white tea. This mixture helps to soothe the entire urinary tract and relieve your bladder problem.
I’m sure you’ve been told by your doctors to eat cranberries or drink cranberry juice but don’t forget about blueberries. Make sure you don’t add sugar to these more alkaline fruits. If you are buying cranberry juice, check the bottle to make sure the manufacturer has not added any sugar. Sugar will undo the benefits of the cranberry and blueberry juice. Actually, it is best to eat the whole fruit.
These fruits create a safe barrier and prevent dangerous bacteria from clinging to your bladder wall, thus allowing the culprits to be rinsed away each time you urinate. These fruits will also greatly decrease your healing time as well as make you more comfortable while you are being treated for your bladder problem with antibiotics. In some cases, these miracle berries have been known to prevent and even cure minor bladder irritations that could lead to infections.