Though we don’t always want to go au naturel, we do like to stick to natural ways to get relief when it comes to an overactive bladder. An overactive bladder can mean pee leaks or rushing to the bathroom every five minutes. That can help when you want to avoid someone, but not when you’re trying to hear the latest gossip on your favorite celebrity couple. If you are over the overactive bladder (see what we did there?) and want to learn more about natural ways to ease up on the leaks, or incontinence you’re experiencing, look no further. Here are some of our favorite ways to avoid the porcelain throne and naturally help OAB.
#1 Avoid Bladder Irritants To Naturally Help OAB
Anything that makes our bladder rage is a big no for us. Ditch the alcohol, artificial sweeteners, coffee, citrus fruits, chocolate, spicy foods, tea, and tomato-based foods to see how your bladder fares. Of course, we enjoy coffee and chocolate as much as the next person. So if you just can’t let go of the cup of joe or your favorite dark chocolate bar altogether, cut these bladder irritants out. Then you can slowly reintroduce them into your diet every few days. This will show you who the real culprit is.
#2 Manage Your Fluids
An overactive bladder means we should be cutting down on what we drink, right? Wrong. Too little water can lead to concentrated urine, which actually irritates the bladder and causes even more urgency. So what’s the sweet spot when it comes to how much we drink and not flaring up our overactive bladder symptoms? A report on urology published in 2016 still recommends keeping your water intake to about 6 to 8 glasses daily. Avoiding liquids 2 to 3 hours before bedtime also helps us cut down on the leaks. This is an easy way to naturally help OAB.
#3 Naturally Help OAB By Doing Those Kegels
We are big fans of Kegels. This exercise helps strengthen your pelvic floor, so you can find it easier to hold in urine and not feel like you have to rush to the bathroom so much. If you’re not sure where your pelvic floor muscles are, try stopping your pee in midstream the next time you hit the loo. If you stop the flow, then you’ve got a hang of the pelvic floor muscles. Kegels involve contracting these muscles and holding for 10 seconds each time. The best part is you can do Kegels anywhere at any time.
#4 Quit Smoking
If you’ve got a habit of stepping out for a smoke break every night, or enjoying a cigarette (or two) while unwinding for bed, then we’re sorry to say your symptoms of overactive bladder are joining you for that cigarette, too. Some studies are showing connections that smoking can actually make your overactive bladder worse, and those coughing fits that happen after you smoke can make you prone to leaks. So snap the cigarette in half and consider taking up a new hobby (we hear tennis is fun!).
#5 Take Some Supplements To Naturally Help OAB
There are many herbal remedies that can relieve your symptoms and naturally help with OAB. For example, some research suggests that the blend of 10 traditional herbs called Gosha-jinki-gan might help with bladder contractions. Pumpkin seeds can also curb symptoms of overactive bladder, especially when it comes to nighttime flare-ups. And high doses of vitamin D are connected to lower risks of pelvic floor disorders, which means you might just get through tonight leak-free.
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Don’t Let OAB Ruin the Fun
An overactive bladder can ruin all the fun and make you feel like you can’t complete your daily routine without those annoying leak interruptions. We’re not big fans of having to rush to the loo in the middle of lunch with our girlfriends, and we don’t think you are either. Research has begun to show the ways we can try to reduce symptoms and naturally help OAB. Cutting down on a few foods and practicing some exercises can help immensely. So give your overactive bladder the (gentle) boot, and try to incorporate some of the methods mentioned above. We know you’ll see the improvements quickly!
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By Jessica Thomas, MPH
^ This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.