Six Ways To Stop The Leaks
Incontinence can be a horrible, soul-destroying problem, that can cause life-changing issues to people who suffer from it. It is one of those issues which nobody can fully understand unless they have been through it and one of the most frequent complaints raised by sufferers, is the feeling of complete and utter helplessness.
Ironically these feelings are prevalent whether or not any accidents have taken place in public. For people who have suffered incidents outside away from the privacy of their own home, the thought of a repeat episode would often be enough to stop them even going out to a social meeting ever again. And for people who are paranoid about the possibility of it happening, the same thing applies, incontinence truly can be life-changing.
Don’t Suffer Incontinence Try Some Of These Ideas To Regain Control
However, the good news is that there are numerous options and strategies that people can implement to prevent leaks and disasters from happening in the first place, so let’s provide some inspiration and help people take back control.
- Set Up A Toilet Schedule
- Reduce The Amount Of Caffeine You Drink Every Day
- Quit Smoking
- Avoid Lifting Heavy Things
- Increase Your Water Consumption
- Stop Drinking Cranberry Juice
Having spoken to numerous sufferers of incontinence one of the biggest issues is not being given enough time from when the need to urinate arrives to getting to the bathroom in time. A good analogy is setting the alarm clock in the morning, and then it not going off, and waking up to discover you are late for work.
The solution is to set up more than one alarm, and this can be implemented by visiting the bathroom every 90 minutes. Rather than waiting for your body to tell you it needs to urinate, you are taking pre-emptive action and stopping the problem at source.
Caffeine has a diuretic effect, which means that it causes the kidneys to release more water from the bloodstream into the bladder. This in turn then causes the bladder to fill up more quickly and can thus lead to incontinence particularly in ladies.
Caffeine is present in a lot of everyday products, such as coffee, tea and cola style drinks, so the best method of reducing your caffeine intake is to reduce consumption of these drinks. Studies have found that women who consume large quantities of caffeine are up to 70% more likely to develop incontinence.
We now know that smoking is bad for the health in a variety of ways, and it transpires that smoking is also not beneficial if you suffer from incontinence, although perhaps not in the way you might think.
The problem with smoking is that it can and does cause regular coughing episodes. As people cough, they are putting excessive strain on their pelvic floor muscles, which are the muscles that control the passing of urine. Obviously, there are many other benefits to quitting smoking, but helping your incontinence is yet another benefit to be added to the list.
Lifting is a similar way to coughing mentioned above also puts pressure on the pelvic floor muscles, so try to avoid it as much as possible. People often lift heavy things without even considering it, such as young children or toddlers, heavy shopping bags, or even their pet.
It is important to be aware of the things you lift on a daily basis, as it is not just the perceived heavy items that many people presume.
This almost seems like a contradiction, the fact that if you drink more water, you will help your incontinence issues, but it is true, and there is significant science behind it.
Firstly if you consume smaller quantities of water, your bladder quickly becomes used to having to deal with smaller quantities. This then exacerbates the problem because your body then needs to urinate even more often, due to a smaller capacity.
Secondly, people who drink insufficient volumes of water may end up irritating the bladder, which can then have the opposite effect, as the body feels the need to urinate more often. Water is one of the tools that the body uses to clear out its system, of bacteria and acid, so by depriving your body of sufficient fluids, you can cause more harm than good.
As people get older, many are advised of the benefits of drinking cranberry juice, especially if they suffer from Urinary Tract Infections. It is no surprise then that many people put two and two together and think that drinking cranberry juice will assist in their battle with incontinence.
Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth, as the acidic content of cranberry juice, can actually make the symptoms worse. By cutting out the cranberry juice, you are reducing another potential irritant from your system.
For many people one of the biggest issues of incontinence is the mental frustrations of not being in control of their own life, so by trying some of the options listed above, they can feel empowered and motivated that they are trying something different.