One of the worst things we can do for our bladder health over time is holding in urine when our brain is telling our bodies that we’ve got to go. Even though the bladder is an organ that deals with the urinary waste produced by our kidneys, it isn’t just some garbage pale to be ignored. Staying focused on keeping it healthy now can help you stave off a variety of painful, debilitating and even some life-threatening conditions down the road.
#1 Drink Water.
When you hear the advice to “drink more fluids,” recognize that they aren’t all created equal. A 10-ounce can of soda isn’t going to offer the same health benefits that a straight glass of water will, even though they’re both technically considered “drinkable liquids.” Even if you don’t love the taste of plain water, do try to make it a more consistent feature among the beverages you drink – aiming for six to eight cups a day.
#2 When You Gotta Go, Go!
One of the worst things we can do for our bladder health over time is holding in urine when our brain is telling our bodies that we’ve got to go. In fact, holding urine in for too long can cause the muscles of the bladder to weaken over time, which can cause the bladder to lose its muscle tone and become floppy, and lead to incomplete bladder emptying.
#3 Eat Right And Exercise.
This is really a three-in-one tip, but they’re all tied so closely together. Did you know that chronic constipation can also sabotage your bladder health? It’s true – all that pushing to produce a bowel movement also places a lot of stress and strain on the bladder, which can weaken it over time.
#4 Exercise Your Pelvic Floor.
We talk a lot about the things one can do that might weaken bladder muscles, but this is one way you can actually keep them strong. Daily Kegel exercises are simple, and you can do them anywhere. Simply “squeeze” the muscles you use to urinate for a few seconds, then release them.
#5 Keep It Clean.
Especially for women, keeping the area around the vagina clean and dry can help avoid unwanted bacteria from making its way into the urinary tract and into the bladder. Some ways to do this are to keep underwear dry (even after a vigorous workout) and wear loose fitting clothing when possible. It’s also important for both men and women to urinate after intercourse, as this can help flush away bacteria that may have entered the urinary tract.