Prostatitis

6 Natural Tips to Treat Bladder Problems

Bladder problems were something that you didn’t have several years ago and are something you don’t have to have in the future.

An overactive bladder is a common problem for men age and as many as 30% of men and in the United States live with OAB symptoms.

Overactive bladder causes a sudden urge to urinate. The urge may be difficult to stop and may lead to the involuntary loss of urine (urge incontinence).

If you are experiencing bladder control problems, you may feel anxious and embarrassed.

Urinary problems can take their toll, affecting your quality of life and leaving you feeling restricted and limited.

However, the good news is that once you have identified the cause of your overactive bladder, you can take steps to relieve your symptoms.

Managing an overactive bladder often begins with strategies, such as scheduling fluids, bladder training techniques, avoiding bladder irritants, and natural treatments.

Why not consider six natural tips to start making a personal difference in your bladder symptoms?

1) Kegel Exercises

Many people think that Kegel exercises, also known as pelvic floor exercises,  are only for women, but this isn’t so. Men can do them too!

Kegels are exercises you do while sitting and actively contracting the muscles of the pelvic floor (i.e., the muscles around the anus and internal to the penis), which you use to control urination and/or defecation.

To locate your pelvic floor muscles stop and start your urine stream when urinating. When you have successfully slowed down or stopped your urine, you will be able to hit the target muscle.

This bladder training is like pumping iron for your bladder muscles and helps to strengthen pelvic muscles and improve bladder control. Stronger pelvic muscles mean better control of the urinary system.

Furthermore, Kegel exercises help to prevent urine leakage and also decreases urinary urgency. Fecal incontinence will also be minimized. This is commonly recommended for men who had surgery or treatment for prostate cancer.

It is best if you keep a record and monitor your urine leakage on a daily basis to help keep track of your improvement.

2) Monitor your fluid intake

In many cases, water intake can positively impact bladder problems. Increasing your water intake will help dislodge any bacteria trying to reside in the urinary tract, thus helping you eliminate a bladder infection/ urinary tract infection (UTI).

If you have urinary frequency due to prostate problems such as prostate enlargement or inflammation of the prostate (called prostatitis), watching the timing of your fluid intake could help.

Remember that after you drink a large glass of water, you can expect your hormones to kick in and cause the urge to urinate in 1-1/2 hours and every half hour for the next two hours.

That means you can gain some control over frequent urination by stopping all fluids after 6:30 pm if your bedtime is expected to be around 10 pm.

3) The Chinese mushroom, Ganoderma lucidum

Chinese mushrooms have been used for centuries in traditional Oriental medicine. One of them is called the king of mushrooms. That’s Ganoderma lucidum or the Reishi mushroom. Studies have shown that prostate symptoms of urinary frequency improve significantly when this herb is taken.

A Japanese study showed it lowered the urge to go after eight weeks.  The authors of the study concluded that the extract of G. lucidum was well tolerated and an improvement in IPSS was observed. The recommended dose of the extract of G. lucidum is 6 mg in men with LUTS (lower urinary tract symptoms).

4) Avoid bladder irritants

Certain foods are known for their ability to irritate the bladder. Tea, chocolate, coffee, and energy drinks are at the top of the list of bladder irritants. It’s the caffeine in these drinks that increases the excitability of the bladder wall’s muscles.

Carbonated beverages are no better. In one study, carbonated beverage intake was associated with a higher risk of developing overactive bladder and stress incontinence, according to one popular medical site online.

Alcoholic drinks also take a hit on your kidneys as alcohol has a diuretic effect on the kidneys. You’ll notice that your symptoms increase greatly when you drink a drink or two.

5) Foods you are sensitive to equal irritants

Your body is unique and different from every other body out there. Your body could be reacting to different foods or the flora on different foods in a way that increases your bladder and/or kidney symptoms.

Chilli and spicy foods are usually on the list of no-nos for better bladder health. Surprisingly, the capsaicin found in cayenne pepper and chili peppers increases the amount of urine your bladder can hold up to three times. However, everyone’s body is a bit different, so check out what the effect is on your own body.

6) Chemicals that are kidney or bladder irritants

Monosodium glutamate (MSG), nitrates in preserved meats, and other chemicals are known bladder and kidney irritants such as mothballs.

Preservatives and food additives such as artificial sweeteners, aspartame, saccharin, and acesulfame K also irritate the bladder. Avoid these!

Do I just start taking all of these recommendations?

If you are experiencing urinary symptoms, it is important to consult your Doctor. If left untreated it untreated it may lead to serious complications. This can include pain and bloody or cloudy urine, urinary tract infections, bladder stones, or kidney damage. There are a few ways you can begin your journey. You could experiment with each of these suggestions one at a time.

Conclusion

One of the simplest ways to start treating urinary tract issues, as a result of prostate disorders, is Prostate Healer, one of Ben’s supplements. This powerful healing tincture contains 8 of the most potent rejuvenating herbs available in Ayurvedic science.

It works on the prostate, kidney, and bladder simultaneously, coaxing cells gently to resume normal function. It’s already formulated for this purpose and has had a track history of thousands of men that swear by its success.

By this action, you’re fighting against prostatitis and benign prostatic hypertrophy. If you’re like many men that use the formula, you’ll see a reduction in the number of times you get up to go to the bathroom to urinate, plus see an improvement in the flow of your urine. These are two signs that you’re making headway.

Why would it be so effective? Well, when you start using very specific herbs in a unique blend that rejuvenate the prostate, kidney, and urinary tract, it’s the herbs that get to work. They start bringing the cells back to health.

Nowadays, the only thing I recommend for men with Prostatitis is Ben’s Prostate Healer.

It’s an effective, fast working tincture and because it is an all-natural formula and non-GMO, there are no side effects. Patients report significant improvements in the first few weeks, and within three months they say their Prostatitis is gone.

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Sources

  1. Bladder Irritants. The Johns Hopkins Women’s Center for Pelvic Health. Accessed online August 1, 2018. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/johns_hopkins_bayview/_docs/medical_services/gynecology_obstetrics/bladder_irritants.pdf.
  2. Our Top Ten Food Trigger List. Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center Urology. Accessed online August 1, 2018. http://www.wakehealth.edu/uploadedFiles/User_Content/PatientsAndVisitors/Patient_Care/Urology/Our%20Top%20Ten%20Food%20Trigger%20List.pdf
  3. St. John, Dr. Tina M. Foods and Chemicals That Irritate the Bladder. Accessed online August 1, 2018.
  4. Noguchi, M, Kakuma, T, Tomiyasu, K, Kurita, Y. (2008). Effect of an extract of Ganoderma lucidum in men with lower urinary tract symptoms: A double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized and dose-ranging study. Asian Journal of Andrology . 10 (4), p651-658 .
  5. Tan CW, Chlebicki MP. Urinary tract infections in adults. Singapore Med J. 2016;57(9):485–490. doi:10.11622/smedj.2016153

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