Avoid These Overactive Bladder Triggers

Are you having trouble controlling your bladder… and does it seem as if it sometimes controls you?

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, you could be suffering from urinary incontinence, which can range from mild leaking to uncontrollable wetting. And more than 13 million people in the United States experience the problem.

But a report from CNN provides the following list of triggers you can avoid or minimize to help decrease urinary accidents…

  • Too much fluid—Although too much can cause a problem, don’t dramatically reduce your fluid intake because it can lead to dehydration, constipation and kidney stones and further irritate your bladder. Strive for a balance of eight 8-ounce glasses of liquid a day, but cut back on your fluid intake at night.
  • Alcohol—This type of drink is a diuretic and causes you to produce more urine, which can contribute to incontinence and irritate your bladder.
  • Coffee and tea—These drinks contain caffeine, which is a diuretic and a bladder irritant.
  • Chocolate—The caffeine content can cause trouble for your overactive bladder.
  • Sugar—Sugary foods including those containing honey, corn syrup and fructose can aggravate your bladder, and some research suggests that artificial sweeteners can also contribute to incontinence.
  • Fizzy drinks—Caffeine and carbonation can mean double trouble for your bladder.
  • Spicy foods—Foods like curry, chili pepper and cayenne pepper can increase urinary incontinence symptoms.
  • Citrus fruits—Although rich in vitamin C, acidic foods and beverages such as grapefruits, oranges, limes, lemons and tomatoes can irritate your bladder and may worsen incontinence.
  • Medication—Some heart medicines, blood pressure drugs, muscle relaxants, sedatives and diuretics can make incontinence worse, but always consult with your doctor before making any changes to medication.

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Michael Cutler, M.D. is a board-certified family physician with 18 years experience specializing in chronic degenerative diseases, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.

A graduate of Brigham Young University, Tulane Medical School and Natividad Medical Center Family Practice Residency in Salinas, Calif., he serves as a medical liaison to alternative and traditional practicing physicians. His practice focuses on an integrative solution to health problems.

Dr. Cutler is a sought-after speaker and lecturer on experiencing optimum health through natural medicines and the Founder and Editor of Easy Health Options™ newsletter—a leading health advisory service on natural healing therapies and nutrients and is Medical Advisor for True Health™—America's #1 source for doctor-formulated nutrients that heal.

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Anonymous's picture


Does a diuretic yield a net LOSS of fluid?

For example, would drinking 8oz of coffee eventually dehydrate you, because you will expel MORE than 8oz?

Anonymous's picture

Cavo Papas

However.!.. Since alcohol metabolism needs plenty of water (and causes some degree of dehydration indeed). three to four glasses of wine at supper is evident that is going to help

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