We’re all super stressed out right now. But even if you manage to stay infection free, all that worry could wreck your health in another hidden way. It could cause or worsen a leaky bladder.
That might seem like small potatoes compared to everything else we’re facing around the nation. Heck, you might even be too shy to mention it to your doctor.
And, given the pandemic, you might not even be able to see your doctor in person right now in any case.
But there IS a way to help regain control over both stress AND your bladder, without turning to risky meds.
How anxiety worsens bladder problems
Even in the best of times, there’s plenty to be anxious about.
Let’s face it, the news was pretty tense before the coronavirus hit. Plus, when it ends, we’ll be tossed right into a high-stakes election year.
And at home, we all have our own family dramas… health concerns… money worries… and other sources of everyday stress.
It all takes a toll on your body, with a study in the Journal of Urology finding that folks with bladder issues have worse symptoms when their anxiety levels jump.
Already, half of all people with overactive bladder have some degree of anxiety. And one in four has SEVERE anxiety.
That study was completed a few years ago. So you can bet those numbers have jumped through the roof lately. Leaving more people suffering from anxiety due to the news and folks already prone to the condition no doubt finding themselves getting worse.
And that could lead to MORE of those untimely leaks. After all, the study found a direct link between how much anxiety you have and how bad those bladder symptoms are.
Head off leaks with these solutions
But I promised you a solution to help you take control of the stress AND the leaks. So let’s start with the basics.
Take a deep breath – literally.
When the news gets to be too much, turn it off and try some deep-breathing exercises. Not into those? Try anything else that brings you calm, whether it’s getting lost in a good book… looking at pictures of the family… or even spending a little time in prayer.
Herbal teas can also help put a pin in stress.
Those two steps alone just might help stop your overactive bladder from acting up from anxiety. But if you’re prone to leaks even without stress, you may need some more specific support.
You can start with a natural ingredient with a funny name that many people in your shoes swear by… horsetail. It’s not actually a horse’s anything – let alone the tail – but a plant that looks a little like its namesake that’s been used in traditional medicine for ages.
Modern science suggests horsetail could work even better when combined with two other bladder-supporting ingredients, lindera, and three-leaf caper.
In 2017, researchers found this trio reduced leaks in older women. And in one in four patients, it appeared to completely cure the condition.
You can get each of these bladder-supporting superstars on its own. But a good comprehensive bladder formula will likely have all three in one place at the right levels.