Last Updated on June 24, 2019 by Ellen Christian
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Dealing with an overactive bladder is one of the challenges I’m facing as I age along with wrinkles and grey hair. Sounds like loads of fun, right? These are definitely not issues that I’m enjoying but at 47, I guess a few issues are to be expected. I don’t plan on letting these issues get the best of me. Thanks to the hair salon, I can disguise the grey hair with a few fun highlights and anti-aging creams and cosmetics can help with the wrinkles. Dealing with an overactive bladder and light bladder leakage (LBL) is possible too.
Dealing with an Overactive Bladder
The first thing you might think you need to do is to drink less water, but you’d be wrong. Yes, you will have less water and then less urine but the urine will be more concentrated which will irritate your bladder. That will make you want to go more. What you should do is eliminate alcohol and caffeine. I know. Giving up that coffee will be hard but on days you won’t be near a bathroom much, it’s a good idea.
There are certain foods that can make you want to go more. Eliminate spicy foods, citrus, tomatoes and tomato products and chocolate. Remember, chocolate has caffeine just like soda, many types of tea and coffee.
Make sure that you have healthy bowel habits. Constipation can cause the urge to urinate. Make sure that your diet includes high fiber foods like high fiber cereal, beans, fresh fruits and vegetables and whole wheat bread.
Exercise regularly. A daily workout plan can help keep you regular which will in turn help with an overactive bladder. It doesn’t matter what type of exercise you do, just get up off the couch and do it. I love long walks when the weather is nice. When it’s raining, cold or snowing, I use my stationary bicycle instead.
Lose weight. People who are overweight are more like to suffer from an over active bladder. Take steps to lose weight now including eating healthier and making sure you exercise every day.
Quit smoking. Smoking irritates your bladder muscles and smoker’s cough my cause light bladder leakage.
Be prepared. You may not be able to totally eliminate symptoms of an overactive bladder but by following these tips you should be able to improve them. To be prepared, I bring a Poise Microliner with me just in case.
To try it for yourself, you can get a free sample of Poise. It’s the thinnest liner available in the light incontinence category from Poise to manage light bladder leakage (LBL) while letting you go about your day without feeling weighed down.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email email@example.com to chat.