A trip to the bathroom every now and then is perfectly normal. However, when you notice that you’re making your way to the bathroom more frequently than usual, then your body is having trouble controlling the activity of urination, mostly because your bladder is overactive. As a result, you’re unable to hold your urine for longer periods and have to pee often.
Having an overactive bladder isn’t entirely abnormal. Infact, millions of people, both men and women (mostly women) live with overactive bladder symptoms.
An overactive bladder may be caused by certain factors such as obesity, old age, pregnancy, nerve damage, menopause, uncontrolled diabetes, cystitis, urethral stenosis, prostrate fibrosis, prostatitis, bladder cancer, urinary tract infections and gravels in the urinary tract.
Other minor causes of an overactive bladder includes excessive intake of water, alcohol, caffeine, anxiety and medications.
You may experience symptoms like :
• Uncontrolled urination
• Frequent and increased urge to urinate
• Blood clots in the urine
• Pain while urinating
• Pain in the hip and back areas
• Bladder tenderness
• Lower abdominal pain.
Luckily, this problem has solutions in form of home remedies that have been tried and proven effective.
Home Remedies for Frequent Urination
Kegel exercises, also referred to as pelvic floor exercises, have been found to help deal with frequent urination. This exercise involves repeated contraction and relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles. This is done to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles but may also strengthen the urethral muscles and pelvic muscles.
To carry out this exercise:
• Sit or lay quietly and locate your Kegel muscles. They’re the muscles used to stop urine flow when urinating.
• Contract those muscles for five seconds, keeping your breathing normal. Do this while also making sure that the muscles of your sides, stomach and thigh do not tighten.
• Relax the muscles for five seconds and contract again.
• Keep doing this, contracting and relaxing twenty times per session
• Repeat at least thrice a day
When your stool is hard, it could press against your urinary tract, blocking urine flow and letting bacteria thrive there. This will lead to a urinary infection and ultimately an overactive bladder.
Constipation may also worsen overactive bladder symptoms . One study published in 2017 shows that moderate to severe overactive bladder symptoms are associated with functional constipation.
Functional constipation on the other hand, is associated with moderate to severe overactive bladder symptoms.
It’s therefore important to make sure that you have regular bowel movements and prevent constipation. To do this, take lots of foods with high-fiber as fiber softens stools by drawing water into them, causing them to be easier to pass through.
A 2012 study reports that for patients with constipation, increased intake of fiber can boost stool frequency.
Fiber is found in bread, beans, whole-grain cereals, lentils, vegetables and fresh fruits.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider has always been used as an effective home remedy for a myriad of issues for a long time and frequent urination is no different.
Apple Cider Vinegar possesses Anti-fungal and antibacterial characteristics that help fight against infections that could result in frequent urination.
It also helps decrease the pain linked with infections in the Digestive System.
ACV is a rich source of potassium, enzymes and a host of other important minerals that will help restore the natural pH balance of your body.
To use :
• Add one tablespoon of raw ACV and a teaspoon of raw honey in a glass of warm water. Drink this twice everyday.
• You can also add about two cups of ACV to your bathwater and soak in it for twenty minutes. Do this once everyday until you notice an improvement in your condition.
This is often used to ease the pain that nay follow an overactive bladder.
Here’s what to do :
• Heat up some water and pour into a water bottle. Wrap a towel around it.
• Lay down and place the compress over your lower bladder
• Let it stay there for a long time.
• You can repeat this or use a heating pad instead.
Yoghurt is a good way to keep your bladder in good health. Greek yoghurt will boost the growth of good bacteria in your urinary tract, thus promoting a healthy balance of bacteria in your guy.
It will also help get rid of urinary tract infections while also improving the health of your kidney and digestive system.
According to a 2006 study, it was said that probiotics could be useful in the prevention of recurrent urinary tract infection in women.
The ideal amount of yoghurt to consume daily is one bowl. Stay away from flavoured yogurts that contain artificial agents and sweeteners, stick to plain Greek yoghurt.
You could eat other fermented foods too like sour pickles, kimchi and sauerkraut.
Avoid Dietary Triggers
Certain dietary triggers can make your bladder overactive and cause more urination. In such a scenario, it is best to avoid the dietary triggers as much as possible.
Examples of foods that contribute to an overactive bladder include spicy foods, caffeinated beverages, soda and other carbonated beverages, citrus juices and fruits, chocolate, artificial sweeteners, sugary foods, sugar, milk products and milk.
Even though cranberry juice is often recommended for bladder health, it often acts as an irritant for folks with an overactive bladder. It’s therefore best to avoid it altogether. Do well to limit your intake of alcohol as drinking too much will also result in frequent urination.
This is an effective way to control an overactive bladder. In this technique, the practitioners treat problems by inserting thin, disposable needles into certain acupuncture points.
A study in 2005 found that women who were administered four acupuncture treatments specifically for their bladder experienced significant improvements in bladder capacity, urgency, frequency and quality-of-life scores when compared with those who were administered a placebo acupuncture treatment.
Another study says that acupuncture could reduce urgency episodes and micturition over twenty four hours, thus improving the quality of life for people with overactive bladders.
A recent 2018 study states that acupuncture may decrease the number of micturition episodes, nocturia episodes and incontinence episodes.
Evidence isn’t sufficient enough though to show expressly that acupuncture alone or acupuncture alongside other treatments help.
Always have acupuncture done by a professional expert only. Never try acupuncture on your own if you have not been trained in it.