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URINARY INCONTINENCE

If you're leaking urine when you cough, laugh or sneeze, or you have sudden urges to go to the bathroom that are so intense you fear you won't get there in time, you're probably experiencing incontinence. The inability to control urination is a treatable, and often curable, problem faced by more than 13 million Americans. About 10 to 30 percent of women and 1.5 to 5 percent of men up to age 64 suffer from urinary incontinence.

To help you better understand incontinence and better explain it to your health care professional, it's helpful to recognize what kind of incontinence you may have. The following are types of urinary incontinence:

Stress is the most common form of incontinence in women. This occurs when any kind of pressure is put on the bladder, such as during sneezing, laughing, lifting, running, coughing, exercising, walking or even rising from a chair. Childbirth and weight gain are two common causes of incontinence because these conditions stretch the pelvic floor muscles.

Urge is characterized by urgent needs to urinate, followed by sudden urine leakage. Occasionally, some women have no warning or urge sensation. You also may leak urine when you drink small amounts of liquid, or when you hear or touch running water. You may go to the bathroom as often as every two hours, and you may wet the bed at night. Involuntary bladder contractions are the most common cause of urge incontinence and are described by health care professionals as "overactive," "unstable" or "spastic" bladder.

Overflow is characterized by urgent needs to urinate, followed by sudden urine leakage. Occasionally, some women have no warning or urge sensation. You also may leak urine when you drink small amounts of liquid, or when you hear or touch running water. You may go to the bathroom as often as every two hours, and you may wet the bed at night.

Functional s untimely urination because of physical disability, external obstacles or problems in thinking or communicating that prevents a person from reaching a toilet. This may occur with severe arthritis, after joint replacement, or with Alzheimer's disease.

Mixed incontinence is a combination of types of incontinence, usually stress and urge. In some studies, mixed incontinence is the predominant form of incontinence.

8 Ways to Conquer Urinary Incontinence

1. DO KEGELS
Squeezing the muscles used to stop the flow of urine for 10 seconds at a time throughout the day helps to control leakage for 90% of women.

2. EMPTY YOUR BLADDER COMPLETELY
Leaning forward when you urinate can help with completely emptying the bladder

3. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
It keeps urine from becoming concentrated, which can irritate the bladder, causing it to contract and leak.

4. CONSIDER A COLLAGEN INJECTION
It builds up the area around the urethra, preventing leakage in up to 80% of women.

5. TAKE MAGNESIUM
Supplementing with 350mg twice a day helps prevent the muscle spasms behind an overactive bladder.

6. INCLUDE FACTOR 11: CRANPLEX  as part of your supplement regimen.  Cranplex provides herbal antibiotics and nutrients that support kidney function. Factor 11 was specifically formulated for individuals with reoccurring bladder and urinary tract infections.

7. SIP HORSETAIL TEA
It helps tone your urinary tract. Steep 1 tablespoon of the dried herb in 8 ounces of hot water; drink 3 or more times a day. Sweeten with honey.

8. REDUCING caffeine and alcohol consumption can improve the body's ability to retain urine. Both substances can inhibit production of a hormone that concentrates and decreases the volume of urine by increasing re-absorption of fluid by the kidneys.
There is no specific diet to prevent incontinence; however, it is thought certain foods and/or drinks can irritate the bladder and should be avoided if consuming them appears to produce or increase symptoms:
 

  • carbonated beverages
  • coffee or tea, including decaffeinated forms
  • yogurt
  • citrus juice and fruits
  • tomatoes and tomato-based products
  • bananas
  • artificial sweeteners
  • chocolate
  • spicy foods
  • vinegar
  • processed meats and fis

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