6 Easy Home Remedies for Frequent Urination

A person with a healthy bladder should urinate between four and ten times a day. Using the bathroom more frequently than that could mean you have an overactive bladder (OAB).

However, frequent urination isn’t the only sign of OAB. Some people experience leakages and others are unable to hold urine.

Before we discuss how you can fix bladder problems, it’s worth noting that OAB has many causes. Mostly, people experience bladder issues as they age, because the bladder loses elasticity, which reduces the ability to hold urine. Also, the pelvic floor muscles weaken as we age, leading to higher chances of leakage.

Conditions such as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, prostate problems and stroke may also cause frequent urination. If these home remedies don’t help, talk to your doctor to rule out something more serious.

Home Remedies for Frequent Urination

Bladder problems are nothing to be ashamed of. Reports show 17 percent of women and 16 percent of men suffer from overactive bladder. Luckily, there are several home remedies for frequent urination that you can start using today.

1. Do Kegels every day.

You need to take advantage of Kegels if you usually leak urine whenever you cough, laugh or sneeze. Kegels are an exercise that strengthens your pelvic floor muscles. Both women and men can benefit from doing Kegels.

To perform Kegels, you first need to locate the muscles of the pelvic floor by stopping your stream of urine. The muscles you squeeze to stop urine are the ones you need to strengthen. Simply squeeze those muscles for three seconds and then release. Repeat this 20 times. Try to do more reps day after day.

This exercise has even been proven to improve erectile dysfunction. 40 percent of the men in this study improved erectile function after doing Kegels for three months.

2. Lose weight.

I know this isn’t the easiest solution, but dropping a few pounds will definitely help. Carrying excess weight puts extra pressure on the pelvic floor muscles and bladder.

Chances are you know what it takes to lose weight, but I still want to remind you of these small habits that can help you lose weight.

3. Avoid foods and drinks that cause frequent urination.

Just because you urinate frequently, it doesn’t mean you have a bladder problem. It may be due to a high intake of certain foods and drinks.

Cut back on alcohol, coffee, tea, tomato-based foods, spicy foods, soda, artificial sweeteners, citrus fruits and chocolate. Eliminate these foods one-by-one in order to identify the one causing frequent urination.

4. Reduce water and fluid intake.

We all know that water is essential for good health, but drinking too much can increase bathroom trips in the middle of the night.

If you’ve been drinking too much water, cut down your intake to 1.5 to two liters a day. You should also avoid drinking water two to three hours before bed.

5. Use herbal remedies.

According to research, capsaicin—a compound found in chili peppers—can help treat pelvic pain syndrome, a common symptom of OAB. Additionally, the Chinese herbal blend Gosha-jinki-gan (GJG) has been shown to improve daytime frequency.

Talk to a doctor before using these herbs if you’re taking medication. Some herbal supplements interfere with medications.

6. Try bladder training.

Bladder training is very simple. You just need to increase the duration between bathroom trips. This will train your bladder to hold urine for a longer duration. Talk to your doctor before you begin bladder training, because ignoring the urge to urinate can be unhealthy.

To do bladder training properly, you need to track your bathroom trips. You can easily do this using the alarm clock on your phone.

Which tricks have you used to fix overactive bladder?

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