How to Treat Incontinence Naturally

How to Treat Incontinence Naturally

Living with incontinence can be embarrassing, annoying and stressful. It is said to affect over 400 million people worldwide, so more common than most realise. Below are some tips on how to treat incontinence naturally.

For those who don’t know, incontinence is the unwanted and involuntary leakage of urine or stool, according to The International Continence Society (ICS). “Stress” or “urge” incontinence occurs when you feel a pressure inside your bladder as it fills up to pass urine. When the pressure becomes greater than the strength of your urethra staying closed. This can happen when you sneeze, laugh or exercise and gets worse after childbirth if you have weight issues or as a result of surgery, multiple sclerosis or Parkinsons.

How to help it naturally:

 

Kegel exercises—flexing those pelvic floor muscles – the very same muscles you use to stop yourself weeing! These exercises can be done at any time, and are especially advised after surgery or childbirth. If you do them regularly,  you may see an improvement after six to 12 weeks of daily practice. And don’t stop. Make those muscles part of your every day routine.

Train your bladder – learn how to put off the need to rush to the nearest bathroom as soon as you feel like doing a wee.Start off by trying to delay urinating by holding it for 10 minutes and then daily, try and build up to 20 minutes. Your aim should be to use the loo every four hours and not sooner. The experts recommend keeping a diary of your bathroom visits and showing this to your doctor.

Magnesium– this is an essential mineral which helps your muscles and nerves function properly. According to the prosective, double-bline. placebo-controlled study, it is also said to help incontinence issues too. Tel Aviv University in Israel  gave 40 women sufferers magnesium hydroxide pills twice a day. Over half of the women reported improvements in their urinary incontinence and did not wake up as many times in the night to go to the bathroom. The docs involved believe that the reason magnesium works is because it reduces bladder muscle spasms and allows the bladder to empty completely when it releases.
A diet of magnesium-rich foods, such as corn, potatoes, and bananas can help, but it’s always best to talk to your doctor before you start taking magnesium supplements.

photo credit: Health.com

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