Your bladder is an important organ that works to collect urine and excrete it from the body. It is important to take the steps necessary to keep it healthy. Learning more about your bladder is the first step in protecting it.
Aging Does Not Automatically Cause Incontinence
It is a common myth that as people get older, they will experience incontinence. However, while the aging process can alter the volume of urine the bladder can hold, it does not automatically cause you to experience incontinence. This issue may occur as a result of medication side effects, medical conditions or structural changes in the urinary system.
Urine Output and Fluid Intake
Your bladder can hold approximately 400 to 600 milliliters of fluid. Urine production is largely associated with how much you drink. If you consume fluids frequently, you will typically need to urinate more often. Certain beverages may also cause you to urinate more frequently, such as alcohol and drinks that contain caffeine.
Food and the Bladder
If you have bladder issues, the foods you eat could make your symptoms worse. Eating a lot of acidic or spicy foods may aggravate the symptoms of bladder conditions. Focus on eating foods that are high in fiber since they can prevent constipation. When you are constipated, this can aggravate your bladder due to the colon and bladder being so close to each other in your body.
A new study found that the bladder contains a microbiome. The microbes the researchers discovered are similar to the microbes in the vaginal microbiome. The researchers say that the bacteria likely travel between the vagina and bladder. This finding challenges the common notion that the bladder is sterile.
Your urination habits can have an impact on your bladder health. It is generally recommended to not hold your urine as this can increase the risk of a bladder infection. Try to urinate every four hours, empty your bladder fully each time and ensure that you are relaxed when you are urinating.
Bladder Infection Risk
Bladder infections are not uncommon but knowing the risk factors could help you to reduce your risk. These factors include improper hygiene after urination (women), having a urinary catheter, immobility, pregnancy and not drinking enough fluids.
Use this information to be more knowledgeable about your bladder and how to keep it healthy. If you ever suspect a possible problem, do not hesitate to see a doctor.