Urine leakage is most commonly known as urinary incontinence. This condition can be caused by stress on the bladder due to pregnancy, a urinary tract infection or an overactive bladder. It is most commonly seen in older adults or people who suffer from a degenerative condition such as Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. There are several natural methods that can aid in the prevention or cure of urinary incontinence.
Drinks and Food It is important to maintain a healthy diet to help reduce the effects of urinary incontinence. Certain juices such as cranberry, grape, cherry and apple juice will help to strengthen your bladder by flushing out any infections in your urinary tract. Tea with caffeine has good and bad effects on urinary incontinence. It works as a diuretic so it is continually flushing out your system but it also promotes fluid loss through urination that your body may need. This process is an irritant to the bladder. Caffeinated drinks such as coffee and certain sodas are known to irritate the bladder as well. Drinking eight glasses of 8 oz. of water daily is the best way to cure incontinence naturally.
Certain foods such as wheat and dairy products are known to contribute to urinary incontinence. Sugar, fried foods and white flour may cause inflammation in the bladder.
Herbs and Minerals Recent studies on pumpkin seeds have shown the fatty acids and compounds known as phytosterols can be used to aid in bladder support and prostate health. These herbs are especially beneficially for women after menopause.
Magnesium is a mineral that is known to promote muscle health. When the bladder is not emptied completely muscle spasms may occur which are responsible for leakage in men and women. This mineral can should be taken before bed to control incontinence during the night. Saw palmetto extract can also aid in the prevention of urine leakage. It should be taken twice a day at dosages of 160 mg to increase urinary flow and completely drain the bladder. This works to reduce urinary frequency. You should not take saw palmetto if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or on birth control or hormone therapy because it is known to have hormonal effects.
Buchu (Barosma betulina) is a plant that has mild antiseptic properties and a natural component known as diosphenol that has a diuretic affect. This plant works to clear the urinary tract and promote overall bladder health. It also works as an anti-inflammatory that will reduce inflammation in the bladder that may have previously prevented the bladder from completely draining during urination.
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