Urinary incontinence is a common problem in seniors, women post pregnancy and diabetic people. It not only causes discomfort but is also embarrassing.
Urinary incontinence is known as a condition where there’s no control over urination. Urinary incontinence leads to urine leakage and involuntary urination.
It is a prevalent urological disorder that affects the women (almost 80 percent) more than the males.
You can cure urinary incontinence in several ways. Medical treatment such as surgeries and medication will help a great deal. However, we aim to provide homemade remedies for such disorders, that have no side effects or incur substantial expense.
Before we get to the part of how to cure incontinence naturally, let’s read the types of incontinence.
Types of Urinary Incontinence
1. Urge Incontinence
It happens when an overfilled or hyperactive bladder causes intense urge to urinate which results in spontaneous loss of urine.
2. Stress Incontinence
It happens when severe pressure on the urinary bladder causes unexpected urine release. Vigorous exercise, jumping, sneezing hard, uncontrollable cough and laughter may apply pressure to the bladder.
3. Overflow Incontinence
It happens when specific factors reduce the inability to empty the bladder, resulting in constant dribbling of urine.
Causes Of Incontinence
Several factors may lead to incontinence. Some of them include;
- Age as bladder muscles weaken with years
- Weakened pelvic floor muscles because of childbirth or surgery
- Enlarged prostate gland
- Overactive bladder
- Nerve damage
- Urinary stones
- Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
- Specific food and drinks that stimulate bladder activity
Not only it is embarrassing but it also can be harmful as residual urine in the bladder is the ideal place for bacteria to breed and infect. However, Urinary Incontinence is probably not a disease or illness in itself; it is a symptom of an underlying problem.
Therefore, our aim should be to diagnose the problem and tackle it with possible treatment. If the problem is serious, such as cancer or other threatening illness, home remedies or natural cure will not help.
You can try these home remedies for incontinence apart from your doctor’s advice and prescription.
Tips To Cure Incontinence Naturally
Pelvic floor exercises can treat early stages of urinary incontinence.
The exercises will improve bladder control and reduce urine leakage in both genders. Pelvic floor exercises lessen both ‘stress and urge’ incontinence.
Exercise to strengthen pelvic muscles
– Empty your bladder
– Tighten your pelvic muscle
– Hold for 8 – 10 seconds (don’t hold your breath.)
– Relax for 8-10 seconds. Repeat 12 times, 3 – 4 times a day.
Yoga therapy can cure anything and everything. No kidding!! Yoga relaxes your muscles and relieves you of depression and anxiety related to the disorder.
Medically, Yogasana strengthens the urethral sphincter and has benefits similar to Kegel exercises.
Yoga Poses That Help Fight Incontinence
– Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)
– Malasana (Squat Pose)
– Mula Bandha (Root Lock) and
– Utkatasana (Chair Pose)
Magnesium deficiency can also cause incontinence. Other symptom includes night muscle cramps. Magnesium helps relax bladder spasms and completely empties the bladder. Magnesium Hydroxide allows women with urinary incontinence.
– Consume 350 gm of Magnesium supplements twice daily, for a month.
– Nuts, bananas, seeds, yoghurt, potatoes and corn are rich in magnesium. Consume them.
– Epsom salt also contains magnesium. You can infuse them in bath water and allow it to absorb through your skin.
Kegel Exercises are work out regimes that’s done by flexing and relaxing muscles. Incontinence can cause due to excessive belly fat or obesity.
Including Kegel Exercises in your daily routine can not only help you reduce weight but also improve your core muscles resulting in reduced urine leakage.
Do Kegel Exercise under the guidance of a physiotherapist for minimum ten weeks to notice changes.
Train Your Bladder with Scheduled Urination Timing
Though it sounds simple, training your bladder needs time and patience. Set up your urination routine every 3 -4 hours apart.
Try to push away urinating for few minutes as soon as you get an urge. With time you will be able to push it off to 20 minutes, and fast enough a pattern will be set. Eventually, your body will be regulated to release urine in the particular hour, determined by you.
Vitamin D, also known as Sunshine Vitamin, promotes good bone health and proper bone health can reduce the risk of incontinence and other pelvic floor muscle disorders.
A daily requirement of 600 UI of Vitamin D is a must for women.
– Take sunbath or soak in sun rays for 10 minutes a day.
– Consult your doctor and start consuming Vitamin D supplements.
– Include fish, oyster, egg yolk, fortified milk and curd in your diet.
Smoking is the most significant factor for incontinence in men. It is also the cause of several diseases and life-threatening illnesses.
Chronic coughing due to smoking can cause stress incontinence or/and develop pelvic organ prolapse.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar removes body toxins and fights bladder infections. It also aids in weight loss. Fat around your hip and belly put extra pressure on your bladder.
Apple Cider Vinegar is suitable for Stress and Overflow Incontinence. It’s not ideal for Hyperactive Bladder.
– Drink a mixture of 1 – 2 tsp of raw apple cider vinegar, water and honey 2 – 3 times daily for useful results.
A combination of two or more health problems also leads to urinary incontinence. Other parts of the body such as lungs and heart can also trigger incontinence. Therefore, acupuncture that helps eliminate various health problems can even treat the involuntary urination disorder.
Get the help of a qualified acupuncturist for the treatment. Most acupressure points that can reduce the health condition are located in the abdomen and lower back.
These home remedies to cure incontinence are useful, however, they need patience and practice to see effective changes. Avoid foods like citrus, tomatoes, vinegar, spicy dishes, hot peppers, club soda, artificial sweetener, tea and caffeine as they may worsen the condition or irritate your bladder.
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