The following is the second post in a series on overactive bladder (OAB) by Dr. Karen Noblett, a California based OB/GYN and expert in urinary incontinence and overactive bladder.
For women suffering from incontinence, there are a number of ways to improve their condition through both medical and surgical means. However, incorporating certain things into your diet can also bring symptom relief.
Cranberry juice is well-known as a great way to protect your urinary health. Besides incorporating cranberry juice, avoid certain foods like caffeine and alcohol, which can irritate the bladder, making women feel like they have to urinate.
Additionally, eating too many processed foods or not consuming enough fiber or water will make bowel movements more likely to be hard or irregular and can lead to constipation. Staying hydrated and eating foods that contain fiber will help with incontinence.
Beyond your diet, exercise is a great way to maintain and improve overall health, and that includes urinary health. Pfilates is a brand new form of pilates that focuses on the pelvic floor.
Physical therapists are also now specializing in improving urinary health. Pelvic floor physical therapy aims to strengthen the core and key muscles that are important for women’s health, and is becoming a very popular and important area of physical therapy.
These new forms of exercise are particularly important as studies have shown that women who actively worked to strengthen their core before, during and after childbirth were less likely to have a pelvic floor disorder (PFD). You’re never too young or old to strengthen your core, which supports your pelvis.
To learn more about incontinence and overactive bladder, refer to the Vitals Urge Incontinence Patient Guide.
Dr. Noblett is a member of the PFD Alliance. The PFD Alliance, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of PFDs, encourages women to talk to their doctors and start the process to wellness.