Proper Nutrition For Incontinence
While there is definitely not a strict diet that will cure incontinence there are foods that one can eat to make the condition both more manageable and less frequent. Many people who suffer from incontinence make the mistake of trying to reduce the amount they eat or drink. This is large mistake in the case of liquids because this smaller amount of urine is more highly concentrated, less filtered, and thereby more irritable to the bladder surface. A person will urinate less at time but probably more often if they drastically cut back on fluids. For obvious reasons you should not drastically cut back on food because you can’t starve yourself. The trick to getting incontinence under control is knowing what to put into your body rather than how little.
The first thing one must do is cut out all bladder irritants and non-digestion friendly foods. Here is a list of food and beverages that should be cut out of the diet of anyone suffering from urinary or fecal incontinence:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Caffeinated beverages
- Fried Foods
- Highly spicy foods
- Any artificial sweeteners
For Liquid intake try natural fruit juices such as grape juice, cherry juice, apple juice, or just plain water. All of these beverages are healthy for you and cause little or no irritation of the bladder. One thing that many people forget to take into consideration when dealing with incontinence is the medication they are on. Talk to your doctor if you experience symptoms of incontinence after starting on a certain medications as some of them could be the primary cause of your woes. If your urine has a peculiar odor or color this can be a sign that your current medication is having an effect on your bladder.
When it comes to eating food, fiber is the best friend of those who suffer from incontinence. Fecal incontinence is usually a symptom of a much more serious disease or disorder and until that is treated or gotten under control the best thing to do is take precautions to manage fecal incontinence. The best way to approach this is to eat three separate meals a day containing foods that are high in fiber. Fiber helps ease your stomach digestion and helps to filter you out. Aim to get at least 10 grams of fiber every meal while eating a combination of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. This will go a long way to helping you stay regular. Make it a point to go to the restroom right after the meal or learn through experience about how long it takes for you to go. Foods like berries, whole grain bread, broccoli, or bananas contain lots of fiber. When eaten regularly they can help trigger your bowels and allow you to be prepared for any potential on-comings.
Those who are disabled should definitely take precautions such as having a bed pan nearby or wear some form of incontinence briefs in case of an emergency. Incontinence is one of the most under-reported symptoms in all of medicine and even if someone feels they have it under control in their diet they should still consult a doctor about their symptoms as it could just be a sign of something worse developing.http://feelgoodtime.net/proper-nutrition-for-incontinence/http://feelgoodtime.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Nutrition-For-Incontinence.jpghttp://feelgoodtime.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Nutrition-For-Incontinence-275x135.jpgBody HealthIncontinence,nutritionWhile there is definitely not a strict diet that will cure incontinence there are foods that one can eat to make the condition both more manageable and less frequent. Many people who suffer from incontinence make the mistake of trying to reduce the amount they eat or drink. This...Martha June WhitmanMartha June Whitmanmarthajwhitman@gmail.comContributorMartha June Whitman has spent 32 years providing assisted living care, and she currently writes for National Incontinence, providers of poise pads and other bladder control products.FeelGoodTime