How to Ameliorate Incontinence with Home Remedies

Incontinence can be described as the inability to control miction, resulting in the involuntary releases of urine. Incontinence is very common and sometimes quite debilitating. Its causes include age, weakening of the pelvic diaphragm and/or urogenital diaphragm due to surgery or pregnancy, enlargement of the prostate, menopause, a hyperactive bladder, kidney stones, UTI’s and nerve damage to name a few. Besides physical reasons, certain medications, foods and drinks can stimulate the bladder and cause temporary incontinence.

Incontinence can not only cause embarrassment and uncomfortable situations, but it can also cause UTIs when retrograde urination occurs. Incontinence is not a disease itself, but rather, it’s an expression of an underlying condition. Therefore, getting rid of this problem requires to attack the condition with the root cause as the target. Always be sure to have incontinence properly diagnosed in order to discard more life-threatening possibilities, such as cancer.

Here are 6 home remedies for incontinence:

Kegel Exercises: This exercise is extremely simple and can be performed anywhere. Simply contract your pelvic muscles (the same ones you would use when you hold urine) for about 8 seconds and repeat 10-12 times. The idea behind this remedy is to strengthen your pelvic diaphragm and therefore helping to reduce incontinence.

Vitamin D: Vitamin D is important because it helps maintain muscle strength. People with higher levels of this vitamin tend to suffer from incontinence much less. To increase Vitamin D, go out into the sunshine and let your skin absorb some of those sun rays, they are responsible for zapping superficial cholesterol and turning it into Vitamin D! Good sources of this vitamin are oysters, egg yolks, fish, milk and other dairy products.

Gosah-Jinki-gan: This is an herb used in traditional Chinese medicine and is good for a hyperactive bladder. It also improves the patient’s control of nighttime miction. Check with your doctor for the proper dosage.

Buchu: The scientific name is ‘Agathosma betulina’ and it is a great tonic to improve the health of the urinary tract system. It is particularly beneficial for incontinence caused by a bladder infection. This is because buchu has many anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties while also being an effective diuretic. To make buchu:

  • Add 1 teaspoon of buchu herb to a hot cup of water and let sit for 5-10 minutes.

  • Strain and drink this concoction a couple times a day until you observe positive results.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Eliminates toxins from the body and fights bladder infections. It also helps to lose weight, which is essential to controlling incontinence because extra abdominal weight puts undue physical pressure on the bladder. A simple recipe is:

  • Add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water.

  • Add 1-2 tsp of pure honey

  • Take 2 times a day until you have seen positive results.

Cleavers: Also called ‘Gallium Aparine’, a traditional Chinese medicine tonic known to be an antiseptic that creates a smooth layer along the bladder, creating a soothing and calming effect on hyperactive bladders. It is also very good to treat cystitis. To make this tonic:

  • Add 3 teaspoons of the herb to a cup of hot water for about 15 minutes.

  • Strain and drink up to 3 times a day until there is improvement.

Additional diet and lifestyle suggestions to combat incontinence:

  • Add more fiber to your diet. Diets low in fiber can cause constipation, adding more abdominal pressure.

  • Drink enough water, but not too much.

  • Lose weight

  • Quit smoking. Smoking considerably increases the chances of a hyperactive bladder.

  • Stay away from alcoholic beverages, they can cause irritation.

  • Avoid artificial sweeteners at all costs.

  • Exercise for half an hour, 5 days a week.

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