Ten Natural Options that May Help Treat Overactive Bladder
If you're suffering from overactive bladder, the good news is that there are some natural remedies that may help treat it.
An overactive bladder can cause very embarrassing situations, especially when you keep in mind that a leak can happen with something as small as a cough, sneeze, laugh, or a sudden movement.
If you have problems fighting the impulse to go during an emergency, you may be suffering from urinary incontinence. The good news is that there are natural remedies that may help treat it.
Discover ten of them below!
Read more here: 5 Ways to Fight Urinary Incontinence with Plants
1. Monitoring amount of liquids
This is like a food diary that you use to keep track of what you eat when you are on a diet but, in this case, it monitors how many liquids you drink a day.
This way, you’ll have a general idea of what you’re drinking, when you drink (before you go to bed, for example), and drinks that give you problems (coffee or soda, for example).
Some very important studies from Japan have linked gosha-jinki-gan, an herbal-based remedy, with the reduction of the frequency of urination, bladder contractions, and nocturnal urination, in men as well as women.
3. Training your bladder
Training your bladder is the most prescribed and non-medicinal treatment for overactive bladder. It involves training your bladder to use the bathroom after long periods of time.
4. Buchu plant
A plant-based remedy that is widely used for bladder and kidney infections in South Africa is the buchu plant, which has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and diuretic properties.
5. Absorbent pads
Besides being a somewhat provisional treatment option, you could learn to control your urges by using absorbent pads that you put under your clothes to trap and hide accidental releases.
6. Saw palmetto
Medical studies relate saw palmetto‘s (serenoa repens) anti-inflammatory properties with the reduction of urinary urges, especially for men with enlarged prostates.
7. Pelvic floor exercises for overactive bladder
Also known as Kegel exercises, these pelvic floor exercises may help strengthen the muscles that control urination and its flow.
8. Vitamin C
Vitamin C supplements are recommended due to their ability to fight oxidized stress, which can irritate the nerves around the bladder and cause a loss of urinary control.
9. Weight loss
Being overweight is bad for your joints because they have to carry the excess weight. But it can also weaken the elasticity of the supporting muscles around the bladder and cause urinary incontinence. Losing weight may help reduce this.
Often recommended by naturopathic doctors, quercetin is a natural anti-inflammatory remedy that is linked to the reduction of urgency associated with overactive bladders.