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10. Apple Cider Vinegar
Not only is apple cider vinegar great for fighting bladder infections, it is also an excellent health tonic. Studies have shown that drinking apple cider vinegar can help you to lose weight, also, and since excess weight is a contributing factor to urinary incontinence, this is good news. Add 1 teaspoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink twice each day. You can add a bit of honey to help make it more palatable.
A traditional Chinese herb that you most likely have never heard of! This is actually a combination of herbs that are used for those with urinary incontinence. Two small studies out of Japan have shown that this supplement improved urinary frequency, feelings of urgency, and nighttime urination for those suffering from an overactive bladder. Ask your doctor before consuming this herbal supplement for the proper dosage for your condition.
This herb is a terrific tonic for the urinary tract and can actually help improve its overall health. Short-leaf buchu (agathosma betulina) is beneficial for incontinence caused by bladder infections. This beneficial herb also has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and diuretic compounds. It also strengthens the tissues of the urinary tract and eases systemic irritation.
If you have pain or swelling in the urinary tract, do not use this herb.
- Set a schedule of urinating every 2 hours, even if you don’t feel as if you need to go.
- If you are talking prescription medications, ask your doctor if these are contributing to your problem.
- Wearing a tampon while doing things such as jogging or dancing will put a bit of pressure on your urethra and help to slow or stop any leakage.
- Avoid drinking too much or too little. Drinking too little causes dehydration and can lead to urinary tract infections but drinking too much can lead to more leakage.
- If you are overweight, take the necessary steps towards losing weight gradually. Extra pounds put extra pressure on your bladder.
Always consult your physician before consuming any herbal product, especially if you have any type of medical problem or if you are taking any prescription medication to avoid any drug interaction.