Last Modified on Jul 12, 2014
What is Frequent Urination?
There are few things more natural than the need or urge to urinate; and the need and frequency varies from person to person. Even on a daily basis it will normally range between four to eight times depending on liquid intake and exercise. It is difficult to state just how frequent is frequent urination, but as a general rule: frequent urination is the urge to urinate or use the toilet at a frequency greater than what you are accustomed to or more than eight times a day. This can affect bedtime behavior, as well as interrupt daily activities.
Aside from interrupting activities and lifestyle, change in urination frequency can signify a medical condition. The cause of frequent urination can be associated with diabetes, urinary tract infections, enlarged prostate, pregnancy, or interstitial cystitis. High blood pressure medication also has a diuretic quality that will flush excess liquids from the body.
How to Stop Frequent Urination Naturally
This page is intended for Earth Clinic readers to submit their remedies for frequent urination. While we are still gathering cures, a few users have suggested baking soda and cayenne pepper (not together) to help with frequent urination issues. Have a home remedy for frequent urination? Please feel free to share your experience here!
12/25/2012: Robert Henry from Ten Mile, Tn Usa: "HI U GOOD PEOPLE DOIN, , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Read an interesting article and thinks it worth passing on. Old folks have to get up in the middle of the night to go pee. Most have to because their urine is acid and their body is trying to save them. It is not because their bladder is full. So to help get a good night's sleep, drink a glass of water with a teaspoon of baking soda in it prior to bed time. It is working for us. ======RH======="Replies
01/20/2013: Love from Louisville, Kentucky replies: "I'm going to try baking soda for a bit.. Also, today I'm starting a 30 day organic juice fast. I love this site!"
08/16/2013: Namaw from Al: "Hello everyone. My problem is that I don't drink much at all, probably less than 40 ounces per day, yet I use the restroom at least once an hour. Urine color is light. Sometimes, I use the restroom and 15 minutes later need to go again--and I go a lot, so it's not just the urge, it's the actual. At least once per day I will dribble a little right after I stand up, so it's like it's in there and just not coming out. Any thoughts?"Replies
08/16/2013: Ed2010 from Canada replies: "Get a Prostrate Examination. Enlarged Prostrate can result in frequent urination. Good Health"
08/16/2013: Larry from Fairfax, Va replies: "Similar to you, frequent urination has been a problem for me since Oct. 2012, when I also developed eczema, which also continues to the present day. In my case, I believe that I have a toxin that my body cannot easily release..... So, I drink a lot of water in order to prevent dehydration due to frequently urinating. Also, I try to maintain a high mineral intake because frequent urination removes minerals from the body..... Do you have any idea what may have been the immediate cause of your frequent urination problem? Let's continue to share information. Good luck."
08/17/2013: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "@Namaw: To help normalize your seeming out-of-balance condition, I would recommend a high quality health food brand multivitamin/mineral plus an "Antioxidant Complex". Replace processed salt w/ Iodized Sea Salt. Also take the amino acid Taurine to help balance the minerals and water retention."
08/17/2013: Faeqa from Jordan replies: "Hi Namaw, according to Arabic old medicine your kidneys are too hot, for that they are too active. Try to cool them by vinegar poultices and don't be in sauna."
11/15/2013: Vc3s from Boise Id replies: "I have problem like that too when ever I sit down I never go all the way it feels like some is still left over, then have to go again... I HATE the taste of water so I often have to force myself to drink it and im sick of going to the dr where they precripe me meds that work for a month then stop."
11/15/2013: Mike 62 from Denver, Colorado replies: "Vc3s: Free radicals and a lack of nutrients cause the prostrate to enlarge and make bad testosterone called bht. Take 7g hawaiin spiulina and 1/2oz. organic tomato paste. The carotenoids provide therapy. 1/2 of the carotenoids in the tissues are lycopene. Olive leaf extract is also high in these beneficial substances."
11/15/2013: Gertie from Waynesboro, Va replies: "I have the same kind of thing. I urinate, have to really concentrate so I empty my bladder completely, then when I stand up some more leaks out. I don't get it. I drink lots of water, take 1 tbs Apple Cider Vinegar daily in a full glass. I have done this my whole life. If you tell a dr, they right away think you have incontinence or urgency. I don't. Also, I can go w/ much volume and then, 5 minutes later, go again w/ much volume. What's up with that?"
11/15/2013: Kathleen from San Antonio, Texas replies: "Check out symptoms of insipidus diabetes. There are two forms that will require testing to confirm. Though the symtoms are the same, treatment is not. I have a relative awaiting a Dr. appointment and possible testing. I did see a little bit about it on curezone."
11/16/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Gertie, you can try adding a LITTLE bit of good salt (Celtic, Himalayan etc.) to your drinking regime. Like a small lick every 2 or three glasses that you drink. Do NOT overdo it."
11/16/2013: Sunny from Ca replies: "Go to get a diagnosis at Dr. Can be overactive bladder, intersitital cystitis, try kegal excercises. Hope you feel better!"
11/16/2013: Sunny from Ca replies: "Dear Faeqa from Jordan: How do you do the Vinegar Poultices? Thanks!!!"
11/17/2013: Faeqa from Amman, Jordan, Jordan replies: "Hi Sunny:P our enough vinegar over 2 small cotton towels or dip the towels in AVC and put it over the kidneys separately, don’t put it over the spine and keep it far from the nerves because it is harm for the nerves to be cooled. You can put it for half hour or more if you can. Wishing health for you"
10/07/2011: Baldev from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: "For those who have to get up number if times in the night to pass urine, due to enlarged prostate gland. It has been observed that if one eats or drinks the juice or soup of one medium size Beet Root with dinner, the frequency of getting up is reduced substantially. One can try it and please post your experience.
01/12/2010: Florie from San Francisco, California: "Frequent Urination
I'm just suggesting this as a topic."
EC: Thanks for the suggestion - done!
Feel free to post your questions/comments/feedback.
03/12/2010: Kathy from Northern Nj, USA replies: "My husband gets up 2-3 times a night to pee. He is 58 and healthy, but are there treatments he could try?"
03/13/2010: Heather from Long Beach, Ca, Us replies: "Hi, I also get up up to pee during the night but it stopped after I started taking apple cider vinegar and baking soda once a day in a large glass. I do 2 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar to 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to 16 ounces of distilled water. I then break off a tiny piece of a ph tester strip that I bought at a drugstore and dip it in the drink to to make sure it has an alkalinity of at least 7.0 (blue). If not, I add a pinch or two more baking soda."
08/24/2011: Florie from San Francisco, California replies: "I don't understand about adding baking soda to apple cider vinegar. Doesn't the vinegar by itself decrease the body's acidity?"
11/19/2011: Kumar from Singapore replies: "For the past one week, I have had very frequent urination. Never had this problem before. Sometimes it's as quick as 15-30 mins. The amount urinated each time might be little but the urge is there always. Went and saw the doctor. Urine tests were negative and blood tests were also negative. No pain when I urinate and no other symptoms other than the constant urge to want to urinate as the bladder keeps feeling full. Is this a case of overactive/weak bladder or something else? I am a male and have followed a health diet of vegetarianism and don't drink caffeine, alcohol etc. I have been taking apple cider vinegar with water the past 2 days but with little relief. Any advice/suggestions would be most helpful."
11/19/2011: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Kumar, a lick of the real grey salt with each glass of water, helps for frequent urination."
11/19/2011: Carly from Seattle, Wa - Usa replies: "Hi Kumar,
I believe that an enlarged prostate can cause frequent urination in men. You didn't give your age, but this is more common in older men than younger men.
On a lighter note - My husband used to have this problem, and he relieved it by buying looser underwear. Seems the kind he was wearing were too tight, and the elastic was pushing in on his bladder.
Just a couple of thoughts. Good Luck."
11/19/2011: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand replies: "This condition if not diabetic, could be an enlarged prostate.. Start taking cayenne about 350mg daily, if after a week the need to urinate hasn't gone you might need a procedure to reduce the prostate."
05/17/2014: Vikas from Sonipat, Harayana, India: "Sir my mother has been suffering frm the urine problem for 10 year. In report ecoli bactera found. Plze help us."Replies
05/18/2014: Ed2010 from Canada replies: "Drink Lemon Juice with Sea Salt.
Squeeze Half Lemon in a 300ml of water. Add quarter tsp of Sea Salt and mix well to make the juice. Drink this 2 times a day.
Refined Salt will not work for this remedy.
[NAY] 07/12/2014: Pone from California, US: "I tested urine of an elderly relative with a conductivity meter. It gives me a very high reading, suggesting extreme dehydration. Yet the same person is testing on serum blood tests with low sodium and potassium. How can this be?
I thought high conductivity indicated too great a concentration of electrolyte minerals and that this would be addressed by increased electrolytes. High conductivity suggests the person needs more plain water, without the electrolytes. How do I resolve that discrepancy?
This person has problems holding onto water and tends to immediately urinate any excess water."Replies
07/12/2014: Om from Hope Bc Canada replies: "Pone from California, US --- actually, drinking water, even lots, can dehydrate. See the Water Cure website about this. Grey celtic salt has many minerals and if drunk the correct way, would result in a three hour stay before urinating . It is the salt that keeps the water in the tissues.
I hope you will have the time to check out the website. It is all about the late Dr. Bhatmanghelidj who wrote the book " The Body's Many Cries For Water".