Last Modified on Jun 22, 2014
Treating urinary incontinence naturally can be effective with home remedies, dietary changes and natural supplements. Remedies that balance and alkalize the pH such as apple cider vinegar and baking soda, as well as eliminating artificial sweetenrs and caffeine are effective at alleviating this condition.
What Is Urinary Incontinence?
A common yet sometimes embarrassing problem, urinary incontinence is a condition that involves the loss of bladder control. The severity of urinary incontinence can range from occasional leakage caused by a laugh, cough or sneeze to such an intense and sudden urge to urinate it is impossible to make it to the restroom in time. Urinary incontinence can affect everyday activities; however, the condition is very treatable.
Described as the inability to control the release of urine from the bladder, urinary incontinence ranges from occasional, minor dribbles to total bladder emptying. While urinary incontinence in women manifests different than urinary incontinence in men, the type of incontinence an individual has also determines the symptoms and severity.
Stress incontinence is the loss of urine caused by pressure or stress on the bladder, such as coughing, laughing, sneezing, exercising or lifting.
Urge incontinence involves the sudden, intense urge or need to urinate followed by the involuntary loss of urine. This type of incontinence is also called overactive bladder.
Overflow incontinence involves he inability to empty the bladder and is characterized by frequently or constantly dribbling urine. Mixed incontinence, functional incontinence and total incontinence involve the severity of the urinary issue.
Several causes contribute to the development of temporary or chronic incontinence. Alcohol, overhydration, caffeine, bladder irritation and certain medications may cause temporary incontinence. Urinary tract infection, constipation, pregnancy, child birth, aging, surgery and neurological disorders contribute to chronic but treatable urinary incontinence in women and men.
Natural Urinary Incontinence Treatments
Urinary incontinence is often treatable. Natural urinary incontinence treatments include apple cider vinegar, chromium picolinate, magnesium, nutmeg and vitamin B12. Changing the diet can also help treat urinary incontinence. Dietary changes include avoiding gluten, caffeine, and artificial sweeteners such as aspartame. Completing a parasite cleanse using buchu leaves is another option for treating incontinence if the infection is bacterial or parasitic in nature. Additionally, strengthening the pelvic floor muscles, specifically in women, by doing kegel exercises can help treat and reverse urinary incontinence in women.
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[YEA] I started drinking ACV with honey in a few ounces of water twice a day to help with hot flashes as suggested here. I believe it's been very helpful with that, but a great side effect is that the urinary urgency and occasional incontinence I've been dealing with for a couple of years now has not flared since the DAY I started on ACV! It took me a few days to notice since I was focusing on the hot flashes, but lately, instead of getting up multiple times in the night to go to the bathroom or having difficulty making it to the ladies room during the day at work - I've had NO PROBLEM AT ALL! It's pretty amazing and I haven't changed anything else about my lifestyle or diet, so it's got to be the ACV.
Also, since I started ACV only a week after having the first hot flashes, I don't feel comfortable swearing that it helped with that, they could have dissipated on their own, but limited anecdotal evidence certainly points to it being the reason I'm not having them much at all now. Fantastic stuff!
[YEA] Yea! I had begun using about 1 tsp organic, raw, apple cider vinegar 3x a day with a glass of water (about 12 oz) with a spoonful of raw honey and my energy and stamina have improved greatly. That's why I was using it and to see if it would help with weight control, and it seems to... then I read that it helped rid incontinence and I thought, huh, maybe it'll help me, but I didn't really believe it.
My boyfriend and I walk our dogs every afternoon in the park and until 3 days ago I had to stop once without fail to relieve myself. I am so excited and know that the vinegar treatment really works for me. My problem has plaiged me for about 5 years now and continued until just 3 days ago!
I also do home visits and I can't wait till I don't have to ask to use the bathroom on each visit!
Thanks for this website indeed!!!
Replied by Absa
Salmiya, Hawally, Kuwait
10/24/2012Posted by Carmen (Irvington, NY, U.S.A) on 02/25/2009
[YEA] My mother, now 81, suffered a number of strokes in 1995. As a result of this she became urine incontinent. She would soak her bed in urine at night. I read the anecdote of the father who gave his daughter ACV for bedwetting and thought it couldn't hurt to have my mom try it. She did, and within a few days she became free of this terrible condition. Almost three weeks later she is still able to get up at night to relieve herself in the toilet. My prayers of so many years have been granted. I thank and praise God for His abundant provision.Posted by Phyllis (Weldon, Calif. USA) on 12/04/2008
[YEA] I have had urinary problems(incontenance) for about 6 months and tried several different herbs and also went to a naturopatic. The things they gave me didnt work. Then I found earthclinic and the apple cider vinigar columns. I started taking 2 tbsp. in the morning and 2 tbsp. at night. and what do you know, it cleared the problem up in 10 to 14 days. I used about 8 oz. of water and sweetned the vinigar solution with stevia powder. I have become addicted to it. I love the taste. Shortly after taking I do get a slight headache but it leaves in a very short time. Must be from a rush of nutrients .Thank you so much for your website and acv. PhyllisReplied by Candycane
Grants Pass, Or
Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% Posted by Bill (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) on 10/05/2011
[YEA] I started taking chromium picolinate in an effort to trim down. I haven't trimmed down but the chromium picolinate has drastically decreased my bouts with frequent urination. I take 200 mcg 15 minutes before each meal. I hope it works as good for you as it did for me!Replied by Bill
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% Posted by Cara (Miami, Fl, Us) on 01/22/2013
[YEA] I completely cut gluten out of my diet and try to stay away from foods that are known bladder irritants and it is much improved. Try to cut out chocolate, citrus, alcohol, and DEFINITELY tomatoes. It takes a while for your system to completely get rid of all remnants of these foods in your system but wait it out its worth it! Good luck I hope this helps some people. I am blood type O positive for those of you out there who may be following the blood type diet.
Approval Ratings YEA (3) 100% Posted by Marilyne (Tampa, FL) on 12/05/2008
[YEA] RE: Incontinence - Kegels! I know, no one wants to do them - I know I certainly didn't. My GYN wanted me to have surgery for my bladder issues, and I figured I had nothing to lose. I started with 50 (yes, 50) a day and have progressed up to approx. 100. I don't lose urine when I cough or sneeze, laughter is still a little problem, but nothing like it was. I'm 53, and determined to stay out of depends. Iyt took about 3 months before I noticed a significant improvement - so hang in there. It sure beats surgical options.
EC: More about Kegel exercise here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kegel_exerciseReplied by Aimee
New Brunswick, NJ, USA