Nocturnal Urination (Nocturia) Remedies

Jul 26, 2017

Treatment of nocturia involves regulating the urinary system. Some individuals may be able to balance their liquid intake versus their output at night. However, many benefit more fully from natural support such as grapefruit juice and rice vinegar.

What is Nocturia?

Defined as a condition in which an individual must wake throughout the night to urinate, nocturia is a condition that affects both men and women and is more common with age. Symptoms of the condition include the need to rise from sleeping more than once throughout the night as well as disruptions in the normal sleep cycle. Nocturia has several different causes including high fluid intake, untreated diabetes, congestive heart failure, sleeping disorders, certain medications, bladder obstruction, bladder infection and several others.

Natural Remedies for Nocturnal Urination

Treating nocturnal urination hinges on relieving pressure on the urinary system. While some individuals are able to balance this independently, others benefit from support. Grapefruit juice and rice vinegar are two effective natural options for treating nocturia.

Grapefruit Juice

Grapefruit functions as a powerful antioxidant. The fruit and the natural juice contain an enzyme that detoxes the blood and circulatory system and relieves symptoms of nocturia. The fruit also delivers important nutrients to the body supporting general health at the same time.

Rice Vinegar

Rice vinegar offers a number of healthful benefits that also help treat nocturnal urination. Vinegar is a powerful antiseptic, so it cleanses the system of any bacteria that may be contributing to the condition. Also, the compound contains nearly 20 amino acids which support cell function and regulation as well as general circulatory health.

Caused by a number of different factors, nocturia is characterized by the inability to sleep through the night without the need to wake to urinate more than once. Regulating fluids, treating underlying conditions and using natural supports effectively help treat the condition, however.



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Posted by Ian (Nottinghamshire) on 10/22/2016
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I was getting up to urinate 4 times every night.

My cure that worked for me is a teaspoon of Bicarbonate of soda in a quarter glass of water at 7pm and the same measure again at 9pm. I go to bed at 11pm. This guaranteed me 6 hours uninterrupted sleep.The only drawback is slight constipation or hard stools and quite thirsty upon waking up. No caffeine produce during the afternoon too.


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Posted by Rick (New Jersey) on 12/10/2015
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Turns out that a serving (1/2 cup) of brown rice about 1/2 hr before going to sleep may reduce nocturia. The theory is that the rice absorbs water (from the vascular system) by bringing it into your gut instead of excretion via your kidneys/bladder. I used to awake every 2-3 hrs. Now I am up to 6 hrs of blissful, uninterrupted sleep.

I used to make my own rice but discovered Minute rice - and others - had a microwaveable single-serving package that took only 1 minute to heat and serve. No mess, no fuss.

I am curious if this works for others.

Replied by Mimi
Hampstead Nh
06/26/2016

Does it have to be "brown" rice?


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Posted by Collegeville (Pennsylvania) on 12/14/2016
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Prior to grapefruit juice up to 6 times a night. After grapefruit juice 1 time a night. Wish the doctors I had seen for years knew this.


Posted by Kathy (Dallas, Tx) on 06/09/2010
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Grapefruit Juice cured nocturia (need to get up and urinate in the night). I discovered this quite by accident. I was traveling by car on a long trip and at two different stops purchased a bottle (pint?)of 100% ruby red grapefruit juice to drink. That night I did not need to get up to use the bathroom during the night! I began drinking grapefruit juice daily. After a few weeks I no longer needed to drink the juice to maintain the healing.

Regarding grapefruit juice I also discovered when I was doing a colon cleanse and feeling poorly from the toxins being released that it helped my body clear out the toxins. Then learned from doing research it has an enzyme that helps the liver to detox the blood. It worked.

Replied by Joe
Nashville, Tennessee
04/13/2013
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I also have nocturia and have been waking every 90 minutes at night for the past three years. Nothing my urologist prescribed helped it, and some of those meds like Flo Max (Tamsolusin) caused a really serious side effect that affected my heart rate, breathing and blood pressure dramatically, and I thought I was having a stroke. I also could not tolerate another drug called RapiFlo.

I happened to eat half a grapefruit one night before bed, and slept all night without waking. A happy accident? I tried it the next night and several other subsequent nights with the same results. I suppose the same ingredient is in grapefruit juice. Be careful if you take statin drugs like Lipitor (who doesn't these days?). Chemicals in grapefruit inhibit a digestive enzyme that breaks down the active ingredient in statin drugs. It could cause too high a dosage to go to your liver that might cause damage. I have no problem giving up Lipitor, as I am on an extremely low fat plant-based diet, and my lipids have fallen off dramatically so I no longer need the Lipitor. (Google Dr. Esselstyn diet if you are interested in the diet). Try grapefruit if you have nocturia.

Replied by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
04/16/2013

Joe: I have experienced the same symptoms as you describe when using Grapefruit Juice, particularly prior to realizing I desperately needed a gallbladder cleansing. The Liver detox enzymes are already diminished from the lack of bile flow, then the Naringin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ from Grapefruit just literally shuts the body down, imho.

Replied by George
Colorado
12/08/2015
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I tried this last night. It worked for me! I slept through the night with no urges! I generally get up 2-6 times a night.

Replied by Nick
Pittsburgh, Pa
01/11/2017

What is the effective dose of grapefruit juice?

Replied by Mario
Dallas, Tx
01/13/2017

To Joe from Nashville, u take grapefruit juice or you eat the pulp?

Replied by Antonio
Padua, Italy
07/26/2017
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Tried several days in a row, no effect whatsoever. Are grapefruits in the US from a different planet?


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Posted by Lukeh (Atlanta, Ga) on 05/10/2015
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After 3.5 years of nocturia (usually having to get up every hour during the night), and nothing else helped consistently --- I'm finally onto something! Last fall when I noticed prominent veins in my inner thighs, a chiro said is sounded like liver congestion. On her advice I ate large quantities of fresh organic parsley & cilantro (in smoothies, or chutney) and the veins gradually returned to normal. But ALSO my nocturia slowed down. A few months later it speeded up again, and now I'm back on liver herbs daily and --- yippee --- nocturia is again on the decline. I'm working up to the full liver-gallbladder flush using olive oil & citrus juice. It seems (though no doctor suggested this) that upon lying down the blood flow somehow encourages the kidneys to work harder. (Doctors were thinking blood sugar or cortisol was causing nocturia, but that theory did not hold up). If this same cure works for anyone else, I'd be happy to hear about it.


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Posted by David (California) on 08/11/2015
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I get up as many as 6 times a night. I started to take pickle juice just before bedtime for leg cramps (about 1 1/2 oz), but found that it also reduced my nightly visits to the loo. I think it is the salt, vinegar and herbs in the pickles that makes it work. Not scientific, but it is worth a try.


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Posted by Elisabeth (Oceanside, Ca) on 02/20/2016
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There were several studies performed using pumpkin seed oil (PSO) in the treatment of overactive bladders. The studies confirmed that PSO did in fact "significantly reduce the degree of Overactive Bladder System Score...and are effective for urinary disorders such as OAB in humans." (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24872936)

Having struggled with OAB for the last 10 years, I was beginning to think I would simply have to accept the fact my sleep would continually be disrupted due to this issue. I did try various products to solve the problem, one a very expensive herbal product touted for women but at approx. $45 per month felt this to be too expensive. The other was saw palmetto which my husband regularly takes and is very effective for him.

I purchased a bottle of a popular brand of 1000 mg soft gels of PSO (at a cost of $11.24 at my local store) and started taking 2 per day. Wow! What a striking difference after only 1 day. Instead of waking to the urgency of a bathroom call several times in the night I woke only once and that to a gentle pressure. The successive nights were similar and one night I was able to simply ignore it and actually fall back asleep. Mind you, I have only been taking this for 7 days while the studies were conducted over a longer period. I definitely will continue to take this product (also has other health benefits, I.e., anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory) and perhaps increase dosage to 4 mg per day and then taper off back to 2 mg per day.

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Pa
01/11/2017

Now foods version is packed on pumpkin seed oil. Recent studies show that for men doing strength training, Saw palmetto may be a DHT blocker which would be a bad thing. I may try it if I can get some sleep though.


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Posted by David (San Diego, Ca) on 11/18/2009
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I am 80 and bothered by frequent nocturnal urination (as often as every hour). After taking 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar, the frequency is 2-3 hours.

Any info on rice vinegar usage?

Replied by Ron Mccann
Saskatoon, Canada
05/13/2014

Had Nocturia really bad.I was having to get up 4 plus times a night to relieve myself. Did all the normal stuff- no caffeine (coffee or tea), no chocolate, no fluids at night, etc, etc. with no effect. I had to keep my fluids up as I am on a high fiber diet. I was drinking up to 2 liters a day of caffeine-free diet root-beer. Cutting back on this intake did not work. This diet soda contains Aspartame sweetner- which I later read was implicated in bladder irritation that can cause Nocturia. Quitting that soda entirely and substituting water did not work. I tried fruit juices as a substitute but it didn't work either, and I was consuming much too much sugar. Two weeks ago I switched to plain old regular BEER - 4 cups (1 liter) over the course of the day and evening, and I made up the rest with with the diet root beer. It worked. Immediately. The nocturia ceased utterly. Go figure.

Replied by Laura
Maryland, US
07/26/2014

That is so weird because I have been trying to cut back on beer and that is when my nocturia really got bad! I am happy to hear about the grapefruit juice and rice vinegar, I will see if that helps!


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Posted by Francis (Africa) on 06/19/2014

Re: frequent urination... It appears salt works. I have managed to reduce night frequency to one and I am continuing to carry out more tests.

Replied by Carolyn
Madison, Wi
07/26/2014

Francis, how much salt are you using?

Replied by Luke
Atlanta, Ga
03/31/2015
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Worked Temporarily

I've been having to get up every hour for a couple of years. A book suggested that salt + carbohydrate would alter the interstitial fluid. I made a salt brine of Himalayan salt in filtered water (try youtube). A little experimentation showed that if I take 14 drops salt brine + 2 teaspoons maple syrup (or raw honey) with a water chaser on an empty stomach --- my bladder will fill at half the rate and gradually increase in speed again. It provides me temporary relief.

Replied by Charity
Faithville, Us
04/01/2015

Some people use nutmeg during the day to cut the urge but you would have to read up on it and not overdo it.

I use charcoal capsules at bedtime for many health issues and it really helps my body calm down and rest. I have pain coming from many different directions and it can be hard to stay asleep. Charcoal is in the digestion isle of pharamacy, if you are interested.