As we age, the prevalence (and probability) of incontinence rises. This is such a common problem that many view incontinence as just another of the problems of growing older and may not mention it to their doctors. They may decide to just live with chronic incontinence instead of looking for a way to treat the underlying issue. Incontinence is not a health condition that you simply have to accept, but it can be treated with natural treatments and alternative therapies. Dietary changes, kegel exercises, behavioral therapy, and herbs like St. John’s wort are effective for treating incontinence in older patients.
One of the first steps that should be taken is to discuss this with your doctor. A doctor can help rule out any further health issues that may be contributing to the incontinence and work with you to identify effective treatment options. You should also consider trying some natural treatment options that will help strengthen your body.
For some older people, incontinence is a result of the body's inability to process certain foods and food components. By changing your diet, you can gradually have fewer episodes of incontinence.
Foods to Avoid as They Can Irritate the Bladder
Foods That are Good for the Bladder
Keep a Food Diary
It may not be necessary to avoid all of the foods on the "Avoid" list. Keep a record of what was eaten and the effect that it had. Eliminate only one food at a time, for a week. If there is an improvement, but you still want to try to eat the food, try adding it back a little at a time until the symptoms return.
Kegel exercises can be an effective way to treat incontinence.
How to do Kegel exercises
Research posted by the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health suggest behavioral training as an effective remedy as well. This practice involves the establishment of habit training or timed voiding to allow the individual to establish a regular schedule of voluntary voiding. According to the study, an individual can expect a 50% reduction in frequency of incontinence using this method.
Research also supports the use of herbal treatments for incontinence, such as St. John’s wort. This helps to regulate voluntary voiding and supports excretory health. Check with your doctor prior to using this remedy, however, as it interferes with several common medications.
Incontinence is not an issue of aging that you just have to accept. Dietary changes, exercise, behavioral therapy, and natural supplements can remedy the issue so that you can get back to your life. Try one of these treatments and let us know how it works for you.
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