Did your New Year’s resolutions include taking better care of your bladder? If not, you should reconsider; a well-functioning bladder is important for preventing painful ailments, such as urinary tract infections and kidney stones. Simple, daily habits can impact, for better or worse, the health of this vital organ. Here are a few simple resolutions you can set to take better care of your bladder… Drink Plenty of Water Drinking enough water helps minimize the risk of urinary tract infections. The flow of urine helps cleanse harmful bacteria from your system; whereas insufficient amounts of water in the urine can contribute to the formation of kidney stones. To ensure sure you are staying hydrated and drinking enough every day, strive for a “total water” intake, from all beverages and foods you consume, of 91 ounces for adult women and 125 ounces for men. Lose Weight Pressure on the abdomen, from excessive weight, makes obese individuals more prone to incontinence. Obesity is also linked to an increased risk of urinary tract infections. A healthy diet and regular exercise will help you shed pounds and feel great. Quit Smoking Smoking’s dangerous effects on the heart and lungs are well known; but this harmful habit is also linked to bladder, kidney, and prostate cancer. In addition, it’s also associated with erectile dysfunction in men, possibly because it affects the vascular system and impedes the proper circulation of blood throughout the body. For more information, or if you have questions or concerns about your kidneys or kidney stones, call the Urology Group of Princeton at 609.924.6487 to schedule an appointment. The board certified physician/surgeons at the Urology Group are experts trained to evaluate your symptoms, perform applicable tests, and develop the proper treatment plan.
We’ve got some great ideas for festive treats that are healthy and tasty! These recipes are perfect for this holiday season, but can also be enjoyed year-round. Whether you’re hosting or hitting the road to join the party, delight your friends and family with these great bladder-friendly recipes! The following four recipes are made with ingredients less likely to irritate a sensitive bladder. Consider trying these recipes if you struggle with symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis (IC) or Overactive Bladder (OAB). Caramel Popcorn This easy-to-follow recipe is a tasty and buttery sweet snack. It’s great to enjoy it while taking care of your bladder health. Ingredients 1 cup butter 1/2 cup corn syrup 2 cups brown sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5 quarts popped popcorn Directions Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil while continuously stirring the mixture, then boil without stirring for five minutes. Turn off the burner and proceed to stir in soda and vanilla. Pour in a thin stream over the already popped popcorn that should be sitting in a large bowl; stir the combined contents to coat the popcorn. Place in large baking dishes and bake in the preheated oven; make sure to stir every 15 minutes for 1 hour. Remove from oven. Once it has fully cooled, you may begin breaking it into pieces. Serves about three people. Enjoy! Banana Almond Smoothie This recipe combines the great taste of bananas and almonds in a healthy smoothie. It’s a great treat for those with bladder issues such as IC or OAB. Ingredients 1 frozen peeled banana, broken into 3 – 4 chunks 1 cup almond milk 1 tablespoon almond butter Directions Combine all ingredients into your blender and puree until smooth. Enjoy! Candy Cane Cupcakes These treats are tempting and yummy to enjoy for the holiday season and beyond. These cupcakes provide a safe bet for those who have OAB and IC. Ingredients 1 box of white cake mix (roughly 18 oz.) […]
This month serves as a reminder to get the facts about common bladder health problems and to take an active role in your health. Key Bladder Facts The bladder is a hollow, balloon-shaped organ, and is made mostly of muscle. On average, the bladder holds about 16 ounces of urine. Urine is produced in the kidneys. It flows through tubes called ureters into the bladder. It’s normal to go to the bathroom 4 to 8 times a day and no more than twice a night. Women have shorter urethras than men. Women are more likely to get a bladder infection as bacteria from outside the body can get into the urinary system easier. The bladder muscle helps you urinate by squeezing to force the urine out. Bladder-Related Health Issues Interstitial Cystitis (aka Bladder Pain Syndrome), a feeling of pain and pressure in the bladder area. Neurogenic Bladder refers to a number of urinary conditions in people who lack bladder control due to a brain, spinal cord or nerve problem. Urinary Tract Infections occur when bacteria gets into your urine and travels up to your bladder. Bladder Cancer is the 5th most common cancer in the United States. Urinary incontinence is leaking of urine that you can’t control. Overactive bladder (OAB) is a common condition, affecting millions of Americans; the most common symptom of OAB is a sudden urge to urinate that you can’t control. Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) is when urine leaks out with sudden pressure on the bladder and urethra (such as from sneezing, laughing, or coughing), causing the sphincter muscles to open briefly. Bedwetting, aka nocturnal enuresis, is uncontrolled urination while you are asleep. Nocturia, or nocturnal polyuria, is the medical term for excessive urination at night. Tips for keeping your bladder health at optimal levels Drink plenty of water. Strive to drink 6 to 8 cups of water each day. Cut down on the amount of caffeine and alcohol you drink – these may upset your bladder. Limit your intake of coffee, tea or cola as these can heighten bladder activity and lead to leakage. Women should […]