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Living Fearlessly

Living Fearlessly

Urinary Incontinence shouldn't prevent you from living a full life! Following these tips can help reduce involuntary leakage and get you back to doing the things you love to do with confidence.
Your bladder needs at least 6 to 8 glasses of water a day to function properly.
Did you know that several foods can irritate your bladder? Foods such as chocolate, citrus fruits, certain spices, and tomato-based meals may cause irritation. Speak with your doctor or healthcare provider about what diet changes may improve your lifestyle. 
Beverages such as alcohol and coffee (or other caffeinated beverages) are diuretics that contribute to frequent urination and leakage. Instead, choose healthy options for your bladder, such as water or cranberry juice.
Reduce leakage by drinking liquid every 2 to 3 hours rather than drinking it all at once. You can also reduce the need to go at night by not drinking anything 2 hours before bedtime.
Pelvic floor and Kegel exercises can reduce leakage in 2 to 4 months.  It may eliminate leakage within 1 year. Speak to a healthcare professional or physiotherapist to discuss how these exercises may benefit you. 
Forcing yourself to urinate to avoid urine leaks or hold it for a long time is equally difficult for your bladder.
Don't force yourself to urinate.  It may cause stress to your urethra and bladder.
Make sure you change incontinence products 2 to 3 times a day. If you feel you need to change more often, consider products with a high absorption rate.
Reducing your lack of incontinence does not happen overnight. A positive attitude can give you the motivation to make the changes and continue moving forward so you can live life, stay active, and stay healthy.