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Top 5 Natural Remedies for Incontinence

31.01.2011 | Posted in: Advice, Female Incontinence, Incontinence, Male Incontinence | Author: Samantha Hall

Incontinence is a health condition that many who experience it don’t want to talk about, even with their doctors. Here at All About Incontinence we cannot repeat enough that Incontinence is nothing to be ashamed of and it is treatable, be it with drugs, surgery or natural remedies and treatments.

There are many natural ways to treat incontinence. Exercises, lifestyle changes and healthy diets can all help you regain control of your bladder, reducing and sometimes even zeroing incontinence episodes.

Here are our top 5 natural remedies for incontinence

1. Kegel Exercises: Probably one of the most famous incontinence treatments. Ideal for early stages of incontinence, post-surgery and after birth. But Kegels can also be performed by women who don’t have incontinence to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles and increase their changes of not experiencing bladder weaknesses later in life.

2. Stay or Ger Fit: There are many studies that relate incontinence with excessive weight. Excess belly fat puts pressure on the bladder and the pelvic muscles. Shedding a few pounds if you are overweight can help restore your bladder control.

3. Bladder Training: A bit different from Kegel exercises. To train your bladder is rather simple but it requires patience. The secret is to learn how to control the urge to rush to the nearest toilet. In the beginning, try to delay urinating by 10 minutes and build up from there. Ideally you should increase the time till you can comfortably use the toilet every 4 hours. Keeping a bladder diary of your trips to the bathroom also helps keep track of your improvements.

4. Magnesium: Recent studies showed that the mineral reduced incontinence episodes in patients who took magnesium hydroxide pills twice a day. Some doctors believe that magnesium could relieve incontinence because it reduces bladder muscle spasms and allows the bladder to empty completely. These pills are not available on the market yet so you should include magnesium rich foods such as corn, potatoes and bananas in your diet.

5. Stay Hydrated: As controversial as it might sound, drinking enough water is vital to manage and avoid incontinence. If you don’t stay hydrated, you may end up constipated, which can irritate the bladder and cause incontinence.

Bonus tip: Avoid drinks that contain caffeine as it is a diuretic substance that can contribute to bladder irritation and stimulate muscle contractions, which can both cause incontinence.

Only a professional trained in these symptoms can truly diagnose and treat your condition. A GP will often refer you to a specialized Continence Advisor for assessment to ensure you receive the right help and treatment to improve your symptoms.

Alternative Treatments for Incontinence Pt 2

25.09.2009 | Posted in: Incontinence, Urinary Incontinence | Author: Samantha Hall

In the first part of our article about Alternative Treatments for Incontinence, we discussed combining natural medicine with some exercises in order to improve the effectiveness of incontinence treatments.

The first part focused on exercises and alternative medicines like acupuncture to improve and provide symptom relief for incontinence.

Today will look into some Herbs commonly used in incontinence treatments. Herbs that can be used to Improve Incontinence Symptoms, if Marijuana is the first herb that comes to your mind, we are sorry to inform that Marijuana is not used in any kind of incontinence treatment.

Herbs can used in a variety of ways, dried extracts (capsules, powders, teas), glycerites (glycerine extracts), or tinctures (alcohol extracts).

Horsetail: Plants from the Equisetaceae family, address the symptoms of urinary incontinence by helping to maintain the integrity of connective tissues.

Plantain: An astringent and demulcent, which will help tighten pelvic and bladders muscles. Plantains tend to be firmer and lower in sugar if compared to our every day bananas, although there is no formal botanical distinction between bananas and plantains.

Marshmallow Root: Is a urinary demulcent, best used alone in a cold infusion. Soak 1 heaping tbsp. of marshmallow root in 1 qt. of cold water overnight. Strain and drink during the day in addition to other teas.

It is important to highlight that the content of this article is aimed for informational purposes only and it is not intended to replace by any means your doctor’s recommendations.

We would love to hear your opinion now. Do you think combining herbs and exercising could improve Incontinence Symptoms?

Share your thoughts in our comments section and don’t miss the third part of our series of Alternative Treatments for Incontinence where we’ll cover some commonly used homeopathic remedies.

Alternative Treatments for Incontinence

23.09.2009 | Posted in: Advice, Incontinence, Pelvic Floor Exercises | Author: Samantha Hall

Incontinence and other bladder problems don’t necessarily have to be treated with medications and there is no unique treatment strategy for incontinence. Leakages can be prevented temporarily with incontinence pads and bladder / pelvic muscles can be toned and strengthened by herbal remedies and simple exercises.

Combining natural medicine with Kegel exercise, biofeedback, acupuncture and so forth makes for a much more effective therapeutic strategy:

helps you become more aware of signals from your body. This may help you regain control over the muscles in your bladder and urethra. Biofeedback can be used to help teach pelvic muscle exercises.

Kegel exercises also known as pelvic floor exercises, involve the voluntary contraction and relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles. Kegel exercises strengthen the muscles that support the urethra, bladder, and uterus.

Acupuncture provides symptom relief for incontinence. It helps tone muscle and increase blood flow to the bladder. It can boost the immune system, soothe inflammation and restore balance to the hormones.

Yoga, more precisely the Aswini mudra exercise, is very similar the Kegel exercises.

Nutrition, eliminate foods and drinks that can irritate your bladder, including alcohol, caffeine, foods high in acid (such as tomato or grapefruit), spicy foods, sweetener substitutes and sugars. Keep a food diary to see if any correlation exists between what you consume and your incontinence.

It is important to highlight that the content of this article is aimed for informational purposes only and it is not intended to replace by any means your doctor’s recommendations.

Contraceptives to Treat Urinary Incontinence in Premenopausal Women

18.08.2009 | Posted in: Incontinence, Urinary Incontinence | Author: Samantha Hall

The new issue of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Journal, Fertility and Sterility, published a new study which indicates that birth control pills decreases urinary incontinence.

According to the study, premenopausal women who take oral contraceptives have lower rates of urinary incontinence when compared to women who use other forms of contraceptive.

Researchers found that the hormones in birth control pills have a positive influence on vaginal connective tissues, blood flow and thickness in premenopausal women.

Even though more studies are needed on how much effect hormones might have on urinary incontinence, study authors say doctors should consider birth control pills to treat urinary incontinence in premenopausal women.