Affecting over 33 million men and women in the U.S. alone, symptoms of an overactive bladder (OAB) include frequent urination, incontinent leakage, and an overwhelming urge to urinate at sporadic intervals. Let’s take a look at some OAB natural remedies.
OAB often causes frustration and embarrassment in those coping with the condition. People seeking relief from OAB may wish to try natural remedies aimed at minimizing and preventing symptoms. Depending on the severity of symptoms and their rate of recurrence, however, it is always recommended that you visit with your doctor.
First, there are several simple exercises that help to both train the bladder and strengthen the bladder muscles which control urination. Kegel exercises, for instance, involve the flexing and release of the muscles used to stop and start urinating. Results occur after approximately one month of doing Kegels just a few time times over the course of the day. Kegels entail flexing for 2-3 seconds, then releasing for a comparable amount of time. This exercise is particularly popular among women during pregnancy and childbirth but produces beneficial results among men as well.
Another low-maintenance exercise involves scheduling bathroom breaks, which means avoiding urinating unless at a pre-specified time, and thereby trains the bladder to contract in a more controlled fashion.
Overall body conditioning is also helpful as excess fat can in some cases put added strain on the muscles surrounding the bladder.
In conjunction with exercises, herbal remedies—although largely scientifically unproven—are reported to help OAB. These herbs include saw palmetto (anti-inflammatory and testosterone balancer that is mostly used by males), cleavers (anti-irritatant with coating properties), gosha-jinki-gan (helps with bladder capacity and urinary urgency/frequency), buchu (enriches bladder tissue), and cornsilk (soothes bladder). It is highly recommended that you consult with your doctor before trying these alternatives.
Further, diet plays a huge role in bladder capacity and functionality. Eating healthy and avoiding irritants and stimulants—such as caffeine, excess spice and salt, alcohol, carbonated drinks, and artificial sweeteners—are likely to alleviate OAB over time.
Through simple exercises, herbal remedies, careful dieting, as well as doctor consultation, the chances of minimizing OAB are greatly increased.
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