Is Your Bladder Driving Your Life?
Tips to Help Take Back Control
by Lee Rossano, C.N.C.
Do you have to stop at every bathroom? Many men, women and children experience symptoms of overactive bladder, but as we age it seems to get worse for some! People don’t realize how some foods, hormones and pathogens can irritate and damage the bladder causing urgency.
Here are three areas that may be causing overactive bladder and some helpful tips:
1 - Food: Some food sensitivities manifest as frequent urination. It could be wheat, dairy, tree nuts, peanuts, soy or a vegetable like cauliflower. Some people are also sensitive to sulfur/cabbage family vegetables. Coffee and tea are very dehydrating and a natural diuretic. Some herbal teas have grasses and herbs in them that can be part of the problem.
The best approach is to do is an elimination diet. Start with some of the most inflammatory foods such as, wheat, dairy, soy and sugar. Then see if the frequency lessens.
Listen to your body and keep a journal to see how it reacts to certain foods and beverages. Keep going until the problem resolves itself. Support from a nutritional counselor is very beneficial as well to find out more about your sensitivities.
2 Pathogens: Bacteria, yeast/candida and uric acid are a real trigger for bladder problems. The bladder is downstream, so to speak, from the kidneys. If the kidneys are having trouble clearing uric acid or is full of bacteria, then the bladder will be affected.
A low purine diet for the uric acid may take the pressure off the kidneys, and then the bladder. E-Coli bacteria grows in the urinary tract and is the cause of chronic bladder infection. Sugars of any kind can feed E-Coli, but a product called D-Mannose will make the walls of the urinary tract slippery and help release the bacteria.
Candida or yeast is caused by a high sugar or yeast diet. Breads, wine, high sugar fruit and refined carbohydrates all contribute to a candida overgrowth. Also repeated antibiotic use will trigger a yeast overgrowth, so maintaining healthy gut flora with a good pre- and pro-biotics is so important.
3 Hormones: Hormone imbalances can also lead to bladder issues. As women age, we lose estrogen. When that happens, it will cause the bladder to thin and become brittle. The compounding pharmacy can make up an E3 formula that, when used, can rebuild the bladder.
In conclusion, healthy diet, proper fluid intake, no refined sugars, limit coffee and dark teas is a good place to start. Seeing a nutritional counselor will be able to help pinpoint issues and help heal the body with proper professional nutritional supplements and homeopathic remedies as well.
Lee Rossano, C.N.C., is founder of Advanced Nutritional Solutions in Lake Orion, MI. For more information, call 248-652-4160 or visit her website at WhySuffer.net.