Home Remedies to Help Treat Incontinence

Choosing the right type of incontinence
product is very important
When a person first starts experiencing incontinence symptoms they should contact their health care professional. You should never assume that incontinence is something that you just have to live with or is a normal part of aging. Incontinence is more common as we age only because it is often related to medical conditions that become more common as we grow older. However, no matter what your age or health status the only way to have an accurate diagnosis and receive the appropriate treatment is to see your doctor when your incontinence symptoms first become apparent. Waiting out of shame or embarrassment only worsens the problem and makes the treatment longer, more difficult, and more costly.

While you are dealing with incontinence treatment it is important to start putting management strategies in place. One of the most important management strategies is choosing the right incontinence product for you and your needs. It is important to understand that there are as many different types of incontinence underwear as there are types of incontinence. You should evaluate your needs to determine if you need to use an incontinence pad, incontinence underwear, or an adult diaper. All of these incontinence supplies can be purchased on sites that offer adult incontinence supplies.

Once you have the right incontinence supplies then you can begin using certain home remedies that can help you to treat your incontinence symptoms. Generally home remedies fall under two different categories-diet and exercise.

  • Diet-Many people are surprised to learn that it is not only what they shouldn’t eat and drink that affects incontinence but what they eat and drink, as well. Here are a few recommendations that will help you with using diet to control your incontinence-
  • Drinking to much water-You need to find a balance between staying hydrated and drinking to much fluids.
  • Stay away from alcohol-Alcohol acts as a bladder irritant and can make incontinence symptoms much worse.
  • Cut out coffee, tea, energy drinks and cola-All of these are high in caffeine which is also a bladder irritant that will make incontinence worse.
  • Watch how much chocolate you eat-While you may hate giving up a favorite indulgence cutting back on chocolate can reduce incontinence.
  • Reduce citrus fruits, citrus juices and acidic foods-Once again, all of these items can make incontinence much worse.
  • Exercise-It has been shown that there are several different types of exercise that can bring about a significant reduction in incontinence symptoms. However, it should be noted that a doctor will prescribe exercises that are based on the health status and the compliancy of the patient. Here are some examples of different types of exercise that may be prescribed to treat incontinence.
  • Kegels-This exercise consist of the contraction and release of the pelvic floor muscles. The doctor or a physical therapist can guide the patient in how to do this. It has been shown that strengthening the pelvic floor muscles is especially effective in treating stress incontinence.
  • Cardio exercises-If you are carrying extra weight it does not only affect your heart and lungs but every muscle in your body. This includes the pelvic floor muscles. Many times the first recommendation that a doctor will make for their patients with incontinence is lose weight. 
Doing just 30 minutes a day of cardio exercise can go a long way toward helping to lose weight and control incontinence.
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