Drinking properly with incontinence is extremely important. Follow our help and reduce the symptoms of urinary incontinence!
Drinking properly with incontinence is often underestimated. If you have a weak bladder, you would like to try to drink little and thus limit the urge to urinate. But just the opposite happens: Concentrated urine increases the urge to urinate and can even aggravate the symptoms in the worst case. Pay attention to what and how you drink!
Coffee is the biggest urinary driver
Coffee is considered the biggest urinary driver and even as an accelerator of incontinence. The caffeine increases the speed of urine production in the kidney. The effect can be seen in women as in men.
Many teas have a diuretic effect
Not only black tea, also green tea and some herbal teas are diuretic. This is particularly noticeable in mate, stinging nettle, rosemary and birch leaves. Also not recommended in summer are enjoyed iced tea, as they are often based on green or black teas – and anyway usually contain too much sugar.
Incontinence pads for women and men
The use of proper incontinence products, like proper drinking, is one of the effective means of treating an incontinence. Among women with mild incontinence, Seni Lady Plus is very popular. Men with mild incontinence like to use Tena Men Level 3. If the incontinence is medium pronounced sufferers take the bestselling diaper pants Hartmann MoliCare Premium Mobile 6 drops. In case of severe urinary incontinence, the absorbent diaper pants Tena Pants Maxi are recommended.
Drinks with sugar and carbon dioxide irritate the bladder
Carbonated and strong sugary drinks can irritate the bladder of sensitive people. Artificial sweeteners can interfere with bladder control. They are contained in low calorie foods and drinks and may promote inflammation of the bladder. Highly sugary is Coca Cola, Fanta, Sprite and many supposed fruit juices.
Alcohol extracts fluid from the body
Alcohol in general, whether beer or wine, is a diuretic. He deprives the body of fluid. In addition, it can irritate the bladder, which can cause incontinence. As little as possible, it is best not to drink alcohol.
Overview: Reduce or avoid these drinks
• Black tea
• Green tea
• Coca Cola, Fanta, Sprite
Drink properly with incontinence Tip 1: Water is the ideal drink
Wasser ist das ideale Getränk bei Inkontinenz. Wasser sollten Sie auf jeden Fall nicht reduzieren. Es ist nicht nur gesund sondern auch noch günstig zu haben bzw. kostenlos wenn es um Leitungswasser geht. Es spricht im Übrigen nichts dagegen sein Wasser mit ein bisschen Fruchtsirup zu aromatisieren.
Drink properly with incontinence Tip 2: Homemade spritzers are the better alternative
Even homemade spritzers are better than most other drinks. When mixing your spritzers, ensure a healthy relationship between juice and water. Say: Mix a lot of water, the more the better.
Drink properly with incontinence Tip 3: Rooibos tea is harmless
Safe is the decaffeinated Rooibos (rooibos tea), it does not work diuretic. If you like this tea, drink as much as you like.
Drink properly with incontinence Tip 4: Drink a lot during the day, drink less in the evening
In addition to the right choice of drink, you should think about the right distribution of hydration. Start drinking immediately after getting up in the morning and drink less liquid in the evening. This technique also helps you minimize the change of incontinence material during the night.
Incontinence is divided into degrees of severity
Since the urine loss in human-to-human incontinence varies greatly, incontinence is divided into several degrees of severity. The urine loss is measured in milliliters within 4 hours.
How to measure your urine loss
When measuring your urine loss, keep in mind that a person never excretes more than he has. As a guideline, you can simply note how much liquid you are taking in the measured time. The actual loss of urine will be slightly lower. For those who need accurate information, we recommend weighing the incontinence material before and after donning.
Why encourage little drinking Incontinence
A bubble stores liquid, and then releases it again. Inadequate amounts of water disturb these natural functions and worsen existing incontinence.
Concentrated urine irritates the tissue
Those who generally drink too little risk low urine production. The urine is thus highly concentrated and enriched with various irritants. These attack the walls of the bladder, causing the rhythmic muscle contractions out of balance. Also, irritation and dysregulation of the nerves can be triggered.
Bladder muscle shortens
By storing urine, the muscles of the bladder are greatly expanded, before it contracts vigorously in the course of urination. If there is insufficient urine in the bladder due to inadequate fluid intake, the natural coordination of the muscles will be out of balance. In the long term, the muscles are then hardly trained, shortening gradually and become immobile.
Sufficient drinking for a healthy bladder
An adequate supply of fluid promotes the formation of urine. The higher the urine quantities, the better the tissue of the bladder is cleaned of pathogenic germs. If the water supply is insufficient, the bladder can not be flushed regularly. The result is that bacteria settle in the bladder, multiply rapidly and cause infections. People who drink too little therefore develop bladder and kidney infections much more frequently.
How much drinking is healthy?
Every person has different needs – this also applies to the fluid requirement. Who needs how much fluid depends primarily on the individual body and lifestyle. Age also matters. Older people with a calmer everyday life, for example, have a lower need for fluids and a lesser degree of thirst.
Rule of thumb 30ml per body weight
In the literature, there is often a guideline of 2-3 liters of fluid a day. However, older people without intensive exercise often feel overwhelmed. As a good rule of thumb, it is recommended to take at least 30ml of fluid per kilogram of body weight, or more if you’re feeling tired or thirsty.
To adapt drinking to season
The season or the general climate also play a major role. Both summer heat and constantly dry air through heating or air conditioning lead to a higher fluid requirement. The same applies to diseases such as cystitis or cold.
Color of urine
An indication is also the condition of the urine: If he is little and dark yellow to orange, a lack of water is not unlikely. Much and relatively light urine, however, indicates a balanced water balance.
Drink when thirsty?
Often one reads that it is “already too late” when thirstiness occurs. While it is true that thirst indicates an incipient dehydration, it is not quite as dramatic as it sounds. For the sensation of thirst evolved evolutionarily just to remind man and beast of the intake of fluid.
Increase drinking volume with tricks
If you are feeling a little thirsty or have trouble drinking enough, you should try some tricks like a well-visible bottle of water on your desk. Being aware of it for a while and “counting” how much fluid is consumed can help.
Withdrawal of alcohol and coffee
A renunciation of alcohol and coffee is difficult for many sufferers. Rightly so! Because these drinks contain addictive substances. The withdrawal of alcohol and coffee will cause initial discomfort. But not only your incontinence will improve, your entire organism will recover from these partly toxic substances and thank you in the long term.
Also avoid certain foods
What shows a clear effect in one, can pass on others without a trace. Therefore, watch out for which foods you feel an increased urge to urinate your diet. Because diuretic foods should not be underestimated.
Avoid spicy food
Sharp food gets the bubble also not. So do not use spices like chili, pepper, radish and ginger. They contain irritants that you should avoid as much as possible.
Why foods are diuretic
The cause of diuretic diuretic activity is the inhibition of the hormone ADH (antidiuretic hormone or adiuretine) in the brain. It regulates urine production in the kidney and ensures that the water of the urine, which has not yet excreted, is returned to the body and used there. In a disorder of ADH release, more fluid accumulates in the bladder, resulting in an increased urinary frequency.
Conclusion: drinking properly with incontinence
Many incontinence sufferers drink too little for fear of not being able to visit a toilet in time. However, this behavior worsens the symptoms. Better pay attention to a sufficient supply of non-diuretic fluids, preferably water. In addition, you should absorb the amount of fluid in the morning and throughout the day, so that you drink less in the evening. In Germany, about 10 million people are affected by incontinence. With the right tools and the right approach, a life of quality and social contacts is possible for everyone.