Your Bladder! What do you know about this organ? Have you ever thought that bladder problems only affect adults?
The bladder is bag-like organ about the size of a pear when empty and located below the kidneys. It is connected to the kidneys by tubes called ureters and stores urine that is produced by the kidneys.
What are the common bladder conditions you may experience? Anyone including children can have bladder problems. Men and women can develop bladder problems at any stage in life.
1. Overactive bladder due to weak bladder muscles thereby causing leakage.
2. Urinary incontinence or uncontrolled urination due to overactive muscles of the bladder (detrusor muscles).
3. Cystitis; an acute infection of the bladder causing urinary frequency.
4. Bed wetting in children and adults.
5. Painful urination due to inflammation, infection or irritation of the bladder.
When do you need to see a health practitioner?
1. Signs of bladder problem
2. Urinary tract infection
3. Cloudy or smelly urine
4. Pain during urination
5. Strong urge to urinate after pee
6. Urinating more frequently at night
Healthy tips for a healthy bladder
1. Limit alcohol consumption.
2. Drink enough water to stay hydrated
3. Eat high fiber foods such as vegetables, fruits to prevent constipation.
4. Maintain a healthy weight.
5. Engage in physical activity such as exercise
6. Urinate after sex.
7. Women should wipe from front to back after using the toilet.
8. Wear cotton underwear or loose fitting clothes.
IT IS ADVISED THAT YOU SEE A QUALIFIED DOCTOR FOR ANY BLADDER RELATED ISSUES. OUR HEALTHY TIPS SHOULD NOT BE USED AS REPLACEMENT FOR ANY RECOMMENDED CARE PLAN BY YOUR HEALTHCARE PRACTITIONER.