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Hello, everyone! Today we’re talking about the need to go pee. Actually the need to always go pee, even if you don’t have too. Maybe it’s just a sometimes thing and maybe it’s an always thing, but if you’ve noticed the urge happening more frequently, there could be a few reasons. OAB or your diet.

Overactive Bladder

Overactive bladder, also called OAB, causes the sudden, often uncontrollable, urge to urinate. It may be accompanied by leakage of urine (called incontinence). Overactive bladder bugs about 40% of American women and 30% of American men, but the number is likely much higher, this is because people may be embarrassed to talk about it. Others may not ask because they don’t know that there are treatments for OAB.

Overactive bladder has many different treatments, and isn’t considered “just part of getting older.” There are treatments for people who experience only the urge without leakage. Most treatments available don’t involve surgery. Some just treat symptoms, some (more extreme) address the problem itself. Either way, let your doctor know.

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6 Foods That Bug Your Bladder

man having to pee

1. Alcohol

This one you probably guessed. You’ll know it from nights that were accompanied by too much wine when you had to pee… three times every hour. But how does that work?

Turns out, alcohol futzes with your brain signals and that makes your brain sound the “alert” far more often than is actually necessary. Keep your glasses small and have fewer than you normally would.

2. Caffeine

This one includes coffee, tea, and chocolate. First, they contain acid, which is an eternal bladder annoyance, particularly if your bladder is sensitive already. But caffeine also acts as a diuretic, which flushes fluid from your body. That’s why coffee sometimes leaves you dry-mouthed.

3. Acid Foods

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Citrus fruits, pineapple, grapes, apples, tomatoes, cranberries, and even certain condiments (vinegar, ketchup, salad dressings)… anything high in acid, in fact, a good way to check is to see if your condiment has an acid listed in the ingredients (vinegar counts as an acid).

4. Artificial Sweeteners

Another reason to kick artificial sweeteners from your diet. These are notorious bladder irritants. Try cutting them from your diet (including gum) and see what happens. It may help relieve some of the problems you were having.

5. Spicy Food

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Spicy foods bugs your bladder. I’m sorry to announce it. I love spicy food, but apparently, it does more than make your eyes water. This, oddly enough, counts horseradish, and onions. Try finding milder versions of your favorites, pull seeds and the core from peppers, or shallots instead of regular onions (or you can cook regular onions to reduce heat).

6. Fizzy Drinks

Are purported to make your overactive bladder worse. This includes tonic water, club soda, as well as other, more common sodas. So if you’re bladder is easily bothered, it’s probably best to skip these too.

Now, there are a few other things to keep in mind if you find yourself urinating more than what is normal, (normal is between 4-10 times during a 24 hour period). If this is the case, it may be time to go see a doctor. It could be a symptom of diabetes or another health condition.

Any questions on natural home remedies? Let us know what you want to read about in the comment section.

 

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