How To Keep a Healthy Bladder

Hey, you! Yeah, you with the bladder issue. You're not alone. Up to 60% of adults suffer from some form of incontinence. And chances are, it makes your life a considerable mess — in more ways than one! For example, moms who have young kids know that their children always seem to go when mom has to pee. Same for pregnant women during those first few months when they constantly need the bathroom and can't go anywhere (much less use a public restroom!).

It's no surprise, then, that incontinence is one of the most common reasons people complain of lower back pain. And that's not all. You probably have to sit down all day long, yet it's challenging to keep your bladder — or something else — healthy and under control. And let's talk about the bowel control part! It takes a lot of willpower to stay regular in your life. You're worried about when you'll need a bathroom trip and if you'll be able to make it before the urge hits you (nobody likes having accidents on their clothes!).

The good news? There is hope! Simply by adding more fibre to your diet, you can become more regular and cut down on the need to go. It's simple logic: fibre fills you up, gives you a "bulk" feeling that stops the urge to go, and helps move things along. If you are still not convinced that fibre can help, read on for more information or check out my three favourite high fibre foods below.

Fibre Facts

Most people should get about 20 to 35 grams of fibre a day. But most American adults get a little closer to 15 grams (that's less than what kids need!). So it's no wonder people have trouble with their bowels or bladder. If you think you are gaetting enough fibre right now, check the nutrition label on your cereal package. You may be surprised to find that it is made with bran or something similar and has added fibre. But if you're not a breakfast eater, chances are you've been shorting yourself on the most important meal of the day just when your body needs that extra kick of fibre to keep things regular!

Here's the problem: most people don't get enough fibre, especially during those last few hours before bedtime. So if you have trouble at night, add some fibre to your diet during dinner. And if you are having problems during the day, think about including some fibre in your lunch.

Try this! Add more high fibre foods to your diets, such as fruit, veggies and whole grains. Your body will thank you for it significantly because it will help you feel less bloated and constipated!

3 Fiber Foods You Should Be Eating Every Day:
1. Fruits and Veggies: Eat a couple of servings every day — that's an easy way to up your daily fibre intake while adding extra vitamins, minerals and disease-fighting nutrients to your diet. Choose a variety of colours to get the most nutrition.

2. Beans and Grains: Eat a half cup of beans or a couple of slices of whole grain bread every day. Both are excellent sources of fibre, which keeps you regular. Beans are also a great source of protein, B vitamins and potassium that can help improve your health in many ways!

3. Whole Fruits: Eat a half cup of whole fruit every day. They are similar to whole grains and beans in that they're rich in fibre, but they're also packed with some serious antioxidants.

Have a healthy day!

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