The Basics On Bladder Support

Are you aware of just how vital your bladder is? 

In the UK alone in 2018, there were around 10,000 deaths per year, an average of 28 per day related to bladder cancer. Who knows what that figure might be now?

Alongside that, around 50 million people worldwide suffer from urinary incontinence. 

There are many bladder problems between the UK and the rest of the world!

To be honest, this balloon shaped organ is one of the most important ones your body owns. It’s essentially acting as a filter, removing excess waste from your body.

But to keep this organ in check, it requires a good knowledge of its functions, behaviours, foods and supplements to keep in place. Keep reading if you’re interested in knowing how to look after your bladder and keep your body in good shape.

What are the basic functions of the bladder?

The bladder is an organ in your pelvis, behind your pubic bone. Usually, when empty, it takes the size and shape of a pear. When its full, urine travels down two tubes known as ureters into the bladder.

The main purpose of the bladder is to store that urine and control its movements. Urine is controlled due to the small layers of muscle tissue that stretch out on the outside, holding urine. On average, the bladder can hold a capacity of 400-600mL. 

When urinating, the muscle walls of your bladder squeeze together, and the valves open up to let the excess urine out. When exiting, the urine leaves the bladder into your urethra, which causes urine to leave your body through your penis or vagina.

Bladder issues/infections

Bladder problems can be pretty common to have and are often minor. Many problems caused by the bladder can be treated with simple lifestyle changes, diet or medication. The main bladder issues and infections are:

Cystitis

This is a common condition when your bladder becomes inflamed and often occurs as a by-product of a bacterial infection. Often cystitis is quite painful and can cause a lot of irritation to your bladder and lead to a more severe infection if it spreads. In particular, it is linked to the following symptoms:

  • Low-grade fever
  • Blood in urine
  • Frequent passing urine
  • Cloudy or strong-smelling urine
  • Pressure in your lower abdomen 
  • Discomfort in pelvis

Urinary incontinence 

This is a common problem when you lose control of your bladder. Often urinary incontinence occurs more in older people and can be quite embarrassing. It can often be triggered due to stress, alcohol, caffeine, chilli peppers, artificial sweeteners, heart and blood pressure medications, high doses of vitamin C and more. The symptoms associated with this incontinence are:

Bladder cancer 

This is a disease where malignant cancer cells occur in the tissue walls of the bladder. The cancers often spill into other areas of the body, causing more severe effects. Typical symptoms associated with bladder cancer are:

  • Pain while urinating
  • Blood in urine
  • Frequent urination
  • Lower back pain

Natural Preventive methods for bladder issues

You will want to undergo good habits to benefit from a healthy bladder. Some of the best ways of doing that are by taking natural remedies and shifting your behavioural patterns. To give you an idea, here are some examples:

  • Have a healthy weight: Staying in a good weight range may cause fewer problems for your bladder. 
  • Don’t smoke: Smoking triggers coughing and can increase your chances of stress incontinence. 
  • Drink a lot of fluids: Drink a lot of liquids, so you stay hydrated and go to the bathroom regularly.
  • Have healthy bathroom habits: Don’t hold your bladder regularly, as it can damage your muscle walls.

Foods that help bladder health

If you want to optimize your bladder health, you might be interested in consuming more of the following foods:

  • Garlic: Garlic has been used for thousands of years in ayurvedic medicine and many other cultures due to its fantastic health benefits. In any form, it can help protect your bladder from UTIs and help you stay healthy. It helps with digestion problems too.
  • Pears: This fruit is full of fibre, which can contribute to regular bowel movements when eaten regularly.
  • Bananas: Bananas contain lots of fibre and potassium, allowing you to have frequent bowel movements and flush out urine easily.
  • Berries: Berries have large levels of vitamin C, which can fight off harmful bacteria in your bladder.
  • Cruciferous vegetables: These vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals, encouraging bladder health and fighting off cancers.

Bladder support supplements

In addition to changing your lifestyle and increasing your uptake of certain foods, you can take certain supplements to help with the health of your bladder.

D-Mannose


D-Mannose is a type of sugar found in many fruits, mainly cranberries. Taking this supplement is an excellent alternative to drinking large amounts of cranberry juice and saves you on added sugar. This supplement works as it helps slow down protein loss, and it allows your liver to function better.

Saw Palmetto


Saw Palmetto is a supplement that comes from the palm tree family. It’s mainly used to support male health, as it stops or reduces the problems associated with the prostate gland. In particular, if the gland grows too large, it can put pressure on the bladder; Saw Palmetto inhibits the breakdown of testosterone, reducing the chances of urinary problems.

Conclusion

Overall, there are many things you can do to ensure you have a healthy bladder. In particular, you can stop smoking, drink a lot of fluids, eat certain foods and visit the bathroom regularly. You can also try supplements like Saw Palmetto and D-Mannose. To know more about them, check out our range.