Most people are concerned about gaining weight from their holiday diet, but few people take into consideration their urological health.
During the holiday season, many people have an increased risk of compromising their health due to the tendency to splurge on treats that wouldn’t necessarily be part of their regular diet. When these foods are eaten in higher than normal consumptions, overall health threats may arise. Some of these foods and drinks can also trigger frequent urination, bladder spasms, or urinary incontinence!
Keep your urinary system in check this holiday season with the following diet tips:
- Limit sugary, rich, and heavy foods
Moderation is key when it comes to consuming sugary foods. Keep an eye out for items that will directly irritate the bladder, such as citrus fruits, chocolate, and spicy or acidic foods.
- Minimize alcoholic beverages
Alcohol causes the urgency and frequency of urination, which may cause some uncomfortable symptoms. If consumed in large amounts, the bladder will weaken and cause possible urine leakage.
- Drink plenty of water
This tip may seem obvious, but drinking water is even more essential during the holidays. Strive to drink 6 to 8 cups of water every day to stay hydrated and reduce the chances of aggravating your bladder.
- Incorporate more fruits and veggies
Fruits and veggies such as bananas, apples, grapes, coconut, strawberries, asparagus, broccoli, cucumbers, carrots, and peppers are all healthy alternatives to sweet desserts, and they will help keep everything moving.
- Eat more fiber
Fiber-rich foods help prevent constipation, which puts additional pressure on the bladder. Some good sources of fiber include beans, artichokes, oats, and almonds.
- Don’t forget about protein
Protein is essential for your overall health, so enjoy some turkey and ham this holiday! Chicken, tofu, fish, and eggs are also great sources of protein.
- Avoid caffeinated beverages
Caffeine increases bladder activity and can cause several urinary issues. Try to avoid coffees and teas that contain high amounts of caffeine.
We hope these holiday diet tips for a healthy bladder were useful and allow you to enjoy the holidays without interruptions! If you would like to schedule an appointment with our office, please contact us at one of our locations.