We seldom think about our urinary habits. It is not until we are stuck in heavy traffic with no lavatories nearby that we focus on our bladder health. Or unless we are affected by an ailment. There is no better time than now to focus on this aspect. It is so because November is observed as the Bladder Health Month.
In this post, we will be honouring this concept by talking about what to eat and what to avoid for the well-being of this organ.
Nourishing Food for Bladder Health
To pee or not to pee is never the question. You should urinate when and as required. But before we touch on some healthful tips, let’s explore the variety of food products that one can consume.
Pears – Pears are bladder-friendly fruits, with an ample amount of fibre. It is rich in fibre that makes it a great snack and a better bladder health supplement. One serving of this fruit equals 100 calories.
Green beans – Beans can be added to your diet as a raw snack, a part of a salad or roasted item. One cup of green beans has nearly 31 calories and are great for the bladder. It is because green beans serve Vitamin A, C and K, along with plentiful fibre. Effects of problems like bladder infection can be relieved by adding green beans to diet.
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Eggs – Considered the superfood for protein, eggs make up for not only a healthy breakfast but also a bladder health supplement. They help control overactive bladder and maintain its health.
Potatoes – One of the top vegetables found in Indian households, potatoes are packed with vitamins. Potatoes also have abundant dietary potassium.
Bananas – A good source of vitamins and potassium, bananas are jammed to energise you. Bananas are capable of regulating the body’s fluid intake and so acts as a great product for the bladder.
Whole grains – Whole grains are inclusive of a pool of nutrients. Be it protein, fibre, Vitamin B and antioxidants, whole grains should be a person’s top choice while caring for the bladder. Oatmeal, barley, millet, popcorn, brown rice and more are some popular items.
Nuts – Nuts like almonds, cashews and sunflower seeds are good for snacking. They can improve the bladder’s condition and soothe irritation.
Bread – Whole wheat bread is your answer to bladder irritation. Rich in magnesium, bread improves muscle function and encourage bladder well-being.
Unhealthy Food for Bladder Health
Millennials share one common incentive to get out of bed each morning – their bladders (or the urge to urinate). An uncontrolled bladder can affect you beyond imagination. These effects make it all the more important to understand how to maintain bladder health. Here’s a list of foods to avoid to have a healthy bladder. If you choose to avoid these items for some time, your risk of ailments like bladder cancer are reduced significantly.
- Spicy foods irritate the bladder
- Citrus foods – lemons, limes, grapefruits, oranges
- Tomato-based products
- Carbonated drinks
- Artificial sweeteners
By adding and subtracting the food mentioned above, in your diet, you can encourage a healthy urinary function. Bladder health does more than save us from embarrassment and discomfort. It prevents plenty of conditions that can have harmful effects on our overall soundness.
So make inferred changes to your diet and create awareness about the importance of this organ.
Also, read about How to prevent bladder infection in the article Preventing Bladder Infection
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