What is a healthy bladder?
The bladder is a muscle that seems to be the least known about and talked about. Don’t get me wrong, we all know that it holds our urine but there is so much more to it than just that!
Like every muscle, proper health is very important such as hydration and nutrients. Your bladder can hold up to 16 oz. or 2 cups of liquid at one time. However, if that liquid is repeatedly something other than water, the muscle lining of the bladder can be very irritated causing dysfunction.
It is recommended that we consume 60-80 oz. of water per day to maintain a healthy bladder. If you consume too much water or too little water, you will experience bladder dysfunction such as urgency, incontinence/peeing your pants, excessive nighttime voiding, abdominal pain, etc.
Not only is hydration important but so is proper nutrition for the bladder. When we consume too much caffeine, carbonated beverages, spicy foods, acidic foods/drinks, etc. the lining of the bladder is easily agitated, and you will start to experience dysfunction as listed above.
Trilogy Physical Therapy can help you if you are experiencing any bladder issues.