4 tips for bladder health following a UTI
If you have suffered from a urethral infection in the past, then you may be fearful about getting further UTIs. It is important to remember that UTIs are fairly common and that they can happen for a number of reasons. It is important that you always seek medical advice and treatment so that you can get to the root cause. However, there are also a number of steps you can take to help keep your bladder healthy. Below we share some tips for bladder health.
Don’t rush, fully empty the bladder
This may sound simple, but it is very important that you take your time when passing urine, don’t be in a rush. Going to the toilet in a rush may mean that you don’t empty your bladder properly, and this retention of urine can make you more at risk of developing a bladder infection.
Practise those pelvic floor exercises
Everyone should do their pelvic floor exercises, not only women who have recently given birth. We can all benefit from taking a few minutes out of each day to strengthen those bladder muscles. Not only will this help to reduce the risk of stress incontinence, but it will also help you to empty the bladder fully, reducing the risk of bladder infection.
Try to drink more water
We all need to drink more water, not only to improve our skin, energy levels and to reduce the risk of constipation, but drinking plenty of water is also good for our bladder health. Try to drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. It’s a good idea to drink a glass of water with a meal and first thing in the morning.
Cut down on the caffeine
Caffeine is a stimulant and too much caffeine in the diet can irritate the lining of the bladder. Enjoy that first cup of coffee in the morning, but do try to limit the intake of strong coffee, replacing it with water, and don’t drink coffee before going to bed.
If you would like help and advice about your bladder health following a UTI, then please do get in touch with us today.