If you stop to think about it, it’s amazing how your body works. Regarding your urinary health, even something as seemingly simple as going to the bathroom is complex. Your urinary system is constantly working behind the scenes, adjusting to changes in your environment and body. It adapts to your activities and everything you ingest, ensuring you stay healthy and functioning at your best. It’s an incredible system we often take for granted, yet it should continue to function optimally when you take care of your body.
Ensuring good urinary health is simple and can be achieved by following habits we learned as children. Here are three easy goals to help you maintain optimal urinary health:
Add in more fruits and veggies everyday
Making sure to include 3.5 to 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day is a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, research indicates that a mere 9% of American adults meet this dietary requirement. The various benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables are well-established in scientific literature, and certain produce items, including berries, bananas, carrots, pears, and squash, have been found to promote bladder health. Additionally, bananas, cranberries, and probiotic-rich sauerkraut have been found to alleviate urinary tract infections. Therefore, incorporating more fruits and vegetables into one’s diet may result in a range of health benefits.
Stay hydrated by drinking more water
Water is an essential element that our body relies on to perform vital functions. Water flushes away bacteria and toxins from our bloodstream and ensures that our organs receive the nourishment they need to function properly. This is crucial in preventing kidney stone formation and developing urinary tract infections, prostatitis, and other urinary tract dysfunctions. To maintain optimal health, adults should drink between half an ounce and one full ounce of water for every pound of their weight. If you want to stay healthy, especially in hot climates or exercise regularly, make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Make exercise a must
Here’s an exercise motivator: Are you tired of worrying about incontinence or erectile dysfunction? There’s good news: regular exercise can help! By focusing on core-strengthening activities such as those that work the abdominal and chest muscles, lengthen the spine, and aid in weight management, you can reduce pressure on the bladder and prevent incontinence or reduce its symptoms. Plus, exercise is excellent for blood flow, which is crucial for sexual health. Don’t let heart disease, obesity, or diabetes rob you of your vitality – take action today. Even simple activities like walking the dog, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or every 30 to 45 minutes throughout the day get up and move in some manner (e.g. stretch, walk in place, or dance to music) for at least 5 minutes, can be beneficial for your urinary health.
Dr. David Samadi is the Director of Men’s Health and Urologic Oncology at St. Francis Hospital in Long Island. He’s a renowned and highly successful board certified Urologic Oncologist Expert and Robotic Surgeon in New York City, regarded as one of the leading prostate surgeons in the U.S., with a vast expertise in prostate cancer treatment and Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy. Dr. Samadi is a medical contributor to NewsMax TV and is also the author of The Ultimate MANual, Dr. Samadi’s Guide to Men’s Health and Wellness, available online both on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Visit Dr. Samadi’s websites at robotic oncology and prostate cancer 911.