are there any known ways to stop or at least slow down incontinence naturally without the need of surgery/medication etc? i suffer with both bowel and bladder incontinence.
Yes, natural treatment methods are often recommended as a first resort over any invasive methods. Research has shown that exercises, lifestyle changes and natural supplements can help incontinence.
Have you ever heard of kegel exercises? Many experts recommend these as a healthy, effective way to manage incontinence. These aim to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles are easy to practice. They can be useful for both urinary and faecal incontinence when the cause of the problem is a weak pelvic floor. You can read about how to do kegel exercises here.
You can also ask your Doctor about a bladder retraining programme, which is another popular natural treatment method. This trains you to hold on for longer in between toilet breaks and allows you to slowly stretch your bladder so it can hold larger volumes of urine. You are taught ways to distract yourself to prevent leakages.
You should also pay attention to your diet and ensure you avoid common incontinence triggers. Try and avoid spicy foods, caffeinated foods, alcohol and citrus fruits. It is important to have enough vitamin D levels in your diet, as a lack of vitamin D is known to negatively impact on pelvic floor muscle strength. Foods that provide vitamin D include fatty fish, cheese, egg yolks, dairy products fortified with vitamin D and cereals. You can also purchase herbal products to improve your symptoms, which include Chinese herbal blends and corn silk. You find out more about dietary requirements and herbal treatments in our blog about how to stop incontinence naturally.
Managing your weight is one of the most overlooked treatment methods for incontinence. However, carrying excessive weight can cause additional stress to be placed on the pelvic floor muscles. A healthy weight loss programme or gentle exercise can, therefore, be hugely effective.
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