I Have to Go Again? Dealing With an Over Active Bladder (OAB)

Is this going on in your life?

* Think ahead of where the bathrooms are located before you go out to a store

* Go more than 8 times a day (Major warning bell!)

* Wake up in the middle of the night to go more than 2-3 times (also called Nocturia)

* The sensation is so strong immediately you have a hard time making it to the bathroom

* Need to go again within 15 minutes of the last time

* Refraining from going to places/events because you are not sure if you can hold it?

You may have a condition that needs doctors attention. Such as:

* Diabetes

* Enlarged Prostate

* Urinary Tract Infection

* Interstitial Cystitis

* Bladder Cancer

* Overactive Bladder Syndrome

* Overactive Bladder with a fever

Before you think of using a home remedy for this problem, seek your doctors advise to determine that it is not a serious matter that requires medical attention:

Some minor cause could be too much liquid, coffee beverages, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, carbonated beverages (I admit, 2 out of 4 of these are my biggest downfalls and definitely hard charge!) Citrus fruits and Diuretics

As I have tried to cut down and balanced my intake of liquids to no avail, I fell upon some of these remedies:

Pomegranate Paste – Pomegranate skins work great for frequent urination. It is said to bring down the bladder heat. Make a fine paste with the pomegranate skin and take a couple pinches of the skin with a few drops of water twice a day. Do this for 5 days.

Sesame Seed – Sesame seed is a rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Mix a few sesame seeds with Organic Jaggery (Indian sweetener – Healthy Raw Wholesome Brown Sugar) and consume twice a day.

Boiled Spinach – Boiled spinach can give you great relief and filled with nutrition. Eat it daily to reduce frequent urinary at night. Add coconut water for better results.

Apple Cider Vinegar – Initially I added this to my diet this week for hot flashes (just as much of an aggravation as frequent urination!). I mixed it with a little raw honey and some water and I haven’t seen much of an effect on my hot flashes but I have seen a definite reduction in my runs to the bathroom! Night time trips went down from 5 or 6 times to 2. Daytime runs to the bathroom definitely went down but being at work and extremely busy did not allow me to actually count. It was a definite change and I was able to get my work done for a change! I image that Apple Cider Vinegar is less nutritious than the rest of the remedies but I am always focusing on getting my minerals and vitamins with other foods and drinks that I am not too concerned. On the other hand, Apple Cider Vinegar contains Acetic Acid which has strong antimicrobial effect so it can be used for wound healing, cleaning, nail fungus, warts and some other medical concerns. It has also shown in studies to lower blood sugar.

Exercise has been recommended for helping bladder control including Kegel Exercises and Yoga have shown to be effective in strengthening the muscles around the bladder. On the flip side, weight training did not show improvement in bladder strength.