5 tips to keep your urinary system healthy
More than 9 million doctor visits each year are due to problems with the urinary system, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).
So what steps can you take to prevent these issues? Dr. Robert Pasciak, a urologist at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill., has five tips on how to keep your urinary system healthy:
1. Don’t wait too long to use the restroom. Withholding urination can put added pressure on your bladder which can lead to infection.
2. Pay close attention to hygiene – avoid harsh soaps and make sure to shower thoroughly after swimming in pools or lakes.
3. Avoid foods that may irritate the bladder. If you have an overactive or sensitive bladder, avoid carbonated and caffeinated drinks and alcoholic drinks.
4. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout the day in order to keep a normal urinary pattern. This works to remove any waste products in your system.
5. Ask the right questions – If you suspect something is wrong, talk to your doctor.
About the Author
Sarah Scroggins, health enews contributor, is the director of social media at Advocate Aurora Health. She has a BA and MA in Communications. When not on social media, she loves reading a good book (or audiobook), watching the latest Netflix series and teaching a college night class.