Incontinence is defined as the failure to handle and control bowel (fecal) or bladder (urine) movements. It is a frequent health condition affecting people of all ages, but it can severely disturb a person’s lifestyle. It may arise after anal surgery or sphincter injuries which could be due to childbirth, local wounds or a side-effect from medical treatment. Can incontinence be avoided? Yes! In many cases fecal or urinary incontinence can be eluded. Here are a few guidelines to help inhibit incontinence issues:
Keep a healthy normal diet
It is important that your diet (beans, nuts, vegetables, cereals, fruits, full grain breads) includes plenty of fiber and fluids to loosen stool and improve bowel movement.
Drink lots of fluids including water
Consumig an average of two liters of liquid a day will always help your digestive routine resulting in having more stable and manageable production of urine and stools. Also, try reducing alcohol intake, carbonated drinks and coffee. If you have bladder incontinence, reduction of fluid intake will not necessarily help. Always check with your doctor or caregiver.
Have a dynamic and optimistic way of life
Quit smoking (if you currently do) and avoid excess weight. Practice mild exercise. Take in consideration that when muscles are not strong enough, bladder and bowels will surely experience difficulties. Floor exercises are advised to control and strengthen pelvic muscles and sphincters.
Keep an organized and normal washroom routine
It is important to have some kind of restroom routine. Lots of people go to the washroom very early every morning. Once seated on the toilet, let the body unwind and muscles relax, especially the lower abdomen and sphincters. It is important to strengthen pelvic muscles to avoid incontinence. Consult a doctor as soon as infections in the urinary tract are suspected or detected.
Join a support group
It is very significant in the life of someone who suffers from incontinence to have people, communities, church and online support. All these support groups are there to let you know that you are not the only one having incontinence issues. You are able to hear and share experiences. However, you should always consult your doctor or caregiver before any treatment or surgical decisions are made.