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How Nutrition Effects Incontinence

If you find yourself trying to cope with incontinence, you are undoubtedly always looking for new strategies and ways to make it easier. You are definitely not alone; many Australians have to contend with this problem, and many learn to manage it quite effectively. One thing that many people do not realise is that incontinence and nutrition are very closely linked. In addition to using well designed incontinence products, being conscientious about your diet and nutrition can have a dramatic - and positive - impact on your incontinence. Below, we highlight a few key facts.

How Weight Effects Incontinence

Any doctor will tell you that carrying around extra pounds can have a very negative impact on managing incontinence. In fact, obesity has been determined to be a major factor for people suffering from SUI (Stress Urinary Incontinence). All that extra weight increases pressure on the abdominal area - and also increases the likelihood and occurrence of incontinence. By shedding even just a small percentage of the pounds, people can drastically reduce the impact that this condition has on their life - in addition to enjoying many other great health benefits associated with losing weight.

Watch What You Eat... And Drink

Certain foods and beverages just don't mix well with incontinence. Caffeine is one of the biggest culprits; doctors recommend consuming 500 mg per day - the same as about five cups of regular strength coffee. Even at that level, if you find that your incontinence continues unaffected, you should reduce intake. Some people end up eschewing caffeine altogether and have amazing results.

Citrus foods and tomato-based foods can also exacerbate incontinence. Even if you take care to use the best mobility equipment and incontinence products, consuming a diet high in these foods can negate any good you are doing. Chocolate and spicy foods have also been shown to contribute to the problem. By eliminating or cutting back on these and other problem foods, you can reduce the symptoms and occurrence of your incontinence.

Fibre And Incontinence

Constipation can wreak havoc on incontinence, increasing its occurrence and making it even worse. Making sure you consume enough fibre in your daily diet can do wonders for the condition and help keep constipation at bay. At the same time, making sure that you are adequately hydrated throughout the day can also improve your incontinence symptoms. Keeping these and other nutritional facts in mind can help you manage the condition and live your life as freely as possible.

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