Credihealth offers following tips to promote good urological health in both adults and children.
- Drink plenty of water: Waste products are eliminated through urine. More water means passing more urine which will remove the toxins from your body. Usual recommendation is 8 glasses of water per day but this may vary on individual basis.
- Control intake of salt: Consuming too much salt in your diet leads to water retention in the body. This is associated with high blood pressure which may lead to damage to the kidneys and occurrence of kidney stones. High-sodium is found in processed foods, canned soups and vegetables.
- Cut down on your caffeine and alcohol: Caffeine and alcohol are known to act as a diuretic and irritate the lining of the bladder causing frequent urge to urinate.
- When to increase the water intake: Drink extra water when you are exercising or spend lot of time under the sun. Under these circumstances, you tend to feel hot and excrete lot of water from your body as perspiration.
- Maintain hygiene before and after sex: During sex, bacteria and other microorganisms can enter into the urinary tract and cause infection. Women are more susceptible to developing UTIs because of their shorter urethra. Groin in males and vagina in females are breeding grounds for pathogens which can be easily transferred from one partner to another during sexual intercourse.
- Don’t hold urine for too long. Go to washroom as soon as you feel the urge.
- Drink cranberry juice which gives protection against urinary tract infections.
- Keep the genital area clean by washing it with plain water or mild soap at least once every day.
- Increase the fibre intake in your diet which will enable regular bowel movement.
Special tips for women to prevent urinary tract infections:
- After using washroom, always wipe the genital area from front to back.
- Avoid bubble baths or using powders and perfumed soaps in the vaginal area. These may cause dryness and irritation.
- Wear cotton panties and loose clothing to let the vaginal area breathe freely.
- During periods, change sanitary pads every 3-4 hours.
- Do not use douche, vaginal deodorants and spermicidal creams etc.
Urological health is the generally ignored by most people who fall prey to UTIs and other urological disorders. The responsibility of your urological health lies with you. Go for regular checkups and if you notice anything unusual, then taken an appointment with your doctor immediately.