Published By: Ishani Karmakar

This Bad Habit Is Wrecking Your Bladder Health

Some bladder problems are unavoidable, but many others may be avoided or treated by changing your routine.

It's never pleasant to deal with bladder problems. They can cause discomfort and embarrassment and, in difficult situations, interfere with your normal activities and even your ability to enjoy life.  If you already have any, your bladder problems might be exacerbated by your daily routine or by participating in certain activities. That's excellent news since it suggests you can reduce the intensity and frequency of bladder problems and even stop them from happening in the first place if you so choose.

To protect your bladder, avoid these lifestyle practices that specialists have identified as potential risk factors.

Negative lifestyle factors and bladder health


Although the adverse effects of smoking on the heart and lungs are probably already widely known, the fact that it can also damage the bladder could be news to you. The adverse effects of smoking on bladder health are greater than those of any other lifestyle behaviour. According to the American Cancer Society, smokers have a threefold higher risk of developing malignant diseases of the bladder than non-smokers.

Intake of bladder-irritating foods or beverages

The symptoms of an overactive bladder include an increased need to visit the washroom suddenly or frequently, as well as accidental leaking when attempting to control your need to visit the loo. In other words, it's an age-old problem of having to "go" yet being too late to the restroom. A hyperactive bladder can be brought on by anything that irritates the bladder. Our bladders may have a lower tolerance for dietary irritants as we age. Chocolate, coffee, soda, citrus fruits, and sugar substitutes are all examples of these. Overactive bladder symptoms can be alleviated by avoiding foods known to irritate the bladder.

The dangers of delaying a restroom break

Avoid holding your bladder for too long. The over-expansion of your bladder is not healthy. You shouldn't have to stick to a timetable, but you should go to the bathroom as soon as you feel the urge.

When your bladder tells you it's time to leave, it's recommended to "answer the call" rather than try to "teach it to retain more," which can cause permanent harm.

Excessive hydration

This can come as a surprise since many individuals need to be aware of the potential drawbacks of consuming excessive water. It's crucial to maintain enough hydration, and there's a current trend toward encouraging people to drink lots of water, but it's also possible to drink too much water. Many popular diet plans recommend increasing water intake to the point where it becomes unhealthy. It is possible to become intoxicated with water, a condition known as water intoxication, in which the body's salt levels drop to potentially fatal lows.