Dehydration increases bladder problems

Dehydration increases bladder problems

The thought seems logical: those who drink little produce less urine and consequently have fewer problems with bladder weakness. However, bladder weakness cannot be prevented by consuming less. Those affected usually achieve the opposite because the concentrated urine increases the feeling of the urge to urinate. Not drinking enough water is also bad for your health: the risk of urinary tract infections and the formation of kidney and bladder stones increases.

Fluid deficiencies can increase bladder problems.

One danger of bladder weakness is not drinking enough to avoid the constant urge to urinate or not to leak urine. But what, at first glance, looks like a practicable solution is a fallacy. If only a little liquid is available for urine formation, the kidneys must enrich the small urine volume with the substances to be excreted. This concentration work heavily strains the vital kidneys, and highly concentrated urine can also irritate the bladder.


drinking habits

Patients with bladder weakness should adapt their drinking habits to their daily routine. If you regulate your liquid intake at certain times, you have a better chance of going to the toilet in a controlled manner. For example, you can reduce the amount you drink before leaving the house and catch up on what you have missed when you get home. You can also avoid drinking two to three hours before going to bed if you want to avoid going to the toilet at night. However, nobody should drastically limit the fluid they drink daily. For example, the German Society for Nutrition recommends at least one and a half litres.

The colour of the urine is also a good indication of a lack of water: if it is dark yellow, too many toxins are being transported in the urine, and the body needs more liquid. If, on the other hand, the urine appears very light, you are drinking enough. “Especially in the summer, people with bladder weakness should remember to drink enough,” warns Erhard Hackler, Managing Director of DSL. Otherwise, if you drink too little liquid, there is not only the risk of a urinary tract infection but also the risk of serious circulatory problems. This is all the more true if you physically expect more than usual.

Drink the right thing.

It is also essential to cover the liquid requirement with the right drinks. Still, mineral water and herbal teas are ideal thirst quenchers, as they contain little or no substances that irritate the bladder. Beverages such as coffee, black tea and beer, on the other hand, increase bladder and urge problems. Those affected should, therefore, only enjoy them in small amounts or avoid them altogether if they are planning activities outside the home.


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