One of the more embarrassing and annoying side-effects of birth and getting older is light bladder leakage, commonly known as LBL. It strikes at the most awkward moments, when you’re having a good laugh with mates, or a gigantic sneeze or a brisk walk or run. And if you ever plan on going trampolining with your kids, I can guarantee that the leaking will drive you crazy.
Many women think that the solution to stop the dribbles is to go easy on the water. Less liquid, less leakage – seems rational. But it’s NOT!
We chatted to the experts at Poise, who make liners and pads specifically designed for light bladder leakage and they assured us that avoiding water to combat LBL is actually one giant myth.
In fact, the concentration of urine from low hydration can actually irritate the bladder.
More Top Tips:
- Don’t avoid drinking water, but stick to sipping often throughout the day versus large amounts at one time.
- Try keeping a diary of foods and drinks which might make your light bladder leakage worse. This will help you understand whether certain acidic, spicy or salty foods are having an effect on your bladder.
- It’s a common belief we need to drink eight glasses of water a day for optimal health. This is isn’t actually necessary as most of what we need is already in our food, so don’t feel pressured to gulp down litres of liquid.
Keep in mind that there are lots of great reasons to drink plenty of water:
Water can keep your weight down.
If you are hungry and it’s between meal times, have a glass of water before you reach for the chocolate biscuits.
Water helps energise your muscles during exercise.
When muscle cells don’t have enough fluid, performance can be compromised as they don’t work as well. Make sure you drink a small amount of water before, as well as during exercise.
Water helps you look good.
If you’re dehydrated, your skin can look dry and more wrinkled than normal. When you are properly hydrated, your kidneys work at their best to get rid of excess fluids.
So if you are holding back on water, it’s time to stop. Drink up and work on strengthening your pelvic floor muscles and use Poise® liners and pads, with up to twice the absorbency of sanitary products – whether you’re at yoga, out for a run, or in everyday life.
A great way to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles is to create a routine of pelvic floor exercises. We think the Pelvic Floor Cheat Sheet below (proudly created for us by Poise® is a brilliant start …
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