Leaking bladder: Does my cocktail have an impact on my bladder weakness?

Whether you enjoy a cold beer in the afternoon, or a martini in the evening, you may be surprised to learn that alcohol can affect your leaking bladder and make bladder weakness more of a struggle.

5 Keys to Manage a Leaking Bladder or Overactive Bladder for Women Over 50

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Alcohol, like beer, liquor, and wine, can increase urine production. Further, alcohol is a sedative — just like Valium®, Librium®, Ativan®, drugs which may, according to the National Association for Continence, are drugs which may contribute to bladder weakness.

Not only is alcohol a bladder stimulant, it’s also a diuretic, causing your body to flush out water through the kidneys. So it’s a double whammy for those struggling with incontinence.

While there are many prescription medications for the various types of bladder weakness issues that cause a leaking bladder, there are also a variety of lifestyle changes that can help you manage your leaking bladder. When it comes to alcohol, Caring.com has some tips for making your cocktails less of an issue:

5 Keys to Manage a Leaking Bladder or Overactive Bladder for Women Over 50

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  • Choose water-based mixed drinks. For example, a gin and tonic, with lots of tonic, will be much easier on the bladder than straight whiskey.
  • Don’t add insult to injury. Mixing one bladder irritant — alcohol — with another, such as coke or a citrus juice, will make a leaking bladder much more likely.
  • Don’t have one for the road. You’ll enjoy the evening more if you avoid a leaking bladder incident, even if you have to give up that second or third drink.
  • Use water as a chaser. After each serving of wine, beer, or other liquor, drink a glass of water to flush out the alcohol more quickly.

You can discover more ways you can combat bladder weakness and a leaking bladder by downloading Vibrant Nation’s special report, 5 keys to manage a leaking bladder or overactive bladder for women over 50.

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  1. Generic Image kasandra carr says

    Wonderful article Susan! We at TENA believe that just because you combat bladder weakness doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a nice cocktail now and then. We have created a delicious Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri recipe, listed below, that includes a variety of bladder-friendly ingredients for all of your readers to enjoy! If you want to see more of our tasty bladder friendly recipes, please visit http://www.tena.us/women/cafe/terris-healthy-bladder-recipes/.
     
    Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri
     
    Ingredients:
    -          2/3 cup sugar
    -          1/3 cup water
    -          Cranberry juice, a few splashes
    -          1 cup cold water
    -          3 cups ice cubes
    -          15 fresh strawberries, hulled and cut in half
    -          Fresh mint

    Instructions:
    -In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water.
    -Boil 5 minutes to make a syrup, chill.
    -In a blender container, pour in chilled sugar syrup, a few splashes of cranberry juice, cold water, half of the ice cubes and strawberries.
    -Blend at highest speed until smooth.
    -Add remaining ice and blend again.
    -Serve in cocktail glass and garnish each glass with a fresh strawberry and mint.
    -Makes 6 servings.

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