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How to Manage an Overactive Bladder

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Here’s how to deal with an overactive bladder.

Having an overactive bladder can dominate your life both day and night. Not only do you need to make frequent visits to the bathroom during the day, but it can also cause you to lose sleep at night. Worse still, there may be times when you can’t make it to the bathroom before urinating, leaving many to avoid social situations and alter their lifestyle.

If you suspect you have Overactive Bladder, or OAB, you are not without help and options. So we are here to support you! There are lifestyle interventions, therapies, and supplements that can help you understand how to deal with an overactive bladder. Keep reading to learn more.

Understanding and Diagnosing OAB

An OAB diagnosis typically comes after confirmation of two or more of the following symptoms: frequent urination, sudden and urgent need to urinate, waking in the night to urinate, and urgency incontinence immediately following the urge to urinate.

If you are experiencing these symptoms, and haven’t yet discussed them with your doctor, make an appointment to discuss your condition without delay.

Causes of Overactive Bladder

The symptoms of OAB are the result of your bladder muscles contracting involuntarily, despite a low volume of urine in your bladder. This can be caused by a neurological condition, diabetes, hormonal imbalances, urinary tract infections, and other causes. Understanding the cause of your OAB is a crucial step in seeking the right treatment.

How to Deal with an Overactive Bladder: Therapies and Treatments

Thankfully, there are multiple paths to wellness when it comes to learning how to deal with an overactive bladder.

Diagnosis

To truly treat OAB, it’s important to work with your medical care team to determine the cause. It could be a symptom of a larger, systemic issue, which is something your doctor will want to rule out.

Biofeedback

In Biofeedback treatment, electric sensors are connected to your body to help you understand and measure the way you receive information from your bladder. This treatment helps you learn to make slow and steady changes to manage the sense of urgency attached with urinating.

Medication

While you are working to strengthen your bladder muscles and pelvic floor, your doctor may use medication to control involuntary urination.

Pelvic Floor of Physical Therapy

Therapists who specialize in bladder health can help you learn exercises such as kegels that work to strengthen both your urinary sphincter and pelvic floor muscles.

Supplements to Help Manage OAB

Professional Supplement Center has products to help you manage OAB and get back to living the life you want to live. Here are a few we recommend.

Bladder Ease from Vitanica

Bladder Ease by Vitanica is designed to provide herbal and nutritional support for OAB and bladder discomfort. Handpicked ingredients help to strengthen bladder muscles and may support a healthier inflammatory response in the urinary tract. To increase the benefits of Bladder Ease, take it with Kava Kava Tea.

Saga Pro Bladder Healthy from Terry Naturally

SagaPro from Terry Naturally is a bladder health supplement with Angelica leaf extract that supports bladder health in both men and women. For men, it may also be able to support prostate health.

Do you struggle with OAB? Do you have any advice to give on how to deal with an overactive bladder? Leave your thoughts and feedback for our community in the comments box below.

Urinary Tract Health: Try D-Mannose

D-mannose_UrinaryTractHealthJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

 

 

Over the course of a lifetime, almost half of all women will be diagnosed with a urinary tract infection (UTI). The majority of the time, a UTI is the result of a type of E. coli bacteria normally present in the intestinal tract. When this bacterium gets into the urinary tract system and proliferates, it can result in frequent urination, burning and abdominal pain, all uncomfortable symptoms of a UTI. Most UTI’s are treated with a 7 to 10 day course of antibiotics, which often suppress the bacteria, relieving symptoms but not always producing a lasting cure. As a result, 30 – 40% of these infections reoccur within 6 months. Chronic UTI’s, that don’t respond to antibiotics or reoccur after antibiotic treatment, can lead to much more serious health issues including kidney infections and septicemia.

Recurrent infections are often conventionally treated with a low dose antibiotic taken daily for 6 months or more, increasing the risk of developing yeast infections and potentially wreaking havoc with the microbiome and the gastrointestinal system. What makes these infections so difficult to treat more than 20% of the time? When present in the urinary tract, E. coli is not eliminated by urination, as the bacterial cell walls have tiny fingerlike projections that cling to the walls of urinary organs. These sticky fingerlike projections, that consist of a sticky amino acid-sugar complex known as lectin, allow the bacteria to continually make their way upward towards the ureter and bladder.

D-mannose is a simple, naturally occurring sugar chemically related to glucose that has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. D-mannose has been shown to be effective in eliminating E. coli from the urinary tract through its ability to coat the lectins. This renders them unable to cling to the inside walls of the bladder and urinary tract, and enables elimination of the bacteria through normal urination. Many may have heard of drinking cranberry juice as a home remedy for supporting a healthy urinary tract. D-mannose is the active ingredient found in cranberries and other fruits, including berries, apples and peaches, and some green veggies as well. Unlike cranberry juice, which is high in fructose that can spike blood sugar, very little D-mannose is metabolized so it doesn’t interfere with blood sugar regulation.

While the amount of D-mannose in cranberry juice is relatively small, taken as a supplement, D-mannose can provide a therapeutic dosage with up to 50% more healing power. Slowly absorbed and non-toxic, D-mannose is filtered through the kidneys and is quickly excreted along with the majority of the E. coli. A study to determine whether D-mannose was effective for the prevention of recurrent urinary tract infections showed that women with a history of recurrent UTI’s who received 2 g of D-mannose daily for 6 months had a significantly reduced risk of repeated UTI’s, even lower than study participants who took a prophylactic antibiotic. The women in the D-mannose group had substantially lower risk of a long list of unwanted gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, hepatic and respiratory side effects as compared to study participants taking a prescription antibiotic.

To maintain a healthy urinary tract system drink plenty of fluids, including water and herbal teas, don’t resist the urge to urinate, and consider taking a daily probiotic. Strong scientific evidence supports the use of a daily probiotic supplement containing 5 – 10 billion CFUs of lactobacillus acidophilus for the maintenance of gastrointestinal, immune and urological health.  Research has shown that consumption of foods containing probiotics, such as yogurt or fermented vegetables can help to promote good overall, immune and urinary tract health.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality products that support urinary and vaginal health:

U-Tract Complete by Progressive LabsU-Tract Complete Powder by Progressive Labs – This comprehensive formula supports urinary tract health with pure D-mannose plus hibiscus and cranberry extracts. D-mannose creates an unfavorable environment for bacteria and interferes with their adhesion to the urinary tract lining, which allows for eradication of E. coli from the urinary tract. Yeast free formulation.

U.T. Vibrance Tablets by Vibrant Health

U.T. Vibrance Powder or Tablets – This formula combines D-mannose with carefully selected complementary botanicals traditionally used to support healthy urinary tract function. Gluten and soy free formulation.

 

Cranberry/d-Mannose by Pure EncapsulationsCranberry/d-Mannose by Pure Encapsulations – This combination proprietary formula provides D-mannose along with 100% cranberry fruit solids for time-tested, concentrated support of urinary tract comfort. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

 

Pro-Flora Women's Probiotic by Integrative TherapeuticsPro-Flora Women’s Probiotic by Integrative Therapeutics – This formula provides two proprietary strains of lactobacillus to promote a healthy balance of vaginal microflora and a balanced vaginal pH. More than 20 years of clinical research supports the role of lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1® and lactobacillus reuteri RC-14® in promoting urogenital health. Gluten and soy free formulation.

Ultimate FloraMax Vaginal Balance 50 Billion by Advanced NaturalsUltimate FloraMax Vaginal Balance 50 Billion by Advanced Naturals – This once daily, extra-strength formula provides 10 probiotic strains for support of vaginal and urinary tract health, regulation of vaginal pH and promotion of healthy vaginal yeast balance. Gluten and dairy free formulation.

 

References:
D-mannose powder for prophylaxis of recurrent urinary tract infections in women: a randomized clinical trial. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23633128
Urinary tract infection in women. http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/urinary-tract-infection-in-women
Chronic Urinary Tract Infection. http://www.healthline.com/health/chronic-urinary-tract-infection#Overview1

Featured Brand – HERBTHEORY

herbtheorySusanBiconBy Susan Brown
Health & Wellness Editor
 

Professional Supplement Center is pleased to announce the addition of HERBTHEORY, a line of high quality, effective herbal supplements. All of their synergistic formulations are made with non-GMO, sustainable, and eco-friendly, globally sourced ingredients along with wild crafted herbs and whenever possible, powerful organic ingredients. Manufactured to the highest standards, their clinically studied formulas are designed for proven results to provide health and wellness solutions and maintain proper nutrition. Based in Southern California, HERBTHEORY combines modern technology with an East meets West philosophy to create safe and natural herbal alternatives with a goal of achieving specific results.

All products are gluten, soy, egg and dairy free, vegan, and are Non-GMO Project Verified. All ingredients are wild crafted and globally sourced and contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Stress & Sleep
 
Stress & Sleep – This clinically studied formula contains wild crafted herbs and a proprietary herbal blend to help reduce stress by supporting relaxation and relieving occasional sleep difficulties.
 
 
 
Urinary Tract
Urinary Tract – This product provides support for healthy urinary tract function and contains globally sourced, clinically studied ingredients including hibiscus flower extract and a proprietary herbal blend.  
 
 
 
Kidney Care
 
Kidney Care – This product provides a proprietary herbal blend to promote healthy kidney function and support the kidney cleansing function.
 
 
 
Prostate Health
 
Prostate Health – This herbal formula supports healthy prostate function and assists normal urine flow.
 
 
 
 
Heart & LDL
 
 Heart and LDL – Olive extract and a proprietary herbal blend provide antioxidant support for optimal heart health and helps to protect the oxidation of LDL.