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Bladder health is just as important as the health of any other organ in your body. Your bladder is an essential part of your genitourinary system that requires care for your well-being.
The team at NY Urology in Midtown East, New York City, and Forest Hills, New York, take your bladder health seriously. Dr. David Shusterman and Dr. Chong-Min Kim provide expert urology and nephrology care to keep your bladder and urinary system healthy.
Your bladder is a hollow organ that’s part of your genitourinary system. It’s very muscular and gets more prominent as it fills with urine. Your bladder sits between your hips in the center of your pelvis.
The main job of your bladder is to hold urine until you expel it from your body during urination. It can hold up to two cups of urine at a time. You know it’s time to urinate when your bladder starts to become full.
All the organs in your urinary system must work together to allow you to urinate normally. Along with your bladder and other organs, you also have two sphincters that work to keep the urine in your bladder until you’re ready to urinate.
It’s extremely important that you go to the bathroom when you feel the urge. Holding urine in your bladder is detrimental, as it causes the bladder itself to weaken. Bacteria can also grow when urine sits in the bladder for too long.
Your bladder health is mostly in your hands. If you take the proper care of yourself, your bladder will remain in good shape.
The team at NY Urology has your bladder health in mind during your appointments. If you’re worried about your bladder health, they offer a few tips you may not know about, including:
One of the best tips for bladder health is to make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. You should try to drink about eight glasses of water per day for normal urination. Avoid too much alcohol and caffeine, as it increases activity in your bladder and may cause urine to leak.
Smoking has detrimental effects on various aspects of your health, including your bladder. Tobacco use increases your chances of developing bladder cancer.
Acidic foods like citrus fruits worsen urinary incontinence. If you have bladder problems, you should limit these foods, along with spicy foods and chocolate.
When you feel the urge to urinate, make sure you listen to your body and go. You should try to urinate at least once every few hours to keep your bladder healthy and working correctly.
When urinating, let your bladder completely empty. While it may take a little longer, it ensures all urine is expelled from the bladder. This decreases the chances of a bladder infection.
Your pelvic floor muscles are an essential aspect of your urinary system. These muscles help you keep urine from leaking out when you sneeze or laugh. Doing kegel exercises helps keep your pelvic floor muscles strong and the urine in your bladder.
When you take the time to follow these tips, your bladder health stays optimal, and your chances of issues arising are small.
Don’t let urinary symptoms get you down — call us at 212-991-9991 today to make an appointment. You can also book on the website using our convenient scheduling tool.