5 Foods that Can Help You Manage Your Incontinence A Guest Post from Hartmann Direct

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If you suffer from incontinence, you will understand how difficult it can be the manage the symptoms on a daily basis. It seems like you spend your day planning every toilet visit and making sure you have plenty of incontinence products to manage any accidental leaks of urine.

The good news is that there are plenty of treatments and options for incontinence, from pelvic floor muscles exercises, bladder re-training, medication and the possibility of surgical intervention too. However, there are smaller changes that can have big impacts on incontinence, and that is the food and drink we consume.

This is especially true when you have an over-active bladder. This is when the lining of the bladder is irritated, causing an urge to urinate on a frequent basis. This urge can also be immediate and thus, you may leak urine before you reach the toilet.

There is no dietary cure for incontinence but it is known that some foods and drink can make an overactive bladder feel more irritated. Making dietary changes should be done with the help of your GP or a specialist incontinence nurse and can, in many cases, work well especially when practicing pelvic floor exercises or using other incontinence products and aids.

There are some foods that can help with incontinence and here are five of the best!

#1 Nuts, seeds and legumes

Edible legumes include soya beans, lentils and other kinds of pulses and by building more of nuts, seeds and legumes into your daily diet, you are building in an important food group. Nutrition experts suggest that by eating nuts, seeds and so on that are natural, unprocessed and as close to their natural state of possible, the more effective they will be.

A 115 gram or half a cup serving of each of these food groups will add six to eight grams of fibre to your diet.

#2 Fruit and veg…

… but the right fruit and vegetables!

Citrus fruits are acidic and this means that they have potential to irritate the bladder. They are also a diuretic which means that they ‘encourage’ the body to urinate more. This is why many low-fat or diet plans will contain high levels of citrus fruits such as lemon, as well as tomatoes and so on.

Therefore, eating the right fruit and vegetables is important. Cut out or lower your intake of citrus fruits and instead focus on those high in fibre such as peas, sweet potatoes with their skins on and broccoli.

#3 Breads, cereals and rice

A common factor relating to incontinence can be slow transit of food through the digestive system. Being constipated on a frequent basis or passing hard stills can contribute at accidental leaks of urine.

Increasing your intake of fibre and water simultaneously, will help to decrease constipation and hard stools. Thus, eating wholemeal bread and cereals and brown rice that are as unrefined as possible is key to maintaining a healthy digestive system.

#4 Water

When suffering from urinary incontinence, especially an overactive bladder where you feel you are always going to the toilet, it can seem counter-intuitive to drink more water.

A sensitive or over-active bladder has a lining that is irritated and sometimes, consuming more water helps because urine becomes less concentrated. This means the bladder can feel less irritated and not produce the urge to urinate all of the time.

When adding unrefined foods to your diet, you will also need to consume more water to help with the digestion and passage of this food too.

However, you need to drink water throughout the day – try adding an extra six to eight small glasses of water to your daily routine. It is best to sip water through the day, rather than taking it in in one large gulp. This means your system is working constantly to use the water and dilute urine.

Combine this increase in water with scheduled toilet visits too so that you start to regain control of your bladder.

#5 Meat and fish

Nutrition experts agree that lean cuts of meat along with fish are the best protein sources for the body.

However, when we add ingredients to them, we can sometimes be inviting trouble for an irritated bladder. Use non-acidic and healthy mono-unsaturated fats such as olive oil when cooking meat and fish.

There are also some foods that can be soothing to the bladder, such as avocado. Some people also find that cutting out caffeinated drinks or drastically reducing them, also helps an irritated or sensitive bladder.

 

HARTMANN Direct supply a range of high quality incontinence products suitable for men and women. Their range include light absorbency pads, through to heavy absorbency as well as other products that can help managing an over-active bladder easier.

 

5 Warning Signs of Bad Nursing Home Care A Guest Post by Samantha Stein

 

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We live in very busy times where we are ruled by our own schedules. When this happens, we often have little time to care for our aging loved ones. Luckily, nursing homes are an option for many of us. When we cannot provide the care that our elderly relatives need, these facilities will fill in the gaps and make sure that they receive the assistance that they need.

Nursing homes have always been a big part of our society. For years, we have placed our trust and our family’s well-being in their capable hands. These facilities have allowed our elderly to age with dignity and grace through the care that they provide. Through the experienced hands, the nurses and other staff of these places have provided a wonderful and comforting place for older generations.

However, this is not always the situation for many of the nursing homes in our country. While there are a great number of misconceptions about nursing homes that need to be clarified, reports of abuse and neglect are causing alarm in families in the recent years. NursingHomeAbuseGuide.org shares that more than two million cases of elder abuse are reported every year. What makes the situation even more terrifying for family members is that 1 out of 10 elderly individuals is likely to experience some form of abuse.

Because of the amount of reports that the people are being bombarded with, quality nursing homes end up getting overshadowed. Good nursing homes are painted in a bad light despite their compassion and dedication towards the elderly.

In order to make sure that our relatives receive the best nursing home care, how do we sort out the terrible nursing homes from the good ones?

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  1. Frequent change in staff

Like any other company, organization, or institute customer-centric services, you can tell a lot about a facility from how satisfied and happy its employees are. Staff turnover is unavoidable, but if happens frequently, then you might want to consider changing nursing homes.

If a facility is unable to take care of their own employees, then how can they fully care for their residents? Staff-resident interaction is necessary for the well-being of your loved ones.

  1. What does your nose say?

Your five senses can help you determine if your loved ones are getting the quality care that they need. When you first step into the facility or during your visits, look around and see if the place is kept clean.

Pay attention to what your nose picks up, as well. While it is normal to encounter a few unpleasant odors in nursing homes, you must pay attention to how it is dealt with by the staff. Does it linger for more time than necessary?

  1. What does the Internet say?

Thanks to technology, we can now access so much information with just a few clicks. Take advantage of this and look for reviews and comments about the nursing home you are considering.

Are there reports of violations done by the facility? And how serious are they? There are also multiple articles and Websites that provide lists of nursing homes with red flags.

Consult organizations on how to go about looking for nursing homes. Choosing nursing homes are an integral part of long term care planning, so talk to the professionals. Let them lead you to the right direction because these are the ones who know the Ins and Outs of long term care basics.

  1. Pay attention to what your loved one says… and doesn’t say.

At times, when Mom says, “I don’t want him/her taking care of me”, we often assume that it is a statement brought about by cognitive problems she is dealing with. But in reality, this is actually a cry for help. Do not take these statements lightly.

They must always be comfortable, especially with the people in charge of their lives. Do not ignore them when they say these kinds of statements. Investigate, and find out what made her say that.

Additionally, pay close attention to how your loved ones are after being admitted in a nursing home. Did their demeanor change? Are they suddenly withdrawn and uncommunicative? Keep in mind that emotional abuse does not leave bruises and marks, but it severely affects anyone.

  1. Trust your gut

Sometimes, everything can seem orderly and perfect, and yet your instincts are telling you that something is not right. Because there is no evidence of anything strange going on, you think that you are just having an off day.

However, we advise that you listen to your gut. If something does not feel right, then investigate. Take the time to look around because that feeling is there for a reason, you just have to look for it. Your loved one’s well-being is too precious to risk.

 

 Samantha Stein is an Online Content Manager for ALTCP.org whose works focuses on long term care insurance, finance, elder care and retirement. Her choice to build a writing career on these fields is not merely out of the call of profession. Rather, she decided to pursue these subjects when she saw how being unprepared for long term care and retirement has greatly affected some of her loved ones.