The idea seems logical: those who drink a little, make less urine and consequently have fewer problems with the bladder weakness. But bladder weakness can not be prevented by drinking less. Patients usually achieve the opposite because the concentrated urine increases the urge to urinate. In addition, too little fluid harms the health: The risk of urinary tract infections and formation of kidney and bladder stones increases.
Fluid deficiencies can increase bladder problems
A risk of bladder weakness is to drink too little to avoid constant urination or to lose urine. But what looks like a workable solution at first glance is in reality a fallacy. If only little fluid is available for urine formation, the kidneys must very strongly accumulate the low urine volume with the excreted substances. This concentration work puts a high load on the vital kidneys, and highly concentrated urine can also irritate the bladder.
Patients with bladder weakness should adjust their drinking habits to the individual daily routine. Because who controls the hydration at certain times, has better chances to be able to visit the toilet in a controlled manner. So you can, for example, reduce the amount of drink before leaving the house and make up for the missed later when coming home. Similarly, you can abstain as much as possible from two to three hours before going to sleep if the night walk to the toilet should be avoided. However, nobody should drastically limit the daily amount of drink. At least one and a half liters recommends, for example, the German Nutrition Society.
However, the color of the urine also provides a good indication of a lack of water. If it is dark yellow in color, too many toxins are transported in the urine and the body needs more fluid. On the other hand, if the urine is very light, you drink enough. "Especially in the summer, people with bladder weakness should remember to drink enough, " warns Erhard Hackler, managing director of DSL. If the fluid intake is too low, there is not only the risk of a urinary tract infection, but also the risk of severe circulatory problems. This is even more true if you are physically more than usual.
Drink the right thing
It is also important to cover the fluid requirements with the right drinks. Ideal thirst quenchers are, for example, water, still mineral water and herbal teas, as they contain no or little bubble-irritant substances. Beverages such as coffee, black tea and beer strengthen the bladder and urge problems. Sufferers should therefore only enjoy them in small amounts or avoid them altogether when planning activities outside the home.