With holiday gatherings and office parties, most people worry about gaining a few extra pounds during this time of year. While this is something to keep an eye on, taking the right steps to maintain urology health is also important. Whether you already experience urology issues or are simply want to protect your overall health, these tips will help you better navigate the holiday season.
- Drink Plenty of Water. You’ve heard this before, but it’s important to maintain a healthy urinary tract. Staying well-hydrated also provides many other benefits, including supporting weigh management.
- Limit Your Intake of Heavy, Rich and Sugary Foods. This doesn’t mean you have to abstain from eating traditional holiday foods, simply enjoy them in moderation.
- Limit or Avoid Foods that Irritate the Bladder. Foods such as chocolate, citrus fruit, spice or acidic food can irritate your bladder and cause spasms or other issues. Given all of the other urinary no-no foods on the list, may you should wait until after the holidays to enjoy these items.
- Minimize Intake of Alcoholic Beverages. Alcohol causes several urinary issues, such as urgency and frequency of urination, which can put a damper of the festivities. Instead of alcohol reach for an alternative, such as fruit juice and enjoy the party.
- Eat More Fiber. Fiber prevents constipation, which can put pressure on the bladder, so fill up on beans, artichokes, almonds and oats. When going to a pot-luck event, bring a fiber-based dish so you know there is something that you can enjoy eating and promote bladder health.
- Avoid Caffeinated Beverages. Caffeine increases bladder activity and can cause several urinary issues. If you are predisposed to urinary challenges, avoid coffee and tea with high levels of caffeine.
- Fill up on Fruits and Vegetables. There are a lot of great tasting fruits and veggies, such as bananas, grapes, strawberries, cucumbers, carrots, asparagus and more, that can fill you up before you get to the dessert table. Eating these foods can help your resist over indulging on the things you know you shouldn’t be eating while also protecting your bladder and overall health.
- Eat Protein. Protein provides fuel for your body and is essential to your general health. Enjoy turkey, chicken, fish, eggs and tofu to have well-balanced holiday meals that will also support your urinary tract.
- Stick to your Regular Diet Routine. As much as possible, eat the way you normally would to ensure the health and function of your bladder during the holiday season. Enjoy a treat here and there, but don’t forget to take care of your bladder or it could send you some unpleasant reminders to do so.
All of us at Kasraeian Urology wish you and your family a happy holiday season and joyous New Year. Take care of your urinary health as best you can, and reach out to us if you are experiencing severe symptoms.