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Increased Fiber Intake and Urology

Did you know that there is a close relationship between the muscles and nerves responsible for bladder functions and those that control bowel movements? If you have ever experienced urinary tract infections, urinary retention, overactive bladder or incontinence it is worth remembering.

The bladder and colon sit close together in the body. Large amounts of stool in the colon can put pressure on the bladder which can cause the bladder to not fill as much as it should. Conversely, it can also cause the bladder to contract when the bladder is not supposed to contract and the large amount of stool being stored nextdoor can cause the bladder to not empty well.

So what does increasing fiber have to do with my urological symptoms? Increasing the amount of fiber you consume on a daily basis will help to build bulk in your stool, helping your bowel in passing more easily. Thus, relieving symptoms of daytime wetting, nighttime wetting and UTIs. Implementing a Fiber Program is commonly used by many practitioner’s as a first-line treatment that is not invasive and can provide great relief to many of your symptoms.

In addition to getting plenty of fiber through a diet including a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes, below is a recommended Fiber Program to follow if you need a little extra boost to get things moving. Bonus: The Mayo Clinic states that a diet high in fiber “may also help reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.” What’s not to love about that?

Recommended Fiber/Bowel Program:

  1. Drink plenty of water (enough water to make 1.5 - 2 liters of urine per day).
  2. Taking a Fiber supplement such as Benefiber or Metamucil as directed to help build build and allow for easy bowel passing. We recommend a powder form of fiber supplement taken in the morning in your favorite hot beverage be it coffee, tea or hot water with lemon. This will help the fiber dissolve beautifully and make the process that much more enjoyable for you.
  3. Miralax as directed to help keep your stools soft but formed and easy to pass. Note: You may have to take more for the first few days when you’re directed by your doctor to begin your Fiber Program for the “clean out” phase, then reduce the daily amount for maintenance.
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Lauren Rogers

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