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Build Bladder Power

by Kara McNabb, N.H.E.

Sneeze, cough, laugh – pee! Does your bladder hang low? Have to squeeze your knees every time you sneeze, cough or laugh? Our bladders can become weak due to a number of reasons, like childbirth or an unshapely colon can sag and put pressure on the bladder. There are several things you can do to strengthen a weak bladder and avoid having to wear anything after menopause.

First, as much as you may not want to, you must stay hydrated. Hydration gives tonicity. The first 21 days are like running water over a hard, porcelain sink, but with time, the water will begin to saturate like a sponge and your body will be able to hold the water.

Herbal support
Uva ursi is a famous herb for its toning and strengthening effects on the bladder. You’ll want to take two capsules twice a day for five or six seasons.

Sometimes the bladder can get so weak that it begins to protrude from the bottom of the body, often requiring surgery or adevice. Instead, Calc Fluor is a great cell salt remedy to tone and strengthen the bladder along with the Uva Ursi.

Nature’s Sunshine Vari-Gone contains horse chestnut, an herb known to be a great tissue toner. It helps to hold the uterus in place, which may be a problem associated with the weak bladder.

These suggestions must be taken consistently in order to see results.

Physical exercise
Lay on a slanted board for 10 minutes a day. Elevate your feet with pelvis upward with your head lower. This will help strengthen the bladder. And if you do Kegels while you’re on the board, you’ll see improvement even faster. Kegels are a contraction of the pelvic floor, which is the same muscle you use to stop the flow of urine. Do three sets of 10 Kegels per day and work toward holding the muscle for 10 seconds, three times.