Tips for keeping your bladder healthy

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Common bladder problems - Common bladder issues include urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence, and urinary retention.

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Use the bathroom often and when needed - Keeping urine in your bladder for too long can weaken your bladder muscles, and make the chances of a bladder infection bigger.

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Exercise regularly - Regular exercise can help prevent bladder problems as well as constipation. Of course, it can also help maintain a healthy weight.

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Quit smoking - Bladder problems are more common in people who smoke. Smoking can also increase the risk of bladder cancer.

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Take enough time to fully empty the bladder when urinating - If urine stays in the bladder too long, it can make a bladder infection more likely.

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Limit alcohol and caffeine - Drinking alcohol can make bladder issues worse. Caffeinated drinks, like coffee and tea, can also bother the bladder and increase symptoms. 

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Do pelvic floor muscle exercises - Also known as Kegel exercises, pelvic floor exercises help hold urine in the bladder. 

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Drink enough fluids, especially water - It's important that you're drinking enough water for your health and to prevent dehydration. 

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Keep a healthy weight - Studies suggest that being overweight increases abdominal pressure. This in turn can lead to several issues, such as bladder pressure.

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Avoid constipation - Make sure you avoid constipation by eating healthy, drinking enough water, and exercising.

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Practice good hygiene - It's important to keep things clean and dry down there, but not too clean. Avoid douching and harsh soaps, which can kill healthy bacteria.

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