Sometimes there are serious medical reasons which can cause problems with frequent urination, but not always. Sometimes it’s all about what you’re doing or not doing regularly. If you find yourself frequently urinating or have the feeling that you need to urinate all the time, your problem may be easier to solve than you might think. I have some tips you may be able to use and they’re based on personal experience – things that have happened to all the members of my family at one time or another.
The Feeling that you Need to Urinate
There are situations where you feel like you need to urinate and yet when you do, only a few drops come out. There are a few things that can cause this feeling without it being something abnormal or requiring a trip to the hospital. If you visit a doctor and explain your symptoms, the doctor is likely to prescribe something you don’t need to be taking.
One of these situations is the condition of your kidneys. Over time, minerals can build up in the kidneys and this is what causes kidney stones. As the minerals build up, even without any stones, your kidneys can give you the impression that you need to urinate. To avoid this situation, flush your kidneys regularly. How do you do that? Drink a lot of fruit juice which is high in citric acid – a quart or more of cranberry juice will do the trick if you drink it monthly.
Another situation is when you feel like you need to urinate when you really need to do a bit more. This is caused by the pressure from the intestines against the bladder and kidneys. The same thing happens when you have a lot of gas, causing intermittent flatulation. There’s not much you can do about it until you get to the point where you need to defecate.
The Sedentary Lifestyle
If you drink a lot of fluid and you have a sedentary lifestyle, you’re going to urinate more often than someone who’s more active, even if you drink the same amount of fluids. This should come as no surprise, but you’d be surprised at how many people think they can eat and drink the same quantities as they did when they were more active.
The human body rids itself of waste in more ways than one. The intestinal and urinary tracts are just two of them. People excrete fluids through their pores and even from their mouths. Extremely active people may find themselves excreting fluid from everywhere else but their abdomen and can experience constipation issues because of it – they fail to drink enough fluid to compensate for the active lifestyle.
Frequent Urination at Night
If you drink a glass of water five minutes before you go to bed, you can expect to wake up within an hour or two to make a trip to the bathroom. If you want to avoid that particular situation, you need to stop drinking fluids at least an hour before you head to bed. I don’t have a problem with it because I drink fluids all day long and stop about two hours before sleeping.
Young children sometimes get up in the middle of the night, complaining of being thirsty. While it may not be true (and they’re really craving attention), you have to placate them with at least a small amount of water. Young children also tend to wet the bed because they drink too much water just before going to bed or because they coerced a parent into giving them water in the middle of the night.
Years ago, I knew a guy who could drink a can of soda right before going to bed and then sleep soundly all night. In fact, he didn’t head to the bathroom until a couple of hours after waking. To me, that’s not normal.
The Doctor Option
Everything I’ve mentioned is what happens to normal people. If you have a medical condition, things may be a little different and the tips I’ve mentioned may or may not help.
As always, if you question your health then by all means, go see a doctor. If you make it a habit to get a thorough examination at least once a year (every six months after the age of 50), a health problem serious enough to affect your urination shouldn’t progress to that point in the first place.