Your bladder and bowel are key to your health and well-being. If they are not looked after properly, then they may become a problem to you! Read on to find out how to maintain a healthy bladder. 

To maintain or achieve a healthy bladder, you need to keep hydrated. A large factor in this is the amount and type of fluid that you drink.

A general guide is that an adult should drink around 1500-2000ml of fluid per 24 hours. It is important to drink this amount throughout a 24-hour period, spreading the amount of fluid throughout the day rather than drinking a large amount at one time.

A healthy bladder should empty between 4-8 times in 24 hours.  Urine should be almost straw coloured. If yellow or darker, you may need to drink more.

Fluids that are good for your bladder:

  • Water
  • Milk
  • Diluted cordial / squash drinks
  • Decaffeinated tea and coffee
  • Fruity and herbal teas

Fluids to avoid include:

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Caffeinated drinks including hot chocolate, tea and coffee
  • Fizzy drinks

Other advice:

  • Females should sit on the toilet to empty their bladder – do not hover
  • Take time to allow your bladder to empty completely
  • Do not empty your bladder “just in case”
  • Empty your bladder just prior to going to sleep

Seek guidance from your GP if you experience:

  • Pain when passing urine
  • Pass blood in your urine
  • Notice you are passing urine more frequently or the urge to pass urine is stronger than usual
  • It takes you longer to have a wee

If you have any concerns about your bladder, including an altered bladder habit, please consult with your GP. If you want any more information, then please contact Bladder & Bowel UK helpline today through our helpline.

Written by Joanne Hoyle, Specialist Nurse at Bladder & Bowel UK


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