Nearly everyone has heard the adage, “You are what you eat.” Not surprisingly, researchers have found that the state of your urinary health is directly related to the foods and beverages that you consume, according to a study published by Prevention Magazine. Consider the following five ways your diet can impact your urinary health.
1. Not Drinking Enough Water
You hear it on the news and see it on the internet daily, but most of us don’t drink enough water. Other liquids such as sodas, tea, coffee, diet beverages, energy drinks, and so forth, do not have the same effect on the body as a glass of pure, filtered water.
Caffeine dehydrates the body so any beverage with caffeine in it isn’t going to hydrate the body. No other beverage on earth is as beneficial for the body as pure, filtered water. Be sure not to drink distilled water. The distillation process removes the minerals from the water and will cause your body to lose minerals as the water passes through it. A minimum of eight glasses of water each day will help your body function properly. Normal urine should be pale yellow to colorless and have little or no odor.
2. High Protein Diets
Diets that are high in protein, particularly when they are low in fruits, vegetables, and carbohydrates, can cause a buildup of uric acid in the urine. This can cause a flare up of gout, which can precipitate a urinary tract infection, or UTI.
A diet high in soy protein has been linked to an increased incidence of bladder cancer, as reported in a Chinese study published in 2002.
3. Improper pH Balance in the Urine
Although excess acid in the urine can be problematic, too little can contribute to the onset of a UTI. A study conducted at Washington University School of Medicine discovered that urine with a higher pH, which means more alkalinity, and a lower level of metabolites were evident in those with a UTI. Metabolites are a result of our diet and enable the immune system to inhibit the proliferation of bad bacteria in the body.
4. Highly Acidic Diets
Caused by the same high levels of uric acid that precipitate gout, uric acid stones are one of four types of kidney stones that can result from too much acid in the urine. Adequate daily intake of water can help prevent painful kidney stones and excess acid in the urine.
5. Cranberry Juice
Maintaining a healthy urinary tract can help you avoid bladder issues, such as incontinence or a leaky bladder. Drinking cranberry juice on a regular basis can help flush out the urinary tract because the juice washes harmful bacteria out of your urinary tract.
Although you may not have considered it, maintaining a healthy urinary system is important to maintaining your good health. Be aware of any changes in your urinary system and you can prevent small issues from becoming larger issues.