Individuals when it comes to good health, wellness is all about having a good weight, physical fitness, nutrition and areas such as heart health. Ailments that are related to urological health, musculoskeletal, respiratory or any other area in the body are not thought of until there is a discomfort, pain caused by a serious ailment.
Urological health is all related to the kidneys, ureters, bladders, and urethra for both men and women, and also prostate, penis, testicles for men. The organs of the urological system are related to function of the kidneys, which has an important function to filter the blood, balance body fluids, form urine and aids other body functions; the ureters that carries urine from the kidneys to the bladder; the urethra that connects urinary bladder to the penis and functions as an exit from the body; and the bladder that store urine until it is passed out from the body.
Urological health is important to be maintained, it is an essential and inseparable part of overall health failing which affects other major organ systems. Urological health has to be taken care from a young age; all it needs is simple everyday habits to be adopted that may reduce risk of developing problems in the urinary tract such as urinary tract infections, kidney stones and also UTIs.
To maintain urological health first and foremost is to drink plenty of water, it helps to maintain normal urine flows and avoid blockages in the elimination of waste products from the system while urinating; too much salt in the diet affects the fluid balance in the kidneys reduces water retention capability and high sodium diet is also related to elevated blood pressure, which in turn is related to kidney damage in the long run.
Another simple habit that can help maintain urological health is reduced intake of caffeine. It is found that, drinking caffeinated beverages irritates the bladder that may urge the bladder to urinate frequently, which may in the long run reduce bladder control; intake extra water while exercising or out in the sun to make up for the water lost in perspiration, or on hot days.
Men and women both that are sexually active should urinate and clean before and after sex. During sex, there are more chances of bacteria to travel up in the urinary tract leading to infection. If urinated, and wiped shortly after sex reduces the chances of developing an infection. Women have more chances of developing urinary tract infection, as the urethra is short that makes it easy for bacteria to travel up in the urinary tract. Men have chances of developing infection too in the groin area, personal hygiene should be maintained to keep the area clean.
To maintain urological health among children, fluids should be avoided at night and ensure children use bathroom before going to bed to avoid bedwetting. Parents that have daughters, they need to be taught to wipe from front to back which ensures bacteria is not brought in the front from the back that can travel up to the vagina. For boys, it is advisable to start wearing an athletic supporter or “cup” if they practice any sport, or any other activity that can cause groin injury.
Smoking and prolonged exposure to second hand smoke both, are leading causes of bladder and kidney cancer. Regular exercise, specifically pelvic floor muscle exercise helps strengthen muscles of the area to be able to hold urine inside the bladder and prevents leakage. To have a healthy weight also helps maintain urological health, prevents kidney stones, low testosterone, incontinence, erectile dysfunction, enlarged prostates.
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