Diet Tips For Urologic Health

1.Drink Plenty of Water

Water has many benefits for urological wellbeing, not to mention your overall health. It is an essential ingredient for life, and as a rule of thumb, you should drink 2 to 3 litres of water every day to stay healthy. Maintaining a healthy intake of fluids helps flush toxins from the body, which can help improve kidney and bladder function. It is believed to significantly reduce the risk of kidney disease, bladder infection, and help with constipation, which can cause your bowels to encroach on your bladder causing inflammation and discomfort. It is also important to drink plenty of water to help prevent the occurrence of kidney stones, as water flushes out salts in the urine.

2. Keep Salt Intake To a Minimum

While sodium is a necessary mineral in your body, too much can have adverse effects on your health, particularly your urological wellbeing. You need around 1,500 milligrams of sodium each day for normal bodily function. And while this may seem like a lot, it is only around 3 grams of salt, which is easy to overshoot. Your kidneys require a fine balance of sodium and potassium for proper function. Too much salt in your diet can contribute to high blood pressure, which can lead to kidney disease. Very high consumption can also contribute to the occurrence of kidney stones and bladder stones.

3. Eat Plenty of Fibre

Fibre is the indigestible component of plant foods, such as vegetables, fruits, grains, beans and legumes. It is very important for your digestive health, particularly for the bladder. It helps regulate bowel movements by absorbing water into the stool, making it easier to pass. This decreases the chance of constipation, which can cause inflammation of the bladder.

4. Eat Foods Rich in Zinc, Essential Fatty Acids and Selenium

Increase consumption of rich in zinc, essential fatty acids, selenium, all of which crucial for male reproductive health. Seafood, seeds and vegetables are excellent sources of these nutrients – do some research and start integrating them into your diet.

Article Written By

Dr Shagun Sikka M.S, M.Ch.(Urologist and Transplant Surgeon)

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