Many people assume that, due to their incontinence, they cannot enjoy fun in the water. That can make spring and summer a bittersweet occurrence. Sure the weather is great and everyone is having fun, but you don’t want to feel left out when people go into the pool or ocean. Luckily for you there are adult diapers designed with the swimmer in mind.
The Adults Swim Diapers are the perfect companion for a day at the pool. They can be worn under your bathing suit or as a bathing suit. If you do happen to have an accident, the pool will not get contaminated. All you need to do is get out, change, and wash your adult swim diaper. This swimsuit is available in a range of sizes for both men and women. It is ideal for both the occasion swimmer or someone who does laps in a pool daily. We would suggest it to any incontinence suffer who will be by a pool, ocean, or lake this summer.
With summer unofficially beginning in about a week, you will want to order these swim diapers today. Don’t spend another sunny day poolside when you can be taking part in the action.
The summer travel season will be here soon. There is Labor Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July to look forward to. Traveling for summer is fun, but it can be a bit harder for people suffering from incontinence. If you plan ahead and purchase all the disposable briefs and incontinence supplies you need now, you will have a much easier time later. No one wants to spend vacation time shopping for incontinence products.
Traveling with incontinence can be difficult but manageable. Make sure you have everything you need with you at all times. If you see a bathroom, make sure to use it even if you don’t necessarily need to. It is best to take food with you because the plane or roadside stop may be serving food that will aggravate your symptoms. Try to only drink water when on the road and certainly avoid anything caffeinated or alcoholic.
If you are going by plane, ask for a seat close to the bathroom. Driving will present a bit more of a challenge, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for all available rest stops. Incontinence is no reason to change you summer travel plans. Just make sure to plan ahead!
For many people incontinence is a wake-up call. It is proof that they have not been treating their bodies the way they should. For most people, diet is the area in which they need to improve most. Lucky for you, choosing a healthier diet will not just help your incontinence, it will also improve all aspect of your well being — from heart health to mental health. What exactly goes into a smart diet, particularly one designed for someone suffering from incontinence?
Someone suffering from incontinence wants to eat a diet high in dark leafy greens and whole grains. That means lot of broccoli, spinach, oatmeal, whole wheat bread, and other similar foods. These foods are also known to reduce cholesterol, lower instance of cancer, and even improve mood and mental health. Remember that certain veggies and fruits do contain natural laxatives (prunes, beans) so you want to avoid them. Typically, however, vegetables are the way to go. For a bit of protein, go with nuts. If you want to substitute meat in your favorite recipe, use tofu or mushrooms. You can see your incontinence symptoms and your overall health improve and cut back on using incontinence supplies and disposable underwear.
Check out this older post to find out what foods you should avoid!
Obesity and urinary incontinence are both common disorders. In the United States, over 35% of adults are obese. Meanwhile, about 33% of adults experience urinary incontinence. The numbers are very similar, but is there a connection between the two? Studies suggest there are.
According to a recently published medical journal report, obesity acts as an independent risk factor for stress-related urinary incontinence. With each five unit increase in a person’s body mass index, the risk of daily urinary incontinence goes up another 60%. This is especially true when factoring in abdominal fat, one of the most important aspects connecting obesity and urinary incontinence.
The good news, however, is that weight reduction has shown beneficial effects. Losing weight will lower the risks associated with higher BMIs, and these effects become even more pronounced when paired with healthy behavioral and lifestyle habits. This means everything that’s good for the rest of your body–regular exercise, moderation of harmful substances, fresh, unprocessed and nutrition-rich food–could also help lower instances of urinary incontinence and the need for disposable underwear and overnight diapers. Low-calorie, liquid diets have also proven beneficial.
Of course these reports aren’t surprising–obesity leads to problems in virtually every function of the body–but they do confirm the need to stay healthy, eat right and remain active to fend off incontinence.
Eating nutritiously is always important, and it’s even more so when you wear disposable underwear and use other incontinence supplies. You want to make sure your body and immune system are well supplied with the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients they need to keep you healthy. But despite what the prevailing myth would have you believe, healthy food doesn’t mean boring food. Eating well just means staying away from processed foods and eating the more nutritious natural options which are invariably tastier anyway. Here’s a recipe for a healthy and delicious dish you can try for yourself.
Chicken and Asparagus Penne
- 1 (16 ounce) package dried penne pasta (for more fiber, use whole wheat penne)
- 5 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into cubes
- salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1 bunch slender asparagus spears, trimmed and cut
- 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- Add pasta to a pot of boiling water and cook about 10 minutes. Drain, and set aside.
- Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to a skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Cook until chicken is cooked through and browned, about 5 minutes. Remove the chicken and set aside.
- Pour chicken broth into the skillet and add asparagus and garlic. Cover and steam until the asparagus is tender, about 5 minutes. Return chicken to the skillet and warm through.
- Combine the chicken and pasta in a large bowl. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil and mix well. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.
We’ve discussed using liquids to supplement solid foods a lot on this blog. Many people need the extra nutrition or have trouble eating solids, so things like nutrient-rich juices and smoothies and weight-gaining Scandishake become very important incontinence supplies. But Rob Rhinehart, a 24-year-old software engineer, has decided to try cutting out solid foods altogether, not because he must, but simply to see if he can.
Rhinehart claims he’s tired of all the work that goes into cooking, going out and eating, so he’s developed a beige, nutrient-dense liquid meal substitute. He calls his concoction Soylent, apparently unconcerned by that name’s negative connotations, and claims a few glasses of the stuff a day can cut out actual food from his diet entirely.
Rhinehart’s Soylent drink is made from “everything the body needs—that we know of, anyway—vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients like essential amino acids, carbohydrates, and fat.” He also claims it tastes good, is much cheaper to make than food and could have the potential to help eradicate malnourishment even in the world’s most impoverished places. But the long term effects of separating food from its components is, of course, not yet understood, and it seems likely Rhinehart could be making the same simplistic mistake of carb-counting dieters by focusing on the quantifiable elements of a food and not on the way that food actually works with the body as a whole. As a supplement, though, Soylent could have a promising future.
If you’re trying to get some extra nutrients in between meals or simply have a hard time eating some solid foods, smoothies are a great way to get all the essentials — vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber — in a simple drink that’s easy to make and easy to drink, plus it’s portable and tastes great. If you add Scandishake, they can even help you stay at a healthy weight or add back lost pounds.
Recently, the nutritious drink trend is shifting away smoothies and toward juicing, but is juicing really more beneficial or nutritious than the alternative? Probably not. While some juicers claim to be able to extract more nutrients from plant foods by shearing cell walls, juicing leaves behind many of the most nutritious parts of fruits, namely the rind and flesh which includes arguably the most important part: the fiber. Not so with a smoothie, which will grind up every part of the fruit to include all its nutrients. Plus, you can easily add greens like kale, spinach, celery or avocados to a smoothie. If you combine them with the stronger flavor of fruits, you’ll be getting their beneficial nutrients without even tasting them in the finished smoothie.
While juicing certainly has its benefits, a simple blender is probably a better addition to your incontinence supplies than a juicer could be.
Why does junk food, processed food and food packed with additives and artificial ingredients like the omnipresent high fructose corn syrup so greatly outsell natural foods? The weight and marketing power of multiple billion dollar industries, of course, but artificial food is also considerably cheaper. Unfortunate as it is, eating right is often expensive enough to price people out of inclusion, especially considering how cheap junk food and fast food can be by comparison.
But what if natural foods were cheaper? Would the cost difference be enough to affect people’s buying habits at the grocery store? That’s what South Africa’s largest insurer, Discovery, decided to find out. They offered rebates between 10 and 25% on fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods at the Pick n Pay supermarket chain. The results were encouraging: people did choose healthier options to receive the rebates, and once they received the money back, they largely spent it on more health food rather than returning to processed foods.
In the U.S., Walmart is now testing its own healthy food incentive program. The conditions are a bit different: the maximum rebate is 5% rather than 25%, and though it does sell groceries, shopping at Walmart for healthy food seems counter intuitive to say the least. But Discovery’s program will hopefully influence others, a welcome break for healthy eaters and people trying to curb their weight, illness or reliance on disposable underwear and other incontinence supplies.
For the past few years, one food trend has undeniably gained traction in grocery stores and shows no sign of stopping anytime soon: gluten-free. Gluten is the spongy protein complex found in wheat, barley and rye that allows dough to rise and gives breads and cakes their attractive texture. But a recent USA Today article cites the number of consumers who want gluten-free food is up to 25%. Indeed, going off gluten has become a fad in and of itself, with proponents like Oprah Winfrey, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga.
So why is going gluten-free suddenly so popular? Gluten-free foods were once relegated to niche health food stores and served an important function: allowing people with celiac disease, the autoimmune disorder which worsens with gluten ingestion, to eat breads and other foods that would otherwise be denied them. But celiac is not terribly common; it affects only 1% of the population. What accounts for the other 24% making gluten-free the food trend of the moment?
Some of gluten-free’s popularity comes from the over-diagnosed and often self-diagnosed maladies of wheat allergy and gluten intolerance. A true wheat allergy, which can cause hives and even anaphylaxis, is even more rare than celiac disease and difficult to confirm. Gluten intolerance, meanwhile, is completely subjective, based whether or not one feels bloated or has other bowel or incontinence problems, and is often blamed for other, completely separate health and diet problems.
If you have not seen a specialist yet–and you should–you will need to know what foods and drinks to avoid to make sure you do not worsen your incontinence issues. But until you see a specialist, here are some foods you should not consume.
- Alcohol: Alcoholic beverages will make you produce more urine, which will not make your incontinence feel any better. Also, it can irritate your bladder, further exacerbating the problem.
- Caffeinated Drinks: Found in large quantities in coffee and black tea, caffeine acts as both a diuretic and bladder irritant. Even decaf drinks should not be ruled out because they too have small amounts of caffeine.
- Spicy Foods: Studies have shown spicy foods to be a common irritant for those with incontinence problems; they should be avoided when possible.Spicy foods include, peppers, curry, chili, and hot spices.
- Cranberry Juice: While useful to treat urinary tract and bladder infections, its high acidity will stimulate your already overactive bladder.
- Citrus Fruits: Despite being high in vitamin C, citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, and lemons will likely worsen problems because of their acidic content.