Bladder Leakage and Inflammation
The ads on TV for adult diapers drive me crazy. No, it’s not okay to just treat the problem by wearing something to collect your urine when you accidently wet your pants. I suspect that most people have correctable underlying problems that can be explained with physiology.
When you know what the body is supposed to do, even if you only understand a few of the basic principles, you can take corrective action. If you can fix the problem, you may not need diapers anymore.
One likely problem is inflammation. You can feel inflammation in several places in the body, like your fingers and ankles that sometimes get puffy, or you may feel a little bloated or have a headache after eating certain foods.
Inflammation is a reaction of your autoimmune system. It’s your white blood cells rallying to get rid of something that doesn’t belong by creating extra fluids just rinse out the offending substance. Your autoimmune system can be triggered by a variety of things such as eating a food that bothers you, reacting to a chemical, or a nutrient deficiency that changes the energy potential of your cells. Inflammation can occur anywhere in your body. So bladder leakage may be your complaint but if the underlying problem is inflammation, you may have other symptoms like fatigue or puffiness as well.
One potential place of inflammation is in cells called epithelial cells. These cells don’t have a blood supply of their own, but they have important functions. They have a role in secretion, absorption, protection, and trans-cellular transport. They’re a little bit like the double doors you have to go in when you go into a store. In-between the inside and outside is a chamber of space. In our cells, it’s a space where fluid is produced and may collect. These epithelial cells are located on smooth surfaces, glands, and cavities of the body like the bladder and urinary tract. Normally in epithelial cells there’s a complex arrangement between cholesterol, electricity and chemical signaling. When the immune system is activated, these cells may be bogged down with inflammation, so signaling and nerve conduction is less precise. You don’t get the signal when to release urine, so it just becomes inappropriate.
Chronic inflammation can lead to other problems too, even when it originates in the bladder. Inflammation can cause fluids to displace tissues, press on nerves, causing pain, and may stagnate, making it difficult for your lymph system to remove this waste. This can increase the risk for high blood pressure and cancer, among other health problems. Finding the source of inflammation can be a little tricky. Interestingly, my nutrition clients have demonstrated that food is a key trigger.
Rather than figuring out which brand of adult diaper to buy, a better goal for most women may be to identify sources of inflammation, and then learn how to tackle the potential root cause of the bladder leakage.