Kidney Symptoms: Urine Elimination Changes and What They May Mean

Healthy individuals will urinate several times daily and some will also go one or two times during the night. If you have noticed an increase in the frequency of urination, or at the other end of the spectrum, not as frequent urination as is normal for you, then there may be some problems within your urinary system. The urinary system includes two kidneys, two ureters, the bladder, the urethra, and two sphincter muscles. This system in the body is responsible for eliminating water soluble waste from the blood stream and when it does not perform this function correctly; toxins and waste will build up in the system.

There are medical reasons why the body is not eliminating these wastes correctly, such as kidney stones and inflammation in the urinary tract. Both of these conditions will cause the body to reduce the output of urine. Prostate problems are at times responsible for changes in the amount of urine voided by the body. The swelling of the prostate gland can block the tubes that take the urine to the outside of the body.

Depending on how much fluid is taken into the body, bladder capacity, room temperature, and how much a person sweats, normal urination is about every two to six hours. Medications (including caffeine and alcohol) can change the frequency of urination. These types of medications are often cautioned with the warning that an increased intake of fluid is necessary to maintain normal urination. When the urination output of the body is not happening naturally, a diuretic drug may be given to stimulate urination.

Weakened pelvic muscles can also be another reason that urination changes take place. The weakened muscles often impair the bladders ability to contract, or otherwise control the urethral area. Individuals who have had a catheter for a long period of time often lose control of the urination process.

Urinary tract infections are a common ailment and there are some steps that can be taken to help prevent these infections. Drinking more fluid helps the kidneys eliminate the water borne toxins and wastes through urination. The more fluid one takes in, the more fluid should come out. Cleansing the perineal area for women after elimination should be done front to back to prevent bacterial infections from faeces. Voiding the bladder after intercourse is another practice that will help prevent infections from occurring. This clears the urethra and prevents blockages from fluids that may have entered during intercourse. Leave the perfume out of the bathroom routine, perfumes can irritate sensitive tissues and cause inflammation.

Individuals who suspect that their urinary tract is not operating correctly should note the colour, clarity, and odour of their urine. When these change, a urinalysis lab test is indicated in order to find out why the urinary tract is not responding in a healthy manner.

Here are some things that can be done at home to help the urinary tract perform as it should:

  • Increase the amount of water that you drink. This will help increase the amount of urine that is put out, ensuring that toxins and microorganisms are flushed out of your system.
  • Include cranberry juice in your diet. Cranberries contain an antioxidant called proanthocyanin, which helps prevent bacteria from clinging to the inside of the urinary tract, which helps to prevent infections.
  • Increase the vitamin C in your diet. This will increase the acidity of your urine and prevent the growth of bacteria that cause infections.
  • Strengthen the pelvic muscles with exercise; this helps the bladder function better.

As you can see, any changes with urination indicate a potential problem that needs to be investigated. But once the cause is established a lot can be done with the natural approach to both prevent and treat these issues.

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