We hear so often how important it is to stay hydrated and drink water constantly throughout the day. However, I don’t know about you, but every time I make a conscious effort to guzzle down multiple glasses of water, I always find myself returning again and again to the bathroom because I have to pee so often.
Of course, part of hydrating involves cleaning out your digestive system, but no one wants to be running to the bathroom every hour to relieve yourself, especially if you’re out and about.
Luckily, you can still keep yourself hydrated without feeling the constant need to pee. If you want to stop interrupting your day with bathroom breaks, try these five tips to help you drink a lot of water without peeing a lot.
1. Stay Away From Coffee And Tea
Yes, they taste so good and give you energy, but drinks like coffee and tea are mild diuretics, which means they increase your body’s production of urine. Caffeine also increases blood volume, which can lead to more frequent urination. Other drinks such as soda, energy drinks and chocolate beverages can have the same effect.
2. Eat More Fiber
Eating more fiber decreases your chances of being constipated, and constipation is often associated with frequent urination because the rectum puts pressure on the bladder. Other antioxidant-filled foods can help keep your digestive system healthy as well.
Sure, it might sound strange, but meditation can help with urination frequency. A study from Loyola University found that women who listened to guided-imagery exercises and employed deep breathing helped reduce their sudden unstoppable need to urinate.
It’s not just kegels that can help control your bladder (although they do help). Strengthening your back and core is also important, as these muscles work together to help you hold in your urge to pee. Pelvic exercises are especially helpful to help control how frequently you urinate.
5. Cut Back On Alcohol
Most of us know that drinking alcohol can lead to dehydration. As Vox explains, alcohol messes with a hormone that helps regulate urination, hence the need to urinate more when we are imbibing and the idea of “breaking the seal.” If you want to pee less frequently, drinking less alcohol will help.
Tired Of Carrying Water Bottles Around?
Maybe some day soon you’ll be able to grab a handful of these edible water pods!
We all know how important it is to stay hydrated, but carrying a plastic water bottle around definitely isn’t good for the environment. One innovative company is now out to change that. Imagine a water bottle so biodegradable, you can eat it. Well, Skipping Rocks Lab in London set out to create just that.
The bottle, which they call Ooho, actually looks a bit more like a blob, but it is made with frozen water that is coated with a transparent, dual-layer membrane made of brown algae and calcium chloride, Fast Company reports. When you’re thirsty, you take a bite out of the bottle to drink it.
When you’re finished, you have the option to eat the bottle — since it is edible, after all — but it also can be tossed without worry, as the bottle is biodegradable and won’t sit in a landfill.
The hope for these bottles is that they will replace the environmentally-detrimental petroleum-based plastic water bottles, which are not only bad for our planet but more expensive to produce as well.