holding in urine for too long

Dangers of holding in urine for too long on the kidneys

Did you know that March 9th was World Kidney Day? The theme for this year is: “Ensure kidney health for all, prepare for the unexpected, and support the vulnerable”. To support these worthy causes and if you are in the habit of holding in urine for too long for one reason or the other, we deem it fit to inform you of the dangers of retaining urine in your kidneys. 

DANGERS OF HOLDING IN URINE FOR TOO LONG

 

Holding in your urine for too long can be dangerous for the following reasons;

  • Incontinence: Holding in urine for a long period of time can weaken the muscles of the pelvic wall. This can lead to incontinence which can cause a little bit of urine to leak when you sneeze or cough. Imagine how embarrassing and irritating this can be! It can also make you continually want to go to the toilet. 
  • Kidney stones:  Sometimes, the urine in your blood can contain high levels of minerals and salts.  These go on to form hard deposits inside your kidneys. These are called kidney stones. That’s not all! There is also a possibility of urine passing back into the kidney if not passed out on time to cause serious kidney infections.
  • Urinary infections: The risk of developing urinary tract infections increases when you constantly hold back your urine. Bacteria are normally present in the urinary tract and are excreted with urine. However, when the urine is held back in the bladder, bacteria may build up which can cause infection in the urinary tract. 
  • Edema: This is a swelling caused by fluid retention. Therefore, continuously holding in pee can cause damage to the kidneys which in turn can lead to swelling of the feet. More on edema, click here
  • Hydronephrosis: This is a condition that occurs when one or both kidneys become swollen as a result of incomplete emptying due to urine retention. This can also be caused by a kidney stone, enlarged prostate, etc. Severe hydronephrosis can lead to kidney damage.  

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

You should know that the most important thing you can do to keep your kidneys safe is to take care of your body to reduce the chances of developing diseases that can put a strain on your kidneys. Using natural supplements to detoxify the body is an excellent measure to stay healthier and prevent diseases in the long-term. Therefore, by incorporating NATURE’S FIELD L& K CLEANSER into your daily routine, staying well hydrated (but don’t overdo it), eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly, you are optimizing the health of your kidneys. 

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