Yoga for Urinary Disorders
What are Urinary Disorders?
The urinary tract consists of various parts such as the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Your kidneys filter your blood, creating urine, which travels through the ureters to the bladder, where it stored. When the appropriate time comes, the muscles of your bladder contract and urine exits your body through your urethra. Urinary disorders include any diseases, disorders or conditions that affect your kidneys, ureters, bladder or urethra, or that affect their function.
Examples of urinary disorders include cancers of the urinary tract, incontinence (inability to control urine flow), interstitial cystitis, kidney stones, kidney failure, and urinary tract infections. Common symptoms of urinary disorders include abdominal, pelvic, or lower back pain or discomfort; blood in the urine; changes in the urine; difficulty producing urine; fever and chills; frequent urination; leaking of urine; and urgent need to urinate. Some urinary disorders, such as infections, may develop quickly, while others, such as cancer, grow more slowly.
Symptoms of urinary disorders:-
• Abdominal cramping
• Abdominal, pelvic or back pain that can be severe
• Bloody or pink-colored urine (hematuria)
• Cloudy urine
• Fever and chills
• Foul-smelling urine
• Frequent urination
• General ill feeling
• Leaking of urine
• Pain during sexual intercourse
• Pain or burning with urination (dysuria)
• Unexplained weight loss
• The urgent need to urinate
Common causes of urinary disorders:-
• Benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlargement of the prostate)
• Cancers or benign tumors
• Infections of the urinary tract
• Interstitial cystitis (conditions involving chronic inflammation of the bladder)
• Kidney diseases
• Kidney or urinary tract stones
• Post-vasectomy syndrome
• Sexually transmitted diseases
• Trauma or injury
Risk factors for urinary disorders:-
• Congenital disabilities
• Catheterization (placement of a tube to drain the bladder)
• Chemical or irritant exposures
• Cigarette smoking
• Genital piercing
• Low fluid intake
• Personal history or family history of some types of urinary tract disorders
• Pregnancy and delivery
• Sexual contact with someone who engages in high-risk sexual behavior or who have had a sexually transmitted disease
• Surgery involving the upper or lower urinary tract
• Unsafe sexual practices
• Use of deodorant tampons.
• Use of spermicides or lubricants with irritants
Current Scenario of Urinary disorders:-
• Urinary disorders are one of the most frequent clinical bacterial infections in women, accounting for nearly 25% of all diseases.
• Around 50–60% of women will develop UTIs in their lifetimes.
• Urinary tract infections (UTIs) occur more often in women than in men, at a ratio of 8:1.
• Approximately 50–60% of women report at least one urinary disorder in their lifetime.
• Recurrences usually occur within three months of the original infection.
Yoga for Urinary Disorders:-
1. Ashwini Mudra:-
• This exercise involves using the perineal muscles which help in tightening the gluteal muscles.
• It will also strengthen the bladder sphincter.
• Do 10 to 12 repetitions, 2 or 3 times a day (while sitting down).
• Sit with your legs folded and with the hips touching the heels.
• The big toes are one on top of the other.
• The knees touch one another.
• The spine should be straight.
• Keep the eyes gently closed.
3. Forward Bend:-
• To Sit with the legs outstretched and spine erect.
• On an exhale reach out and touch your toes, holding the position for as long as possible.
4. Garuda Mudra:-
• Clasp your thumb and place your hand, right hand on top of the left side and lower abdomen.
• To remain in this position for ten breaths and then slide your hands up to your navel.
• Be there for another ten breaths.
• After that place, your hands in the pit of your stomach and remain there again for about ten breaths.
• Lastly, put your left side on your sternum, and turn your hand in the direction of your shoulder.
5. Ardha Matsyasana (Fish Pose) :-
• It stretches the organs and muscles of the abdomen; stimulates the regulatory glands in the throat.
• Then Sit erect with your legs extended in front of the torso, feet together.
• To Lean back onto your elbows and forearms.
• Arch back as you expand the chest and place the back of the crown of the head on the floor.
• The weight of the torso should distribute between the pelvis, the head, and the two forearms.
• Bring the elbows in toward the body's midline and arch the head down toward the back to intensify the stretch.
• Breathe evenly and hold for 20 seconds or longer.
• To come out of the pose, push on the elbows to allow the head to slide away from the torso, and lie supine.
What about food to eat during urinary disorders?
• Cranberry juice
• Good quality probiotics and fermented foods.
• Plant-based protein
So these are the yoga asanas and food to eat during the urinary disorder.