How to Reduce Urination

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Although urination is a vital process for removing wastes from the human body and keeping people healthy, frequent urination can be a great inconvenience, causing a family to take too many stops during a long road trip, making a office worker take too many breaks,or creating unfortunate distractions from an activity or date. Fortunately, there are some things that most people can do to reduce the frequency of urination.

Limit drinking. The simplest thing you can do reduce urination is to reduce the amount of liquid you are consuming. If you’re not thirsty, don’t drink. You should also avoid foods that have a lot of water, like cucumbers and tomatoes.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Caffeine and alcohol are diuretics, chemicals that increase urination, so you should try to avoid them entirely.

Avoid other diuretics. Coffee and tea both have diuretics in addition to their caffeine, and many other foods have diuretic properties as well. These foods include cranberries, fennel, beets, cabbage and oats.

Practice self control. Although it may grow uncomfortable, most people’s bladders do have the ability to wait a long period of time between urination. Learning to think about other things can be particularly helpful.

Tips & Warnings

  • Sweating removes water and waste products from your body that would otherwise be removed through urination, so exposure to heat and physical exercise will reduce the frequency of urination, though these activities will also push your body closer to dehydration.
  • If you are urinating significantly more than usual, you should consult with a doctor. Although urination can be inconvenient, and drinking less water can help reduce urination, water is also important for body functioning and for avoiding overheating and dehydration. If your body is thirsty, don't ignore it.

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