What do Artificial Sweeteners & “Bladder Irritants” Have in Common?

One of the emails I look forward to most is the daily HealthBeat from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). For example, who knew that an estimated 32 million Americans have incontinence (an accidental loss of bladder control).  This kernal of knowledge was part of the recent email: “5 Ways to Dodge Incontinence.“

The good news, according to HSPH, is that if you buy their “special health report, “Better Bladder and Bowel Control,” you can learn about the causes of urinary and bowel incontinence and treatments. There is not yet any feedback, however, on how many of the people who have purchased the report have actually achieved success. But, there is this good reason to buy the report, “Most people take bladder control for granted—until the unintended loss of urine interrupts the ability to carry on an ordinary social and work life.”

They are, things you can do without buying the report, such as losing weight, exercise–of course–and “don’t strain” your bowels. (I’ll save this one for the experts to explain.)

But, there’s one more thing, HSPH notes that “the artificial sweetener NutraSweet, which contains aspartame, can give you a sort of false urge–the feeling you need to urinate even when the bladder isn’t full. But so can spicy foods, caffeine and alcohol. Nicotine is also considered a “bladder irritant.”

My take on this is simple. Don’t stop doing what you are doing (except quit smoking). Just BE MINDFUL; CUT BACK on ALL SODA and DRINK LOTS OF WATER to help flush away the irritants.

[If you would like to purchase the HSPH report, you can can save 30% using this link:  http://hvrd.me/12DaPMw.]

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Jonathan Hall is a drinking water advocate. He blogs at hallwater.com and has worked as an independent strategy and social media content consultant.