You may not be able to focus on your office task or obtain a good night’s sleep if there’s this frequent urge for you to step foot in the bathroom to pee. There are many different reasons behind such — sometimes it can be due to an underlying medical condition, but other times it may be because of the diet.

Peeing 4 to 6 times a day is perfectly normal, according to medical experts. However, it’s a different story if there’s an urge to do so for more than 8 times a day.

Especially if the urge to urinate frequently is accompanied by symptoms such as excessive thirst, burning sensation, pain in the lower abdomen, fever and chills, see a doctor. It’s very much likely for the urge to be caused by a health problem that needs to be treated. Some of those that can cause frequent urination include:

  • Urinary tract infection. Having a UTI causes the bladder to become irritated, resulting in the sensation of it wanting to be emptied frequently.
  • Prostate enlargement. The pressure applied on the bladder by an enlarged prostate is the one that causes frequent urges to urinate.
  • Bladder cancer. Growing tumor in the bladder can take up a lot of space, and this is what makes someone who has bladder cancer to have the urge to pee more often.
  • Diabetes. One of the many symptoms of diabetes is frequent urination, which is the body’s way of trying to eliminate excess sugar in the blood.
  • Neurological problems. Various issues that cause damage to the nerves may actually bring about frequent urges to have the bladder emptied.

There are many other possible causes of frequent urge to urinate. Some of them are being pregnant, the consumption of coffee, alcohol and certain diet pills (all of them have diuretic properties), the intake of foods with artificial sweeteners in them, and of course drinking more fluids than necessary. Being constipated can be a culprit, too.

If you are bothered by the frequent urge to urinate and your doctor has just given you a clean bill of health, you may try some of the following effective home remedies for it:

  • Limit intake of caffeinated beverages. Coffee, soda, energy drinks and others with caffeine in them can cause you to pee more often, and that’s why avoiding them or limiting their intake can work wonders.
  • Consume alcohol in moderation. Another beverage that can cause you to rush to the bathroom more often is alcohol because it has diuretic properties just like coffee and others containing caffeine.
  • Have more fiber-rich foods. The accumulation of stool in the lower part of the gut when you are constipated can apply pressure on the bladder, and this can cause frequent urges to pee.
  • Eat sesame seeds. Many swear by the effectiveness of sesame seeds mixed with jaggery in keeping the flow of urine and urge to urinate normalized.
  • Add boiled spinach in the diet. A traditional solution for frequent urge to urinate is the consumption of boiled spinach. It’s also good for preventing iron-deficiency anemia.
  • Have toasted horse grams. If you have access to horse grams, which are available in select herbal and health food stores, you may have them toasted. Consume a little for several days.
  • Take pomegranate skin paste. It is said that grinding the skin of pomegranate and mixing it with a few drops of water results in a paste that can control urination if a little of it is taken regularly.
  • Perform kegel exercises. To do kegel, simply contract the muscles you use for holding in your pee for a few seconds. Repeat several times to improve your bladder control.
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