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If you have bladder control issues or know someone who does, read this book or share it with them. It might change their life or yours!

Frequent urination (incontinence) or late-night urination (nocturia) is an all-too-common dilemma that plagues adults and children. Those who suffer from either of these two issues might experience uncontrollable leakage. Accidents can cause embarrassment and make one shy away from social engagements, or when nighttime visits are the culprit, the afflicted don't get adequate sleep.


Doug Setter speaks the truth when they openly discuss what lengths they went to when the urge to go was upon them and no restroom in sight. I haven't peed in a bottle before, but that's only because I am a woman and didn't think my aim would hit the mark 100% of the time. As a person with weak bladder muscles, I am familiar with the need to go multiple times during events. It's annoying, a nuisance, and can be embarrassing. 


Since I don't have a prostate, I could not empathize with the author's talk about the exam. However, the physical therapy intake exam to strengthen my bladder muscles was intrusive and made me uncomfortable. I had to complete exercises while the therapist monitored me internally, manually. So I can, in a way, relate to Doug Setter's displeasure over the unpleasant physical exam. 


In chapter two, Doug discusses various reasons why a person might be having plumbing issues: UTI, excess consumption of liquids, diabetes, bladder stones, and kidney conditions to name a few. After these possible reasons, Doug included a detailed image of your "plumbing parts" and explained their function in simple terms. 


I would advise taking Doug's "five-pronged approach to urinating less" before going straight to the scalpel to fix your urinary system and problem. Sometimes eliminating a trigger or doing Kegel (pelvic floor) exercises improves the matter. The good news about these exercises is anyone can do them, regardless of age, and anywhere too! If you're unfamiliar with Kegel exercises, Doug gives you a step-by-step guide to walk you through the process.


I found photos of the exercises taught in yoga and other exercise systems helpful. You don't have to wonder if you're performing it correctly or not. I encourage you to read the steps, look at the pictures, and then try your hand at the four additional stretches. 


As I stated earlier, removing a trigger can improve or stop your symptoms. Chapter five mentions several food and beverage-related items that might be your culprit. My doctor has told me to avoid citrusy and acidic things, so their presence on the list didn't shock me. However, my doctor never mentioned spices. I'll have to examine that one in more detail. Now, all triggers do not have to be food-based. Stress can also play a factor. I never knew that either. I have realized that when I'm busy, I urinate less than when I'm bored. Maybe my mind is preoccupied and not focused on the need to go. Bored seems to be a trigger for me. 


No matter the organ, there will be things that make it perform poorly and superbly. Doug discusses both. On the good list is cranberries which I consume daily. There was also horsetail, something I'd never heard or seen before. 


Some sections are directed to male readers: boosting testosterone and prostate issues; however, both genders can benefit from bladder training, knowing what's good and bad for their urinary health. 


If you have bladder control issues or know someone who does, read this book or share it with them. It might change their life or yours! 

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Battle of the Bladder (Does this sound like you?)

About the author

Doug is a former paratrooper and U.N. Peacekeeper. He holds a BSc and has trained hundreds of people in fitness, martial arts and outdoor skills. He is the author of: Flat Gut After 50, Fit Femme After 50, Flat Gut After COVID, Reduce Your Alcohol Craving and Beating the Bladder Blues. view profile

Published on February 15, 2023

Published by Resilience Press

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Genre: Health & Wellbeing

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