Published: Mar. 18, 2009
Updated: Sept. 8, 2010
The average fluid intake for a healthy adult is considered to be 50 to 70 ounces of liquid each day. This means that each day you should consume the equivalent of six to eight eight-ounce glasses of liquid (including any beverages and soups).
If you are drinking more than this (unless you work in hot conditions or exercise heavily and perspire a lot), limiting your fluids to six to eight eight-ounce glasses per day may improve your bladder control.
Duke offers several treatment options for urinary incontinence, read the Urinary Incontinence Treatments care guide to learn what your options are.
Some women also have urge incontinence -- the urge to urinate and lose bladder control before they reach the toilet. If you have urge incontinence, the following tips may help.
When you get the urge to urinate:
Constipation can worsen bladder control. Adequate fluid and fiber intake is very important to prevent constipation.
The average American eats 12 grams of fiber daily compared with the 25 grams that is recommended. Foods high in fiber include bran cereals, beans and peas, corn, broccoli, skin of the baked potato, whole grain bread, dried fruit (apricots, figs, dates, raisins, prunes), berries, cherries, pears, apples, plums, and greens.