Nocturia caused by too much salt
Cut nighttime bathroom trips with this one change
It can literally haunt your dreams.
Doesn't matter what's going through your mind as you snooze, eventually the sound of rushing water invades -- and, next thing you know, you're standing next to a river or maybe a waterfall.
It's your bladder, sending a signal straight into your brain.
You need to GO, and you need to GO NOW... and you're suddenly wide-awake and dashing to the bathroom.
I'm sure you've heard a million tips and tricks over the years on how to eliminate those nighttime bathroom runs, a.k.a. nocturia, and most of them are worthless.
But the latest research shows one small change you can make to your diet that could give you almost instant results.
It's something you should do anyway: Cut back on salt.
The new study out of Japan looked at about 300 volunteers with high salt intake and nocturia problems.
Half were told to cut back on their salt, while the other half were told to actually increase those levels.
Over three months, the folks who cut back cut their midnight bathroom visits by about 40 percent... while those who got more salt were awake and running for the toilet more often.
That's very encouraging, but there are two important caveats.
First, these folks had incredibly high sodium intakes.
They were getting roughly triple the U.S. average, and four or five times the recommended daily limit.
That's a LOT of salt... and if you're getting anything near those levels, you should cut back even if you're NOT having bathroom problems.
If, on the other hand, you've got normal salt intake, cutting back might not help much.
And second, while reducing salt most certainly COULD help some people, it almost definitely WON'T work for everyone, since those late-night potty breaks often have another cause.
In some folks, it's weaker bladder muscle. In others, it's a hormonal problem. It could also a lifestyle issue like drinking habits or dietary problems... or even something psychological.
Since salt has nothing to do with those possible causes, cutting back probably won't help much in those cases.
Still, reducing salt levels is something anyone can try quickly, easily, and at no cost -- so, it's certainly worth giving a shot (especially if your sodium levels are a little higher than they should be).
If it doesn't work, you'll need a little more help finding the cause and fixing it.
Work closely with a holistic medical doctor.
If you're in the San Diego area, I can help. Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.
Not in the area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.
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