Are you suffering from pelvic floor pain? Well why not set some goals that will help you to lose weight, give you increased energy, a better sex life and an overall new feeling of well-being and general good health? It may sound too good to be true, but it isn’t. With just a few small changes in your diet and exercise routines you could see a completely reinvented you in a few short weeks.
Your pelvic floor health and weight are intrinsically linked. In fact, a small increase in weight can put huge additional pressures on your pelvic floor muscles.
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First and foremost, poor pelvic floor muscles will weaken your bladder control and this can lead to leakage during any strenuous exercise like running or skipping. If left unchecked this condition can l worsen becoming more frequent and prolonged.
At its worst the problem of weakened muscles means that they can no longer do their job. The internal organs that should be held and supported by your pelvic floor muscles can drop into the bladder or rectum area causing pain and discomfort and often needing surgery to repair.
Another side effect of weak pelvic floor muscles is a loss of sex drive due to both lack of feeling and sometimes pain in the vaginal area and for some this can be a significant problem.
Pain and discomfort in any area of the body can have a draining effect on overall health and well-being. Furthermore, pain in the pelvic floor can cause problems with sitting, standing and walking, obviously this will mean a loss in general quality of life standards.
It is believed that at least one third of women will suffer from pelvic floor problems at some point in their lives, although many of them never report the problem or seek medical advice. In fact, up to 70% of women suffer in silence either because they simply because they believe the condition to be normal or something to be simply endured, or because of embarrassment.
A good exercise routine need not be problematic and there is no need for expensive gym membership, although it might help to have a set exercise time and place. There are many simple exercises that can be done at home without the need for added equipment or complicated routines.
The added benefits of a good diet and exercise routine will not only improve your overall health it will help improve posture, your sex life and provide added energy levels.
If you’re looking to improve your pelvic floor health through changes to your diet, the below examples may help.
- Ensure that you’re fully hydrated and drinking H20 to flush out any toxins. This will help aid digestion.
- Herbals and decaffeinated herbal drinks provide natural nutrients and hydration without the caffeine or sugar hit of regular drinks and teas.
- Fruits and vegetables that are low in acidity provide the body with important nutrients without causing irritation to the pelvic floor.
- Food rich in Omega-3 naturally helps to decrease inflammation.
- Fibre helps to ease digestion and prevent any undue pressure on the bladder.
- When combined with a healthy diet supplements can help maintain the health and function of the pelvic floor. Exercise alongside this can help strengthen the foundation further.
Simply losing 10% of your body weight can improve your pelvic floor muscles by up to 50 %, your kegels or pelvic floor muscles will improve quickly and easily with regular exercise.
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Any exercise that tightens and controls your kegels is good. They should be done regularly, and for best results several times per day. It might be difficult at first, but you will soon create a good habit and after a couple of months you will find the exercises becomes almost second nature. After only a short time you will find the benefits include better bladder control, improved posture and the additional bonus of your overall energy levels being increased.