You liked reading the new study that found that vitamin D could actually lessen your drive to pee. Now, a new Cleveland Clinic-trained urologist has aided in breaking down this strange connection. (When you understand this, it will make so much more sense!)
A refresher: In early Sept., a team of obstetrics and public health scientists published their findings of previous studies in the International Urogynecology Journal. From their review, the team found that there could be a link between lower levels of vitamin D and experiencing urinary incontinence.
A possible interpretation, as we have said, is that your bladder detrusor muscle that contracts to allow your urine out of your bladder. This muscle also has vitamin D receptors—so, in a way, vitamin D could help strengthen your muscles in and around your pelvic floor, including your bladder, which could lessen your symptoms connected to incontinence and urinary problems.
To further put light on the topic, Michael Ingber, MD, a physician working in urology spoke about it. As a specialist in the pelvic floor, Ingber has seen a possible explanation. Based on his insights about the vitamin D and bladder connection study, it was reported that “one way vitamin D is good is because it aids other nutrients connected to bladder health to be absorbed easier in the body.”
Ingber explained: “Vitamin D is fat-soluble and it plays a role in your intestinal absorption of many different nutrients. Magnesium, calcium, phosphate are all absorbed because of your vitamin D, and these things also have a role in your bladder and kidney health.” So, a possible side-effect that vitamin D has on your urinary system is that it simply aids your absorption of other minerals that help good overall health in that area of your body.
Experts say the best way to get Vitamin D is by getting more sun, with a protection from dangerous rays using sunblock. Other than the sun, Vitamin D supplements are widely available at Walmart as well as Amazon. Experts say that the recommended amount of Vitamin D is 600 IU for people from 1 to 70 years, and 800 IU for those older than 70 years.
Author: Steven Sinclaire