This month, I’d like to talk about urinary health, along with the importance of properly supporting the pelvic floor to prevent urinary incontinence.
Firstly, I was excited to learn there are fruits other than cranberries that contain the special sugar called D-Manose, which helps with urinary health. D-Manose works differently than refined sugars, as it does not interfere with the regulation of metabolism or blood sugar. Pineapples, apples, blueberries, oranges and peaches all contain this special sugar. You can learn more about how our body uses D-Manose here.
It also occurred to me that these fruits, being sweeter, would work very well together in a smoothie, along with cranberries, or in addition to your regular smoothie ingredients. You could also juice them, which is a nice way to introduce this healthy choice to children, who may be prone to bladder infections.
Here’s a great little overview on Dr. Mercola’s website that includes a three-minute video from Katy Bowman. It is a wonderful visual to what our alignment teachers at Yoga for Today have been working with in our classes.
A wealth of information follows the video. It corroborates what we have been learning about the knee squeeze exercise, as well as the fact that Kegels must only be done with a neutral pelvis. I think we all find a challenge with that old habit of a tucked tail!
I personally find that, if I only took time for one exercise in a day, the knee squeeze would be it. Do it anywhere, even sitting at dinner, or at a computer.
Do it right now!
Have an awesome April ~ Fern