Advances in odor control, combined with dietary changes, can end fear and embarrassment about odor associated with urinary incontinence.
For obvious reasons, the threat of embarrassment from urinary incontinence odor always has been a major source of anxiety for incontinence sufferers. The traditional advice for minimizing odor generally centers on patterns of fluid and food consumption that may affect how urine smells. High on the list of recommendations:
- Do NOT limit water consumption to reduce frequency of urination. Doing so causes high concentrations of waste in urine, exacerbating the odor and risking dehydration and urinary tract infection. Instead, drink plenty of water during the day, and a lesser amount as bedtime nears.
- Limit the intake of alcohol and coffee, as well as other beverages with caffeine, which has a diuretic effect that also results in urine with high waste concentration.
- Reduce consumption of certain foods that tend to increase the odor of urine, such as garlic and the spices in curry. Unfortunately, this includes some very healthy vegetables, specifically, asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. So you may want to weigh the advantages these foods offer against the disadvantage.
- Drink cranberry juice (preferably with little or no added sugar), which increases the acidity of urine, thereby reducing the bacterial presence. But consult with your doctor first, because cranberry juice has a mild blood thinning effect, which may not be appropriate for you. Do not drink citrus juices, which can stimulate the bladder muscle.
- Check with your doctor if you think your urine has an unusually strong odor. The cause could be a urinary tract infection, which is not uncommon among people with incontinence.
However, while following these suggestions will likely help reduce the threat of urinary incontinence odor, why not also take full advantage of the latest in odor-control technology? Salk’s HaloShield™ technology, for example, represents the pinnacle of science-based odor control for urinary incontinence. By killing 99.9 percent of odor-causing bacteria in urine within minutes, it can alleviate the incontinence sufferer of the apprehension associated with urine odor.
Here’s how it works: HaloShield™ is a coating applied to Salk’s CareFor™ line of products, which includes underpads, men’s briefs and women’s panties. Each time a product is laundered, the coating catches the chlorine molecules in the bleach and binds with them, anchoring them to its surface. The coating is now “loaded with ammunition,” ready to attack and destroy the bacteria whenever an accidental discharge of urine occurs.
Of course, superior odor control is not the only advantage of using CareFor™ products with HaloShield™. The underpads provide complete waterproof protection for bedding, couches and chairs, with an ultra-soft moisture-wicking top layer and a super-absorbent inner layer. The briefs and panties provide advanced moisture control with ultra-soft material that won’t irritate sensitive skin. Their long-lasting durability makes them an economically wise and ecologically sound choice that does not contribute to ever-growing landfills, as non-biodegradable disposables do.
Finally, the battle against embarrassing urinary incontinence odor is winnable! Put Salk’s leading-edge odor control product engineering to work for you, and regain confidence in all of your daily activities.