Do we feel a bigger need to pee in cold weather? The short answer is yes, the long one states that understanding our need to pee in this period is a bit more complicated. But fear not, we’re going to help you understand the problem and hopefully fix it with these 4 proven ways to prevent the need to pee in cold weather.
Why do we pee more in cold weather?
According to Dr. Pablo Gomery, a urologist at the Massachussets General Hospital, for a healthy individual, there are 3 big reasons why we pee more:
- being fatigued and worrying
- running water in our proximity
- cold weather
As we said before, there are many reasons for why our bodies and especially our bladders act this way in the colder weather. We found at least 2 big theories which tend to shed some light on our problem.
Your body takes self-preservation measures.
When your body gets really cold, it has to act and take measures so you don’t suffer on the long term. That’s why it restricts the blood flow to the colder parts of your body – the extremities. Your feet and hands are getting cold fast if you don’t stay warm. In this case, less blood will get to them to keep your core at higher temperatures.
When this happens, the blood vessels in your extremities contract helping your body to let less warmth out and less cold in. Having less blood in your extremities means you have more blood everywhere else. Logical, right? This leads to a higher blood pressure and to your kidneys trying to pull liquid out of the body, which leads to more liquid in your bladder than usual. Hence your need to pee increases.
The cold weather affects your aquaporins.
Aquaporins are a type of proteins found in everyone’s cells. Their purpose is to form channels between the inside of your cells to the outside. Through these channels, the water moves more quickly. Some times, the aquaporins are inhibited in some parts of your body, such as the brain and kidneys.
When? It’s easy. Under the influence of alcohol and during the cold weather. If the aquaporins are inhibited by such factors, the water remains in your blood building up. That water has to go somewhere, right? Ta-da, you need to pee.
Some other small factors making you pee more in cold weather:
- You drink to keep warm. Hello? Stop drinking.
- Because of the cold weather, you sweat less but the water and toxins have to be eliminated somehow.
- You have a urinary infection.
- You have OAB (overactive bladder) which only worsens during the colder months.
- You have a cold which leads to a higher intake of fluids than usual.
Proven ways to prevent peeing more during the cold weather
As you can see, there are a lot of reasons why we need to pee more during cold weather, but there are also some good, proven ways to make you pee less.
1) Train Your Bladder.
We talked about this in our article: Using Pumpkin Seeds To Keep For Bladder Control so if you want to see what and how to do, check it out. The main idea is to strengthen your muscles or to train your brain & body to pee at specific times.
2) Add More Layers
Some people don’t understand how having more layers of clothing helps you in colder weather. We’re not talking about having one big piece of clothing on but more clothes on top each other. When you’re not wearing enough layers during the cold months, your body gets chilled therefore putting more stress on your immune system and restricts the blood flow to your extremities. (See the first theory for why we pee more in colder weather).
3) Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle Routine.
The best strategy for our life is to adopt a healthy lifestyle routine.
This means take healthy foods, stay hydrated, follow a daily exercise plan and take necessary vitamins in consultation with the health practitioner.
Our philosophy is that prevention is the best approach for a healthy, positive and enriching life.
4) Protect yourself from seasonal allergies
During the colder period of the year, you’re more likely to catch a cold or to get some infection. Many of these problems will result in stressing or weakening your immune system. Take normal precautions along with good food, daily exercises and healthy routine to fight seasonal changes.
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