Weigh your­self on Wed­nes­days only

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AC­CORD­ING TO nor­mal stan­dards, on av­er­age a per­son uri­nates about five to eight cups or one to two litres of urine in about 24 hours. If you find your­self uri­nat­ing much more fre­quently than that, the rea­son can be a sim­ple in­fec­tion or other dis­eases that could be caus­ing this symp­tom.

Visit your doc­tor to find out if any of these could be the rea­son for fre­quent uri­na­tion:

1. IN­FEC­TION: An in­fec­tion of the uri­nary tract, like in the case of uri­nary tract in­fec­tion (UTI), could be one of the rea­sons for fre­quent uri­na­tion. In some cases, UTI may show no symp­toms (be asymp­to­matic) or may be present with other symp­toms like ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a burn­ing sen­sa­tion while pass­ing urine, pain in the lower ab­domen and in some cases even blood in your urine.

2. DI­A­BETES: In the case of di­a­betes, your body se­cretes ex­ces­sive su­gar, which has to be re­moved from the body by your kid­neys – mak­ing them over­work. This sends a sig­nal to your brain that you need more wa­ter in your sys­tem to di­lute the large amounts of su­gar. All this wa­ter and over­work­ing kid­neys leads to fre­quent uri­na­tion.

3. IR­RI­TANTS IN WHAT YOU DRINK: In some in­stances, you might suf­fer from fre­quent uri­na­tion if you drink too much wa­ter or liq­uids that con­tain sub­stances that ir­ri­tate your uri­nary blad­der. Also known as ir­ri­tants, these sub­stances in­duce the need to pass urine in or­der to get rid of the toxin. Liq­uids con­tain­ing high amounts of caf­feine or al­co­hol are well known blad­der ir­ri­tants, so stay­ing away from them might give you some re­lief.

4. IN­COM­PLETE VOIDING: An­other rea­son for fre­quent uri­na­tion could be in­com­plete voiding. This is where you don’t empty your blad­der com­pletely, caus­ing some amount of urine to be re­tained. This sends a sig­nal to your brain that your blad­der needs to be emp­tied, lead­ing to repet­i­tive trips to the bath­room.

5. PREG­NANCY: Preg­nancy is an­other rea­son for fre­quent uri­na­tion. This hap­pens be­cause as your uterus grows to ac­com­mo­date the grow­ing foe­tus, it tends to press on your blad­der, mak­ing you want to pee more than nor­mal.

6. OVER­AC­TIVE BLAD­DER: This is a con­di­tion where the blad­der con­tracts sud­denly, mak­ing you feel like you need to visit the bath­room. While there is no known rea­son for this con­di­tion, there are some treat­ment op­tions avail­able to help re­lieve this con­di­tion. AC­CORD­ING TO a new study pub­lished by the Public Li­brary of Sci­ence, Wed­nes­day is the best day of the week to check your weight for the most ac­cu­rate and re­li­able read­ing of your weight­loss progress. The study rec­om­mended weigh­ing your­self only once a week, on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, first thing when you wake up, be­fore eat­ing or drink­ing any­thing.

In­ter­est­ingly, ac­cord­ing to the re­searchers, Wed­nes­day hap­pened to be the day when peo­ple weighed the least each week, yet it is ac­tu­ally the per­fect day to step on the scale.

Weight nat­u­rally fluc­tu­ates from day to day and step­ping on the scale daily will only prove to be a very dis­cour­ag­ing prac­tice as you see the num­bers go up and down all over the place through­out the week. In­stead, by weigh­ing your­self only once a week at the same time of day (first thing in the morn­ing be­fore eat­ing or drink­ing any­thing), you’ll get a much more con­sis­tent read­ing and a true mea­sure of your week-toweek progress.

When main­tain­ing weight, Wed­nes­day was found to have the least week-to-week fluc­tu­a­tions, since per­sons tend to in­dulge more on the week­ends, and you’ll weigh the least and get the most ac­cu­rate read­ing by weigh­ing your­self smack in the mid­dle of the week each week.

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