Going to the toilet is a physiological need, as is drinking water; When our body tells us to go to the bathroom, it is clearly because it needs to flush something toxic out of the body.
The fact that urine remains in the bladder for a long time can have several consequences:
1.- The dreaded infection
We must not ignore the fact that, apart from water, urine contains all the waste products that the body does not need, and the kidneys are responsible for filtering them. So, in the bladder we have a mixture of small residues, acids and ammonia, which can gradually damage the walls of the urinary tract and the bladder itself.
Also, we cannot forget that every time we go to the toilet, it creates suppression of all the bacteria present in the urethra, avoiding them migrating to other areas where they can cause the dreaded infection. What happens when, for whatever reason, we don’t have the antidote to resist the urge to urinate?
That these bacteria stay in our bodies longer and therefore have more chances to stick to the bladder or other parts and cause the dreaded bladder infection. Hold that urge! I’m going to the bathroom!
2.- Enlargement of the bladder
Usually the bladder holds between one hundred and fifty and two hundred and twenty ml of fluid (this depends on each person, of course). This action activates receptors that tell our brain it’s time to go to the bathroom. Then the brain activates pain and discomfort, so we immediately go to empty the bladder.
What if we don’t? What happens if we don’t obey our brains? That we sit and try to forget “those cravings” and that, as if that weren’t enough, we continue to take in, eat, and the fluid in the bladder wall continues to increase, expand and cause various harms to us. It’s dangerous to think about.
3.- Kidney Stones
Few diseases are as bad as renal colic. There are people who are more prone than others to form more of these kidney stones. In general, the simple fact that urine is retained is a factor that can also determine its appearance.
If you’re one of those people who wait until you come home with a full bladder, know that not only are you suffering from an infection, you’re also causing your kidneys to form tiny crystals, usually made of calcium, phosphate, ammonium and magnesium.
They are food residues that very easily stick to our kidneys and turn from simple crystals into actual stones, to be removed, causing great suffering.
Avoid it by drinking lots of water and going to the bathroom whenever your body needs it.
4.- Vesico-urethral reflux
Vesico-ureteral reflux is a pretty serious disadvantage that you should be aware of, and it can also occur due to bad habits of resisting the urge to urinate. This disease occurs when urine, instead of being expelled after being stored in the bladder for some time, returns to the urethra and kidneys, causing a very serious infection.
As a rule, vesicourethral reflux has different phases ranging from I to V depending on its intensity, the first phase is the mildest, in which urine only reaches the ureter. But by the time reflux or almost daily urine reaches the kidneys, we are already in phase V. This is a serious consideration because we can get injury in the kidney area along with infection.
5.- Discomfort, cramps and fatigue
Resisting the urge to urinate is not easy. This is serious business that should never become a habit. When your body sends the signal to go to the bathroom, don’t hesitate for more than ten to fifteen minutes. Eventually our brains will stop telling us and the consequences will come.
You will feel bloated stomach. As if that weren’t enough, the accumulation of fluid and toxins in the bladder most often causes chills and then pelvic pain. In other words, we no longer feel the “urgency” to go to the bathroom; Now we feel more tired, slower and with less dizziness. This makes it more than enough to drink more flushing fluid, which will further exacerbate the situation.
Experts recommend urinating at least every three to four hours, meaning six to seven trips to the bathroom at the end of the day, to keep the bladder from stressing too much.