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The Strange Reason Behind Why You Should Hold Your Pee In

December 08, 2015 2 min read

You're in the middle of a busy day with barely anytime to breathe or eat when you realize you have to pee. What do you do? Chances are you're running to the bathroom to relieve yourself. But perhaps you shouldn't. A growing body of research suggests that holding your pee in can actually boost your willpower, so if you feel like you don't have enough time, don't worry that you're harming yourself by holding off a little longer. The reason you should hold your pee in revealed.Iris Blandon-Gitlin, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at California State University, Fullerton, says that it has to do with impulse control. See, when yo choose not to urinate, a part of your brain in charge of resisting sudden urges become activated. So when you hold off on peeing, your self restraint is triggered, which can help you to practice this on other types of impulses, such as scooping up the snacks in the checkout line. It may also improve your concentration. A study focused on peeing by Dutch researchers discovered that those who had to pee had higher scores on confusing mental tests. This is because, in place of other distractions during the test, a full-bladder caused the participants to focus on the question. The result proved to be laser-like focus. [bctt tweet="The Strange Reason Behind Why You Should Hold Your Pee In"] This doesn't mean you should chug water and hold off peeing for hours, however. “In this research, we’re making people wait long enough where they have an urge to go, but they’re not dying to go,” explains Blandon-Gitlin.And there are, as many of us have been made aware of, dangers to holding in your pee, like UTIs and bladder wall scarring. If you begin to feel lower abdominal pain or low back pain, you've likely been holding your pee in for much too long explains Blaine Kristo, M.D., a urologist with The Urology Specialists at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. Bottom line? If you're out shopping, hold off on peeing for just a bit longer than you're used to doing. Do you find that holding off on peeing improves your concentration on the task at hand? Source: Men's Health [caption id="attachment_122574" align="alignleft" width="100"]snapchat logo @BodyRockTV[/caption] [caption id="attachment_122573" align="alignleft" width="100"]instagram logo @BodyRockOfficial[/caption]

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