Life Enthusiast Newsletter 114
Urinary Tract Infections can be VERY uncomfortable!
Some experts say that half of all women will get at least one urinary tract infection (UTI) in their life.
That’s a lot of women!
But even men can be susceptible to UTIs, especially if they are not circumcised.
A urinary tract infection (UTI) can be in any part of your urinary system – kidneys, ureters, bladder and/or urethra, but most UTIs involve the lower parts – bladder and urethra.
Keep an eye out for the following symptoms of UTIs…
- Frequent or intense urge to urinate, regardless of the amount that comes out
- Burning sensation when urinating
- Leaking urine
- Pain or pressure in your back or low abdomen
- Cloudy, dark, bloody or strange-smelling urine.
With the above symptoms, if you feel tired, shaky and have fevers or chills, a UTI may have reached your kidneys and you need immediate medical attention.
If you suspect you have a UTI…
And you’re natural-health-minded (one of us), please try Kidney Bladder-Ease.
If you seek mainstream medicine, a doctor will ask you for a urine sample to confirm it, then prescribe antibiotics to kill it. As we know, antibiotics also kill your good bacteria, so if you take antibiotics, you really must re-balance yourself afterwards by taking Probiotics.
Soothe Irritated Urinary Tract Tissues and Mucous Membranes
Helps form a soothing film over a mucous membranes, relieving minor pain and inflammation – exceptionally helpful where infections are present, and irritation of the urinary tract causes excess or scanty urination.
This formula is a combination of herbs that have historically been used for problems of the entire urinary system including kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra.
Kidney Bladder-Ease will help any fluid retention and does not deplete your potassium reserves as many other urinary/diuretic formulas have a tendency to do.
Drink Adequate Water
While using any type of diuretic, including Kidney Bladder-Ease, make certain to drink adequate amounts of water. This helps flush away the bacteria that’s causing your infection, starting your recovery (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).
Aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water, up to 80 ounces a day. For example, if you weigh 140 pounds, try to drink 70 ounces of water a day.
Go Ahead, Empty Your Bladder Again…
Keep making those bathroom runs because every time you empty your bladder – even a small amount – you get rid of some of your infection-causing bacteria.
Get Some – or more – Vitamin C
For UTI prevention, eating lots of food that is high in vitamin C will make your urine more acidic – and this inhibits the growth of bacteria in your urinary tract. (Johns Hopkins Medicine health library). If you have an active UTI, taking Vitamin C supplements may help, too.
Soothe UTI Pain With Heat
Applying a heating pad to the pain around your pubic area can soothe your discomfort. Keep the heat low, not directly on your skin, and use for only 15 minutes at a time.
Eliminate Foods that Irritate Your Bladder
Help your body naturally heal by eliminating caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, nicotine, carbonated drinks, and artificial sweeteners – all can irritate your bladder further.
Focus on healthy foods, such as vegetables (high fiber) and lean healthy protein.
Lifestyle Habits to Change
Lifestyle changes can help you recover from a UTI and prevent another one (according to the NIDDK).
- Quit smoking
- Wear loose cotton clothing and underwear
- Wipe yourself clean from front to back
- Choose only fragrance-free personal hygiene products
And finally, please tell your health care provider about any herbs you’re taking, because side effects or drug interactions can sometimes be serious.