Superfoods To Treat Urinary Infections
About six million Americans are treated for urinary tract infections (UTIs) each year. Women are more likely to develop UTIs than men because there is less urethral distance for infectious organisms to travel from the outside of the body.
The first symptoms are lower back pain, the need to urinate frequently and urgently, while producing only a small amount of urine, and a bit of pain upon urinating. You might have some pain along the urethra. If treatment is begun at this stage, it can cured almost immediately. If you ignore it, you may develop fever, nausea, cloudy or bloody urine, and fatigue.
Other types of urinary infections may include straining to urinate and urinating while sleeping—both caused primarily from prostate problems. Dysuria, or painful urination, is among the most common types of bladder or urinary infections and is caused by bacteria.
Causes of Urinary Infections
Women: Approximately 85% of cases are caused by the bacteria E. coli , since it can easily be moved from the colon to the urinary opening, by wiping from back to front, for example. Sometimes, however, vaginal yeast infections move into the urinary tract by way of vaginal secretions. Also bladder muscle injuries from age or childbirth can cause urinary problems.
Men: Most urinary problems in men are caused by prostate disorders, specifically enlarged prostate. Actual infection can occur in men from sexual contact with infected partners—transferring the bacteria to the new host.
Treatments for Urinary Infections
The most important thing you can do to avoid urinary infections is to be careful during sex. Be sure that you engage in clean and protected activity. To cure infection once it has taken hold, drink unsweetened cranberry juice and green tea, while adding garlic extract and oregano extract supplements to your daily regimen. Also, get at least 2 grams a day of vitamin C while experiencing an infection.
To Prevent Urinary Infections:
- The best way to prevent UTIs is to drink at least six to eight glasses of fluid each day. This steady supply of fluids washes bacteria and other organisms away before they have a chance to stick to the walls of your urinary tract and begin multiplying. Keep in mind that bacteria multiply every 20 minutes.
- On this note, drinking enough fluids won’t prevent UTIs if you’re not expelling the liquid on a regular basis. Urinate regularly rather than holding it in, and be sure to urinate after sex.
- Be careful when having sex that neither partner touches the anal area and then touches the urinary region, as that is a common way of transferring the offending bacteria. Cleaning afterwards is helpful.
- Eat blueberries on a regular basis.
- Avoid caffeine.
To Cure Urinary Infections:
- For bladder and kidney infections, dilute unsweetened cranberry juice with purified water and drink away. To improve the taste, you can add stevia.
Drink at least 64 ounces per day. Don’t use sugar to sweeten it!
- An old English remedy is to chew watermelon seeds during the cranberry juice cleanse. This also strengthens the kidneys. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the kidney meridian correlates to maintaining youth and a strong immune system.
- Add Liver Tea (see Hepatitis) to the regimen to clean out any stones that may be forming. Simple urinary tract infections can be solved with Alka Seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of symptoms. We’ve seen dozens of nonspecific urethritis cases cured in a matter of days this way, without the compounding problems of antibiotics.
- Take Vitamin C throughout the day in doses of 2 to 3 grams.
- Uva Ursi and buchu, pipsissewa, dandelion, nettle, horsetail and corn silk are good to take in capsule or tea form. These are also helpful any time you need a diuretic.
- Coriander, Echinacea, goldenrod, and juniper berries may also help sooth the urinary tract and eradicate the bacteria.