Urinary tract infection or UTI: a burning feeling when you urinate, increase in frequency of urination, pain or pressure in your back or belly. The urine that does come out may be cloudy, dark, bloody or smell strange. You may feel tired and lack energy. Ugh. Urinary tract infections…
The accepted regimen from doctors is antibiotics. I have met many women who have had a steady diet of antibiotics for years for UTIs; and each time they go off of the antibiotic du jour of the moment, the infection comes back. What can we do to prevent and even heal this recurring cycle of infection?
There are many variables. A change in sexual partner can trigger a UTI. Wiping from back to front can allow feces into the vaginal tract and cause a UTI. Many women who are post-menopausal suffer recurring UTIs. Using condoms and changing the way one wipes will eliminate these as triggers. I will address menopause at the end of this article and in a future blog so check back soon.
For all these concerns, there are simple solutions that are helpful in changing the environment in our bodies and create better health.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
When we drink water, we flush our bodies, including the bladder. This efficiently reduces the opportunity for infection to take hold. Drink up to half of your body weight in ounces each day. For example, if you weigh 120 lbs., drink 60 ounces of water per day. (If you have Kidney disease check with your doctor about the proper amount of water to drink each day.)
Drink plenty of Lemon Water. Lemon is anti-bacterial, cleanses the lymph, supports good liver health, kidney and bladder function.
EAT CITRUS FRUITS AND TAKE VITAMIN C
Vitamin C boosts our body’s ability to ward off infection. Drinking and eating oranges or fresh orange juice daily increases our intake of vitamin C and increases collagen production, which in turn produces healthy skin tissue.
HEAL YOUR BOWELS
I have observed a connection between Irritable bowel syndrome, Chron’s disease, Candida and other bowel issues and recurring UTI’s. If you know this is an issue for you, consider that perforations and leakage into the abdominal cavity may be the underlying irritant for a recurring UTI. Dr. Christopher’s lower bowel formula can help heal your bowel and perforations. Cayenne and Ginger can heal the digestive lining. Mullein is also soothing to the digestive tract. Check with your health practitioner for more details.
When we start a cycle of infection, there is usually a lack of the correct type of bacteria in our body. This often happens when we have taken antibiotics, because they kill all the flora and fauna and not just the offending bacteria. Take a good probiotic for several months and rebuild healthy flora and fauna, which reduces the opportunity for the wrong bacteria to cultivate in your body.
CREATE A HEALTHY INTERNAL ENVIRONMENT & LOWER ACIDITY
Drinking soda pop, caffeine, sugar or carbohydrates all create acidity. Eliminate the offending foods and add more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet. Eat smaller portions of red meat and chicken. Do eat brown rice and quinoa. Eat whole grains in smaller portions to bring the alkaline/acid back to balance. Learn more about healthy diet.
FOODS FOR URINARY HEALTH
Foods high in Vitamin A like carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, melon, red bell peppers and kale. Vitamin C rich foods such as yellow bell peppers, red bell peppers, guava, broccoli and papaya boost the immune system to lessen the intensity and effects of UTIs. BONE BROTH is soothing to the kidney, bladder, urinary tract and bowels as it is alkalinizing and packed with nutrients. Antioxidant rich foods such as blueberries organic olive oil, leafy green vegetables, salmon, tuna, cherries, oranges and strawberries all decrease inflammation, a symptom of UTI.
ESSENTIAL OILS FOR URINARY HEALTH
I place 10 drops of Geranium, 10 drops of Seabuckthorn, 10 drops of Calendula (also known as Marigold) and 10 drops of Bitter Orange oil in a 5 ml bottle and fill it with organic Olive oil. I then fill an empty capsule with this mixture and insert it vaginally after having emptied my bladder (so the body can absorb this mixture before the next urination). I do this four times a day until my urine is clear and all symptoms are gone. At the same time, I take probiotics. While Seabuckthorn and Calendula have mild antibacterial effects, I use them because they are nourishing to tissue and bring them to health so they are not as vulnerable to infection.
Don’t have any Geranium on hand? Try White Fir or Bergamot in place of Geranium. As always, make sure you are using organic or wild crafted oils that have not been adulterated.
For women who are post-menopausal, the decrease in hormone production may cause the bladder tissue to thin and become more susceptible to invading bacteria. Check back next week when we review menopause health in detail.
Written by Char Milliman on July 11, 2017.