A bladder infection, or urinary tract infection (UTI), is caused by bacterial overgrowth in the bladder’s interior walls. UTIs are more common in women than men due to the location of a woman’s urethra. Each year it’s estimated that there are more than 15 million urinary tract infections in the US alone. It can affect any part of the urinary tract, but occurs most often in the bladder (cystitis).
The infection can occur at different points in the urinary tract, including: bladder, an infection in the bladder is also called cystitis or a bladder infection; kidneys, an infection of one or both kidneys is called pyelonephritis or a kidney infection; ureters, the tubes that take urine from each kidney to the bladder are rarely the only site of infection; urethra, an infection of the tube that empties urine from the bladder to the outside is called urethritis.
What are the Symptoms?
Frequent, urgent or painful urination
Burning feeling during urination
Abdominal pain or cramping
Cloudy or bloody urine
Nausea or vomiting
What are the Causes?
Most UTIs are caused by a harmful bacteria called Escherichia coli (or E. coli). As well as
Excess sugar intake
Frequent antibiotic use, hormone imbalances, lack of probiotics in diet and injury to the area.
What Should I Eat?
Water: It’s very important to increase your urine output in order to flush outbad bacteria. To do so, drink plenty of water at the earliest symptoms of an
Cranberry juice (natural and sugar-free): Cranberry prevents bacteria from clinging to the bladder walls. Look for all natural juice with no sugar added. If
the flavor is too tart, sweeten with honey.
Blueberries: Blueberries can also help to expel bacteria from the bladder.
Garlic: Garlic is highly effective in fighting infections.
Fermented foods: Foods such as natural yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi can help to re-colonize the bladder with helpful bacteria.
Seaweed: Green superfoods like spirulina, chlorella, wakame and kelp are high in chlorophyll and nutrients which may fight yeast.
Green leafy vegetables: Kale, spinach, arugula, chard, parsley, cilantro and other leafy greens vegetables are high in compounds which help UTIs.
What Should I Not Eat?
Sugar: Sugar feeds bacteria and is a major cause of yeast infections.
Caffeine: Caffeine is a diuretic, which causes dehydration and pain.
Soda: Many women who consume soda (diet and regular) may see an increase in bladder infections, therefore it is best to avoid all soda.
Grains: High-in-carbohydrate grains quickly break down into sugar-causing yeast and bad bacteria growth.
Alcohol: Alcohol increases acid production and may lead to increased pain during urination.
Flour products: Refined flours and baked products such as muffins, crackers, cereals, breads and pastas quickly break-down into sugar causing yeast
High-glycemic fruits: Because of its high-sugar content, dried fruit, tropical fruits and high-glycemic fruit may contribute to yeast infections.
What Should I Take?
D-mannose (500 mg, four times daily) Prevents bacterial buildup in the bladder.
Oil of oregano (5 drops, three times daily, or 500 mg, three times daily) Antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral. Do this for 3 days or a maximum of 7 days.
- Oil of oregano 3 drops 3 x a day on bottom of feet (oils are absorbed from feet to brain in under 30 seconds)
- Probiotics (50 billion units 3x daily) Helps increase good bacteria in the bladder and reduces the growth of infection-causing bacteria.
Grapefruit seed extract 200mg 2-3 x per day
Cranberry (400 to 500 mg, two times daily) Prevents bacteria from sticking to bladder walls.
Vitamin C (1,000 mg, three times daily) Makes the urine more acidic, inhibits the growth of E. coli and enhances immune function.
What Essential Oils Will be Helpful?
Clove, Cypress, Frankincense, Lemon, Myrrh, Oregano and Sandalwood
To use: Here are several options of essential oil use in treating yeast.
Massage 1 to 2 drops of cypress into the lower abdomen twice a day.
Drink lots of water with 1 to 2 drops of lemon oil in each glass.
Massage 1 to 2 drops of oregano oil into the feet multiple times each day.
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