Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are one of the most common reasons that women rush to the doctor, it is estimated that it is the reason for more than 500,000 doctor visits a year in Canada and over 8 million doctor visits in the US.
Most women have suffered from UTIs at least once in their lives, but many suffer more frequently. A UTI is usually caused by the E.coli bacteria causing inflammation and discomfort as it attaches to the mucosal lining in the kidney, bladder, ureter or urethra.
Characterized by painful frequent urination along with a burning sensation, cloudy foul-smelling urine, lower abdominal pain and sometimes low-grade fever this condition is quite common in young girls and women as females have a shorter urethra than males which reduces the distance that the bacteria need to travel to reach the bladder.
The conventional remedy for this condition is a prescription for antibiotics, I personally like to save the antibiotics for the very serious stuff and prefer to use natural ways to eliminate UTI’s. Here is my protocol for eliminating Urinary Tract Infections.
1. D- Mannose- is the most crucial supplement for eliminating a UTI.
D-Mannose unlatches the E.coli from the mucosal lining which results in the bacteria being flushed out in the urine. Dr. Jonathan Wright who is a big proponent of D-mannose for UTI’s says *“Although D-mannose is a simple sugar, very little of it is metabolized. It doesn’t interfere with blood sugar regulation, even for diabetics. It creates no disruption or imbalance in normal body microflora. It’s safe even for pregnant women and very small children.” This sugar does its job and flushes out of the body, so it doesn’t get stored.
You may have heard that Cranberry juice is good for UTI’s, well guess what? The reason it is recommended is because Cranberries contain D-Mannose! However, when you are experiencing a painful infection you need a much higher dose of D-mannose, so the juice is not going to cut it. Besides most Cranberry juice is overloaded with refined sugar and sugar feeds E.coli, so it’s counterproductive.
Dosage: 1 tsp D-Mannose powder for adults (½ teaspoon for children) dissolved in half a glass of water and repeated every three hours. Continue for two days after symptoms have vanished.
1. Probiotics- Let’s fight the bad bacteria with the good bacteria, specifically the following strains; Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus fermentum. Probiotics increase the microflora in our body, so our army of good bacteria is ready to fight off the invaders. Even if your probiotic doesn’t have all the above strains if it has Lactobacillus acidophilus, you will reap the benefits.
Dosage: 1 capsule after a meal, take twice a day.
2. Vitamin C- Excellent for boosting immunity Vitamin C has an anti-bacterial effect too so it’s a win-win.
Dosage: Adults take 3-4000mg a day in divided doses, i.e. 1000mg 3-4 times a day. Children take 2000mg/day
· Cut out all refined sugars, only fruit sugars should be consumed in small quantities
· Cut out processed foods, soda, caffeine etc.
· Increase intake of raw garlic as it’s a natural antibiotic
· Increase water intake, the more urine you pass the faster you will recover as the bacteria will be forced to flush out
· Increase intake of celery and parsley as they are natural cleansers for the urinary tracts
· Don’t delay emptying the bladder, the longer the bacteria are inside the higher the chances of them multiplying.
· Be sure to clean the vaginal area well, with water when possible otherwise wiping dry from front to back.
· Wear cotton underwear
Be sure to start treating UTI symptoms right away as if not treated it can lead to kidney infections and a more serious complication. This protocol works very fast and most people are fully recovered within 5 days. I always recommend continuing the protocol for another 2-3 days after symptoms have disappeared.
If you have any questions, you know where I am…firstname.lastname@example.org
· The Kidney Foundation of Canada
· *Dr. Jonathan Wright, Medical Director of Tahoma Clinic, a Harvard University and University of Michigan graduate, he continues to be a forerunner in research and application of natural treatments for healthy aging and illness.
Health Disclaimer: Always consult your primary healthcare practitioner before using any new supplements.
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