First of all I would like to say … Merry Christmas!!! Thank you to all of you who have wished me happy holidays too. I REALLY appreciate it. I also want to thank all of you who have supported me and my blog throughout this year. Again, I REALLY appreciate it!
OK today I thought I would home in on something that is often a result of over indulgence, and since it is Christmas … well, it is perfect.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs/cystitis) are commonplace over the holiday season, or any celebration, because what we consider is party food, is also ‘party’ food for the little bugs that live within us. Shame.
As you may be aware one of the top causes of kidney failure, especially acute kidney failure (aka acute renal failure), is infection of the kidneys. Now this can occur for a number of reasons: imbalance of good to bad bacteria, kidney drainage problem (often caused by an under functioning bladder, or damaged ureters), diet, and the like. So when you incur a urinary tract infection it is best to turn to natural medicines to get on top of it quick smart.
With that all being said here are my top 5 natural remedies to eliminate urinary tract infections fast:
Still not a well known product, but it is slowly making its way into the main stream as an effective agent for eliminating UTIs on the back of many clinical studies. D-Mannose is a sugar that is easily absorbed in the body, where its main action is to inhibit the adhesion of the bacteria E. coli. The great news is this has been shown to significantly reduce bacteria in the urine within 1 day.
Is probably the most well known natural medicine that treats UTIs, and like D-Mannose its action is also by inhibiting the adhesion of bacteria along the urinary tract. Studies have shown that cranberry juice can inhibit up to 75% of bacteria sticking to the bladder surface.
3. Glycine (L-glycine)
Another great natural medicine to use over the holiday season, or just in general for your renal disease, is to use the amino acid Glycine. Amino acids are what proteins are made of, and Glycine in particular is fantastic for reducing build up of, and increasing elimination of, uric acid. Uric acid is the common culprit for kidney stones, but it also can exacerbate inflammation in the infection process. Lastly, and this something you’ll want to know, Glycine renal (kidney) injury. Studies have demonstrated that L-glycine reduces damage from kidney toxins and drugs, and other studies have shown L-glycine protects the tissues from oxygen starvation.
Is a chief herb in a naturopath’s medicine toolbox, renowned for centuries for being a strong antiseptic, cleansing, and diuretic herb. The leaves are the best part used, as they contain compounds such as isomenthone, limonene, and terpinen-4-ol that give its healing properties.
Is a major nutrient (mineral) for the immune system, and in fact is one of the most underrated minerals out there … better than calcium I believe! Zinc deficiency is common so it is a good idea to supplement during an infection. Maintaining good levels of zinc status will also help prevent further recurrence of cystitis for whom it is a commonplace.
6. Stay Hydrated
I like to always over deliver, so here is my final tip … Drink plenty of fluids! When you start to feel the signs of cystitis (or in the middle of an infection) one of the best ways to combat it is to drink plenty of water and herbal teas. Avoid sweetened fruit juices and other sweetened drinks, as this will keep the urinary tract flushed, and make it harder for the infection to take hold.
I hope you enjoyed my urinary tract infections top tips.
Thanks to all of you for a great year! Merry Christmas! Speak soon.