Rachel Schwartzman offers Natural Remedies That Just Might Help Reduce Bladder Infections / UTI’s #wellbeingwednesday
A common condition I often see in my practice, is women suffering from bladder infections. Whether you are pregnant, post-menopausal or a menstruating woman, chances are you have either had a urinary tract infection, or know someone who has. For today’s Wellbeing Wednesday tip I will share with you some natural remedies that just might help you out.
Avoid Sugar: Bladder infections are due to a bacterial overgrowth, usually E. Coli. Guess what that bacteria loves to feed off of? Sugar! Avoid white sugar items, and also be mindful of your natural sugar intake from honey, maple syrup, and fruit sugars.
Drink Cranberry juice: I am not a fan of the pills. I recommend you boil a bag of cranberries in some water, blend it, and drink it. It’s as simple as that. The cranberry inhibits the bacteria from clinging to the bladder wall, and the water helps to flush the system out. I am always a fan of the real food item, and you can’t go wrong with homemade cranberry juice.
Boost your probiotics: Make sure you are feeding your system lots of healthy bacteria. When fighting a bacterial infection, I don’t think you can overdue it. Look at Bio-K, NFH, and Genestra’s HMF line. Consult with a naturopathic doctor to ensure you are taking the right one for you.
D-Mannose: This powder literally strips the bacteria from the bladder wall. That’s a good thing. No bacteria. No Infection. I like this product in a powder form. Check out your local health food stores such as Noah’s Natural Foods, Whole Foods and The Big Carrot for quality products.
Soothe the lining: The bladder lining is irritated with an infection. I like to give things that coat the bladder wall and soothe the inflammation that is happening internally. Herbs are great for this. Look at slippery elm, marshmallow, and chamomile in a tea form.
I hope you find these tips helpful, but do remember these Wellbeing Wednesdays tips are not to be used as medical advice. Please consult with a medical or naturopathic doctor if you are concerned. An untreated bladder infection can have serious consequences.
RACHEL SCHWARTZMAN is a naturopathic doctor in the St. Clair West neighbourhood. She is the co-owner of West End Naturopathic Doulas, a naturopathic collective that supports pregnant women and partners with the birth of their babies. Westenddoulas.com