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Bladder Infection (Cystitis)


About
An infection of the bladder caused by bacteria entering the bladder through the urethra, cystitis is more common in women than men because the female urethra is shorter than the male and is closer to the anus.


Notes
  • Make sure you are taking supplements for overall good health. If you are not taking these basic supplements, we recommend Enfuz from Vitabase. When you take a small packet of pills each day, you get all the basic nutrition you need. Each packet contains a multi-vitamin, CoQ10 (for heart health), Omega 3, Vitamin D-3, a probiotic, and a powerful set of antioxidants to help your body fight off disease.
  • A natural broad-spectrum antiseptic that is used to fight infections, reduce inflammation, and aid healing is Colloidal silver. This is a clear golden liquid that is made up of 99.9% of pure silver particles and are suspended in pure water. Colloidal silver can be purchase in health food stores and can be taken by mouth, applied topically, or given intravenously.
  • Best to eliminate caffeine if having bladder problems as the caffeine makes the muscles around the neck of the bladder to contract causing painful spasms. Urinating frequently instead of holding the urine for long periods of time heightens a woman's chances of getting a urinary tract infection, and can even raise the chance of getting bladder cancer.
  • Cadmium, a toxic metal is found from using aluminum cookware. Cystitis symptoms and urinary problems can be caused by using this cookware.
  • Check with your physician to rule out food allergies as these symptoms are similar to bladder infection symptoms. By addressing these allergies the guilty foods can be identified and eliminated from the diet.
  • Due to the reduction of estrogen in the body during menopause the urethral and vaginal membranes shrink. This may heighten the risk for developing bladder infections. May need to have the Urethral dilated to stretch the contracted urethra.
  • If cystitis keeps returning a Cystoscopy (visual examination of the bladder) may be needed. This would find any problems such as bladder cancer, immune deficiency, or an anatomical anomaly. Excellent immune function is tantamount in battling and stopping bacterial infections.
  • Treatment of cystitis by use of antibiotics and analgesics should be avoided and used only when absolutely necessary. It has been discovered that overuse of these may actually cause infections to return as they promote the growth of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Due to the fact that our bodies have become resistant to antibiotics, like sulfa drugs and tetracycline, physicians are having to prescribe more potent and dangerous antibiotics. A more natural treatment for bladder infections should be tried first.


Advice
  • Acidophilus douches are best.
  • At each meal you need to have 2 acidophilus tablets or 2 teaspoons of whey powder.
  • Be sure to drink lots of liquids. Cranberry juice is best. You need to have 1 8oz glass of water each hour.
  • Call a doctor if you see blood in you urine.
  • Conduct fast 1 - 3 day cleanses.
  • Do not drink carbonated drinks, coffee, and alcohol. Do not eat chocolate refined or processed foods, and sugars.
  • Do not eat citrus fruits.
  • Do not sit in a wet bathing suit.
  • Do not use fragrance feminine hygiene products.
  • Do not use soap to cleanse the vaginal area if urination is painful but you can find any harmful bacteria.
  • Do not use tampons if you have frequent urinary tract infections.
  • Do take over 100mg of zinc daily or a lot of iron daily.
  • For natural diuretics and cleansers eat watermelon, parsley, and celery.
  • Only wear cotton underwear.
  • Take two 20min sitz hot bath daily to ease pain with cystitis.
  • The genital and anal areas need to stay clean and dry. Women should empty bladder before and after sexual intercourse and exercise.
  • You need to urinate every 2-3 hours.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Cranberries
Importance: High
Comments: Stops bacterial growth.


Colloidal silver
Importance: High
Comments: Antibiotic. Kills fungi, bacteria, and viruses. Helps with healing.


Garlic
Importance: High
Comments: Antibiotic. Boosts immune system.


Vitamin C
Importance: High
Comments: Antibacterial. Acidifies urine.


Bioflavonoids
Importance: High
Comments: Aids immune system.


Acidophilus
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Replenishes good bacteria. Good to balance the affects of antibiotics.


Calcium
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Soothes irritation of bladder.


Magnesium
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Helps stress response. Good when taken with calcium. Chelate form is recommended.


Multivitamin and mineral complex
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Provides necessary vitamins and minerals. High-potency, hypoallergenic form is best.


Beta carotene
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Provides necessary vitamins and minerals. High-potency, hypoallergenic form is best.


N-acetylcysteine
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Equalizes free radicals. Detoxifies the body.


Potassium
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Replenishes lost potassium (due to frequent urination).


Vitamin B complex
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Helps with digestion. Especially important to take high doses if taking antibiotics.


Vitamin E
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Fights infectious bacteria.


Zinc
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Helps repair tissue. Boosts immunity.


Copper
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Balances zinc.



Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Marshmallow Root
Type: Internal
Purposes: Can be used as a diuretic as it is known to increase the flow of urine and rid the body of excess fluid. Marshmallow Root soothes the urinary tract and relieves cystitis and bladder infection.
Dosage: 1 Quart daily
Cautions: Diabetics should check with their physicians before using this herb.

Burdock
Type: Internal
Purposes: Has mild anti-microbial properties, helps to reduce calcification deposits and promotes kidney function.

Juniper berries
Type: Internal
Purposes: This herb was used by American herbalists to treat urinary tract infections. They believe the herb has diuretic properties that help to remove bacteria that is present in urinary tract infections.
Cautions: Not to be used by pregnant women. Prolonged usage can deplete the body of potassium, and can cause excessive fluid loss.

Cranberries
Type: Internal
Purposes: Cranberry juice is well known for treating urinary tract infections. Recent studies suggest that Cranberry Juice contains a polymer that inhibits adherence of E coli cells to the cells lining the bladder, thereby helping to prevent urinary infections. Cranberry juice also decreases the recurrence of urinary stones and urinary odor. Benzoic acids of the cranberry are converted to hippuric acid and eliminated in the urine. The effect of cranberry juice in lowering urine pH and increasing its hippuric acid content makes it an inexpensive agent for treating acute urinary infections. It is best to buy pure, unsweetened Cranberry juice or capsules from a health food store as most commercial cranberry juice products contain high fructose corn syrup or sweeteners and small amount of pure cranberry juice.

Birch Leaves
Type: Internal/External
Purposes: Birch bark poultice can be applied to sore muscles to help relieve pain. Birch leaves used as a tea have diuretic properties.

Dandelion Tea
Type: Internal
Purposes: Dandelion is a natural source of potassium which makes it a good choice as a diuretic that can be safely used when needed. Also stimulates the liver to detoxify poisons.

Hydrangea Root
Type: Internal
Purposes: Hydrangea Root has been used to treat bladder infections. Has also been used as a diuretic. The plant contains alkaloids that soothe bladder and kidney area.
Cautions: The Leaves of the Hydrangea Plant contain cyanide and can be toxic. DO NOT consume the leaves.

Blueberries
Type: Internal
Purposes: Blueberries have anthocyanidins, a powerful antioxidant of the flavonoid family, and is similar to those of cranberries that can be used to treat urinary tract infections. Bilberry herb is a type of blueberry and may be as useful for treatment of urinary infections.

Buchu
Type: Internal
Purposes: Buchu is a safe and effective diuretic, anti-bacterial herb. It is used as a urinary antiseptic in bladder and kidney inflammations. Acidic urine flowing over the sore urethra causes burning pain when urinating and Buchu may help to alleviate this some.

Diuretics
Type: Internal
Purposes: Diuretics stimulate the kidneys to produce more urine, flushing excess fluids and minerals (e.g., sodium) from the body. Fluid retention usually occurs in the legs, ankles, and lungs. Diuretics help to relieve the feelings of having to urinate constantly due to cystitis. Taking or combining some of the herbs listed here will help to flush the kidneys and reduce the urgent need to urinate. Birch Leaves, Dandelion Tea, Cranberry, and Hydrangea.

Goldenseal
Type: Internal
Purposes: Goldenrod has antimocrobila and anti-inflammatory properties that may help to combat infections of the urinary tract, especially when blood is present in the urine.
Cautions: This herb should not be taken for more than one week at a time. Do not use if you are pregnant. Consult a physician before using this herb if you have the following conditions: diabetes, glaucoma or history of cardiovascular disease.

Uva Ursi
Type: Internal
Purposes: The principal active component in Uva Ursi is arbutin and makes this herb beneficial as a urinary antiseptic. Also contains other glycosides that have diuretic properties.
Cautions: Due to the very high Tannins in Uva Ursi it should not be taken for more than 2-3 days, it can cause irritation in the kidneys and stomach lining. Not to be used during pregnancy.

Kava Kava
Type: Internal
Purposes: Has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties making it useful in treating urinary tract infections and cystitis.
Cautions: If drowsiness occurs lower dosage and if continues discontinue using this herb.

Rose Hips
Type: Internal
Purposes: Rose hips has been found beneficial in treating bladder and kidney infections.