What are urinary tract infections?
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are bacterial infections that affect the urinary tract. This includes the bladder, urethra or kidneys.
Symptoms of UTI
- Frequent urination
- Lower back pain
- Lower abdominal pain
- High fever
- Pain / burning sensation when urinating
- Changes in your urine – cloudy, dark and/or smelly
Causes of UTI / factors increasing your risk for UTIs
- Dirty toilets
- Holding in you urine for extended periods of time
- Some food sensitivities such as dairy and sodas
- Kidney stones
- Bacteria from the anus entering the vagina
- Scented hygiene products such as tissues, bath soaps, washing detergents and fabric softener
- A weakened immune systems
- Poor sexual hygiene
- Some people are more prone to UTIs during pregnancy
The Do’s and Don’ts of UTIs
- Wipe from front to back when you go to the toilet
- keep the genital area clean and dry
- drink plenty of fluids, particularly water – so that you regularly pee during the day and do not feel thirsty
- wash the skin around the vagina with water before and after sex
- pee as soon as possible after sex
- promptly change nappies or incontinence pads if they’re soiled
- do not use scented soap
- do not hold your pee in if you feel the urge to go
- do not rush when going for a pee – try to fully empty your bladder
- do not wear tight, synthetic underwear, such as nylon
- do not drink lots of alcoholic drinks, as they may irritate your bladder
- do not have lots of sugary food or drinks, as they may encourage bacteria to grow
- do not use condoms or a diaphragm or cap with spermicidal lube on them – try non-spermicidal lube or a different type of contraception
Complications of untreated UTIs
- A UTI is on average treated quickly and easily when dealt with early.
- Recurrent infections
- Extremely painful periods
- Pain during sex
- Kidney Infection
- Permanent kidney damage
- Women with diabetes are a greater risk when they have UTIs
- According to WebMD, here are some life threatening complications of UTIs. If a UTI isn’t treated, there’s a chance it could spread to the kidneys. In some cases, this can trigger sepsis. This happens when your body becomes overwhelmed trying to fight infection. It can be deadly. Symptoms include extreme pain and issues with body temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, and white blood cell count.
What to do if you have a UTI?
(Always consult with your healthcare provider before using any new remedies / protocols).
- Drinks lots of water
- Avoid sugar (this includes temporarily reducing your intake of sweet fruits)
- Avoid dairy
- Stay away from caffeine and alcoholic beverages
- Consider Using Natural Remedies (see suggested protocol below)
Natural Remedies Protocol for UTIs
These recommendations have been successfully used by our clients.
- Eliminate all irritating foods (as listed above). Instead, eat a nourishing diet.
- Increase water in take. On average, adults should be consuming 80-10 glasses of water (approximately 2 liters).
- 10,000 Vitamin D3 once daily
- Use 1/4 teaspoon of goldenseal nightly for 5-7 days.
- Take a high quality probiotic supplement daily 30 mins before breakfast
- Supplement with 1,000mg of vitamin C daily
- Drink corn silk water daily until the problem is remedied. Recipe: Steep 2 tablespoons in 2 cups (16 ounces boiling water for 30mins). Drink throughout the day like water.
- Drink tea made from 2-3 crushed or blended garlic bulbs/cloves several times daily.
- Other useful herbs: juniper, parsley, uvi ursi, prickly ash.