Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are one of those reoccurring nuisances that most people would give their last dollar to avoid. The good news is that you have options—good options that can set you free from the UTI rollercoaster for good.
If you have suffered a deluge of one UTI after another, you may have been told that they are caused by poor hygiene, an overuse of antibiotics, weak immune system, spermicides, and sexual intercourse. The most common cause is E. coli bacteria, typically transferred from the intestinal tract to the urinary tract.
When you see a medical doctor, it is common to walk away with a prescription for antibiotics, such as Bactrim, Amoxicillin, Ampicillin, and Cipro. Most of the time, antibiotics are unnecessary and often cause worse issues because they kill good bacteria that protects you from pathogenic bacteria. If an antibiotic-resistant strain of E. coli develops in your gut, it causes more of a challenge to battle UTIs and may even lead to bladder and kidney infections.
There are several natural remedies that I have used on myself and several others who battled UTI reoccurrences.
D-mannose is a naturally occurring sugar present in fruit, such as cranberries, apples, and blueberries. Because it is not processed by the body like other sugars, this supplement is safe to use by those who must avoid sugar. The sugar in D-mannose is not absorbed by the body, but binds to E. coli and causes the bacteria to stick together, thus removing them from the urinary tract tissue. Once the bacteria binds together, it is easily eliminated during urination.
D-mannose is not only effective in killing E. coli bacteria, but it also has no history of side effects and goes a long way toward preventing UTI’s from reoccurring. The typical dosage is 500 to 1000mg. For acute cases, you might try taking 500mg every three to four hours for five days, and then decrease it to twice a day for ten additional days.
To prevent reinfection, take D-mannose for a few days when engaging in activities that might cause a reoccurrence of infection.
Of course, if you are on any medication, pregnant, or under a doctor’s care, please check with him or her first before embarking on any self-treatment plan.
Biofilms May Be the Culprit
Although D-mannose works on approximately 90% of all UTIs, there is a 10% chance that it won’t. Extracellular products from microorganisms can create structured communities that act as a biofilm. Biofilms can sometimes accumulate in the urogenital tract, making infections difficult to treat. Fortunately, there are several types of supplements that help prevent these biofilms from forming and disrupt those in place.
The two I highly recommend are:
Both products contain enzymes that help dissolve most pathogenic biofilms.
Lactoferrin is a protein in milk, secretions, and mucosal surfaces containing bactericidal and iron-binding properties. As part of the immune system, Lactoferrin blocks pathogenic biofilms from developing.
Other Types of Bacteria
E. coli is not the only type of bacteria that causes infection. Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, Corynebacterium, Listeria, Bacillus, and Clostridium are others to consider when treating a UTI.
This proprietary form of Monolaurin contains anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that are proficient in combating gram-positive pathogenic bacteria. The impressive note about this supplement is that it does not harm the helpful bacteria in your gut.
There are two homeopathic remedies I employ straight away when I feel a UTI developing. Homeopathics are puissant remedies I recommend. It takes very little to evoke a powerful change.
The sugar pellets are empowered by the energetic properties of herbs or other substances. The idea is that like cures like. Many of the elements used to create a homeopathic remedy are unsafe to take in full form, but when only their energetic properties are used, they become potent healers.
My preferred way to take homeopathic remedies is to dissolve five pellets (do not touch them with your fingers) in a 16oz bottle of pure drinking water. Replace the cap and shake the bottle until the pellets dissolve. Pound the bottom of the bottle about 25 times to energize the water with the remedy. Take a sip and savor it a bit before swallowing. Take small sips of this potion throughout the day. Only two days of this remedy are necessary.
When combined, these two remedies can wipe out a UTI before it takes hold. I tend to keep these homeopathics close on hand so that I can take them as soon as I feel an onset of a UTI.
My husband and I were hiking once in the Olympic Mountains when we both developed a UTI. As we hiked, I gathered horsetail, juniper berries, and plantain. When we stopped, I made a strong infusion of these herbs. We drank this concoction for the days we camped. It kept the infection at bay until we could take more effective remedies at home.
Cramp bark helps alleviate the cramping sensation often brought on by UTIs. Double the recommended dose until you start to feel some relief. This herb is safe to take with other remedies.
Uva ursi Is another useful herb to incorporate if you find yourself susceptible to contracting UTI’s.
These are my go-to remedies for most UTI’s. It is important to know the source of your infections, especially if they are reoccurring on a frequent basis. Please inform your doctor of any remedy you want to try.