It’s frustrating when you feel urinary tract discomfort.

What if you could stop it in its track and avoid antibiotics?

Think about this for a moment, when a woman uses antibiotics repetitively, she disrupts her gut microbiome.  This could cause a secondary infection – a yeast infection. Over time, food sensitivities kick in and you find yourself limiting dairy and gluten.

Let me show you how to change this.

But don’t forget, if you are pregnant or have a fever you need to see a doctor and grab those antibiotics.

Urinary Tract Infections (or UTI’s) are so common it’s estimated that several hundred million women will suffer from it annually.¹   

Herbal remedies can be an effective treatment for non-pregnant women with conditions like cystitis (bladder), urethritis (urethra) and even pyelonephritis (kidney) and may even help stop recurrent infections providing relief for clients who have suffered their whole lives.

What is a urinary tract infection?

UTI’s refers to the presence of microbes anywhere in the urinary tract, ranging from the distal urethra to the kidney. The infection is usually caused by bacteria, particularly E. coli, but may be caused by other bacteria as well.  

Botanical medicine can help reduce the duration of your symptoms, prevent progression to upper UTI, and prevent a recurrence.  Over 56% of women will experience a UTI in their lifetimes, and among those experiencing uncomplicated acute UTI, as many as 20% will have a recurrence within 6 months.  As the use of antibiotics may become less effective because of antibiotic resistance, herbal remedies can heal our gut and reduce re-infection.²

What Causes Urinary Tract Infections?

  • Use of oral contraceptives (doubles the risk of UTI compared with no birth control)
  • History of antibiotic use {disruption of the vaginal flora}
  • Pregnancy {the mechanical pressure of the growing uterus}
  • Age {declining estrogen levels}
  • Constipation
  • Incontinence
  • Inadequate nutrition
  • The occurrence of other disease and excessive catheter use

What are the symptoms of Urethritis & Cystitis {lower UTI}?

  • Sudden onset is typical
  • Dysuria or painful urination
  • Urge to urinate
  • No fever, chills, or nausea
  • WBC is normal
  • Pregnancy women may present with contractions and pelvic pain
  • Achy, crampy or just not feeling well
  • 40% of the woman present with blood in their urine

What are the symptoms of pyelonephritis {upper UTI}?

**Requires antibiotics

  • Gradual onset is typical
  • Symptoms associated with urination may or may not be present
  • Fever, chills, nausea
  • Lower to middle back discomfort- Flank pain
  • WBC count elevated
  • Requires antibiotics; please see your doctor.

What’s the magic formula to stop a UTI?

Consider these lifestyle changes:

  • void at the first urge to urinate
  • urinate after sex (to reduce introducing bacteria)
  • drink adequate fluids
  • avoid contraceptives associated with high UTI’s 
  • dehydration can increase bacterial growth and lead to a UTI
  • use full underwear instead of thongs
  • tampons show a decreased risk (compared to menstrual pads)
  • wipe back to front after a bowel movement
  • avoid bubble baths {irritating soaps}
  • avoid non-absorbent underpants
  • increase Vitamin C intake
  • Drink unsweetened cranberry juice

At first signs of any urianry discomfort, I take Garden of LIfe Urinary Tract+ , drink low sugar cranberry juice and increase my Vitamin C intake.Lower UTI in non-pregnancy women is often easily treated with this simple protocol.

5 Steps to decrease urinary tract inflammation and cystitis:

Step #1

Take 3 ml of Echinacea tincture every 2-4 hrs for an acute UTI and immune support.

Step #2

Take a daily probiotic for 4 days. (look for L. Rhamnous and L. fermentum strains.  Garden of Life Urinary Tract works wonders!)

Step #3

Reduce sugar intake & increase your greens!

Step #4

Take 500mg Vit C. every four hours.

Step #5

Add marshmallow root to your drink and sip on it.  Stir 1tbs. of marshmallow leaf and root powder into 4-8oz. of water, let it sit for an hour.  Strain and drink throughout the day.  An easy way to do this would be to sip on Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat Tea.

    • Place the tea bag in a mason jar of cold water and let sit for four hrs.  Sip on all day.

If you do not feel better in 1-2 days, Additionally you can follow this protocol from Dr. Aviva Romm:

What is the natural way of healing Cystitis?

Days 1-2

  • Drink 6-8 oz. of water or diluted, unsweetened cranberry juice alternating every hour throughout the day.
  • Take 3 ml of Echinacea tincture every 2-4 hours.
  • Drink 1/4 cup of uva ursi, dandelion leaf, and marshmallow root infusion four times daily.
  • Take 500 mg vitamin C every 4 hours.
  • If necessary for a spasmodic bladder, take 3 ml of an antispasmodic tincture including equal parts of wild yam, cramp bark and yarrow.  
  • Take a daily probiotic with  L. Rhamnous and L. fermentum
  • Avoid all sugar, including honey, maple syrup, and other natural sugars.  
  • Avoid sexual activity during treatment

Days 3-5

  • Repeat above but reduce all doses by 50% if feeling better.

It’s easier than you think and sometimes just the probiotic can make a huge shift in your health.

Could this work for you?

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References:

¹Romm, A. Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health. Churchill Livingstone, 2010; 290-298.

² Bone, K. & Mills, S. Principles, and Practice of Phytotherapy.  Churchill Livingstone, 2013;264-266.

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