5 Steps to stop a UTI naturally; even if you’ve tried everything

5 Steps to stop a UTI naturally; even if you’ve tried everything

Did you know, you can stop a lower UTI without antibiotics?

Using antibiotics for a UTI can lead to

  • recurring infections
  • secondary symptoms like a yeast infection
  • C. diff
  • and can even cause tendinopathy in the Achilles or gluteal tendons {source and source}

Of course, if you’re pregnant or are experiencing a fever and flank {low back pain} you’ll want to see your doctor.

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

In this post, we’ll discuss what causes a UTI and how you can heal from it with herbal medicine.

Keep in mind, 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.

What is a urinary tract infection?

  • UTIs refer 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?

  1. Use of oral contraceptives (doubles the risk of UTI compared with no birth control)
  2. History of antibiotic use {disruption of the vaginal flora}
  3. Pregnancy {the mechanical pressure of the growing uterus}
  4. Age {declining estrogen levels}
  5. Constipation
  6. Incontinence
  7. Inadequate nutrition
  8. The occurrence of other diseases and excessive catheter use
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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

Strange UTI symptoms include:

  • pain in the stomach
  • pain at the urethral opening – no pain with urination

What are the symptoms of pyelonephritis {upper UTI}?

**This requires antibiotics, please see your doctor.

  • 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.

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What’s the magic formula to stop a UTI?

Consider these lifestyle changes:

  • go to the bathroom at the first urge to urinate
  • urinate after sex (to reduce the introduction of bacteria)
  • drink adequate fluids
  • avoid contraceptives associated with high UTIs
  • 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 the front after a bowel movement
  • avoid bubble baths {irritating soaps}
  • avoid non-absorbent underpants
  • consider organic menstrual products, lube, and condoms to keep your vaginal bacteria healthy {I like sustain}
  • increase Vitamin C intake
  • Drink unsweetened cranberry juice

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

 


5 Steps to Decrease a Urinary Tract Infection

Step #1

Step #2

Step #3

  • Reduce sugar intake & increase your greens!

Step #4

  • Take 500mg Vit C. every four hours.

Step #5

Add a marshmallow root decoction to your drink and sip on it. {see below}

Urinary Tract Relief Recipe:

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

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Conclusion

Addressing your gut health is key to healing recurring urinary tract infections. When your digestion is easy, you’ll have fewer strains of E. coli in the vaginal area. Adding in botanicals, can help soothe the pain of UTIs, and reduce secondary infections and the risk of experiencing a yeast infection.

Always see your doctor if you’re pregnant with urinary discomfort and fever.

Tara

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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.

What is a tincture?

What is a tincture?

What if there was a way to reduce your medications and use natural remedies?

By the end of this post, you’ll know what a tincture is, how to use them and the EXACT dosing you need.

Tinctures, what are they?

  • Tinctures are concentrated, a liquid extract made from herbs, water & alcohol.
  • They are quick acting and a convenient way to take herbs. Most tinctures are hydroethanolic extracts-that are a combination of water and alcohol.
  • The combination optimizes the extraction of the plants with both water and alcohol-soluble constituents are desired in the final product.
  • Tinctures have a long shelf life, frequently lasting many years. The alcohol content preserves the tincture from bacteria and fermentation, even when left at room temperature. Store in a cool dark place and keep out of reach from children.

Why use tinctures?

  • Tinctures are a safe, fast, effective way to use herbs and seek their medicinal benefits.
  • They are not, however, used when the nutritional aspect of herbs is being sought. For this, one should use teas, infusions, decoctions, and syrups.

What is a glycerite tincture?

  • Glycerin is used to prepare “alcohol-free” tinctures, and to preserve and sweeten the taste of liquid extracts called- glycerites.

Children under 1 year of age, may prefer this for its sweet taste. Some of the children’s tinctures Tara creates combines a glycerine with a tincture to sweeten the taste.

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Are tinctures safe for babies?

  • I would use glycerine tinctures with children under 6 months of age.
  • And.. even children over 6 months may like an elderberry or lemon balm glycerine added to their tincture to sweeten it and make it taste good.
  • Alternatively, if you are breastfeeding. You can take a full dose of the herb and it will pass to your baby through the breastmilk.

Are tinctures safe for toddlers?

  • Tinctures are part water, part alcohol. When you give your child 7ml, they will receive 50% water and 50% alcohol. When added to water and juice they receive even less.

Tips for giving tinctures to children

  • Babies can receive the tincture through the mother’s milk or in a bottle.
  • Toddlers love taking tinctures with a fun straw or a syringe.
  • For pregnancy and children, you can pour boiling water over the tincture to dissipate the alcohol. Let cool completely and add juice for children to disguise the taste if needed.

When to take a tincture?

  • Most tinctures you’ll take in the morning and evening.
  • If you are taking medications, consult with your doctor as some tinctures interfere with the absorption of medications.
  • Bitters should be taken 15 minutes before a meal to aid digestion.

Tincture Dosage For Children

  • The dosage depends on the weight and age of the person being treated.
  • An adult dose is 60 drops. To treat an acute condition you can take a tincture 1-3x day.

Age — Dosage

  • Younger than 3 months — 2 drops
  • 3 to 6 months — 3 drops
  • 6 to 9 months — 4 drops
  • 9 to 12 months — 5 drops
  • 12 to 18 months — 7 drops
  • 18 to 24 months — 8 drops
  • 2 to 3 years — 10 drops
  • 3 to 4 years — 12 drops
  • 4 to 6 years — 15 drops
  • 6 to 9 years — 24 drops
  • 9 to 12 years — 30 drops
  • 12 and older —30-60 drops

How do I take a tincture?

  • To take a tincture, you would drop the suggested amount in a 1/4 cup of water and drink. In emergencies, you may place the tincture directly on your tongue.

How do store tinctures?

  • Ideally, they are kept in a cool location away from direct heat and light and keep away from children.

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How to use herbs with kids?

See this post>>https://taragregorio.com/4-creative-ways-to-use-tinctures-with-kids/

4 Creative ways to use tinctures with kids

 

Conclusion

I believe tinctures will be our new medicine. They can aid digestion, reduce unwanted symptoms, and reduce antibiotic use. Tinctures can also ease anxiety and depression.

They are quick and effective, place a dropper full in your water bottle and feel confident knowing you are supporting your body throughout the day.

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Warmly~ Tara


¹ https://herblore.com/overviews/childrens-dosage-guide

10 Natural remedies to reduce constipation – after childbirth

10 Natural remedies to reduce constipation – after childbirth

Have you ever wondered why constipation happens to you after childbirth?

  • lack of sleep
  • eating “quick” foods
  • too much caffeine
  • little to no exercise
  • and…no time for “you”

I get it.

But, this can change.

By the end of this post, you’ll have my tried and true poop remedies to reduce constipation for yourself, AND to save your pelvic floor from any stress.

Yes, read that again 👆 If you’re pooping “wrong”, your pelvic floor will suffer.

Let’s get started.

10 Treatments of Constipation

#1 Go Gluten and Dairy Free

Gluten-containing foods and dairy products can cause constipation due to their inflammatory effects. And, if your body cannot digest these foods {think lack of digestive enzymes}, you’ll have a more difficult time.

Consider…

  • Changing your full bowl of yogurt for a bowl of chia seed pudding
  • or 1 tbs. of yogurt at your meal is a great way to add probiotics to your body without too much dairy
  • Try coconut yogurt, instead of cow’s milk
  • Explore CA rich foods and take out the milk
  • Try an elimination diet for 1-3 weeks and notice if you feel better. If so, eliminate these foods from your diet.
  • Keep in mind; Gluten-free doesn’t mean buying more boxed foods!>>>>Make whole grains like quinoa, oatmeal, buckwheat, or black rice a priority!
  • Try oatmeal for breakfast, buckwheat flour pancakes, almond flour cookies, and whole grains for lunch and dinner.

#2 Eat warm, cooked, foods

Ayurvedic medicine states Vata body types, those prone to constipation, need to add warm, cooked foods because their body is dryer and needs more moisture.

  • Consider drinking hot water with lemon in the morning and adding more soups to your diet.

#3 Drink 8-9 cups of water a day.

When constipated, drink 2-3 cups of water immediately upon waking. Then move your body.

Go for a walk, stretch and wait.

  • Going to the bathroom too much? Try a cup of Peppermint or Chamomile tea after a meal to aid digestion and increase your liquids
  • plus, cut back on the coffee as it is drying and dehydrating

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#4 Try a daily probiotic

Choose a probiotic with Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species and take it daily for 1-3 months to improve your digestion and aid elimination.

  • With severe constipation, you can also add a powdered form of probiotic to 1/4 cup of water and have it at each meal.
  • Babies, toddlers, and big kids can also try this!

#5 Add magnesium

Magnesium Citrate assists with constipation aids relaxation and supports sugar cravings.

  • Start with 200mg at bedtime, but reduce the amount if you have diarrhea.
  • Taking Magnesium before bed will lead to a soft bowel movement in the morning.

#6 Take a digestive enzyme

Enzymes assist the chemical breakdown of food into smaller absorbable components. Especially dairy and meat.

  • Enzymes called amylases break down starches into sugar molecules; proteases break down proteins into amino acids, and lipases break down fat into its parts.
  • Try Enzymedica if you struggle with eating meat, gluten, or dairy foods.
  • Are your kid’s gluten and/or dairy-free? Try the kids Enzymedica to help them digest food.

#7 Take Betaine HCL

  • Stomach acid is essential for digestion and nutrient assimilation and as we get older our acidity decreases.
  • Those with heartburn, tend to have too little acidity.
  • Read that again 👆
  • So skip the tums and add acid to your diet.
  • If you struggle with heartburn, try Betaine HCL at each meal. It is life-changing!
  • Read this article on how to supplement with Betaine HCL and consult your doctor if you have acid reflux or ulcers.

#8 Reduce stress

At one point, I was eating while doing the dishes!

Yes, moms can multi-task, but should we when we’re eating?

Put down the dishes and pause. Take a deep breath. Encourage older children to get what they need during dinner time or some moms eat at separate times from their kids.

Breathing before each meal enhances the digestive enzymes in your body to aid digestion.

  • End your meal with chamomile or peppermint tea to aid the digestive process.

#9 Add Flaxseeds

  • One tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains 2 grams of dietary fiber!
  • To make:
    • Grind 1 cup of whole organic flaxseed and store it in a container in the refrigerator.
    • Take 1-2 Tbs. of ground flaxseed per day to our oatmeal to keep bowels regular.
    • Stir the ground flaxseed into oatmeal, soup, coconut yogurt, smoothies, or any food that you enjoy.
    • Safe for kids in smaller doses.
    • Make sure you drink lots of water after.

#10 Add botanicals

  1. Triphala
    1. Triphala is a traditional Ayurvedic herbal formulation made from Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis), Bibhitaki (Terminalia belerica), and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula).
    2. Take it at night to reduce constipation. Triphala is gentle and supports regular bowel movements and relaxes the nervous system.
  2. Senna
    1. Senna is known as a safe laxative for occasional use. Moms love Smooth Move tea during pregnancy and beyond.
  3. Chamomile and Peppermint
    1. Both of these botanicals can reduce gas and aid digestion.

And last. Consider HOW you’re pooping!

===The Vagina whisperer share’s how to poop if you feel like it’s getting stuck. Yes, this is a thing. Click to see the video.

Summary

In summary, diet is always first. Think of soft foods, filled with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Have oatmeal in the morning with peppermint tea, buckwheat flour pancakes, or a shake with fruit and dates. Make fiber a priority. The book Fiber fueled is amazing.

If you’re eating all the right things and moving your body, ask your doctor about adding progesterone into your diet. This could be one fix your body needs to stop constipation.

Always see your doctor with any health concerns.

xo

Tara

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