The kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra all word to filter an

expel waste material (urine) from the body.  Cystitis (an infection

of the bladder), urethritis (infection of urethra) and kidney

infections are more common in women.  Bladder infections are

characterised by an urgent desire to empty the bladder.  Urination

is typically frequent and can be painful.  Often the urine has a

strong unpleasant odor and may appear cloudy.  Children with

bladder intections often complain of lower abdominal pain and

burning sensation while urinating.  There a be blood in the urine

which can be a sign of a more serious problem that warrants

medical attention.  Bladder infections can lead to kidney infections

if left untreated.

Bladder infections can be caused by many factors, including

pregnancy, sexual intercourse, diabetes, obstruction of the urinary

tract, insufficient water intake, acidic concentration of waste

material being expelled, nylon underwear, feminine hygiene

sprays, bubble baths, pool chlorine, even bleached tampons or

sanitary pads (look for organic cotton) and over-washing, especially

with strong soaps.  

 

Recommended Dietary Changes

 

There are many herbs that may be effective in clearing an

infection before it becomes serious.  These include Cranberry

(especially in chronic cases and to prevent), Bearberry, Buchu,

Nettle, Dandelion and Hydrangea, amongst others.  Mannatose

and colloidal silver can help long term to prevent infections.

 Indian Corn Silk can help to strengthen and soothe the bladder

lining.  Special pH balanced soaps can be used to wash the vaginal

area, to prevent sensitivity from some soaps.

Tips to prevent:

Special pH balanced soaps can be used to wash the vaginal area,

to prevent sensitivity from some soaps.

Is is important that probiotics are used during and between

infections (especially with antibiotic treatment) to restore the good

bacteria that prevents further infections.

Change into dry clothes soon after wsimming and avoid sitting in

wet bathing suit.

Empty bladder every 2-3 hours and do not hold in for excessive

periods

wear cotton underwear

Keep ginatal and anal areas clean and dry.  Women should wipe

from front to back after empthying the bladder or bowels and

wash the vagina after sexual intercourse.  Calendula oil can be

applied to raw senstive areas.

Avoid citrus fruits and taking excess zinc and iron supplements

until healed.  If a bacterial infection is present, the body stores

iron in the liver, spleen, and bone marrow in order to prevent

further growth of the bacteria.

Stay away from alcohol, caffeine, carbonated beverages, sugar,

coffee, chocolate, regined or processed foods.

Increase water intake to 6-8 glasses per day), and/or herbal teas,

such as Buchu, Parsley or Nettle.  Also vegetable juices, especially

celery, parsley and cucumber.