A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Bladder Infections
I had a question the other day about bladder infections.
Bladder infections are known as cystitis or inflammation of the bladder.
They’re common in women, but rare in men.
More than half of all women get at least one bladder infection at some time in their lives.
However, a man’s chance of getting cystitis increases as he ages, partly because of an increase in prostate size.
No one is sure exactly why women have so many more bladder infections than men.
It may be because women have a shorter urethra, which is the tube that carries urine out of the bladder.
This is only about an inch and a half long in women, which makes it easier for bacteria to find their way into the bladder.
Also, the opening to a woman’s urethra lies close to both the vagina and the anus, which also makes it easier for bacteria to get into the urinary tract.
Bladder infections aren’t serious if they’re treated right away.
Rarely, they can lead to kidney infections, which are more serious.
So it’s very important to treat the underlying causes of a bladder infection and to take preventive steps to keep them from coming back.
In elderly people, bladder infections can be difficult to diagnose.
Older people who suddenly become incontinent or who begin acting lethargic or confused should be checked for a bladder infection.
Most bladder infections are caused by strains of E. coli, bacteria that normally live in the gut.
Women sometimes get bladder infections after sex.
Vaginal intercourse makes it easier for bacteria to reach the bladder through the urethra.
Pregnant women are also prone to infections because their urinary tracts change in response to hormones and increased kidney function.
Bladder infections can be very uncomfortable.
But for most women, they clear up quickly and are relatively harmless if treated.
In men, a bladder infection may be a symptom of an underlying disorder and is usually cause for concern.
It may mean there’s an obstruction interfering with the urinary tract.
Some studies have shown uncircumcised boys are at risk of getting a bladder infection during their first 5 years of life, possibly because bacteria can collect under the foreskin.
Home and hospital use of catheters – tubes inserted into the bladder to empty it – can also lead to infection.
To deal with a bladder infection, it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily, which cleanses and flushes your system. Drink at least 1 cup per hour.
*Drink pure, sugar-free only, organic cranberry juice (found in a health food store).
*Maintain your alkalinity.
*Investigate possible triggers.
*Try to eliminate toxic products.
*Avoid sugar, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop, dairy products, and processed foods.
*Eat plenty of raw foods.
*Consider fasting and fresh juicing.
*Empty bladder frequently (never ignore the urge).
*Practice good personal hygiene.
*Take plentiful amounts of alfalfa throughout the day.
*Review my post on Candida, because many times this can be a significant influence.
*Avoid toxic feminine care products.