A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Interstitial Cystitis
I had a question the other day about interstitial cystitis.
Interstitial cystitis is a problem that causes pain in your bladder or pelvis.
It also causes an urgent, frequent need to urinate.
The problem is much more common in women than in men.
To diagnose interstitial cystitis, you may have a cystoscopy done, which is a test that uses a thin, lighted tube to see the inside of your bladder.
You may also have a urine test done to rule out other problems, like a urinary tract infection.
Some researchers think interstitial cystitis may be caused by abnormal changes in the lining of your bladder.
But the cause isn’t clear.
Because of this, treatment focuses on helping to relieve symptoms.
You may use a bladder diary to record how often you urinate and about how much urine is released.
The pain from interstitial cystitis can be mild to severe but almost always goes away right after you urinate.
Other symptoms of interstitial cystitis include:
>Urinating often during the day and night.
>Feeling pressure, discomfort, and a persistent urge to urinate.
>Having pain in your lower belly or pelvis.
People with interstitial cystitis may go days or weeks with no symptoms.
Treatment focuses on managing your pain.
To deal with interstitial cystitis, 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.