A UTI can be a woman’s worst nightmare. They often come on suddenly with no warning. The burning pain, the constant need to pee but not being able to. UTI’s can seriously interfere with your daily life. The debilitating pain can be excruciating enough to be unable to go to work, and is often responsible for sick calls. Many of us are unsure of how to treat them.
A urinary tract infection is a bacterial infection of the bladder, urethra, and kidneys. They must be treated as soon as possible. Many women don’t know that they can actually cause major damage to the bladder or kidneys, including a shrunken bladder or scarred kidneys. Common risks are frequent antibiotic use, stress, sexual contact, the birth control pill, diaphragms, diabetes, a weakened immune system, and candida overgrowth.
A simple urine test can diagnose a UTI, however, the common symptoms are:
– a burning feeling when urinating, or even when not urinating
– frequent urination
– feeling the need to urinate, but being unable to
– darker coloured urine or even blood in the urine
– lower back pain
– fever or flu-like symptoms
The most common solution for most woman is to head to the doctor for some antibiotics. However, many don’t want to take antibiotics and want a more natural solution. Antibiotics contribute to candida overgrowth, and the use of them is correlated with causing UTI’s (for some)in the first place! Fortunately there are MANY natural alternatives. Below is a list of the most common. Different methods work for different people, so try try try until you find the solution that works for you!
1. Drink A LOT OF WATER
UTI’s are more common for those who are dehyrated. Drinking as much water as possible is key to helping to clear the infection and pee out the bacteria. For many it’s tricky to do this as the more full the bladder is, the more pain you experience. However, do not let this stop you. The most crucial thing you can do is to drink as much as you can possibly stand. Fill up a large bottle and keep keep keep drinking!
Most woman with UTI’s constantly feel the need to urinate, but go to the bathroom and are unable to, due to the inflammation. This causes a lot of pain and can cause the bacteria to travel further up the urinary tract. Drinking water constantly will help to ensure urination.
2. Colloidal Silver
Colloidal silver is my personal favorite, and the only remedy that works for me. It is a very powerful antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral, which has been shown to kill the infection in just 6 minutes! I personally experience pain relief in about a half hour. Colloidal silver is a VERY safe remedy. It has no contraindications with any other medication, herb, or food. It can be given to people of all ages and even pets, in any quantity. Always follow the directions on the bottle. However, for a UTI, I recommend drinking 1/2 a cup immediately upon getting an infection. Then drink 1/4 cup every hour until there is no pain. Keep drinking even after pain subsides to ensure the infection is gone. This remedy has a VERY mild taste, so the large quantity is easy to take.
3. Oil of Oregano
Another powerful antibacterial, oil of oregano is effective for many women. The liquid has a VERY strong taste, but is far more effective than the dried herb in a capsule. I recommend taking either the liquid or liquid phytocaps if the taste is too strong. Follow the directions on the bottle (usually 4 drops, 3 times daily).
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another antibacterial, which also helps to balance pH levels throughout the body. Many find the taste very strong, therefore I suggest diluting it in a water bottle and sipping as frequently as possible. Dilute 1/4 cup in 1 litre of water. Add more water if the taste is too strong. If you don’t mind the flavour, feel free to take straight shots of AC vinegar as frequently as you can until pain subsides.
5. Uva Ursi or Dandelion
These 2 remedies can be found as a dried tea, and act as a diuretic. Diuretics help urine to pass through the urinary tract more quickly, which can help to rid of the bacteria faster.
Probiotics are commonly known to create a balance of healthy bacteria in the intestinal system. However, taking probiotics also helps to promote healthy bacteria in the vagina as well. Many say they find relief upon taking a few capsules (I recommend at least 50 Billion CPU per day during an infection). However, taking probiotics don’t work for everybody to help clear the bacterial infection, and they’re better taken daily for prevention. A probiotic with cranberry extract would be extra helpful, and there are many formulas available. Drinking a big bottle of kombucha is also an effective way to get rid of a UTI.
– Boost your immunity by eating healthy foods and taking immune boosting supplements.
– Urinate when your body tells you to. Don’t hold in your urine as this can increase the likelihood of infection.
– Wear cotton underwear. This helps to keep the area clean and dry.
– Use organic tampons and pads, or a Diva Cup, instead of bleached sanitary products.
– Position yourself on top during intercourse to reduce the amount of bacteria being pushed into the urethra.
– Urinate immediately after intercourse.
– Shower and clean the vagina gently with water after intercourse. Do not use douches.
– Minimize antibiotic use.
– Avoid oral contraceptives. Try a natural solution to birth control such as the Fertility Awareness Method.
– Always ensure you are staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water and herbal teas.
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- An A-Z Woman’s Guide to Vibrant Heath by Lorna Vanderhaeghe, MS
- The Silver Solution To Women’s Wellness by Gordon Pedersen Ph.D, ND
- Your Guide To Oil Of Oregano by Tracy K. Gibbs Ph.D