More than 50% of all women have experienced this at some point in their lives. Men can experience UTIs too, though its much less common for them. For women, the Urethra (the orifice/tube that urine passes out from the body) is located very close to the anus, a place where bacteria often passes or breeds. Hence, women are advised to wipe from “front to back” after both urination and defecation.
-Bacteria from the anus
-Sex can introduce bacteria to the Urethra
Types of UTIs:
Bladder Infections (Cystitis)
Kidney Infections (Acute Pyelonephritis)
Urethra Infections (Urethritis)
-A strong urge to urinate
-Constant need to urinate
-Passing small amounts of urine, frequently
-Foul smelling Urine
-Pain in the Pelvic region
Depending on the type of UTI, you may also experience any of the following:
-Fever (Common in Acute Pyelonephritis, fever may exceed 103 degree F.)
-Nausea & Vomiting
-Bloody urine (mainly in Cystitis)
-Discharge (mainly in Urethritis)
–Olive Leaf Extract
A powerful anti-microbial, OLE has been proven to fight off various strains of bacteria. Make sure to consume a supplement with at least 20% or more of oleuropein content in order for it to be truly effective.
Garlic contains an organosulphur compound known as “Allicin” which has potent antimicrobial properties and has been seen in research to fight off UTIs including “Antibiotic Resistant UTIs”. Try to take a garlic supplement 2-3 times a day to fight off the infection.
A powerful anti-microbial/anti-inflammatory herb, Turmeric can both fight off the infection and reduce the pain caused by a UTI. Research has shown that Turmeric’s active ingredient, Curcumin, can reduce inflammation in Nephritis as well as diabetic nephropathy. It can be taken 2 times a day in a dose of 1/2 a teaspoon in either warm water or hot -raw milk.
Known to fight off both Staphylococcus aureus and E.coli, which are 2 types of UTI causing bacteria, and to reduce inflammation. Cinnamon can be taken in a dose of 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon a day with mixed with some honey and eaten.
The seeds of Coriander as well as the leaves are effective in treating various types of bacterial infection. Coriander is also a powerful anti-inflammatory and can easy the pain of a UTI. Boil 2-3 tablespoon of coriander seeds in water for 5-10 minutes. Let it sit for another 10 minutes. Strain, and drink this 1-2 times a day.
A very well known anti-bacterial, mild diuretic, and immune boosting herb. Hibiscus is known to fight off both of the main UTI causing bacteria, E. coli and Staphylococcus. Hibiscus tea can be taken 1-2 times a day to assist in fighting off UTIs.
When experiencing a UTI:
-Don’t suppress the urge to urinate
To prevent a UTI:
-Don’t suppress the urge to urinate
-Wash your genital area before sex, and urinate soon after sex
-Shower, rather than having a bath in a tub
-Use unscented and unbleached toilet paper and tissues
-Keep alcohol and caffeine to a minimum
(Always use medicinal herbs under the supervision of a doctor)
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by Dr. Nishal R.
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