Do you suffer from recurrent urinary tract infections? How much discomfort you had? How many trips to the doctor and antibiotic prescriptions? Dealing with recurrent UTIs is painful and frustrating, but there are some natural ways to deal with it.
Urinary infections are a lot more common in women than men, one in every three women suffers from UTIs at some point of their lives. The most common symptoms include a burning sensation when passing urine, frequent urge to urinate, often passing only a little when you do, changes on urine color, and pain or pressure in your back or lower abdomen.
Cranberry juice is well known to prevent and heal urinary infections. Do you wonder why? Because some of its components pass through digestion, limiting bacteria ability to grow and multiply to form a film that attaches to the epithelial wall of your urinary tract, developing infection further.
A recent medical literature review from 1966 to 2015 indicates that cranberry appears effective for the prevention of UTIs in otherwise healthy children and is at least as effective as antibiotics in children with underlying urogenital abnormalities.
Although cranberry juice demonstrates to be very effective and have a potent effect, some cases still have indication for antibiotics. If that is the situation, cranberry juice and antibiotics can be taken concomitantly, boosting antibiotic effect.
The amount and form of cranberry extract vary among studies, some are based on capsules and some developed by drinking diluted juice. Most of cranberry juice available in the stores are loaded with sugar, which certainly doesn’t help health and healing overall, despite the beneficial components of cranberry present there. I believe that making your own fresh smoothie with cranberries might be a better option, as in this recipe:
- 1 cup of cranberries
- 1 cup of berries
- 1 banana or 10 grapes
- 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk or water
You can use the berries and cranberries either fresh or frozen. Mix all ingredients together in a blender, add more coconut milk if needed to achieve desirable consistency. If your taste asks for more sugar, use pure stevia.
In addition to cranberry juice, homeopathy always comes on hand. Here, three among the most common homeopathic remedies for urinary infection;
Apis Mellifica: indicated in cases of scanty urine with difficult urination, frequent urge to pass urine but only a little bit passes through. Burning, stingy sensation.
Cantharis: intense pain before, during and after urination. Passing urine feels like scalding acid and there may be blood in it.
Sarsaparilla: pain comes after urination, with a tendency of urine retention.
Urinary infections are also very common during pregnancy, Cranberry juice and homeopathy offer a safe and natural approach to address this issue for mother and baby.
Remember that urinary infection, specially in children, can develop and become very serious, the suggestions here do not replace medical care. If you have recurrent UTI’s, you might add cranberry to your diet regularly, preventing future infections, and consult your homeopath to approach the underlying cause of such issues.
** Note: cranberry should be consumed with caution by those sensitive to Aspirin, or those taking warfarin (Coumadin)