Stress, pregnancy, and the use of drugs such as birth control and antibiotics can make the body more susceptible to infection. A warning sign of a urinary tract infection (UTI) is the need to urinate frequently, accompanied by an unpleasant burning sensation during urination. Serious infections can cause damage to your urinary tract and kidneys if left untreated.
Urinary Tract Infection & Bladder Health
Infections of the urinary tract are quite common, especially in women. 60% of women will suffer a UTI sometime in their life, with one third of them experiencing a recurrence during the following year. Infections usually begin when bacteria colonize the bladder lining and cause inflammation (cystitis). The infection may spread up into the kidney causing nephritis or to the prostate causing prostatitis. Interstitial cystitis is a chronic infection between the bladder lining and muscular layer. Its exact cause is unknown but it is usually non-infectious and occurs subsequent to several cystitis episodes.
Until recently antibiotics were the treatment of choice for bladder and kidney infections. (Also known as Cystitis, inflammation of the bladder or UTI). The trouble with antibiotics is that they are not specifically able to target and destroy the bacteria that cause the infection. Instead they wipe out all the bacteria in the body including the friendly kind that assist our health and wellbeing. Destroying friendly bacteria increases the likelihood that you will get a yeast infection or an upset stomach, replacing one problem with another. The overuse of antibiotics has also lead to antibiotic resistant strains of urinary tract pathogens
Signs & Symptoms of Cystitis:
- Burning or stinging when passing urine
- Need to pass urine more often
- Passing only small amounts of urine at a time
- Fever, feeling unwell, chills, vomiting
- Discoloured, smelly or cloudy urine
- Pain in lower stomach or lower back
In over 90% of cases of bladder and kidney infection Escherichia coli (E. coli) is the culprit. E. coli are normally considered to be friendly bacteria when they are confined to our intestinal tract but when they travel to the urinary tract they are anything but friendly.
E. coli have small, sticky, finger like projections that attach to the cells lining the urethra, bladder and kidneys. These sticky projections on the E. coli cell walls are called lectins and they enable the E. coli to work their way deeper and deeper into the urinary tract where they colonise and cause troubling urinary tract infections.
Urinary Tract Infection: Prevention
To prevent cystitis proper hygiene is essential. Do not use scented or coloured toilet paper or feminine hygiene products. Douches, lubricants, latex condoms, spermicides and seminal fluid can also cause bladder irritation. For women, always wipe from front to back when using the toilet and both partners should urinate as soon as possible after sexual intercourse. Wear breathable cotton underwear. Exercise the bladder by contracting the bladder muscles as you would to stop the flow of urine. Repeat this several times a day.
Dietary interventions to prevent cystitis include drinking 2-2.5 litres of filtered water or unsweetened cranberry juice daily. This flushes the urinary tract. Carrot and watermelon juices also flush the urinary tract. Eat garlic for its antibacterial properties. Avoid spicy foods, acidic foods, refined carbohydrates, sugar in all forms, coffee, black tea, tomatoes, spinach and yeast because they may irritate the bladder. For interstitial cystitis maintain an alkaline diet.
Healing Cranberry for Women:
Cranberry juice has long been used in herbal medicine to help prevent UTI. Modern studies have confirmed that cranberry reduces the frequency and severity of urinary tract infections, possibly by preventing the bacteria from adhering to cell walls, so infection cannot begin. Most cranberry juice available on the market is heavily sweetened and diluted with other juices to disguise the natural bitter taste, reducing the potency and therefore the usefulness. A high-quality supplement provides the benefits of cranberry juice without the unnecessary additives or calories, no unnecessary extra calories and tooth-friendly.
Cranberry Concentrate capsules are a convenient way of obtaining the benefits of cranberry juice. It takes over 8 pounds of whole cranberries to produce 1 pound of Cranberry Concentrate powder. Each BioParanta high potency cranberry capsule “Healing Cranberry for Women” is equivalent to 20 grams fresh cranberries, the highest level of any supplement (most therapeutic dose). Healing Cranberry for Women does not kill bacteria. Instead it allows the unfriendly bacteria to be easily flushed out of the body with the urine.
Healing Cranberry for Women Advantages
* Easy-to-swallow fast-dissolving, vegetarian capsule per day
* High-potency 50:1 extract
* Therapeutic dose of 1 capsule per day
* Suitable for vegans
* Contains no ingredients that are a source of gluten
* No sugar added. Not a significant source of calories
* Good Manufacturing Practices standards
* Tested for guaranteed purity and potency
* Health Canada approved (have NPN).
Healing Cranberry for Women is Approved by Health Canada: NPN 80053955