How to Recognize a UTI and Prevent its Onset?
If you are prone to having Urinary Tract Infections you know what is going on the minute it strikes. The symptoms may start slowly, such as an increased need to use the bathroom even though you have just emptied your bladder. As it progresses, you may feel a burning sensation when you urinate. In some cases, you may have pain just above your pelvic bone and as it progresses
further, blood in your urine. Urinary Tract Infections, referred to as UTI or Cystitis can strike anyone at any age. Yes, women are more suspectable than men, but men shouldn’t rule out the possibility of suffering from a UTI, especially if they have BPH. A UTI is most often caused by a bacterial infection in the lower urinary tract, specifically the bladder and urethra. Your urinary system includes your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Urinary tract infections typically occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body) and begins to multiply in the bladder. Although the urinary system is designed to keep the bacteria out, it sometimes fails to do so. When this happens, bacteria may take hold and grow into a full-blown infection in the urinary tract. In some cases, recognizing the symptoms and treating them naturally early on can alleviate the problem in a couple of weeks. However, if your symptoms are worsening, you see blood in your urine, have lower back pain and a low-grade fever, it is best to speak to your physician because a UTI that it not managed can spread to your kidneys and cause serious complications.
UTI – The Natural Approach
Taking the natural approach to treating a UTI must begin in the very early stages or as a preventative approach. If you are prone to getting a UTI often, then recognize that there is something unhealthy going on in your urinary tract system and the unwanted bacteria growth needs to be managed ongoing. The natural protocol for a UTI is the same for the one-off episode as it is for the ongoing prevention for both men and women. Start by replenishing that harmful bacteria with good bacteria If you are having recurring problems, most likely the body is out of balance in terms of friendly bacteria. If you are not taking a probiotic, start, and stay on it as a means of prevention. Your probiotic should be at least 30-50
billion active units, and you need to take it twice a day for the next few weeks. Take your probiotic on an empty stomach. (first thing in the morning and just before bed). You should also be consuming good prebiotic foods to help feed the growth of your good bacteria such as asparagus, bananas, chicory root, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, leeks, onions, dandelion greens, potato starch, soybeans, corn, dandelion greens, and some whole grains such as oats.

Stop the bacteria from sticking around using cranberry. Cranberry contains compounds (D-mannose and proanthocyanidins) that disable the organisms, including E. coli. This prevents the bacteria from sticking to the walls of the digestive tract, allowing the harmful bacteria to be removed through the natural elimination process and reducing the incidence of recurrent UTIs. If you want to use cranberry juice as a preventative, it must be 100% cranberry, which means no sugar. Sugar feeds the harmful bacteria and negates all the benefits that pure cranberry provides. Using cranberry juice requires you to drink a lot of juice throughout the day. Whereas a supplement such as WomenSense CranSense delivers 500 mg of concentrated 36:1 cranberry extract in each capsule to help prevent recurrent urinary tract infections. You can take two a day to treat infection and one a day for prevention. If you are on blood thinners, you need to be cautious with cranberry juice or supplements. Provide your bladder with relief using Preferred Nutrition UTI drops. UTI drops are formulated using all-natural internal use essential oils including juniper, lavender, eucalyptus and pine needle. These ingredients provide an anti-sticking factor preventing bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall along with antiseptic properties to prevent further bacterial growth. You can also use D-Mannose, which is a naturally occurring sugar that has been extracted from cranberries. (It can also be found in oranges, peaches, mangos and even aloe vera). D-Mannose has been well researched for its ability to stop those harmful bacteria from attaching to your urinary tract. Remember, if the symptoms worsen or persist after a week to 10 days you need to speak to a physician. This protocol is your first step to a natural approach and prevention but will not work for everyone. Your system may be healthy enough to flush the bacteria on its own, so drink extra water at the first sign of a UTI and double up on your probiotics.
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