Do's & Dont's of a Urinary Tract Infection

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A urinary tract infections (UTI) is a result of an infection caused by bacteria in either the kidneys, bladder, ureters or urethra. Cystitis, it is a common type of (UTI) which indicates a presence of a certain number of bacteria present in urine. It is 50 times more prevalent in adult woman than adult men. UTIs affect 3% of males each year worldwide, therefore when a UTI progresses in men it is likely due to an anatomic complication, for example, a prostate infection as such. Women, however, are more likely, probably due to the fact that women have a shorter length of the urethra (the tube which drains urine from bladder to outside of the body and may allow bacteria to move up towards the bladder due to the anatomy of the female urinary bladder). Diagnosis is based upon signs, symptoms and or microscopic examination/ urinalysis/urine culture or physical examination.

What You'll Need

  • At home topical formulation:
  • 1 teaspoon of probiotic powder containing multiple Lactobacillus spp especially L acidophilus, L rhamnosus, L. reuteri and L. casei Bifidobacterium spp. 1 tablespoon of unsweetened natural yoghurt full fat. Then mix it up in a clean bowl. This mixture is to be applied and inserted into the vagina before bedtime.
  • Overconsuming refined sugar and carbohydrate will disrupt microflora diversity.
  • Dietary allergens significantly downgrade the immune system to fight infection, therefore, removing any known allergens is mandatory.
  • At least 2 L of water a day (divided and not all at once).
  • Reduce caffeinated beverages and alcohol.
  • Sexual hygiene practices are encouraged; the use of unscented and non-irritating and unperfumed toiletries is important. It is encouraged that women wipe away appropriately after passing stool.
  • Herbal teas including corn silk, dandelion leaf, nettle leaf and chamomile (please check for contraindications with medication before).

What You'll Do

  • Therapeutic and Dietary and Lifestyle Tips: Due to some (most) UTIs stemming from stool (bacteria) therefore dietary alterations propose significant decline in infection risk:
  • A variety in diet is encouraged including wholegrain, complex carbohydrates, fibre, fresh vegetables and fruit, cold press oils, adequate protein and fermented dairy products.
  • 500mg twice a day of D Mannose (depending on instructions): is a natural simple sugar present in cranberry juice which may inhibit the adherence of pathogenic organism’s cells specifically E. coli, and within a few days’ symptoms are usually improved.
  • Consumption of concentrated berry juice (unsweetened cranberry or blueberry juice). However, according to the literature in order to achieve positive results, daily consumption would require 300 mL at least three times a day! Which may be harmful. However, cranberry supplements are available and can be effective according to results in trialled studies a formula of 400-800mg/day is most successful (please check with your doctor for contraindications).
  • Improve and optimize the microflora colonization with a variety of foods and fermented milk products (yoghurt and kefir) three or four times a week and prebiotic foods (oats, miso paste, onion, garlic, artichoke) which may decrease reoccurrence and produce effective microbial activity. Make your own yoghurt garlic dressing to add to dishes!
  • Clinical and microbiological studies have shown effective use on certain probiotic strains (Lactobacillus spp) in preventing and treating UTIs effectively specifically, L. rhamnosus and L ruteri.

Tips & Warnings

  • Once results are not achieved within 12-24 hours and untreated UTI (depending upon the cause) may result in involvement of the kidneys and therefore the bellow warning signs ought to be considered and further investigated with your medical practitioner/healthcare provider for appropriate management: Continuous burning or difficulty urinating accompanied by fever, chills and lower back pain. Frequent urination (especially at night). Passing of blood in urine. Puffiness around the eyes swelling of hands and feet. Pain just in the middle of your back below the ribcage that is dull and not provoked by movement. Have a preexisting sexually transmitted disease or a new partner. High blood pressure.
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