Urinary tract infection (UTI) is common among those of us, who have a history of antibiotic use. UTI is closely tied to a healthy intestinal flora.
Causes Of Recurrent UTIs
There are 3 things to look for, if dealing with re-occurring UTIs:
1. Food Allergies
Most common are allergy to wheat, dairy, eggs and soy. If we continue to eat things that our body is sensitive to, we will struggle with indigestion and toxic fermentation, leading to imbalanced gut bacteria.
2. Antibiotic History
It takes minimum 1 year to re-establish a healthy bacteria flora, even after just 2 weeks of antibiotic usage. In most cases of bacterial infections, I much prefer nature’s stronger and broad-spectrum antibiotics, such as oregano-oil. However, dosage and herbal remedy will depend on the type of bacteria we are targeting.
3. Probiotics And Prebiotics
Are you getting foods daily that contain a natural variety of good bacteria (probiotics) and also the substances that the good bacteria feed on (prebiotics)? Think yogurt with LIVE cultures, ghee and butter, fermented vegetables such as kimchi and sauerkraut, kombucha, natto, etc.
If not, consider supplementing with a high-quality probiotic, with at least 8 different strains and a daily dosage of 12+ billion bacteria. Any lower dosage supplement is a waste of money. Also, it is important to check, that it is coated with a acid protective layer, so that the bacteria reaches the intestine and does not get dissolved in the stomach acid.
Natural Remedies To Combat UTI Without Medication
1. Cranberries For UTI Prevention
Drinking 1/2 a liter or 8 oz. of natural cranberry juice daily, in the morning or in between meals, can help prevent UTIs.
Cranberry contains antioxidants that defer the UTI causing bacteria from attaching to the bladder. If you have tried cranberry previously, and looked into addressing the 3 underlying causes of UTI, mentioned above, then I recommend Bearberry.
2. Uva Ursi Herb Or (Bearberry) Reverses UTI
Recommended dosage is, 500 mg daily or a couple of tea cups
(DO NOT use if taking cranberry, as this herb only works when urine is alkaline and cranberry makes your urine acidic!)
Uva Ursi is a diuretic herb, containing antibiotic factors. It also has mild astringent properties and is very cleansing to the entire urinary tract. This herb has a long history of effective use, against both kidney stones and urinary tract infections. Just like with any regular prescription medication, this herb is toxic in high dosage, so only use under guided supervision.