Do you or someone you know suffer from recurrent Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s)? There are particular groups of people who are predisposed to UTI’s. One of the common factors in those who suffer from recurrent UTI’s is that they have antibiotic -resistant bacteria in their urine when it is cultured in a lab. What is the main conventional treatment for a UTI? An antibiotic. What is the solution? Breaking the cycle. This is why prevention for UTI’s and early treatment with something other than a strong antibiotic is the only way to build your immunity so you don’t need the antibiotic.
What else is there for treatment? What can you do to prevent UTI’s? Ideally you would have a visit with a Holistic practitioner who is has taken a high level of training in natural medicine so they can create an individual treatment plan that would be most effective for you. But let’s discuss a few facts about UTI’s to arm you with some basic knowledge so you will be empowered to make the best health decisions for yourself.
Most UTI’s are caused by E.coli bacteria. This is not the same strain that causes deathly food poisoning and hospitalization. It is a mutant strain that is found in the intestine but when overgrown and found in the bladder an infection may occur with symptoms that are unpleasant such as burning, pressure above the pubic bone, the urge to urinate frequently with little output and sometime a fever, chills and body aches.
How do these bacteria flourish in the bladder? Well, they feed on sugar, thrive in an acidic environment, travel to the bladder when hygiene isn’t optimal and when our beneficial flora/bacteria is low than these bacteria that are pathogenic have an easier time multiplying.
One group of people who are at a greater risk of experiencing recurrent UTI’s are our elderly in long term care facilities. They may be physically not able to go to the bathroom themselves so they can’t void when needed, or they wear personal hygiene products that increase the risk of infection if left unchanged for a long time. Other reasons are neurogenic dysfunction which may affect bladder control.
There some natural safe ways to build your defence against UTI’s. One of these is D-Mannose which is a simple sugar found in beech and birch trees. It is extracted from them and made into a powder. It is similar to glucose so it tastes great however we absorb very little of it in the upper intestine so it doesn’t raise our blood sugar. It can be used acutely or ongoing to break the cycle. D-Mannose is found in cranberries, apples and some other fruit but in much lower amounts than in the supplemental form of D-Mannose. It is supplemented in doses as high as 6-9 g per day to treat mild-moderate infections and lower doses to prevent UTI’s.
To compliment D-Mannose, an alkaline diet rich in greens and gluten- free grains and low in acidic foods such as sugar, alcohol and caffeine can help to create a less friendly environment for pathogenic bacteria. Also supplementing with a multi- strain high dose probiotic to prevent pathogenic bacteria from multiplying easily and causing infections and inflammation.
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As the weather turns cooler and the summer days are behind us, we may be tempted to stay in doors and go within. We need to remember “Balance”. This fall weather is a transition to colder days. The trick to staying active all year round is to not stop when the weather or our daily schedule changes such as when we vacation or travel. These are key times to stay active. Ironically, these are times we tend to sit more, eat more and maybe drink more. Balancing rich food, long travel times on airplanes or in cars with a nice walk, 15 minutes of yoga alongside our bed or a nice swim at the hotel pool will help ensure our sleep, mood and momentum don’t go downhill.
I find when I travel, I need a run, a walk, a workout at the gym even more than in my regular routine to get a break from a seminar, or other stimulation that is the purpose of the time away. Without this break my mind isn’t as clear and is easily distracted.
With three small children the time to exercise is less than before and I smile at Karma because I never understood mothers who said they didn’t have time to exercise. Thank you for my lesson! My perspective of a “workout” had to change or rather what I felt I needed in a workout has changed. 10 years ago I could push myself and workout hard because I didn’t have to push at top speed until 9 or 10 pm at night and start all over at 6 am. But now I need to be careful I don’t push too hard because I don’t know if I will get interrupted that night and not sleep more than 4 hours in a row. And being a mother is a physical job when you spend time with your kids while they are young. But mother nature has taken care of this, often 20 minutes is what I can fit in my schedule and not daily. But in those 20 minutes I focus not only on my physical health but my spiritual and emotional health as well. As a Naturopathic Doctor I know how interconnected all levels of my health are. My thoughts affect my physical body by altering hormones, metabolism and neurotransmitters. So instead of physically pushing myself to the point of exhaustion I know I can get a more holistic workout by meditating as I walk or by stopping and watching the waves hit the sand and breathing in the salt air. I can feel my cortisol lowering and my jaw, my shoulders and other muscles relax.
I a grateful for the changes mother nature invites into our lives just when we need it!
May you have a wonderfully invigorating fall day in whichever way supports you!
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