Graham Naturopathic

David A. Graham, N.D.

501 Eric Avenue, A-2 Bowling Green, KY 42101 phone: (270) 791-8374

Urinary Health

Monday, March 08, 2010

What is Urinary Tract Infection?

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is an encroachment by the bacteria of the urinary tract which includes kidney, ureters, bladder or urethra. This bacterium enters the opening of the urethra and procreates in the urinary tract causing urinary tract infection. This can be very painful and a major cause of distress in your life. If it is not contained in the earlier stages it is likely to spread to your kidneys, which can become a serious health issue. The infection of the bladder can develop into cystitis- a very common problem faced by women. Urinary Tract Infection can infect anyone but women are more susceptible to this disease. Children too suffer from this disorder but the headcount is very low in comparison to adults.

Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection

Need to go – all time

A very common symptom which UTI patients face through this condition- is the constant urge to urinate.

Burning sensation and traces of blood

Urination is painful as well as leaves a burning sensation. Sometimes the sign is so relevant in the form of blood which is seen in your urine.

Fever, vomiting along with other pains

You may suffer from fever if you have infection in you kidneys. Bouts of vomiting and nausea are also possible if you are affected by the kidney infection. Backache and pain below your ribs are some of the other symptoms.

Causes of Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Symptoms, Causes, Remedy and Diet

Bacteria in the urethra

It is mainly caused when the bacteria from the digestive tract holds on to the opening of the urethra, this poses a problem.

Through sexual intercourse

Sexual intercourse is another reason for urinary tract infection. During a sexual intercourse the bacteria present in the vaginal tract is pushed inside the urethra by the movement of the penis.

Having different sexual partner

Having different sexual partners can be another reason for urinary tract infection. Waiting too long to urinate may cause this infection.

Holding back the urge to urinate

Prolonging urination causes stretches the bladder. This stretching weakens the bladder - disallowing it to completely empty itself. The urine which remains in the bladder increases your chances of the infection.


Home remedies for Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) home remedies and natural cures, Questions and answers

Treating Urinary Tract Function by use of Baking Soda

A mixture of 1/2 tsp baking soda in eight ounce glass of water can be very helpful on the first signs of urinary tract infection. The presence of baking soda in your system raises the acid-base balance of the acidic urine.

Treating Urinary Tract Infection by drinking water or fluids

It is very important for your system to have a good flow of urine. This can be done by consuming plenty of water. It cleanses your body by diluting and flushing out the unwanted substance.

Treating Urinary Tract Infection by Cranberry Juice

Cranberry juice disallows bacteria to cling to the cell, which line the urinary tract. It is a great remedy to fight this infection. If you cannot have the cranberry juice directly you can mix it with apple juice to add some taste.

Treating Urinary Tract Infection by Aromatherapy

You can make an essential oil by using equal parts of sandalwood, bergamot, tea tree, frankincense and juniper. Mix all these ingredients to make an oil to be rubbed over your bladder area. Continue this massaging technique for three to four days once the symptoms subside.

Treating Urinary Tract Infection by Echinacea

You can consume at least two capsules three times a day of Echinacea and Oregon grape root or goldenseal to fight the infection.

Treating Urinary Tract Infection by Tincture

In acute cases try having 1/2 tsp of tincture every hour. Severe infection needs severe measures. Blend equal parts of pipsissewa, buchu, echinacea, and uva ursi tinctures. Have 20 drops of this blended mixture every two hours for first two days and later 1 tsp four times a day, till you have completely recovered. Have a soothing tea such as marshmallow root to counter the strong antiseptic effect of urva ursi.


Urinary Tract Infection Diet

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) : Home Remedies suggested by users

Increase the intake of vitamins C

Vitamin C prevents the bacterial growth due to the acidic environment created in the bladder and the urinary tract. It is very important to have a healthy diet which is rich in minerals and other supplements for your daily quota. You can maintain the alkaline content in urine by a rich diet of milk, fruits, and fresh vegetables.

Fresh berry juice

Women consuming fresh berry juice as part of the daily diet, turns out to be very useful in the long run.

Avoid irritant foods

A diet which consists of processed food like cheese, chocolate, dairy products should be avoided. You should also avoid spicy food, caffeine, alcohol and cigarettes which otherwise is also harmful. Avoid carbonated drinks like beer, soda or any other drink with fizz.

Stay away from artificial sweetener

Aspartame is one of a kind of artificial sweetener. You will find many artificial sweeteners in the market which should be avoided. It is mainly consumed by diabetic patients and is used in many beverages and other foods.


Other suggestions for Urinary Tract Infection

Hot compression

You can place a heating pad on the lower abdominal area to provide some relief to your pain.


Working on the bladder or kidney points can provide you some relief from this infection.

Dressing comfortably

Wearing loose-fitting and cotton clothes helps a great deal. Wearing tight undergarments and tight fitting clothes creates more room for infection.


Contact Dr.Graham at Graham Naturopathic for an appointment for urinary health advise and supplementation.
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