(NaturalHealth365) It has become an all-too-common dilemma. About 11 million doctor visits per year are due to urinary tract infections (UTI). The most common culprit is E. coli with the typical course of treatment being antibiotics – which can kill the bacteria but damage the digestive system.
This health issue is especially troublesome for women, who have a chance between 40 and 50 percent of developing a urinary tract infection at some point during their lives. In fact, it’s estimated that women are from two to eight times as likely to get UTI than men, with one-third suffering at least one recurrence.
Conventional UTI treatments cause serious consequences
The problem is, continual use of antibiotics to treat such a common problem has led to a second crisis: antibiotic resistance. Effective as they may be, there are always some bacteria that will survive treatment, and those that do, develop a resistance to antibiotics. As these drug-resistant bacteria survive and multiply – an entire new population of resistant bacteria are created.
In fact, the more types of antibiotics used, the more there is an opportunity to develop bacteria resistance to a greater numbers of drugs. The vicious cycle continues, with scientists concerned that soon a generation of “superbugs,” resistant to all known antibiotics, will emerge.
Is there an alternative to synthetically produced drugs?
The key to avoiding antibiotic treatments, and contributing to antibiotic resistance, is to stop bacteria in its tracks. That means coming up with a solution that prevents urinary tract infections from getting started.
The quest to cut infections off at the past has led to scientific research into the development of synthetic compounds that prevent bacteria from sticking to cells of the urinary lining. Most of this research has focused on developing molecules that fill up so-called binding sites, eliminating the ability of bacteria to stick to the urinary tract lining.
That means bacteria are washed away naturally with the flow of urine before infection even has a chance to start.
Fortunately, you don’t have to wait for such drugs to become available years down the road nor pay the price for newly approved medication. Nature has provided an alternative with similar results.
A natural solution for UTI found in cranberries
You may have heard that cranberry juice is helpful in the treatment of urinary tract problems, but that advice is not just another old wives tale. Studies spanning nearly 50 years has shown that cranberry products, particularly extracts of the whole fruit, are useful in preventing urinary tract infections.
It’s been shown that people consuming these products develop the same ability to block bacteria from attaching to cells in the bladder, vagina or urethra. And don’t be surprised if your doctor doesn’t tell you about this – because he simply wasn’t told about this remedy in medical school.
Herbal remedies that help us avoid antibiotic usage
In addition to cranberry juice, there are other natural remedies for urinary tract issues. A number of herbs have been identified as helping to reduce pain of inflammation, as well as sooth and repair damage caused by urinary tract infections, while helping to flush out toxins.
Chamomile tea, dandelion tea, corn silk tea, nettle tea, and fennel seed are also known to help increase urine flow. It’s also suggest you add flax seed oil, blueberries, celery, watermelon, green drinks, carrots, beets, cucumbers, and fresh yogurt to your usual diet to help reduce symptoms.
Just a quick note about your source of water: Be sure that your water is free of harmful chemicals – especially when increasing the amount of water you drink per day. To purify your water at home – use reverse osmosis or a water distiller and be sure to remineralize with Quinton Marine Plasma or Himalayan sea salt. Another alternative is to get your drinking water from a natural spring source – tested for purity. The rewards are worth the effort.