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10 Natural Remedies For A Urinary Tract Infection

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Natural Remedies For A Urinary Tract Infection

Do You Ever Find It Ironic . . .

That the side effects of some prescription medications are worse than the conditions they’re supposed to treat? Seriously, what man wants to stop hair loss only to grow breasts? What woman trying to cure acne wants to grow hair on her face? And that little blue pill? Turns out the men that take it may stop seeing that particular color altogether, or else see it on everything!

Of course, not all side effects are quirky twists that make us want to say “WHAT???” Some are serious, even if their effects may not be apparent for a long time. For example, we now know that our bodies may never fully recover from antibiotic use, and that the loss may extend to future generations. And in cases when they’re really needed antibiotics are starting to fail us due to to the rise of resistant strains.

So what can we do? Of course the first thing is to not prescribe medications unnecessarily. In the case of urinary tract infections, they are sometimes necessary to avoid kidney damage, BUT before I went that route here’s what I’d try first:

#1 ~ D~Mannose

Found in cranberries, blueberries, apples, and even birch trees, d-mannose is a simple sugar that acts as a magnet for e. coli, the most common cause of UTI’s. Because it is indigestible to us it simply grabs as much e. coli as it can and then flushes through the body without affecting our blood sugar. The best part? It’s considered safe for pregnant women, nursing mothers and children if consumed in moderate amounts. (source)

How to choose a D-Mannose supplement: Though I’m usually a fan of taking supplements in their whole form, D-Mannose is most effective as a concentrate. Natural D-Mannose is derived from corn, potatoes or birch/beech wood using a solvent-free separation process and is a white, sweet  powder. It has no known side effects. On the other hand, synthetically produced D-Mannose may use potentially harmful chemicals in its manufacture. I recommend taking this in powder form to avoid potential GMO additives.

Contraindications: D-Mannose can bind to sperm, so couples that are trying to conceive should avoid this supplement. Also, D-Mannose only works for infections related to e. coli. If another strain is the issue it will not have a therapeutic effect.

Natural Remedies For Urinary Tract Infection#2 ~ Cranberry Extract

Cranberry extract works well as a preventative measure because it prevents e. coli from attaching to bladder wall and urinary tract lining. It can also be used to assist D-Mannose in flushing out e. coli. Though pure cranberry juice with no added sugar is a good second choice, the naturally occurring fructose it contains will diminish it’s healing properties. (Where to buy cranberry extract)

Natural Remedies For Urinary Tract Infection#3 ~ Probiotics

Actually, I recommend the whole trifecta for intestinal health that Weston A. Price chapter leader Katherine Atkinson mentions here. Fem-Dophilus by Jarrow may be a good choice for short-term use because it contains two strains of bacteria specifically designed to help with UTI’s.

10 Natural Remedies For A Urinary Tract Infection#4 ~ Natural Vitamin C

Vitamin C stimulates immune function by increasing our levels of interferon, a protein which block the replication of pathogenic microbes. (source)

How To Choose A Vitamin C Supplement: About 99% of all vitamin C products on the market today are synthetically made ascorbic acid or something similar, and some studies show that these synthetic versions can actually weaken the mitochondria and possibly cause kidney stones. (source) Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to tell what’s what just by reading labels:

Almost all of the vitamin C in supplements is made in a laboratory, despite labeling that implies otherwise. For example, the label might say, “ascorbic acid from sago palm.” Dextrose, a form of sugar that contains no vitamin C at all, is extracted from sago palm and used as the base molecular material for a complex laboratory process that synthesizes vitamin C. Or the label might say “vitamin C derived from the finest natural sources.” True, but the vitamin C was synthesized. It might also say “with rose hips and acerola,” which are then used as the base material for the tablet or capsule. But a tablet of rose hips or acerola can contain only about forty milligrams of truly natural vitamin C; the rest is synthesized.

Ron Schmid, ND ~ Dietary Supplements: What The Industry Does Not Want You To Know

When looking for a quality Vitamin C supplement I recommend you look for something in which the Vitamin C is derived from 100% rose hip or acerola powder. If you are unable to find the powder you may be able to find rose hip tea. (Note: Rose hips are recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, there is not much research on acerola powder so talk to your trusted healthcare provider before using it)

Here’s the naturally derived, non-GMO Vitamin C powder I use. However, when I’m pregnant/nursing a newborn I opt for rose hip tea instead.

Natural Remedies For A Urinary Tract Infection#5 ~ Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar – preferably raw with “the mother” culture – is thought to help flush out bacteria by dislodging “clingy” bacteria from the urinary tract. (Where to buy apple cider vinegar)

10 Natural Remedies For A Urinary Tract Infection#6 ~ Fermented Cod Liver Oil

Unlike industrially processed cod liver oil, fermented cod liver oil is rich in naturally occurring vitamins A & D.

“Vitamin D, it turns out, is necessary for the production of anti-microbial peptides, substances that fight off infection-causing bacteria, fungi, and viruses when these pathogens try to move into organs and through mucous membranes.” Some of these peptides, called cathelicidins, work specifically in the bladder. (source) Vitamin A helps cells maintain their integrity, making them for resistant to bacterial infection. (source)

Read more about fermented cod liver oil here. Find fermented cod liver oil here.

# 7 ~ Homeopathic Remedies

The five most popular remedies for UTI’s are:

Joette Calabrese, HMC,CCH,RSHom has covered everything you need to know about them here.

And A Few More Things . .

Like take showers instead of baths (#8), wear loose, cotton underwear (#9), and DRINK LOTS OF WATER!!! (#10).

What I Didn’t Include: Baking Soda

Though baking soda won’t cure a UTI, it will lower the pH of urine so that it doesn’t burn. Though pain relief is a good thing and possibly appropriate at times, some folks think it’s a better idea to raise pH and kill the pathogenic microbes rather than lower it and ease discomfort.

 So There You Go!

Ten remedies that won’t give you green spots, make you sprout a third eye or lower your voice 3 octaves, but just may do wonders for your UTI! Did I miss anything? Let me know what’s worked for you in the comments below!


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112 Responses to 10 Natural Remedies For A Urinary Tract Infection

  1. Linda says:

    I have a male cat that keeps having UTI problems (getting plugged up) and I’ve used UTI Free for cats & dogs with great success. However, it’s very expensive and out of my price range. He’s having problems again and I can’t afford much of anything at this stage of the game.

    Does anybody know of any natural remedies or if the remedies mentioned here would be good for him as well?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Charzie says:

      If he’s been neutered, urinary system issues are a very common problem in cats which can also involve the kidneys, we lost a beloved cat to it. A low ash cat food is supposed to help long term, (at least that’s what they said back then), but for an actual infection, I honestly don’t know, *best to check* first, since humans and cats often have very different needs. Google “male neutered cats and UTIs” or similar, and see what you come up with. Sorry I can’t be of help, best of luck!

    • Marie says:

      Have you ever heard about colloidal silver? I give often to my cats for any kind of problem, She had UTI a few months ago, and I cured her with Colloidal..
      You can order on amazon:)

  2. jenny says:

    Ive tried many products recommended by my naturopath. But my bladder infections were becoming unbearable. Antibiotics are what got me into this mess in the first place!

    I took the Lady Soma Cranberry Pills full dose each day for about a week, I felt less inflammation in my gut and food felt easier to digest. It’s been a couple weeks now, and I’m feeling overall less fatigued and having fewer headaches. Meanwhile, I haven’t changed anything else in my daily routine.

  3. Linda says:

    Here’s something I’d suggest you research. Milk Thistle. Just 2 weeks ago I saved my cat’s life by giving this liver detoxifier (with NO alcohol) to him. He had stopped eating for about a week going from 11 to 8.5 lbs and the vet told me his liver and kidney’s were shutting down. After only one day he started eating again and he’s beginning to put weight back on again (and is feisty as ever!) I know you’re referring to your bladder, however, maybe if you start by detoxifying your liver, it will have a positive affect on your bladder as well. Hope this helps.

  4. Rhiannon says:

    How do you take the Apple Cider Vinegar? Straight as is…or do you put a tablespoon or two in pure water?

  5. diane says:

    What is a good source for D-Mannose, and what is the appropriate daily dosage? When I click on “source” it sent me to a medical website.

  6. Jaye says:

    Also wanting to know dosage of ACV…

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