Bladder infections (UTI) is caused by bacterial overgrowth in the bladder’s interior walls. It leads to pain during urination, a frequent need to urinate, and fever.
Women generally suffer from bladder infections more than men due to the location of the woman’s urethra.
The most common causes of UTI’s include: sexual intercourse, overconsumption of sugar, pregnancy, antibiotic use, hormone imbalances, and injury to the area.
Top Foods For UTI Relief
Water – Flush the bad bacteria by drinking plenty of water during an infection.
Cranberry juice (natural and sugar-free) – Cranberry prevents bacteria from clinging to the bladder walls.
Blueberries – Blueberries may also help expel bacteria from the bladder.
Garlic – Garlic is highly effective in fighting infections.
Fermented foods – Foods such as natural yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi can help re-colonize the bladder with helpful bacteria.
Foods that Cause Infections
Sugar – Sugar feeds bacteria.
Caffeine – Caffeine is a diuretic which causes dehydration and pain.
Soda – Many women who consume soda (diet and regular) may see an increase in bladder infection therefore it is best to avoid all soda.
Grains – High in carbohydrates grains break down into sugar feeding yeast and bad bacteria growth.
Alcohol – Alcohol increases acid production and may lead to increased pain during urination.
Top 5 Home Remedies For Bladder Infections and UTI
#1 D-mannose (500mg 4x daily)
Prevents bacterial buildup in the bladder.
#2 Oil of Oregano (5 drops 3x daily or 500mg 3x daily)
Oil of oregano is antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral.
#3 Probiotics (50 billion units daily)
Helps increase good bacteria in the bladder and reduces the growth of infection-causing bacteria.
#4 Cranberry (400-500mg 2x daily)
Prevents bacteria from sticking to bladder walls.
#5 Vitamin C (1,000mg 3x daily)
Vitamin C makes the urine more acidic, inhibits the growth of E.coli, and enhances immune function.
Essential Oils For UTI
There are several essential oils that can improve UTI and bladder infections including oregano, clove, and myrrh essential oils. These oils are highly effective because of their anti-bacterial properties.