Water Works, UTIs

Problems with the urinary system are extremely common, and your local health can help with a variety of natural products.

Anyone who has suffered from a urinary tract infection (UTI) or other urinary problems will know that it can be extremely uncomfortable. Jürgen Denzinger of Remedies in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford says that people find talking about UTIs and other urinary problems embarrassing, but “generally speaking health stores have heard it all before, and helped.” So don’t be shy, explain your problems and let your local health store help you.

According to Jürgen, in his experience it is “mostly women who would complain about UTIs like cystitis. Men are more likely to have prostate problems, which can lead to UTIs and prostatitis.

“The most popular remedy for cystitis is cranberry, which is available in tablet or capsule form,” says Jürgen. “Cranberries are also available dried, fresh or as pure organic juice. It is important that the juice contains no sugar or artificial sweeteners, because sugar is a known breeding ground for bacteria. Drinking at least two litres of plain water every day can also help to flush out bacteria. Herbal teas may help to support the urinary tract – dandelion is a very good choice due to its diuretic action known for centuries.”

Jürgen recommends a number of remedies that can also help:
Goldenrod – has a diuretic action. It has been shown to have important anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and antiseptic actions.
Birch leaves and Horsetail – rich in silicea and can help to strengthen the urinary system.
Cantharis – very effective at easing the burning sensation when urinating.
According to Jürgen, “the overall effect of herbs and food supplements is generally positive for symptoms of UTIs, such as restricted urine flow, a burning sensation and getting up many times in the night.”

He advises that “chronic or re-occuring UTIs can be sexually related, especially in younger women, and should be addressed differently, by consulting a qualified homeopath.”

“It is important to note,” says Jürgen, “that most UTIs shouldn’t last more than ten days. If they do, you should consult a healthcare practitioner. If blood is present in the urine, you should see a qualified professional. Prostate enlargement needs to be diagnosed by a doctor.”

Kegel exercises
Many women find that after childbirth their pelvic floor muscles can be weakened and jumping, laughing or coughing can lead to a small amount of urine leaking. Kegel or pelvic floor exercises are the answer. Here’s how to do them:
To find out whether you are squeezing the correct muscles, sit on the toilet, urinate, then squeeze the muscles to stop urinating, hold them for a few seconds then relax. You should feel a pull if you are using the correct muscles. Once you have found your pelvic floor, hold in the muscles for a count of ten, then release for the same time, before repeating. Try to do ten Kegels every morning, afternoon and evening and in a few weeks you should notice an improvement.

Natural tips for healthy water works
Magnesium – a mineral that can help muscles to completely empty the bladder. Bananas and potatoes are a good source, or take a supplement.
Blueberries ¬ help to prevent bacteria breeding in your urinary system. Take as an unsweetened juice or shot.
Acidophilus – a probiotic that helps to keep unfriendly bacteria at bay. Available in chewable tablets.
Stop smoking – many smokers have a frequent cough which can weaken the pelvic floor muscles.
Acupuncture – can help urinary problems like incontinence.
Drinks lots of water – to flush out your bladder of any unfriendly bacteria.
Wear loose cotton pants rather than man-made fibres.
Do not sit around in a wet swimming costume after swimming.

NB: All information contained in article above is for guidance only and does not replace advise from a qualified healthcare professional. Please do refer to our code of ethics.

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