There’s nothing like another urinary tract infection to make me wish I was a man.
Men just don’t seem to get UTIs do they? Unknowingly, Most of them skip one of the most uncomfortable (and painful) ailments to experience.
It usually starts with a sudden and frequent need to visit the potty. When you get there, you only can squeeze a little bit of urine, followed by a painful burning sensation in your bladder and/or urethra.
In more extreme cases you may end up with fever, chills, back pain, and even blood in your urine.
And so it goes on for days, until you give up and run to the doctor to get your antibiotics.
Your doctor happily gives you the prescription, but he/she does not tell you that taking them actually raises your chance of getting another UTI, sooner or later.
Fortunately, you don’t need pharmaceuticals antibiotics to clear your bladder infection.
Here you’ll find the top 3 most effective (science-based) natural antibiotics for UTI.
Using them may not only heal your UTI, but prevent your next one and boost your overall health – Without any side effects.
Why You Get a UTI and Your Husband/Boyfriend Doesn’t
Did you know? UTIs are the second most common reason people visit their doctor every year.
And by “people” I mean women.
More than 8 million women head to their doctor for UTI treatment annually. And 20 percent of them will get a second UTI (and a third and a forth…).
The 2 reasons women are the “lucky” ones are:
1. Women have shorter urethras.
2. Men have a magic weapon against UTIs. Their prostate gland “shoots” a bacterial growth inhibitor directly into their urinary system.
(Sigh) it’s probably the only reason I would ever wish to have a prostate.
What Causes Urinary Tract Infections (Hint: It’s Always Inside You)
Most UTIs (90% to be exact) are caused by the Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria, which is normally found in your intestinal tract.
Problems only arise when it is present in high numbers in places where it shouldn’t be — Like your urinary system.
E. coli is typically a normal part of your gut flora but sometimes it’s accidentally transferred to the bladder through “lapses” in optimal hygiene.
When normal E. coli gets into your urinary tract and multiplies, you experience the usual signs and symptoms of a UTI.
But if it’s in your urine, why doesn’t the body just flush it out when we urinate?
This is because the cell walls of each E. coli are covered with tiny fingerlike projections called fimbria3 allowing them to “stick” to the inner walls of your bladder and even work their way upward to your urethra and kidneys.
Because they stick to your urinary organs, they can’t simply be washed out.
This means that the ultimate way to clear a bladder infection is to PREVENT the little buggers from sticking to your bladder walls.
The #1 Reason to Avoid Pharmaceutical Antibiotics for UTIs
As I mentioned above, the E.coli bacteria that causes your UTI is normal part of a healthy gut flora.
Antibiotics will kill them all together, along with more types of good bacteria you need to have in your gut, setting you up for fungal infections, diarrhea, and other digestive problems.
And, as I mentioned in my previous post – The Complete List of Natural Antibiotics – There are more reasons to avoid pharmaceutical antibiotics:
1. Many antibiotics have terrible side effects and can cause dangerous allergic reactions.
2. Antibiotics weaken (at least temporarily) your immune system. This means you will prone for a second, third and forth UTI in the near and unpleasant future.
And I guess you already know about the other dangers of weak immunity.
3. Antibiotics are highly overused in humans and pets, as well as in livestock, and this careless overuse has created antibiotic-resistant superbugs like MRSA and antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis.
4. Using unnecessary antibiotics with children prevents them from developing their own natural defenses as their immune systems develop.
But occasionally, despite preventative measures, a kidney infection can develop. If you suspect you have a kidney infection—especially if you have a fever – See your doctor immediately.
The 3 Most Effective Natural Antibiotics for UTI
The majority of urinary tract infections can be cured when symptoms first arise, or prevented altogether by using these science-backed natural antibiotics for UTIs:
1. Cranberries / Blueberries
I’m sure you’ve heard about the benefits of Cranberry Juice for urinary tract health. But up until recently, no one knew how exactly it works.
Now a group of researchers believe they found the answer:
Specific compounds in cranberries inhibit the adherence of E.coli bacteria to the uroepithelial cells.
These compounds won’t let the E.coli stick to your bladder walls (and start the pain-party).
But before you run and buy Cranberry Juice, WAIT.
What many studies fail to mention is that most cranberry juice is loaded with fructose, a monosaccharide (simple sugar) that can potentially lead to health problems.
So, in effect, you are trading good urinary health for blood sugar instability, stress on your liver, and increased uric acid levels that can raise your blood pressure.
Not a great trade-off.
The good news is that the most beneficial component for fighting a UTI in Cranberries has been identified and isolated – And that is “D-Mannose”.
D-mannose can be derived from berries, peaches, apples, and some other plants. Pure D-mannose is amazingly 10-50 times stronger than cranberry, non-toxic and completely safe, with NO adverse effects. (Source: Dr. Mercola)
Instead of drinking the sugary Cranberry juice you can get the active ingredient, without the damaging metabolic consequences.
D-Mannose is not a drug. It’s a naturally occurring sugar, closely related to glucose and you even produce it in your body.
Only very small amounts of D-mannose are metabolized, so it doesn’t interfere with blood sugar regulation (it won’t raise your blood sugar levels!).
Most of the D-mannose is filtered through your kidneys and routed to your bladder, then quickly excreted in your urine.
It doesn’t kill any good bacteria or bad bacteria. It simply prevents the E.coli from sticking to your bladder and cause trouble.
If you suffer from chronic UTIs, you can take a daily dose of one teaspoon of D-Mannose for prevention. If you feel a UTI coming on, it’s fine to increase the dosage to one teaspoon every few hours – For a natural and speedy relief.
2. Goldenseal / Oregon Grape
There’s a good reason that Goldenseal is one of the 5 best-selling herbal products in the United States.
(And it’s not the rumor that it can mask drug use during urine tests – Research is inconclusive about that…)
Goldenseal is a potent natural antibiotic, which like Cranberries contains the active ingredient (berberine) that prevents bacteria from adhering to your cell walls.
Goldenseal tastes awful, so I would recommend you to take in capsule form or in extract form so you can mix it with water.
Important: Goldenseal, like its good “friend” Echinacea, can not be taken for more than 2 weeks.
This means that Goldenseal is best for acute UTIs, but not for prevention, since you can’t take it more than 2 weeks.
Also, if you are taking any medication, consult your doctor about possible counter interactions. Avoid if you are pregnant o nursing.
Recommended – Herb Pharm Goldenseal Extract
On the other hand, using Oregon Grape (which also contains berberine) is not limited to 2 weeks.
Oregon Grape can be taken via capsules, tablets, liquid tinctures or you can just make tea from it.
Horseradish is such a powerful natural antibiotic for bladder infections, that the German Commission E (The german equivalent of the FDA) has approved it as an adjunct natural treatment to prescription drugs for UTIs.
In Japan it’s called “wassabi” and if you’re like me, you can’t imagine sushi without it.
The active ingredients in Horseradish concentrate in the urine, and therefore deliver antibiotic effects to the bladder.
These ingredients can also activate specific enzymes that help to keep toxins from accumulating in the bladder.
Horseradish is also diuretic, which means it helps the body eliminate urine, so bacteria or inflammatory agents get flushed out sooner and better.
For example, this study has found that a combination of extracts from horseradish and nasturtium (Watercress) has cleared the subjects’ UTI just as effectively as pharmaceutical antibiotics – Without the side effects or killing good bacteria.
Since I couldn’t find a supplement that combines the two, I suggest you try taking a pure Horseradish extract (if you can’t just eat it).
Again, check with your doctor first if you are taking any medication, and avoid if you are pregnant or nursing.
Natural UTI Antibiotics – Bottom Line
Natural antibiotics for UTI work in a different, better and safer way to eliminate UTIs and more importantly – Prevent reccurance in the future.
The key treating a UTI naturally is to NOT try to kill the E.coli, but to prevent it from sticking to your bladder cell walls and flush it out when you (painfully) urine.
Through my research (and personal experience) – D-Mannose is the best alternative to antibiotics for UTIs.
It’s a naturally occurring sugar, it doesn’t spike blood sugar levels like Cranberry juice, you can take it regularly (and safely) for prevention and it works amazingly well.
I would really love to hear what other people have experienced with these natural cures for UTI. Share your experience in the comments below, will you?:)
To your health & happiness,
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