Bladder Infection (Cystitis)

Janet Nagel

The kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra all word to filter an expel waste material (urine) from the body.  Cystitis (an infection of the bladder), urethritis (infection of urethra) and kidney infections are more common in women.  Bladder infections are characterised by an urgent desire to empty the bladder.  Urination is typically frequent and can be painful.  Often the urine has a strong unpleasant odour and may appear cloudy.  Children with bladder infections often complain of lower abdominal pain and burning sensation while urinating.  There a be blood in the urine which can be a sign of a more serious problem that warrants medical attention.  Bladder infections can lead to kidney infections if left untreated.

Bladder infections can be caused by many factors, including pregnancy, sexual intercourse, diabetes, obstruction of the urinary tract, insufficient water intake, acidic concentration of waste material being expelled, nylon underwear, feminine hygiene sprays, bubble baths, pool chlorine, even bleached tampons or sanitary pads (look for organic cotton) and overwashing, especially with strong soaps.  


Recommended Dietary Changes

There are many herbs that may be effective in clearing an infection before it becomes serious.  These include Cranberry (especially in chronic cases and to prevent), Bearberry, Buchu, Nettle, Dandelion and Hydrangea, amongst others.  Mannatose and colloidal silver can help long term to prevent infections.  Indian Corn Silk can help to strengthen and soothe the bladder lining.  Special pH balanced soaps can be used to wash the vaginal area, to prevent sensitivity from some soaps.

Tips to prevent:

Special pH balanced soaps can be used to wash the vaginal area, to prevent sensitivity from some soaps.

Is is important that probiotics are used during and between infections (especially with antibiotic treatment) to restore the good bacteria that prevents further infections.

Change into dry clothes soon after swimming and avoid sitting in wet bathing suit.

Empty bladder every 2-3 hours and do not hold in for excessive periods

wear cotton underwear

Keep genital and anal areas clean and dry.  Women should wipe from front to back after emptying the bladder or bowels and wash the vagina after sexual intercourse.  Calendula oil can be applied to raw sensitive areas.

Avoid citrus fruits and taking excess zinc and iron supplements until healed.  If a bacterial infection is present, the body stores iron in the liver, spleen, and bone marrow in order to prevent further growth of the bacteria.

Stay away from alcohol, caffeine, carbonated beverages, sugar, coffee, chocolate, refined or processed foods.

Increase water intake to 6-8 glasses per day), and/or herbal teas, such as Buchu, Parsley or Nettle.  Also vegetable juices, especially celery, parsley and cucumber.


Recommended Products

Bhealthy Herbals Cystitis Formula

Good Health Uricleanse

Himalaya Cystone



Readers should not use this information for self-diagnoses or self treatment, but should always consult a medical professional regarding any medical problems and before undertaking any major dietary changes. This information is not meant to be substituted for medical advice.