Urinary Tract Infection: Alternative Regimen to Antibiotics
Did you know that 50-60% of women are prone to getting a urinary tract infection (UTI) in their lifetime? The ratio of women to men that develop UTI is 8:1, which is shocking because the urinary tract is usually sterile. The pathogen that causes UTI in a significant number of individuals is called Escherichia coli, otherwise known as E. coli. The reason for the higher ration of women developing UTI is due to the urethra being shorter. There are 6 classifications of UTI:
1. Uncomplicated infection - normal urinary tract
2. Complicated infection - infection in an abnormal urinary tract like backward flow of urine to kidneys from bladder or kidney stones or blockage in ureters tube(s)
3. Isolated infection - first episode or 6 months apart of UTI
4. Unresolved infection - failed therapy due to 2 different bacteria or bacteria are resistant
5. Reinfection - same pathogen regrows two weeks after therapy or different microorganism grows
6. Relapse - within 2 weeks of therapy the same microorganism causes an UTI
There are other pathogens like Proteus mirabilis, Staphylococcus saprophyticus, Staphylococcus epidermidis and Klebsiella pneumonia that can cause UTI. Individuals with diabetes more commonly infections are caused by group B streptococcus and Klebsiella. Whereas catheterised individuals develop pseudomonas infections.
Common symptoms are frequent urination, burning sensation, pain, cloudy urine or an odor. Drink plenty of water to encourage urination to help eliminate bacteria. Avoid sugar and reduce animal protein consumption. Also, eliminate caffeine as it contributes to pain by contracting bladder muscles.
Probiotics can help protect against UTI with beneficial bacteria. Cranberry juice contains tannin or proanthocyanidin that reduces colonization of E.coli in the vagina, but can no longer can be recommended for a preventative of UTI, as the updated Cochran review claimed the benefits of cranberry juice to prevent are very small. Although, cranberry has been shown to be beneficial for reoccurring UTI. Biotheraputic drainage: urinary tract support is "ideal for symptoms of urinary tract conditions including inflammation of the mucosal membranes in the urinary passage" according Seroyal. Biotheraputic drainage is different then detox because detox can stress the body and sometimes pushing it to the upper limits in order to remove toxins. Whereas Biotherapeutic drainage doesn't stress the body and is gentle at a cellular level within the body's normal capacity to eliminate toxins. I highly recommend this product along with probiotics for UTI by Genestra, as it contains the L.gasseri bacteria, cranberry fruit extract with over 20 years in clinical evidence.
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