A urinary tract infection is a bacterial infection of the urethra,
ureters, kidneys, or bladder. An infection of the bladder, which is called
cystitis, is the most common type of urinary tract infection.
Urethritis, or infection of the urethra, is also very common, and may occur either on its own or in combination with cystitis.
If a person has a urinary tract infection, they may experience a burning pain
urinating, and the urine may be
bad smelling, dark, even bloody. It is common to feel like
urinating a lot, but get rid of only a small amount amount of urine each time.
Other symptoms include: abdominal pain,
backache, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and/or irritability.
Due to the female urinary tract structure, UTIs are more common in women than
men. The urethra is the small tube that drains urine from the bladder and out of the body. In the female body, the urethra lies close to the rectum and vagina. Bacteria from the lower intestine or vagina thus can easily migrate to and travel up the urethra into the bladder. In fact, this happens quite frequently, but it does not usually result in infection. First, urination washes the bacteria out of the body. Second, the lining of the bladder resists the invasion of bacteria, and urine itself is
bacteriostatic, meaning that it inhibits bacterial growth. If these natural defense mechanisms are not
successful bladder infection can result. In more serious
cases, bacteria continue to migrate from the bladder, up through the
ureters, and into the kidneys, causing inflammation or infection of
Factors that increase risk of a UTI or urinary tract infection
include: constipation, poor
diet / malnutrition, and sexual intercourse. Women who
using a diaphragm for birth control are at higher risk. Even the chemicals in bubble baths and the scents and dyes in some toilet tissue can cause local irritation that leads to an infection. Recurrent UTIs can be a sign of a structural problem in the urinary tract system that causes reflux to occur. That is, the urine moves back up through the urethra to the bladder, and sometimes into the kidneys, instead of moving out of the body.
This reflux creates a great environment for bacterial growth.
Urinary tract infections are not common in men so it is important to have a complete medical
checkup, including ultrasound and x-rays. In women, urinary tract infections are
fairly common, and do not always signal a severe health problem.
But, if a woman experiences
2 or 3 episodes within a few months, she should be
checked for a anatomical abnormalities or other possible
problems. If you develop a urinary tract infection, it is important to have it treated
completely, so that it does not spread to your kidneys. To determine whether or not an infection is present, and which specific bacteria are involved, your doctor will recommend both a urinalysis and urine culture. You may be tested again after treatment to be certain that the treatment was successful.
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CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL TREATMENT
Urinary tract infection are treated with antibiotics. Most antibiotics are excreted through the urinary tract, so they make their way to the site of the infection on
the way out of the body, killing the organism responsible for the infection. Treatment of
simple cystitis normally is not complicated and consists of a short
1 to 3 day course of antibiotics. A persistent infection may need a longer course of treatment, up to
10 days. However, be careful because antibiotics can have a variety of side effects, including allergic reactions,
diarrhea, upset stomach, and intestinal or
vaginal yeast infections. An
alternative is an herbal antibiotic with echinacea, goldren
seal, astragalus, and others (See Immunity)
As always good diet and nutritional supplementation can help
to both prevent and heal urinary tract infection and
associated health issues. A good colon cleansing that also
helps to restore the "good" bacteria is also very
Other Changes To Make
drink 6-8 glasses of steam distilled or
filtered water a day
eat 50% raw fruits and vegetables (organic is best)
nuts, seeds, and whole grains are good
juice is good (make your
own with a juice machine)
do not worry as much about calories as eating the right foods
carrot and celery sticks are good to use as a snack
a colon cleansing can be very helpful - (do several times each year)
do not drink coffee, alcohol, soda pop, other junk food drinks
do not eat processed foods white sugar, white flour, etc...
use stress relief like going for walks in the park
(or the 10/90 rule - see
brown rice is good to eat
avoid red meat and animal fats
reduce dairy products cheese, milk, and others
fast a few days a month
get at least 8 hours of sleep
exercise light to moderate amounts
avoid artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and NutraSweet
do not smoke and avoid second hand smoke
do not skip meals - just eat better and not as much at each meal
do not chew gum - it can cause you to feel hungry
do not watch too much TV try reading a book or something else