Urinary tract infections are most common in women; however, men can get them as well. A urinary tract infection causes painful urination, abdominal pain, fever, foul-smelling urine and even blood in the urine. If not treated, it can lead to kidney failure. There are many causes of urinary tract infection, with the most common being exposure to staphylococcus or streptococcus bacteria. Other factors include poor diet and exposure to E.coli. Allergies to spermicide and contraceptives can also cause urinary tract infections in womenAntibiotics are often prescribed to treat the infection; however, overusing antibiotics often has a reverse effect. Natural and herbal remedies have been known to treat and prevent urinary tract infections. A 30-day diet of natural foods and herbs is recommended.
Remove acidic foods from your diet if you have a urinary tract infection. Foods such as chicken, peanuts, fish, organ meats and bread will cause an excessive amount of uric acid to form in the blood, making your infection difficult to treat. Replace these foods with non-acidic items like almonds, carrots, celery, apples, peaches, lettuce, oatmeal and grapes.
Drink a 12-oz. glass of pure cranberry juice 1 hour before breakfast. To properly treat your urinary tract infection, it is important that you cleanse your bladder and kidneys. Cranberry juice is helpful in ridding the bladder and kidneys of harmful bacteria that cause urinary tract infections. See our article "How to Cleanse Your Bladder and Kidneys" (follow the link in Resources).
Drink a 10-oz. glass of tomato juice between breakfast and lunch. Tomato juice is a powerful alkalizing supplement that will help balance your pH level. Tomatoes are often thought of as highly acidic; however, they begin to neutralize your pH level soon after they are digested.
Drink 1 cup of watermelon-seed tea with lunch and dinner. Watermelon-seed tea is a mild but effective diuretic that promotes normal and active bladder and kidney function. This is will help you digest your food and flush your system of toxins.
Drink 1 cup of bladder/kidney cleansing tea 1 hour before bedtime. There are many brands of cleansing teas on the market. Renal Cleansing Tea is a powerful tea that is sold in most health-food stores. Cleansing tea is rich in Juniper berries, corn silk, peppermint leaves and dandelion leaves, which will help you flush your system and digest your food as you sleep.
Take a brisk walk each day. Walking will help get your kidneys working. While you walk, keep yourself hydrated with spring water. Let yourself sweat, but don't deprive yourself of fluid.
Sit in a sauna for 30 minutes at least once during your cleanse. Saunas are wonderful ways to release toxins and unwanted fluids through perspiration. If you don't have access to a sauna, a hot sitz bath followed by a cold shower will help you. Avoid over-the-counter soaps with large amounts of oil. Clean your pores thoroughly.
Stretch before you start your day and before going to bed each night. Proper stretching will help you get moving in the morning and relax you before you go to bed.
Take three grapefruit-extract capsules daily, one with each meal. Grapefruit extract will help control the infection. Take at least five Cantharsis 30c pellets each day. Cantharsis is a powerful homeopathic remedy that attacks tissues damaged by infection. It is said to alleviate pain and infection almost instantly in some cases. Take at least 3,000mg to 5,000mg of vitamin C each day. Drink at least eight to 10 glasses of water each day.
Avoid smoking. Smoking robs the body of oxygen. Do not take herbal supplements in conjunction with antibiotics without proper guidance. Refer to your herb guide or contact a herbalist. This article is in no way to be considered medical advice. If you have questions about specific dietary or lifestyle changes, consult your doctor or other other health-care professional. If you feel extremely ill, contact your doctor or dial 911.