Urinary tract infections are the second most common infection afflicting people around the globe, accounting for 8.3 million doctor visits annually. Infections are most often caused by the multitude of bacteria from the intestinal tract, which migrate to the opening of the uretha and begin to multiply. The uretha is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside the body. Normally, urine is sterile. It is free of bacteria, viruses, and fungi, but it does contain fluids, salts and waste products. Most infections arise from one type of bacteria, Escherichia coli (E. Coli) which normally lives in the colon. However, there are other microorganisms, which can cause UTIs.
It is important to be aware of the symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections (UTI):
* Frequent Urination
* Burning Sensation
* Pain in Uretha
* Women: Pressure above Pubic Bone
* Men: Pressure above Rectum
* Urine appears Milky or Cloudy
* Urine appears Reddish if blood is present
Normally, an UTI does not cause fever, if it is in the bladder or uretha. A fever means that the infection has reached the kidneys. Other symptoms of a kidney infection, include pain in the back or side below the ribs, nausea or vomiting.
* Catheters (used, when people are bedridden or can’t void, may contain bacteria)’
* Kidney Stones, which obstruct the flow of urine.
* Women face greater risk due to shorter uretha
* Diaphragms used for birth control
* Women whose partners use condoms with spermicidal foam have greater E. Coli growth
UTIs may occur in infants, both boys and girls, who are born with abnormalities of the urinary tract, which sometimes requires surgery. UTIs are more rare in boys and young men. In adult women, though, the rate of UTIs increases with age. One factor is that the woman’s urethal opening is near sources of bacteria from the anus and vagina – this is thought to be the reason that more women than men get UTIs. Another cause is thought to be sexual intercourse, which can trigger infections. Although, E. Coli bacteria are the cause of 80-90% of UTIs, there are other types of bacteria that can cause an UTI.
If a UTI is caused by E. Coli, which is the case up to 90% of the time, there is a simple solution, which I will cover. If it is caused by other bacteria, then other solutions may be necessary. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it may be necessary for you to go to your health provider for lab work to check out what type of bacteria are causing your problem. Diagnosis is made based on lab tests. A urine sample is collected and processed to see if there is evidence of white/red blood cells, bacteria or infection.
In order for a woman to avoid E. Coli infection, it is important to always wipe from front to back, after having an elimination. Otherwise, wiping the fecal matter can transfer bacteria to the area near the uretha and cause an infection. If one is at home it is also good to use warm soapy water to cleanse one’s bottom, or invest in a bidet, which uses a water spray to cleanse, after an elimination.
Microorganisms, such as, Chlamydia and Mycoplasma may also cause UTIs in both men and women, but unlike E. Coli, they may be sexually transmitted. They can infect both partners; requiring that both be treated to avoid future re-infection. If a person’s immune system is strong, it may prevent infection. Avoiding acid-forming foods can strengthen the immune system. The urinary system is structured in such a way that helps ward off infection. The ureters and bladder normally prevent urine from backing up toward the kidneys, and the flow of urine from the bladder helps wash bacteria out of the body. In men, the prostate gland produces secretions that slow bacterial growth. In both sexes, immune defenses also prevent infections. But despite these safeguards, infections still occur.
Doctors suggest additional steps a woman can take on her own to avoid an infection:
* Drink plenty of water – so the urine will be lighter in color – and not so acidic.
* Urinate, when you feel the urge; don’t resist the urge to urinate.
* Wipe from back to front to prevent bacteria around the anus from entering the vagina or uretha.
* Take showers instead of tub baths.
* Cleanse the genital area with warm soapy water before sexual intercourse.
* Avoid using feminine hygiene sprays and scented douches, which may irritate the uretha.
* Only use sanitary napkins or tampons made of 100% cotton. Most contain less than 1%.
The urinary system consists of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and uretha. The key elements in the system are the kidneys, a pair of purplish-brown organs located below the ribs toward the middle of the back. The kidneys remove excess liquid and wastes from the blood in the form of urine, keep a stable balance of salts and other substances in the blood, and produce a hormone that aids the formation of red blood cells. Narrow tubes called ureters carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder, a sack-like organ in the lower abdomen. Urine is stored in the bladder and emptied through the uretha. UTIs can impede the flow of urine, but leave one feeling a need to urinate continuously; even though the flow is scanty.
The average adult passes about a quart and a half of urine each day. The amount of urine varies, depending on the fluids and foods a person consumes. The volume formed at night is about half that formed in the daytime. In order to avoid UTIs it is imperative that people drink sufficient water In order to keep the urine from becoming dark yellow. It needs to be almost clear. Vitamins can cause it to appear more yellow.
D-Mannose for UTI Prevention and Treatment: What is D-Mannose? It is simply a sugar that is similar to glucose (a component of table sugar) and a natural substance found in our bodies, particularly in the urine. It is a very effective home remedy that helps prevent and treat UTIs. D-Mannose is found in cranberries, pineapple and some other plants. It can also be derived from birch or beech wood hydrolysate.
How does D-Mannose work to treat or prevent UTIs? D-Mannose passes through our bodies mostly unchanged, with the rest being excreted in the urine. When it reaches the walls of the urinary tract, the D-Mannose molecules attach to certain target spots that would normally be occupied by the bacteria causing UTI. In other words, the D-Mannose molecules dislodge the bacteria from the infected spots, which helps clear up the bacterial infection. The displaced bacteria is washed out of the body by our urine.
The catch is this – D-Mannose seems to only work for the E. coli bacteria; there are other types of bacteria that cause an UTI. The good news is that E. coli causes a majority (about 80-90%) of the cases of urinary tract infections. If D-Mannose does not seem to be working for you, then you can assume that your UTI may be caused by a non-E. coli bacteria and an alternative treatment option should be considered.
Where can D-Mannose be purchased? What is the recommended dosage for D-Mannose? D-Mannose can be purchased in health food stores or in some compounding pharmacies. It is also available on the internet. D-Mannose is available on the market as a capsule or powder. I checked it out at a local health food store and the capsule seemed to have less additives than the powder. I bought some for a friend who had a problem. It took 5 days to work, before all the friend’s symptoms disappeared. She started using unsweetened cranberry juice along with the D-Mannose and this helped speed up the process. Two days later, she felt like her old self again. Perhaps the powder would have worked faster than the capsules.
The only D-Mannose I found available in the health food store was manufactured by Solaray. It also contained CranActin (cranberry extract). It only recommended two daily, but my friend used 2 in the morning and 2 at night.
The information I found on the internet regarding a typical dosing regimen treating a UTI using a powder would be : Dissolve one teaspoon in a liquid and take every 3 to 4 hours for 2 or 3 days. To prevent a UTI, a common guideline, is dissolve one teaspoon of powder in a liquid and drink it once daily.
It stated that a capsule form may have directions like: Take one to two capsules by mouth twice daily with water. Note: These directions are going to vary from person to person and depend on the strength of the product that is purchased.
The right diet is very important, because acid forming foods contribute to a more acidic urine. One has to avoid processed grains, such as, bread, pasta, cereals primarily; and eat more alkaline foods, such as, fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables also contain the best water available. Eating an abundance of them will also help prevent UTIs from occurring. Remember: A strong immune system is created by avoiding foods, beverages and substances, which break the immune system down.
Is it okay to take D-Mannose, if you have diabetes? Yes, because D-Mannose goes pretty much straight to your urinary tract (unlike glucose, which is metabolized). It will not affect your blood sugar levels.Check: www.getpharmacyadvice.com/d-mannose-for-uti-prevention-and-treatment/ Since D-Mannose is not regulated by the FDA, is it safe to take? So far, it appears that D-Mannose is a safe alternative to your traditional antibiotics. A couple side effects could be loose stools and bloating.
How did I find out about D-Mannose? I had read about it awhile back in a doctor’s newsletter. When I looked for more information, I found sources on the internet, which I will list at the bottom of this blog.
I can’t give you definitive information on what to do, if the problem with UTI is caused by bacteria other than E. coli. It is my personal opinion, but I would search for an alternative health provider that wasn’t promoting six months of antibiotics. I have spoken with people who tried this treatment and it wiped out their natural immunity and made their condition worse. I know that antibiotics create drug resistant bacteria…and that I would seek a blood purifier that didn’t destroy all the flora in the intestines.
I have read that ultra high injections of vitamin C can cleanse the blood of toxins, such as rattler venom without the side effects that can occur from using anti-venom. There has to be better answers than using antibiotics for six months or longer. The reason that D-Mannose is so good for treating UTIs – caused by E. coli bacteria – it doesn’t kill healthy bacteria nor disrupt normal body flora.
If the D-Mannose and unsweetened pure cranberry juice doesn’t work, search for an alternative doctor who will work with you to eradicate this problem. Have the necessary tests done to determine which bacteria are responsible…and make sure that along with the treatment recommended that you follow a specific diet that will not stress your immune system.