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Natural cure for bladder infection

Updated on July 28, 2009

A bladder infection is reasonable easy to spot. You constantly feel like you need to pee and when you do go to the bathroom either nothing comes out or it is very painful.

Half of all women will have a bladder infection in their lifetime and 20% will have multiple infections, which can mean a couple in a year’s time. This makes bladder infections the most common infection today.

In this article we will look at some natural cures for bladder infection.

So, how do bladder infections happen?

Bladder infections are caused by E. coli bacteria. It moves from a woman’s vagina to her urethra (The urethra is the tube through which urine flows from your bladder). It then moves into the bladder. It’s really the urine in the bladder that gets infected and irritates the wall of the bladder.

Cranberry juice - natural cure for bladder infections
Cranberry juice - natural cure for bladder infections

Natural cure for bladder infections

Drink lots of fluid: This might sound a little counter intuitive, because the more you drink, the more you have to go to the bathroom and it’s then that you have pain. But the more fluid you drink the more you wash the urine out of your bladder. This thins out the bacteria leading to you getting better sooner. Just drinking lots of fluid is the best natural cure for bladder infection.

Take a hot bath: Bacteria don’t like high temperatures, taking a hot bath can kill quite a few of them off.

Cranberry juice: The beneficial effects of Cranberry juice, is unproven, but many doctors recommend it. The idea is that the juice makes your urine more acidic, this stops the bacteria from sticking to the sides of your bladder, making it easier to wash them out of your system.

Garlic: Mix a spoon full of garlic juice with a spoon of olive oil in warm water. Drink a cup of this before every meal. Garlic is a natural method for killing off bacteria.

Any food with sulfur, acid or vitamin C will help, so eat asparagus, almonds, cashews, spinach, lemons, cranberries, blueberries and oranges.

You could also try the mix of two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of honey in a glass of water once a day in the morning.

Garlic
Garlic

Prevention is better than a cure

Go to the bathroom before and after sex. Doing so washes bacteria out of your system. This is important because sex can push bacteria into the urethra. It is a proven fact that sexually active women are more prone to bladder infection.

When you go to the bathroom doctors recommend that you wipe from the front to the back. Doing it the other way around can move bacteria to the vagina.

Reconsider the diaphragm: If you have repeated bladder infections, and use a diaphragm talk to your doctor about other methods of birth control.

Stay away from strong anti bacterial soaps as they can wipe out all of your bacteria leaving you prone to yeast infections.

I hope that the tips cures and treatments for bladder infections discussed here can help you. If you have any input please leave a comment and share it with us.

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      sord87 

      8 years ago

      thank you for your information,i am looking for this a very long time and glad to find a natural solution for bladder infection,hoping this will at least preventing for more infection up to kidney and so on.

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      Pink 

      8 years ago

      Hi Thanks for this info .Never thought of a hot bath! I find lemon barley water helpful also...Just thought I would share!And a few pairs of ubnderwear to keep the area warm is good too!Cranberry juice of course too !

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      BirteEdwards 

      9 years ago

      I am a strong believer in using natural cures. This one is well written with easy to follow guide lines.

      But please let me never again have to suffer the pains and weakness of a bladder infection

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