Ladies. A few weeks ago, I wrote about home remedy treatments for UTIs (urinary tract infections). If you missed it, go read it here, because I spent a lot of time writing it and annoyed a lot of naturopaths to make sure all my knowledge was correct. Now, home remedies are all well and good, but what if you didn’t have to have home remedies, because you never even had a UTI?
That’s what this article is about. Making sure you’re getting everything you need to make sure you don’t have to worry about UTIs. Which, I’m not going to lie, isn’t something you’re really going to be concerned with unless you’ve had a UTI and survived that hell and never want to revisit it. (Or maybe you’re one of those people who learn from other people and are good with a warning, I don’t know…)
Urinary tract infections have multiple sources. From trauma (rough sex) to an overgrowth in candida yeast. Rough sex may bruise the urinary tract and that can encourage movement toward the tract (sometime carrying bacteria that do not belong there). When candida (yeast) travels through the vagina, sometimes occurring during yeast infections, but also occurring due to intestinal bacteria attaching themselves to the bladder and urinary tract.
So how do you prevent overgrowing yeast? The answer lies in cranberry extract and probiotics.
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Cranberry possess a unique enzyme that protects your bladder from intestinal bacteria. Instead of killing the bacteria, which is good for you (just not in your bladder or UT), it prevents the bacteria from attaching to the walls of the bladder and urinary tract, preventing infection. Cranberry juice, sadly, isn’t the answer either. Sweetened cranberry juice can cause overactive yeast. But it also contains refined sugar, which is linked to diabetes and cancer and isn’t good for your gut bacteria which can decrease your mental state. And sadly, cranberry juice may not contain enough of these enzymes to help keep bacteria from sticking the way a concentrated extract would.
Probiotics help keep these bacteria in check. Not just the bacteria from the intestines, but also yeast, which occurs naturally in the vagina (and is good for it!) in small quantities, but can be stimulated into increasing in number at pace that causes serious discomfort for women. Probiotics are living enzymes, which help keep everything within your body in balance (probiotics are also linked to aid and improve blood sugar levels, for more click here). Probiotics can lower blood pressure, lower bad cholesterol levels, and optimizes intestinal motility of microorganisms in the intestinal tract while inhibiting the attachment of bacteria to places it shouldn’t be.
To ensure you’re getting enough probiotics, you can increase your sources, from food: Greek yogurt, miso, kefir, sour pickles, tempeh, or probiotic supplements (we recommend these).
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