Effective Strategies for Cystitis

13th May 2012

The urinary tract collects and stores urine until such time as the bladder is full and we feel the urge to go. The urinary tract comprises the kidneys (left and right); the left and right ureter, a tube connecting the kidney to the bladder; the bladder, which stores urine and the urethra, the tube that allows urine to flow out of the body. 

Cystitis, an inflammatory condition of the urinary tract usually caused by unfriendly bacteria forming colonies and multiplying can be very painful. It tends to occur more in women and young children due to the fact that they have shorter urethras. There are many possible symptoms including burning or stinging when passing urine, the need to go more often, passing only small amounts at a time usually accompanied with pain. In addition the urine may be cloudy, smelly and an unusual colour. There can be pain in the lower back or stomach as well as fever, nausea and vomiting. In advanced cases blood may appear in the urine. Urine containing blood is always a clear signal that urgent medical advice and treatment should be sought without delay. 

More than 90% of urinary tract infections are caused by the bacteria, E. coli. Treatment of urinary tract infections requires that the bacteria is removed as quickly as possible. Sometimes drinking a lot of water may be sufficient to clear the unwanted bacteria from the body. Adding D-Mannose to water before drinking it is greatly beneficial as the E. coli bacteria would rather adhere to the powder as it passes through the urinary tract than to the urinary tract walls. The bacteria are swiftly removed from the body. 

Ethical Nutrients Urinary Tract Support also helps reduce the symptoms of cystitis. The herbal ingredients have demonstrated antimicrobial action and may assist to clear cystitis. It is safe to use this product with D-Mannose and the two perform well together. 

Tips for prevention of cystitis include the following: Drink as much water as you comfortably can every day. A recommendation of 8 glasses per day seems to reduce the frequency of cystitis attacks in most people. Emptying the bladder completely each time helps clear bacteria. Going as soon as you feel the urge to go is better than waiting or holding on. Wiping the bottom from front to back rather than back to front is a simple strategy for keeping unfriendly E. coli bacteria away from the urinary tract. Urinating straight after sex also helps to clear bacteria from the urinary tract and helps prevent infection. 

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