Looking for a bladder infection home remedy that actually works?
As a person who has dealt with chronic bladder and UTI infections since childhood, I know it's just not wise to constantly be taking an antibiotic. My primary concern is that antibiotics destroy both bad and good bacteria. Good bacteria primarily reside in our digestive system and can take 6 months or more of probiotic treatment to rebuild (much longer to rebuild on its own), leading to serious gut problems, including leaky gut, food sensitivities, slow digestion, constipation, diarrhea and much more.
Because of my history (the causes of which is described below) I've become quiet proficient at knowing when I have an infection and what actually works to eliminate UTI's and bladder infection.
IMPORTANT: Every person's body is different, and their own causes of bladder infections will vary, both of these things meaning that your own bladder infection home remedy regimen will likely need to vary, too. I've shared what I've found works best for me, but I'll also share other recommendations to support you in finding your own healing regime.
There IS a difference between them, although the treatment is generally the same. A bladder or kidney infection can be a UTI, but a UTI may not be a bladder infection. Why? Because the urinary tract is the overall term to describe the urinary system, the organs and tubes that produce and excrete urine.
However, a urinary tract infection (UTI) is generally recognized as an infection in the lower urinary tract - the ureters and urethra. A bladder infection is actually when the infection is concentrated in the bladder itself.
A more serious urinary tract infection occurs when the signs and symptoms of UTI in the lower tract and bladder are ignored and travel upward to the kidneys. A kidney infection warrants an antibiotic (although I'd still follow the recommendations below to support the urinary tract in healing - just talk to your doctor about any contraindications between the antibiotics, herbs, and supplements).
(For the sake of simplicity, I'm going to refer to both bladder and urinary tract infections as "bladder infections", and clarify "kidney infections" when necessary.)
Seeking out a bladder infection home remedy usually starts when you experience one or more of the following symptoms.
IMPORTANT: Every person will experience symptoms differently. Don't let anyone tell you that you don't have an infection because it doesn't burn. It's not uncommon to be asymptomatic (meaning having no symptoms at all) and still have an infection show up in a urinalysis. This is why it's so important to pay close attention and remain in-tune with your body. (Also keep in mind that these symptoms may be a sign of something else, such as an STD. It's always a good idea to have a holistic doctor you can trust to be sure.)
Common, and uncommon, signs and symptoms of a UTI, bladder infection or kidney infection include:
Other signs may include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, testicular pain (in men, obviously), and so on. Yes, it can be very difficult to distinguish the symptoms of a bladder infection from other symptoms. It never hurts to have a urinalysis (test for infection) done by your local clinic or favorite holistic doctor before designing your own bladder infection home remedy regimen.
Before we move into this particular bladder infection home remedy regimen, it's important to look at possible causes. Not only will this help in prevention, but it may determine your route of treatment.
What causes bladder infections most often is E.coli bacteria. Infections are especially common in women for two reasons: 1) the urethra is shorter which may make it easier for bacteria to reach the bladder, and 2) since the vagina is so close to the rectal area, the transfer of bacteria from your stool to your vagina is extremely easy.
Although bacteria is what causes bladder infections, knowing what causes the bacteria is important!
These possible causes of bacterial infections include:
Now that we've looked at what causes bladder infections and some ways to prevent them, let's look at the home remedies that treat (and can also help prevent) them.
This is my personal complete bladder infection home remedy regimen used at the first sign of an infection and beyond. It's been the most effective I've found.
(My particular experience with bladder infections have been primarily a history of Vesicoureteral Reflux causing weakened bladder muscles, for those of you who are perpetually curious.)
IMPORTANT: If you're pregnant or nursing, talk to your doctor or an herbalist about which herbs or supplements to take. And just because your symptoms recede doesn't mean your infection has gone. A urinalysis never hurts the body, but can help tremendously.
If you get chronic infections, especially due to Vesicoureteral Reflux, your own bladder infection home remedy regimen needs to start BEFORE the symptoms of bladder infections arise.
This should mean:
This is sort of Phase One of this bladder infection home remedy regimen:
If it never passes the "hint stage" I keep at this routine for a full week, just to be sure. If my symptoms of an infection increase, I step up my bladder infection home remedy a notch with the following regime.
Here's my complete bladder infection home remedy regimen for when I'm certain of an infection:
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If your symptoms persist or reoccur frequently, if you're pregnant or nursing, if you're treating anyone non-communicative (elderly, infants, toddlers, very ill, etc), if you're getting constant infections, or your symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting, chills or pain near your kidneys, these are all signs to seek a doctor.
Remember frequent, untreated, or mistreated infections (or even treating for the wrong kind of bacteria) can cause serious long-term damage to your urinary tract, including your bladder and kidneys. It can result in scarring, and even cancer or (rarely) death.
Take your health seriously! Know when a bladder infection home remedy is warranted and when it's not. Know your body. And know your doctor well. Choose one you trust deeply, who doesn't like to prescribe antibiotics (so you can trust when they do), and who supports seeking natural and alternative remedies whenever possible.
(If you do choose to take an antibiotic, be sure to follow it with a regimen of probiotics for at least 6 months to completely restore the good bacteria to your system. I recommend alternating between PB Assist+ from doTERRA Wellness and Renew Life Probiotics.)
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