The urinary tract is responsible for regulating the water ratio in the body and for eliminating harmful waste. A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a painful condition that can affect anyone at any age. Such infection is the result of the presence of bacteria in the inner lining of the urinary tract.
Keep in mind that this is not something that will go away on its own. In fact, it can get worse as time goes on. If left untreated, it can affect your uterus (for women) and kidneys and damage them permanently.
While conventional treatments rely on antibiotics, they often offer a temporary relief and the problem generally re-occurs after few weeks or months, requiring another round of therapy until the problem becomes chronic and it becomes necessary to stay on antibiotics permanently.
At Holistic Specialists we look at the root cause of the problem, which is poor gut flora that allows bad bacteria to reach the urinary tract.
Some of the common symptoms of the infection include:
- Urge to urinate frequently
- Reduced urine flow
- Burning sensation or pain in the bladder region
- Discomfort above the pelvic bone
- Change in the color of urine
- Cloudy, dark, or smelly urine
- Blood in urine
Several methods are available for urinary tract infection treatment. The effectiveness of a treatment will depend on certain factors, such as severity of the infection, the frequency of the occurrence, the overall health of the person, and so on. Here are some treatment options for people suffering from the condition.
It is first necessary to identify if the problem is caused by a bacteria or some form of yeast. For this reason a functional stool test analysis is required. Even if the infection is located in the urinary tract, the gut is the site where the infection originates.
Antimicrobial herbs help to kill the bacteria or fungi without altering the already compromised gut flora and it is what we use with our patients. Antibiotics work by killing the bad bacteria but they also kill the good ones, making the situation worse in the long term. For this reason most UTIs re-occur within 6 months after treatment. This indiscriminate killing of the bacteria can lead to further problems. The good bacteria are required in order to maintain balance in the urinary tract and to control the bad bacteria from overtaking the territory.
To keep the problem from re-occuring following therapy, it is necessary to re-build the gut flora with a combination of specific probiotic to maintain health in therapeutic dosages combined with foods that naturally contain good bacteria.
One of the best ways to keep your immunity strong and prevent the bacteria and toxins from accumulating in your system is to drink plenty of water. When you do not flush the toxins from the body, it can contribute to a UTI.
Certain foods feed the offending bacteria and yeast, so for this reason they have to be removed while eliminating the offending pathogens. Also anti-inflammatory foods and herbs should be reinforced during this period.
No infection is as common and as embarrassing as a urinary tract infection. Millions of people all around the globe suffer from this condition every year. People who suffer from this condition are always on the lookout for the best treatments.