A friend and I recently discussed the topic of UTIs. Such a frustrating thing to deal with. Sugar imbalance and dehydration contribute. Cranberry juice has been the long touted remedy for this. What do people find helpful to kick this nuisance out the door and keep it away?
For myself, I found that as soon as I find symptoms coming on, cranberry juice and popcorn work. Popcorn, you might ask? It sounds crazy. My midwives told me to try this when I had one come on in pregnancy. For a day I ate lots of plain popcorn and drank watered down pure cranberry juice. The UTI was gone the next day.
According to my doctor, cranberry juice works only in the early stages. Then after than an infection really sets in and needs stronger meds to clear it out. Fortunately, I have not gotten to that stage to have to find out.
My friend sent me an email where she described what she did and how it worked for her. She gave permission to share it here:
"The second thing I wanted to share with you is that, lo and behold right on the heels of thinking this AM that we have had a lot more sugar than usual lately (and that we should kick it to the curb) within a few hours of getting up, I realized I have a bladder infection starting. Oy. I didn't want to share this on my wall, but I thought it might interest you since... well, you care about foods and reactions and all! UTIs are very rare for me, but I asked my sister about it and she said she really reacts badly to sugars of all kinds, and she really is usually right on the edge of having a full-blown infection taking hold for her if she eats too much (especially refined sugar).
So, the first thing I did was to take 2000 mg of garlic, since we have tablets. The next thing I did, about an hour later, was to look up turmeric's effect on bladder infections... just on the off chance OF COURSE it is good for infections, turmeric kills several strains of bacteria. THAT was very good to find out. So, I made a strong cup of chai tea, added 3/4 tsp of turmeric powder and a pinch of black pepper (to aid absorption), and a tablespoon of milk. Drank that over a little while... then my sister reminded me of Apple Cider Vinegar (Bragg's) which I happen to have, so I waited about an hour more and took about 2-3 tbsp in a bit of water, drinking it in several small gulps.
Amazingly, I can now report that about an hour after all of that routine, I felt a noticeable improvement in that heavy, sore feeling in my belly. I had much less pain when I went to use the bathroom just to see if it had really improved. So far, so good... and this is a big thing for me, because I really don't care for running off to the doctor for every little thing, so... anything I can take care of at home. Anyway... I just felt like adding the rest of the story to my comment on my wall just because. Obviously I will keep up on a regimen here, to see if I can completely turn this infection around. If you know anyone who struggles with UTIs, maybe this information could be helpful for them, too."
The next day she reported back with this:
"And this really worked. When I do get an infection, I can say that it hits hard very quickly... within just a couple of hours of first really noticing that heavy and achy sensation, it was already quite painful and I was running to the bathroom every fifteen minutes. But, I slept pain-free that night and didn't need to get up more than my usual middle of the night trip to the bathroom.
So! More on what I did: 3-4 hours after the full routine of garlic, turmeric and apple cider vinegar, I repeated the process with 1000 mg of garlic, later the same amount of turmeric in tea, and then apple cider vinegar. I ended up sipping the ACV in small amounts through the night, whenever I would wake up. The next morning, I took another 1000 mg of garlic and I will, again, this morning, just for good measure. From all signs, the infection is gone, or at least at minimal enough levels that my body can handle the bacteria reasonably. It is not causing any difficulties or discomfort, as if I never had the issue at all.
I can also say one thing: I was once told by a midwife to use Garlique brand of garlic to try to fight bladder infection. It never worked for me, maybe because I seem to recall it having a coating of some sort(?). I have tried to use garlic tablets each time I have had a bladder infection rear its ugly head, to no avail in the past. But, this time I used generic/store brand 500 mg tablets. I don't really think the garlic alone would have kicked this, though... I think the ACV was the real star in fighting the bacteria, and the turmeric very noticeably handled the pain and ache."
One thing I do know is ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) and pure Cranberry Juice (none of this corn syrup added candy) is good at making the system alkaline...which is needed to kill of bacteria that thrives in acidic environments, like a bladder infection. Being even curious, I wonder if what my friend did would have worked with just the ACV or if everything else was needed. So much to learn about food and how it can assist in the body healing itself. Definitely hoping to finish schooling in this area sometime. For now, it is interesting to experiment and learn from other's experiences.
Does any one else have tricks that work for fighting an UI