What is a Bladder Infection?
Bladder infections occur when you get a cystitis. This occurs when the bladder becomes inflamed and agitated. Bladder infections are the most common type of UTI (urinary tract infection). They can occur to absolutely anyone but frequent women more so than men. They occur if bacteria present on our skin somehow makes contact with our urethra. Sex is a common culprit here. However, do not worry bladder infections are seldom serious, and mostly a nuisance which can be cured quickly.
What are the symptoms of bladder infections?
One of the most common symptoms of bladder infections are the feeling of burning while urinating. Apart from which other symptoms can include:
- Fever (this is a sign that the infection may have spread, and it’s time to see a doctor!)
- Little, infrequent urination
- Cloudy urine or blood in the urine
- Foul-smelling urine
- Pain around the belly or pelvic area
There are certain foods that are bladder irritants that can worsen a UTI.
Avoid foods like:
- Tomato products or the produce itself
- Caffeinated products inclusive of tea
- Citrus and acidic foods inclusive of oranges, lemons, limes etc
- Booze (sorry)
One of the most common means to get rid of a bladder infection is via antibiotics. The problem is, if you frequently get bladder infections or UTIs taking meds over time can reduce their potency and may even be harmful.
How to get rid of a bladder infection without antibiotics?
There are several ways to handle a bladder infection without the use of medication. Try some of these bladder soothing herbs and remedies below:
The first thing you want to do is increase your water intake. Not too much but an extra few glasses a day can help flush the toxins from your body.
Cranberry juice is a myth, even the unsweetened kind.
Ayurvedic herbs work on rebalancing the Pitta dosha that is responsible for UTIs:
- Take 2 tsp of coriander powder and stir into warm water and drink twice daily.
- Make a spinach and carrot juice or soup and consume twice a day.