If you’re a woman, you have surely known the challenge at some point of a U.T.I- urinary tract infection, aka, bladder infection or even kidney issues. Urinary tract infections are the second most common infection in the body and affects over 50% of women. Often we think we always require treating them with antibiotics and unfortunately SO many women fall victim to “that’s the only option.”
Guess what? It’s NOT the only option. Antibiotics are last resorts, not first. They lead to an overgrowth of candida (yeast) in the body and most have over 70 other adverse side effects.
Let me share a story….
During my 5th pregnancy I had massive kidney stone issues and chronic bacteria in my urine. (I did NOT know about this regimen I’m sharing with you now at the time, ugh!) I was advised time and again that I MUST be treated with injected antibiotics (the bacteria was resistant to oral medications.)
As my “rebel” self, I declined treatment because I wasn’t symptomatic, meaning I had no symptoms of a U.T.I despite how ‘horrible’ my urine looked. And. I was fine until Ryan was born. After that, however, my issues became symptomatic -from time to time. Until I found this:
Here’s HOPE. I want to share a regimen that has worked for me and other women clear up the cycle of the U.T.I. And I HOPE, that instead of jumping on the antibiotic band wagon, you will DO this instead of that. I would love your feedback when you do this.
My regimen that I LOVE, that WORKS:
1. 7-8 tsps of liquid cranberry concentrate(NOT cranberry ‘juice’, find cranberry ‘concentrate’ at a local health food store), 1 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice, and your choice of (7-8 droppers of liquid stevia OR, 1 cup whole maple syrup) mixed in 64 oz of water. Drink throughout the day.
2. Add D-Mannose daily and also acutely– here’s how:
For acute treatment: Take 1-2 500 mg capsules every 3-4 hours while awake for 2-4 days.
When symptoms subside, reduce dose to (1) 500 mg capsule every 12 hours for 3-4 days.
For chronic treatment:
Take (1) 500 mg capsule 1-2 x’s daily.
Tips for success with D-Mannose:
*Drink 2 glasses of water (or cranberry/lemon mixture) 45 min after each dose (this is SUPER important)
*Avoid acidic foods during treatment (common misconception: Lemons are acidic but are ALKALINE in the body:)
*If you have diabetes, monitor your blood glucose closer during treatment. Any infection will cause blood sugar to spike- the d-mannose will NOT affect blood sugar, the infection WILL.
D-Mannose is a simple saccharide that closely resembles natural glucose, it’s safe for pregnant and nursing moms, diabetics and very small children. The cranberry/lemon cleanse will feel like a treat. It will help to flush the bacteria out of your body throughout a series of a few days, and BOOM, you will likely see symptoms resolve. Feel free to drink it daily!
Be patient. 😀
And let me know how this works for you!
(P.s. I found this excellent article by Dr. Mercola AFTER I wrote this: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/04/28/d-mannose-uti-prevention.aspx) Awesome read. He confirms what’s worked for me and many.