Cystitis 

Bladder cystitis is defined as inflammation of the urinary bladder. The incidence of cystitis is high in women because of the short length of the urethra and because of the proximity of the urethra to the anus. Escherichia coli, E.Coli  (from the colon) is by far the most common cause of cystitis. 

Conventional medicine would usually include recommending antibiotics, and although this may be necessary (essential even) (NHS, 2017). There are many other things you can do nutritionally to support the elimination of cystitis and ensure it does not come back, including the below:

  • Eliminate refined foods, fruit juices, caffeine, alcohol, and sugar which may compromise immune function. 

  • Avoid sexual activity until infection is resolved. Address contraceptive use – condoms, diaphragms, lubricants. 

  • Drink plenty of fluids, such as water and herbal teas. 

  • Reduce pro-inflammatory foods and emphasise foods high in anti-inflammatory essential fatty acids such as oily fish and nuts / seeds. 

  • Eat a minimally processed diet rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients and bioflavonoids. 

  • Stress management techniques should be implemented, where necessary. 

  • D-mannose is a sugar that is found in a variety of food sources, including blackcurrants and redcurrants, gooseberries, aloe vera, soy beans and vegetables including cabbage, aubergine and tomatoes. D-Mannose is a simple sugar that acts similarly to cranberry juice in that it helps to prevent the pili of E. coli and other bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall. Bacteria produce lectins, which bind the organism to sugar residues, such as mannose, on host cells. Theoretically, giving supplemental mannose can bind the bacteria and prevent attachment to the urinary tract lining (see below references). 

If you would like to discuss, how I could help you with your cystitis – please contact me below. Everyone is welcome to a complimentary 20-minute call to discuss whether Nutritional Therapy would benefit them. 

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