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Will paleo diet help prevent my recurrent uti's?

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Created September 10, 2012 at 3:35 PM

I'm twenty years old and have been eating paleo for just under two months with very few cheats (I had a couple egg rolls a few weeks ago). I don't eat dairy or nuts. Most days I'm eating 12-1400 calories at least half of which come from a meat source. For the last two years I have been having frequent Uti's (typically I get one every 6-8 weeks). Has anyone else had any luck improving uti's with the paleo diet? If so when did they begin seeing improvements?

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Unsweetened 100% cranberry juice will keep you UTI free. Add about a half a cup of the juice to a regular glass of water drink 1 glass every day. It is powerful stuff and takes some getting used to but it will solve your UTI problem for good.

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on September 10, 2012
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Don't expect fast results. I would guess you've been on round after round of antibiotics...this has killed your healthy gut flora. You will need to rebuild this and it takes time. Every UTI and more antibiotics restarts the process. I would recommend lots of bone broth, probiotics, and apple cider vinegar (with the 'mother'). Eat lots of raw sauerkraut and fermented veggies, greek yogurt, fresh veggies from a local garden that may be a little dirty. Do not cheat with grains or sugar of any kind--you are only feeding the antibiotic resistant bacteria that is causing the UTIs. Think 'gut health' and nothing else until you are able to get past UTIs and antibiotics! Then paleo will work wonders for you.

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on September 10, 2012
at 04:01 PM

Absolutely.I haven't had a UTI nor a kidney stone in nearly 3 years. Avoidance of inflammatory grains and sugars (except for fruits which have potassium and other good stuff in them) was the biggest factor in preventing them.

Also, you only eat 12-1400 calories a day? That doesn't sound like nearly enough, even if you're sedentary. You should find out what your baseline metabolism requires, and adjust according to your activity level. I'm 300, 5'4" and 115lbs. Sedentary. My baseline calories for a day should be around 1850 to maintain weight. Some days I eat less (around 1650) and some days I eat more (topping 2k).

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on September 11, 2012
at 08:17 AM

Do you pee within half an hour of having sex? If not, do. The female urethra is unfortunately short and close to the clitoris, and the friction of sex can push the e. coli bacteria, which naturally live on both your skin and your partner's skin, up the urethra and into the bladder. (That's why a UTI is also called Honeymoon Cystitis.) Peeing within half an hour of making love forces the bacteria back out the urethra before they reach the bladder and settle in.

(Gentlemen, this is why some of us jump out of bed and run to the bathroom right after sex. You should wait patiently, stay awake, and welcome us back to bed with a big cuddle.)

If you have one recurring every 6-8 weeks for the past two years, however, you might be dealing with a single antibiotic-resistant UTI that is simply not leaving town, in which case you should pee within half an hour of having sex; follow a strict paleo/low sugar/probiotics food diet AND, if it doesn't go away (which it probably won't), talk with your doctor about trying another antibiotic (while upping your probiotic foods, broths, etc.)

It is also very likely that you need more than 1200-1400 calories a day. Make sure you are eating enough to build good health.

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on September 10, 2012
at 06:06 PM

Do you add unsweetened cranberry extract to your water? Supposed to help keep your pipes clean.

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on September 10, 2012
at 07:46 PM

Unsweetened 100% cranberry juice will keep you UTI free. Add about a half a cup of the juice to a regular glass of water drink 1 glass every day. It is powerful stuff and takes some getting used to but it will solve your UTI problem for good.

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I've suffered with them for about 20 years ( a lot less in the last 10) but I know how to manage and know the symtoms. I've just gone paleo in the last 8 months and so far not one UTI. A few things that effect me that I know of is being dehydrated ( drinking too much caffeine), chocolate, bubble baths ( can't use anything like that be be very careful what type of soap you are using to clean) and sex can also cause them. Be very careful what types of adult toys ( only 100% silicone, or glass) / lubes / creams you are using. ( you don't have to answer any of these questions just giving you some ideas)

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on September 10, 2012
at 04:47 PM

I havent had a UTI since going paleo, I used to get one a couple times a year. It totally sucked. I never get sick anymore either, unless I cheat. I used to get sick once a month. I noticed improvements right away, but everyone is different.

Also part of my problem was that I was wiping the wrong way and did not realize it. Once I changed that they stopped. My parents showed me the wrong way and even though doctors told me front to back, I thought that was what I was doing.

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on September 10, 2012
at 06:00 PM

I don't know if this will apply to you, but my "Aha!" moment with UTI's came when I realized I was allergic to spermicide. So, if you are using condoms or another barrier method that uses it, you could try something else and see if it makes a difference. Latex allergies can also cause UTI's. I managed to finally kick them pre-paleo, so the following isn't paleo dietary advice, but more what seemed to work herbally.

Until I figured all that out though, I did become quite adept at catching them early and doing some effective preventive work to make sure they didn't happen as often. A cranberry supplement will prevent the bacteria that causes the UTI from being able to stick to the wall of your bladder and urethra as well, and possibly prevent the beginning of an infection. For some, hitting the cranberry capsules hard in the first 24 hours of an infection can help too, but once a significant amount of the bacteria adheres, contrary to common wisdom, it won't stop an infection underway.

Watermelon rind tea, 3-5 cranberry capsules, and goldenrod/horsetail tincture were part of my daily regimen to help heal the walls of my urinary tract and prevent further infections.

I always kept Wise Women Herbals UTI tincture on hand to nip any infection the bud (they always seemed to hit Sunday afternoon, so being able to do something effective before getting into the doctor during the week felt really empowering), and was usually able to eliminate them within 5-7 days with that. http://www.wisewomanherbals.com/index.cfm?page=Details&ProdID=728&category=0&secondary=0 Only rarely, once I had the UTI tincture on hand did I actually need to go in for antibiotics.

I suspect if I had known about lacto-fermented veggies and had dropped grain when I was trying to make a recovery it likely would not have been as long and painful road as it was.

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