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Needing remedies for a UTI

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Created August 31, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Any remedies my Paleo family for a UTI. I have read cranberry juice but its loaded with sugar.

HELP!!

4bf5827bfb7df85c5b4b485db0945e64

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on September 03, 2011
at 09:16 AM

I'm on my phone but they're easy to find, such as this double-blind placebo trial: http://m.cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/52/1/23.abstract

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on September 02, 2011
at 04:18 PM

That's what I get for not reading the research too closely! I have never had an eye for detail! Thanks Bex!

386dde6de2e7f33429e9a0ac1ba8ce42

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on September 02, 2011
at 02:32 PM

Can you link to some studies? The only link provided in this thread so far was to a study using "low calorie cranberry cocktail".

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on September 02, 2011
at 02:31 PM

"The subjects were randomly assigned to drink 8 ounces of 27% low-calorie cranberry juice cocktail (n = 155) or the same amount of a placebo juice (n = 164) at 2 times a day throughout the 6-month follow-up." For the record "reduced calorie cranberry cocktail" is NOT the same thing has 100% pure, unsweetened cranberry juice.

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on September 01, 2011
at 11:33 AM

Been there too, akd--I would always manage to find a friend or co-worker who had some left-over antibiotics. Yikes!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on August 31, 2011
at 11:00 PM

D-mannose is the active ingredient in cranberry juice, BTW. More effective by itself.

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on August 31, 2011
at 10:51 PM

You can also get Cranberry Juice Concentrate (Sunflower Shoppe if what's closest to me but I am sure Whole Foods has it as well) It has no sugar and can be diluted in water to taste or club soda seems to help it no be too awfully tart. (http://www.rwknudsenfamily.com/products/concentrates/cranberry/)

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on August 31, 2011
at 10:46 PM

Marshmallow root was an ingredient in one of the teas I used, and it did seem to bring some relief, but not as much as the Wise Women tincture.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on August 31, 2011
at 10:42 PM

I've also heard that Marshmallow root tincture is good for that sort of thing. Have you had any experience with it? I bought a bottle a couple of years ago and never really used it.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on August 31, 2011
at 10:40 PM

yeah it sucks. you know, i was only 18 at the time and had no health insurance, so thats why i was so cavalier. ive learned in my old age to listen to my body and respect my health more!

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on August 31, 2011
at 10:36 PM

Agreed - Same happened to me - I had a UTI a while back - took lots of cranberry pills, it decreased bladder symptoms - BUT - it tracked up to my kidneys, dull back pain, temperatures, felt ill. Just be careful - if it doesn't go see your doctor.

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on August 31, 2011
at 10:28 PM

That sounds horrible akd! Don't do that to yourself!

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1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on August 31, 2011
at 10:38 PM

Cranberry is often touted as the perfect cure for UTI's, when in reality they're only to be used as a preventative measure. I would not attempt to cure an infection by fruit juice (even organic unsweetened). I've tried it and my UTI was only made worse. I've also tried D-Mannose and it did nothing for me except delay my taking a round of Ciprofloxacin which knocked out the infection.

My advice, get some antibiotics and get rid of it for now, but in the future take these preventative measures--

  • Ensure you're getting enough calcium, magnesium and potassium in your diet. Potassium is SUPER important for kidney and urinary tract health, as well as magnesium.

  • Reduce/eliminate sugary foods such as chocolate and high GI fruits. Sugar feeds bad bacteria.

  • Drink lots of water and cut back on any caffeinated drinks (tea & coffee--I hope you're not drinking soda!)

  • Eat fermented foods or take a probiotic every day in order to replenish healthy bacteria in your body.

If you've been getting recurrent UTI's, please talk with your doctor about seeing a urologist and getting a CT scan done. Chronic UTI's and hematuria (blood in urine) can be caused by kidney stones stuck in the calyces (folds) of the kidneys.

Don't play around with this for too long. As akd states, UTI's can travel up to your kidneys and wreak havoc, leading to serious problems that can't always be easily resolved. If taking unsweetened organic cranberry juice and/or D-Mannose doesn't improve your symptoms within a day or two, get to your doctor ASAP.

I would also recommend buying some urinary test strips so you can monitor leukocytes and red blood cells in your urine. Blood in urine is often microscopic, so just because your pee clears doesn't mean the infection is gone. Take Ibuprofen to help with the inflammation.

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on August 31, 2011
at 10:23 PM

you can get cranberries in pill form, encapsulated. and tons and tons of water. and dont wait too long to call your doc- once a UTI spreads up you need the antibiotics. ive had a kidney infection from ignoring a UTI for too long and let me tell you- that pain is INTENSE. and, it required IV antibiotics and an overnight stay. SO, that said, cranberry works by sort of not letting the bacteria stick to your urethra, and ive also had success with huge doses of vitamin C. good luck, but if it get worse, you pee blood, or you get a fever, just call your doc.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on August 31, 2011
at 10:40 PM

yeah it sucks. you know, i was only 18 at the time and had no health insurance, so thats why i was so cavalier. ive learned in my old age to listen to my body and respect my health more!

34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

(4171)

on August 31, 2011
at 10:28 PM

That sounds horrible akd! Don't do that to yourself!

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on September 01, 2011
at 11:33 AM

Been there too, akd--I would always manage to find a friend or co-worker who had some left-over antibiotics. Yikes!

0faecc3397025eab246241f4dcd81f5e

(2361)

on August 31, 2011
at 10:36 PM

Agreed - Same happened to me - I had a UTI a while back - took lots of cranberry pills, it decreased bladder symptoms - BUT - it tracked up to my kidneys, dull back pain, temperatures, felt ill. Just be careful - if it doesn't go see your doctor.

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on August 31, 2011
at 10:19 PM

You can get 100% cranberry juice that is not sweetened at a Trader Joes/Whole Foods/ other high end grocers. It's almost painfully tart, but a way better choice (and more effective) than a juice cocktail.

7786d6e1b1200759e8231335253a6185

(20)

on August 31, 2011
at 10:51 PM

You can also get Cranberry Juice Concentrate (Sunflower Shoppe if what's closest to me but I am sure Whole Foods has it as well) It has no sugar and can be diluted in water to taste or club soda seems to help it no be too awfully tart. (http://www.rwknudsenfamily.com/products/concentrates/cranberry/)

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on August 31, 2011
at 10:38 PM

I used to get these chronically. They suck sooo bad. Honestly, this is one of the areas where I believe antibiotics can be used responsibly, and then use herbs to strengthen your system and make future infections less likely. Having them chronically it did lead me to do a lot of experimenting with different herbs, and one preparation did rival antibiotics for treatment, and I always take it with me when traveling. It is made by Wise Women Herbals. Here's a link to the UTI Formula: http://www.wisewomanherbals.com/index.cfm?page=Details&ProdID=728&category=5&secondary=16

Cranberry is great as a preventative, but I have never had it resolve an infection. HerbPharm also makes a Goldenrod/Horsetail tincture that I use after infections to sooth the urinary tract because sometimes there is still discomfort even after the infection has been taken care of.

Seriously though, if you can't get your hands on that tincture or a tea made from the same ingredients in the next few days go to the doctor. Uristat also makes a bladder specific pain reliever that will help you sleep and not feel like you are climbing the walls until you get things under control.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on August 31, 2011
at 10:42 PM

I've also heard that Marshmallow root tincture is good for that sort of thing. Have you had any experience with it? I bought a bottle a couple of years ago and never really used it.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on August 31, 2011
at 10:46 PM

Marshmallow root was an ingredient in one of the teas I used, and it did seem to bring some relief, but not as much as the Wise Women tincture.

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4bf5827bfb7df85c5b4b485db0945e64

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on August 31, 2011
at 11:29 PM

I've looked into this before and the science does not support cranberry juice being an effective treatment for UTIs. The reason why this myth persists is because many UTIs clear on their own, with or without cranberry juice.

Another thing to note, the kinds of bacteria that can theoretically get dislodged with cranberry juice/D-mannose in the urethra only account for a small fraction of UTI cases.

Drink lots of water. If the UTI symptoms get worse, go see a doctor and get some penicillin.

386dde6de2e7f33429e9a0ac1ba8ce42

(263)

on September 02, 2011
at 02:32 PM

Can you link to some studies? The only link provided in this thread so far was to a study using "low calorie cranberry cocktail".

4bf5827bfb7df85c5b4b485db0945e64

(1386)

on September 03, 2011
at 09:16 AM

I'm on my phone but they're easy to find, such as this double-blind placebo trial: http://m.cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/52/1/23.abstract

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386dde6de2e7f33429e9a0ac1ba8ce42

(263)

on August 31, 2011
at 10:45 PM

If you are treating a UTI with 100% unsweetened cranberry juice, DO NOT drink it straight up! Dilute it with water 1:8 or so and drink lots of it. I have cured a UTI with this, but only the ones that I know I'm getting one and use this to stop it from getting full blown. It could be much harder to cure if you're already in any serious pain.

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on August 31, 2011
at 10:45 PM

I drank as many liters of water as possible, and popped about 4 cranberry pills every hour... for like 3 days. Eventually it passed. However, I don't recommend it. If it continues and you get more pain, definitely go to your doc.

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34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

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on August 31, 2011
at 10:16 PM

I have never had a UTI so I have not tried any of these but I have read taking dandelion root works, eating fresh cranberries or blueberries and eating yogurt. Also to drink lots of water.

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on September 01, 2011
at 03:52 PM

I second the d-mannose suggestion. Mix it in water and drink it. It flushes out the bladder and urinary tract. I keep it on mon hand just in case.

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F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on September 01, 2011
at 03:51 PM

Here is a recent study that imply's UTI's might not be helped by cranberry after all.. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/734360 Try some other routes!

386dde6de2e7f33429e9a0ac1ba8ce42

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on September 02, 2011
at 02:31 PM

"The subjects were randomly assigned to drink 8 ounces of 27% low-calorie cranberry juice cocktail (n = 155) or the same amount of a placebo juice (n = 164) at 2 times a day throughout the 6-month follow-up." For the record "reduced calorie cranberry cocktail" is NOT the same thing has 100% pure, unsweetened cranberry juice.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on September 02, 2011
at 04:18 PM

That's what I get for not reading the research too closely! I have never had an eye for detail! Thanks Bex!

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A1c9e4724c205e107685daa658ea3c59

on September 01, 2011
at 03:24 PM

Fresh Garlic is a natural antibiotic. Any sign of illness or infection we finely chop a clove, let it sit for 10 minutes, then wash down with some water (chewing it is fine if you can handle it). Once in the AM and once in the PM. We usually continue 2-3 days after all symptoms disappear which in my experience is within 24 hours.

Has worked like a champ for UTI, sore throats, earaches (before infection), and any time we feel like we are getting sick no matter what.

Hope you feel better soon.

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on September 01, 2011
at 12:25 PM

Antibiotics, and some phenazopyridine (Azo is a common brand) which will help with the pain. Be warned, your pee WILL turn orange/red for the first few eliminations after each dose of Azo, fading with time. If it DOESN'T fade then be worried about a bleed.

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on September 01, 2011
at 05:11 AM

If you've just detected that you have one and it hasn't gone one for awhile it will knock it out. I've used this remedy several times with success. Just be careful to read the labels of what you buy. Many things that look like cranberry juice are actually a cocktail of other juices. If you look around, you can get the real stuff without any sugar.

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8f46bdba543e1ea2c3818f4b243ff040

on August 31, 2011
at 11:42 PM

Odd as it sounds...if you do dairy...I got mine cleared up with plain yogurt with a pinch of cayenne pepper in it and supplemented grapefruit seed extract, cranberry juice pills, and an herb called UVA ursi. Water is important too, and it is true that it depends on the bacteria...don't let it go as it could spread and a kidney infection is no fun at all!

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4fca5e11d50731edbf4cf2ec38691aa3

on August 31, 2011
at 11:40 PM

bucchu leaf tea..an herb..make it kinda strong. keep it in the fridge. drink it.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on August 31, 2011
at 10:26 PM

D-Mannose is highly recommended by the moms I work with. You can buy it on Amazon & iHerb.

http://tahomaclinicblog.com/d-mannose-for-bladder-and-kidney-infections/

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on August 31, 2011
at 11:00 PM

D-mannose is the active ingredient in cranberry juice, BTW. More effective by itself.

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Bd614f091f0625dea86bad5791471f2d

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on August 31, 2011
at 10:23 PM

I used to work in the supplement department of a health food store, and a lot of people had really good luck with U.T. Vibrance: http://www.vibranthealth.us/?p2=/modules/vibranthealth/product.jsp&id=49&category=6

A good probiotic is also important.

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