Urinary tract infections affect up to half of all women over the course of a lifetime and are responsible for 8 million doctor visits each year. Women are more prone to urinary tract infections than men, in part because of their shorter urethras. Adult men have another factor going for them, a bacterial growth inhibitor injected directly into their urinary system by their prostate glands.You’ve probably heard that drinking cranberry juice can be helpful in supporting a healthy urinary tract. Studies do show that cranberry juice can help by promoting a healthy flora. What many studies fail to mention is that most cranberry juice is loaded with fructose, a monosaccharide (simple sugar) that can potentially lead to health problems. So, in effect, you are trading good urinary health for blood sugar instability, stress on your liver, and increased uric acid levels that can raise your blood pressure. That's why I don't recommend cranberry juice. It's not that beneficial a trade-off.
Honeymooners Rejoice there is a great discovery that has come from the cranberry juice-urinary tract connection. The active ingredient in cranberry juice responsible for its benefit to your urinary system has been identified and isolated and that is D-mannose.
D-mannose can be derived from berries, peaches, apples, and some other plants. Pure D-mannose is amazingly 10-50 times stronger than cranberry, non-toxic and completely safe, with NO adverse effects.Why drink sugary cranberry juice if you can get the active ingredient instead, with none of the damaging metabolic consequences? D-mannose can help cure more than 90 percent of all UTIs within 1 to 2 days! The condition euphemistically called “Honeymoon Curse” is now preventable—no abstinence required. D-Mannose is not a drug. It’s a naturally occurring sugar, closely related to glucose and you even produce it in your body. And very importantly, it does NOT produce the metabolic stresses that fructose does because it’s more like glucose, which every cell in your body is designed to use. Your body absorbs D-mannose much more slowly than glucose, and the D-mannose does not convert to glycogen or get stored in your liver. Only very small amounts of D-mannose are metabolized, so it doesn’t interfere with blood sugar regulation. Most of the D-mannose is filtered through your kidneys and routed to your bladder, then quickly excreted in your urine. D-mannose helps to nourish your healthy flora because it doesn’t affect “friendly” bacteria. It doesn’t kill any bacteria, it just renders them unable to stay in your urinary tract. When you take antibiotics for a urinary tract infection, the good bacteria are killed along with the bad, which is why you can develop secondary yeast infections and digestive problems. Urinary tract infections can affect any part of your urinary tract, but the lower urinary tract is far more common—specifically, your bladder (cystitis) and urethra (urethritis). Once in a while, a UTI can progress up to the kidneys (nephritis or pyelonephritis), which is a more serious infection and warrants a trip to your health care provider. Kidney infections can cause permanent kidney damage and kidney failure if not promptly resolved, or can spread to your bloodstream.
In addition to the classic UTI symptoms listed earlier, symptoms of kidney infection can include:If you do use an antibiotic, it is important to take a high quality, high potency probiotic to replace the beneficial bacteria killed by the antibiotic. It is advisable to take the probiotic as far from the antibiotic dose as possible. For example, if you take your antibiotic at 8am and 8pm, take your probiotic at 2pm to minimize the affects on it from the antibiotiIn addition, a healthy diet is key in supporting your urinary tract. Drinking plenty of water often throughout the day is also key to urinary tract health. Research shows that frequent consumption of products containing probiotic bacteria can promote good urinary tract health. Fermented foods such as kefir, sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables are great for your overall health—including your urinary system. Good Luck...
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