CranberriesBladder Infection - What it is and what causes it?

Bladder infections are very common and it is estimated that 10-20% of women have at least one bladder infection per year. It is caused by bacteria, most often E. coli, having entered the bladder via the urethra (tube that transports urine from the bladder outside of the body) which then latch onto the bladder lining causing irritation and inflammation, which in turn can then cause pain and discomfort.

Women suffer from bladder infections much more frequently than men because the opening to the urethra is relatively closer to the anus than in men, which is the most likely source of E. coli.

Good vs Bad Bacteria
Once this bacteria manages to enter the bladder, if the person is adequately hydrated by drinking plenty of liquids, urine flow will usually be plentiful enough to wash out the bacteria before it can get established and cause the symptoms of a bladder infection. In addition, having good levels of beneficial or healthy bacteria (probiotics) which naturally live in the urinary tract will also act as protection against bladder infection by 'bad' bacteria. If these defence systems are not in place or fail, then the bacteria are able to attach themselves to the bladder wall and cause irritation.

How is a bladder infection treated?

If the body's own barriers fail and a bladder infection develops, it is essential that it be treated with either antibiotics or am effective home or natural remedy for bladder infection, as it is possible for the bacteria causing the infection, like E. coli, to continue travelling further up the urinary tract to the kidney, which may then cause a kidney infection which is much more serious.

What are the Natural Remedies for Bladder Infections?

The most well known natural or home remedy for the treatment of bladder infection is cranberry juice or a cranberry extract in a supplement. Certain substances in cranberries help prevent the 'bad' bacteria from attaching to the bladder lining. However, if an infection is already established, this treatment may not be strong enough to banish the infection.

A more effective natural treatment for bladder infections is D-Mannose. This glyconutrient (a type of healthy natural sugar) has been studied in the laboratory and it is known to attract some bacteria, particularly E. coli, latching onto it so that the infection will be passed out via the urine.

D-Mannose for Bladder Infection Treatment
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