There are natural effective options that some say work better and are far less expensive than cranberry juice when battling a urinary tract infection (UTI). Antibiotics can be used as a last resort, however uva ursi and D-mannose work so well for so many that antibiotics are not longer used for UTI relief.

Some holistic practitioners say there are two types of urinary infections, an acidic one and a basic one. Uva ursi heals one, D-mannose heals the other. If one product doesn’t work for you, use the other but do not use the two together as they cancel each other out, this includes taking cranberry juice with uva ursi – they negate each other.

A UTI is caused by a buildup of bacteria in the bladder. The US Department of Health and Human Services says, “Most UTIs are caused by bacteria that live in the bowel.”

Realistically, there are many homeopathic remedies that just don’t work. There are also ones that do work- these two options are not just effective, they are easy, inexpensive, have little side effect and are natural.

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Uva ursi,  Arcystaphphylos uva-ursi, is also known as Bearberry as bears eat the berries. It grows as a tree or shrub creating a dense low growing carpet in wild areas often found in the middle region of the United States from Ohio over to and including California on North through Canada.

WebMD describes uva ursi as a powerful healer for reducing bacteria in urine as well as inflammation. They say, “Uva ursi is used primarily for urinary tract disorders, including infections of the kidney, bladder, and urethra; swelling (inflammation) of the urinary tract; increased urination; painful urination; and urine that contains excess uric acid or other acids.”

The University Of Maryland Medical Center says, “Uva ursi has been used medicinally since the 2nd century. Native Americans used it as a remedy for urinary tract infections.”

They go on to say, “Research in test tubes and animals discovered that uva ursi’s ability to fight infection (is) due to several chemicals, including arbutin and hydroquinone. The herb also contains tannins that have astringent effects, helping to shrink and tighten mucous membranes in the body. That, in turn, helps reduce inflammation and fight infection.”

NYU Langone Medical Center says, “Until the development of sulfa antibiotics, its principal active component, arbutin, was frequently prescribed by physicians as a treatment for bladder and kidney infections.”

Healthy Way Magazine, a UK publication says, “Bacteria from the colon are common culprits.”

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Many women say uva ursi is effective in fighting a urinary tract infection of all stages.

D-Mannose is another natural effective way to fight a UTI. It is sourced from blueberries and cranberries and should not be taken with uva ursi.

WebMD says, “D-mannose might prevent certain kinds of bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract and causing infection.” However it is important to know, “D-mannose is a kind of sugar that is related to glucose.”

Dr. Jonathon Wright, a medical doctor of the Tahoma Health Clinic says, “D-mannose treatment of E. coli bladder and urinary tract infections is ecologically sound treatment. (The very small amounts of D-mannose metabolized by our bodies and not excreted into the urine are harmless.)” He states D-mannose treats over 90% of urinary tract infections.

D-Mannose, derived from cranberries, blocks bacteria from clinging, the source of a UTI.

The NIH studied 308 women who suffered from frequent and recurring UTIs and found D-mannose worked effectively as prophylactic prevention.

Some people say if the infection is caught early enough D-mannose is effective. Click here for D-mannose (affiliate link).

When resolving a UTI it is important to drink plenty of fluids to help flush out the bacteria overgrowth.

Many doctors say unclean habits cause bacteria from the colon to creep up into the bladder causing a UTI. Others say relations with your partner introduce bacteria causing the UTI. It is this author’s opinion that a UTI comes from an overload of bacteria in the intestinal wall which leaks through the wall, much like Leaky Gut Syndrome, into the bladder causing infection. It is also this authors opinion that when detoxing is taking place and bacteria is being expelled a build up of pathogens cause a UTI.


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