Cystitis is an inflammation – and sometimes an infection – that can affect anyone since the causes are of different nature.
Those who are subject to it can run for cover with simple measures to prevent the onset of this unpleasant and painful disorder … By now we know, ” prevention is better than cure” and with natural remedies prevention is easy and helps to rebalance the whole body.
Immune system, intestine, urinary tract, sexual organs: these are all areas that can be kept healthy with preventive practices concerning hygiene, purification, strengthening and protection.
We do not wait for the signs of this disorder to become unbearable and debilitating: let’s take care and worry about our health by regularly listening to the signals of malaise that our body sends us .
How can we avoid episodes of cystitis?
1. Proper intimate hygiene
Correct intimate hygiene means the use of quality products that respect the pH of the mucosa, slightly acidic, with values between 3.5 and 5.5.
The acidic environment represents a natural defense against the attack of yeasts, fungi and bacteria . Our body hosts many of these pathogens in silent mode, which are activated when the environment changes some of its equilibrium, allowing easier take root.
The acid-alkaline balance is always a delicate condition to be treated carefully , because a “misalignment” in one direction or the other is sufficient to cause possible disturbances both in the vaginal and bladder areas.
The infection can occur in different ways: in the ascending sense the bacteria can go up the urethra coming from the intestine and in the descending sense in the case of renal or blood infection.
In the first case, maintaining an adequate acidity of the environment , accompanied by correct hygiene practices, prevents and limits the possibility of incurring cystitis phenomena.
2. Urine acidification
Preventing cystitis as we have said means being able to create an environment that is hostile to bacteria. It seems a contradiction but it is necessary to acidify the urine to prevent the attack of Escherichia Coli, or in any case of coliform bacteria .
To reach a suitable pH it is sufficient to use the cranberry , which is able to effectively acidify and protect the urinary epithelium.
Cranberry juice is an effective remedy to be used both in prevention and in treatment . However, let’s not confuse the acidification of the urine with a high-protein diet that leads to the same result but caused by ketone and nitrogen residues that tire the kidneys.
Drinking a lot is the basic advice for preventing cystitis caused by kidney-dependent infections. There is nothing new in this suggestion, but it happens very often to hear people who drink very little or even forget to drink.
Dehydration is the result of a higher concentration of toxins, of kidneys to be purified, of stagnation of liquids. We therefore learn to drink during the day regardless of the degree of thirst we perceive.
It will benefit our body , skin, tissues. Urination will be less loaded with toxins because it is more diluted.
4. Intestinal regularity
Keeping the intestine clean, correcting any irregularities, helps protect the development of pathogens that can infect the urethra and bladder.
Low abdominal exercises , belly contractions and relaxation can be a practice to be activated in the evening for a few minutes and promote intestinal peristalsis.
There are also many remedies to alternate to help motility such as flax seeds, frangula in herbal tea, psyllium fibers. For more difficult cases the senna helps to unblock but a moderate and not prolonged use is recommended.
Periodically it is advisable to introduce probiotics that help strengthen the intestinal bacterial flora and strengthen the immune system to prevent seasonal ailments, even of a bacterial nature.
Bearberry leaves are rich in a active ingredient able to reach the intestine without being split or absorbed and therefore can carry out its antibacterial action on all the urinary tract.
As a preventive remedy it has a very targeted effect, disinfects the urine and can be used preventively.
Those who suffer from cystitis are often aware that they can run into this disorder if they have constipation problems , or with the change of season, the winter cold or the summer heat, contact with synthetic underwear, the lycra of swimwear, etc …
Taking a herbal tea based on bearberry or hydroalcoholic extract cyclically can, therefore, prevent its onset.
D-Mannose is an extremely effective remedy that protects the bladder from the engraftment of coliform bacteria . D-Mannose is a simple sugar that interferes with the adhesion of bacteria to the bladder mucosa.
In fact, Escherichia Coli binds to mannose molecules and is expelled with urination. Taking D-Mannose cyclically, as in the change of seasons, before leaving on vacation, allows the bladder to remain protected.
7. Grapefruit seeds
Grapefruit seeds are considered a natural antibiotic capable of counteracting many pathogenic presences, such as Helicobacter Pylori, Escherichia Coli, fungi such as Candida.
They are very useful both for fighting and preventing urinary tract infections , such as cystitis and can be taken in the change of seasons, even as immunostimulants.
However, not everyone can take grapefruit seeds as they interact with some drugs such as statins or anticoagulants , it is not suitable for those undergoing treatment with immunosuppressants, and if in general we are following a drug treatment, it is good to use grapefruit seeds. after a few hours from the drug so as not to frustrate the therapy.
8. Fennel tea
Sometimes cystitis occurs because the bladder does not empty completely.
In fact, there are many disorders that can be caused by a stiffening of the pelvic muscles and the loss of bladder elasticity, including residues of retained urine.
Since this could bring with it an excess of catabolic residues and therefore a potentially infectious concentration it is important to empty the bladder completely and the fennel tea will help us.
Fennel herbal tea , in addition to being a very effective carminative remedy that could be taken as a post-meal digestive , fennel has the property of promoting diuresis and completely emptying the bladder during urination.
It is also an excellent remedy for those suffering from urge incontinence , because it helps to better monitor the stimulus between one urination and another.
9. Calendula eggs
There is a form of “honeymoon” cystitis that can occur following frequent sexual intercourse.
It is generally not bacterial in nature and can be prevented with the use of calendula -based eggs , on the market they are also found with calendula and tea tree in synergy, and perform a soothing, moisturizing, anti-inflammatory function.
They can also be used after the menstrual cycle to disinfect the vaginal mucosa.
Those who suffer from cystitis and are prone to relapses must also pay attention to the choice of underwear fabrics. It is good to favor natural fiber garments such as cotton and leave out microfiber, lace or synthetic fabrics.
Cotton promotes perspiration , does not irritate the skin and mucous membranes and is easily washable at high temperatures for proper sanitation of the fabric.
Even sanitary pads are not all the same , always choose those in natural cellulose and in case of vaginal discharge, change it more frequently.