Natural Remedies for Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Urinary Tract Infections (or UTI’s) are so common it is estimated that several hundred million women will suffer from it annually.   Herbal remedies can be an effective treatment for non-pregnant women with conditions like cystitis (bladder), urethritis (urethra) and even pyelonephritis (kidney) and may even help stop recurrent infections providing relief for clients who have suffered their whole lives.

UTI’s refers to the presence of microbes anywhere in the urinary tract, ranging from the distal urethra to the kidney.  The infection is usually caused by bacteria, particularly E. coli, but may be caused by other bacteria as well.  


Botanical medicine can help reduce the duration of your symptoms, prevent progression to upper UTI, and prevent recurrence.  Over 56% of women will experience a UTI in their lifetimes, and among those experiencing uncomplicated acute UTI, as many as 20% will have a recurrence within 6 months.  As the use of antibiotics may become less effective because of antibiotic resistance, herbal remedies can heal our gut and reduce reinfections.

Causes of Urinary Tract Infection

  • Use of oral contraceptives (doubles the risk of UTI compared with no birth control)
  • History of antibiotic use {disruption of the vaginal flora}
  • Pregnancy {the mechanical pressure of the growing uterus}
  • Age {declining estrogen levels}
  • Constipation
  • Incontinence
  • Inadequate nutrition
  • Occurrence of other disease and excessive catheter use

To Decrease Urinary Tract Infections

  • urinate after sex (to reduce introducing bacteria)

  • drink adequate fluids

  • avoid contraceptives associated with high UTI’s

UTI’s are commonly divided into lower UTI {urethritis and cystitis} and upper UTI {pyelonephritis}, each with different symptoms and treatments.

Symptoms of Cystitis {lower UTI}

  • Sudden onset

  • Pregnancy women may present with contractions and pelvic pain

  • Achy, crampy or just not feeling well

At first signs of any discomfort, I take Garden of LIfe Urinary Tract+ , drink low sugar cranberry juice and increase my Vitamin C intake.

 

Lower UTI in non-pregnancy women is often easily treated with this simple protocol.  

To decrease urinary tract inflammation and cystitis:

  • Take Echinacea tincture for an acute UTI and immune support 2-3x day.

  • Take a daily probiotic: look for L. Rhamnous and L. fermentum strains.  Garden of Life Urinary Tract works wonders!

  • Reduce sugar intake; increase your greens!

  • Take 500mg Vit C. every four hours.

  • Add marshmallow root to your drink and sip on it.  Stir 1tbs. of marshmallow leaf and root powder into 4-8oz. of water and drink two to three times a day.  An easy way to do this would be to sip on Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat Tea.

  • Place the tea bag in a mason jar of cold water and let sit for four hrs.  Sip on all day.

Symptoms of Pyelonephritis {upper UTI}

  • Gradual onset
  • Symptoms associated with urination may or may not be present
  • Fever, chills, nausea
  • Lower to middle back discomfort
  • Requires antib iotics; please see your doctor.

As a community herbalist, I work with women to decrease conventional medicine and explore natural remedies for their symptoms.  If you would like a personalized program for your health, please contact me @info@taragregorio.com or www.taragregorio.com.

To decrease urinary tract inflammation and cystitis:

  • Take Echinacea tincture for an acute UTI and immune support 2-3x day.

  • Take a daily probiotic: look for L. Rhamnous and L. fermentum strains.  Garden of Life Urinary Tract works wonders!

  • Reduce sugar intake; increase your greens!

  • Take 500mg Vit C. every four hours.

  • Add marshmallow root to your drink and sip on it.  Stir 1tbs. of marshmallow leaf and root powder into 4-8oz. of water and drink two to three times a day.  An easy way to do this would be to sip on Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat Tea.

  • Place the tea bag in a mason jar of cold water and let sit for four hrs.  Sip on all day.

 

 

 

Symptoms of Cystitis {lower UTI}

  • Sudden onset
  • Pregnancy women may present with contractions and pelvic pain
  • Achy, crampy or just not feeling well

 

At first signs of any discomfort I take Garden of LIfe Urinary Tract+ , drink low sugar cranberry juice and increase my Vitamin C intake.

Symptoms of Pyelonephritis {upper UTI}

  • Gradual onset
  • Symptoms associated with urination may or may not be present
  • Fever, chills, nausea
  • Lower to middle back discomfort
  • Requires antib iotics; please see your doctor.

Tara Gregorio

Tara Gregorio, Owner, and Founder of Tara Gregorio Pilates & Wellness is a seasoned veteran with 15 years experience in the health and fitness industry. A STOTT PILATES® Lead Instructor Trainer, Tara has led thousands of teachers- in-training through the certification process. Tara’s knowledge of Pilates, movement, and health is both deep and varied. In addition to teaching instructor level, equipment-based classes, she teaches workshops on topics ranging from anatomy and special populations to athletic conditioning and injury.

Tara’s clientele seek her out for her expertise in pre- and postnatal fitness, breast cancer recovery, osteoporosis, scoliosis, and injury rehabilitation. Tara has a B.S. in Fitness Management and is ACE, Pink Ribbon, STOTT PILATES and 200-hr Living Yoga Certified.

A holistic health practitioner, Tara is also a herbalist and homeopath with over seven years experience and training. Tara develops her own natural remedies, which she features in her product line, TG Herbals. TG Herbals, founded in 2014, is a diverse and growing line of tinctures, bug sprays, salves, and herbal tea blends. A mother of active, three-year-old twins, Tara also specializes in remedies for teething, colic, diaper rash, mastitis, insomnia, pelvic floor incontinence, and diastasis recti.

 Tara makes her home in Cold Spring, New York. She accepts clients in her studio for fitness, injury rehabilitation, and herbal consultations.  

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