Drink plenty of liquids especially cranberry juice. Drink at least 250mls of water every hour.
Include celery, parsley and watermelon in your diet either whole or put through a juicer. These foods act as natural diuretics and cleansers.
Avoid citrus fruits, these produce alkaline urine that encourages bacterial growth. Increasing the acid content in urine inhibits the growth of bacteria.
Stay away from ALL sugars, alcohol, caffeine, carbonated drinks, coffee, chocolate, refined or processed foods and simple sugars. Chemicals in food, drugs and impure water have an adverse effect on the bladder.
Take 2 acidophilus tablets (Inteflora, probiflora) or capsules with each meal. This is especially important if antibiotics are taken.
Take a 20 minute hot bath twice daily with Tea Tree Oil and Epsom Salts. This helps to relieve pain associated with cystitis.
Avoid taking excess zinc and iron supplements until healed. Taking over 100mg of Zinc daily can depress the immune system; bacteria require iron for growth. If a bacterial infection is present, the body stores iron in the liver, spleen and bone marrow in order to prevent further growth of the bacteria.
Do not delay emptying the bladder. Making sure that you urinate every 2 to 3 waking hours "voiding by the clock'' can help.
Keep the genital and anal areas clean and dry. Women should wipe from front to back after emptying the bladder or bowels and should empty the bladder before and after exercise and sexual intercourse, and should wash the vagina after intercourse.
Wear white cotton underwear, nylon underwear must be avoided.
Change into dry clothes as soon as possible after swimming, avoid sitting around in a wet bathing suit.
Do not use feminine hygiene sprays, packaged douches, bubble baths, tampons, sanitary pads or toilet paper containing fragrance. Recycled, cheap brands of toilet should also be avoided. The chemicals all these products contain are potentially irritating.
If you suffer from frequent urinary tract infections, use sanitary towels rather than tampons.
If urination is painful but harmful bacteria cannot be found, discontinue all types of soaps and use only water to cleanse the vaginal area. Some people are sensitive to soap; an all natural soap (plain glycerine soap) from a health food store is recommended.
If there is blood in the urine, consult your health care professional immediately.
Optimal immune function is important in both fighting and preventing all bacterial disorders.
Caffeine causes the muscles around the bladder neck to contract and can produce painful bladder spasms.
Habitually retaining the urine in the bladder for long periods increasese a woman's risk or urinary tract infection.
Shrinkage of urethral and vaginal membranes, which most commonly occurs after menopause as a result of a reduction in the amount of estrogen in the body, can increase the tendency to develop bladder infections.
Using aluminium cookware may cause cystitis symptoms. Cadmium, a toxic metal found in some jewellery and children's toys many cause urinary problems as well.
Colloidal silver is a natural broad-spectrum antiseptic that fights infection, subdues inflammation and promotes healing. Can be taken orally and used externally to clean.
Antibiotics and analgesics may be necessary treatments for cystitis, especially for persistent and / or painful infections. Beware of resorting to them too often, however. Antibiotics disturb the normal internal flora and may actually promote recurrent infections by promoting the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. In fact, because antibiotics have been widely overprescribed over the years, many of the bacteria in our bodies ( 50 - 80 %) are now resistant to common antibiotics. This forces doctors to resort to more powerful and potentially more dangerous antibiotics that pose a greater risk of adverse reactions and side effects. For most bladder infections, a natural approach to treatment appears to be best.