10 Natural Ways To Treat Cystitis
By: Pinki Wed, 09 June 2021 7:58 PM
Cystitis causes one to visit the bathroom many times during the day. People who suffer from cystitis experience discomfort when they urinate. Statistics show that one in six women contract cystitis annually. The infection is easily caught by women as their urethra opening is near the anus; allowing bacteria from the anus to rapidly spread to the bladder and cause an infection.
One of the symptoms of the infection is the need to urinate more often but urinating is also the cure. Reluctance to pass urine when the urge occurs has serious consequences when one has a UTI as the bacteria can spread. Through the passing of urine, bacterium finds a way to be released so it revs up the process of recovery.
# Bladder training
Whilst urinating is important, for people who have more severe forms of UTI and bladder infection, it becomes vital to train the bladder. This means that the toilet usage should revolve around the cloak and should not be based on the need to urinate.
Training the bladder to wait between toilet visits can be a huge advantage when eventually you contract UTI. Relaxation methods can be used to train the bladder. Taking deep breaths and finding a distraction works best.
Staying well hydrated and drinking lots of glasses of water is helpful to flush out any bacteria that cause urinary tract infections. Drinking water also helps as the fluid can be released when one passes urine. Try to drink at least eight glasses of water a day.
# Hot-Water Bottle
Like for most stomach related pain, holding a water bottle to one’s tummy can help cystitis sufferers. The pain endured whilst urinating is too overwhelming as bladder muscles contract to release the urine thus making the tummy cramp. Applying warmth to the bladder muscle relieves the muscles.
# Warm Baths
Like the hot water bottle, sitting in baths that are filled with warm water can reduce any aching. A shower or bath should be taken every time after indulging in sexual intercourse or exercise.
# Avoiding Exotic Baths
While baths are a good cure, the baths should be filled only with water and bubbles, deodorants or fragranced soaps should not be used in the bath. Only when prescribed by the doctor should something be added to the warm water else nothing ought to be added to the water as it may worsen the condition.
# Dietary changes
When choosing what to eat one should steer clear of any foods that may aggravate the bladder. While drinking liquids to flush away bacteria is important, in the same vein, its best to stay away from alcohol, fizzy drinks, citrus, and caffeine.
Be wary of foods that are rich in vitamin C. The intake of spicy foods and spices, tomatoes, pickled foods and artificial sweeteners should also be monitored and eliminated. Be aware of foods that may cause bladder irritation so that these foods can be avoided in the future.
# Avoid the Three C’s
Carbonated drinks, caffeine, and chocolate should be eliminated from the patients’ diet until they recover from their cystitis. These easy meals and drinks annoy the bladder lining fostering bacteria and if one suffers from UTI far too often they should eliminate the three C’s from their diet completely.
# Eat Fermented Foods
Like with probiotics, fermented foods allow the natural flora of the body to be revived. Thus through the consumption of fermented foods, beneficial bacteria is replaced in the bladder and fights off harm causing bacteria. Yogurts, cheese, and kefir perform the same function as probiotics.
# Dress comfortably
As simple a thing as wearing loose clothes is important when battling with UTI. Tight clothes and belts hurt the abdomen and should not be worn.