When first diagnosed with Cystitis you may feel despondent, even frustrated when antibiotics are failing and little other professional help is available. With a little research and effort you may find a treatment that works well for you, whether its your first case, or you suffer from recurring bouts of Cystitis.
Everyone with a recurrent cystitis problem is looking for a natural way to treat and cure the problem, because eventually, and unfortunately, the medical solutions for cystitis seem to stop working. Often this can be because antibiotic-resistant bacteria are involved. But it can also be because no bacteria can be found and the doctor just runs out of options. You might hear the phrase, "You're just going to have to learn to live with it".
When you hear that it can be very upsetting. Frustrated by the allopathic approach to bladder health Sweet Cures started looking for supportive supplements that could help alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with cystitis. Anna, the founder of Sweet Cures was suffering from recurring cystitis which was affecting her kidneys. She was also suffering from a long list of fluoroquinolone-based antibiotic side-effects prescribed to treat the condition. The symptoms were suggestive of fluorine poisoning, and included:
So Anna began looking for a natural way to good bladder health. She found links between the way mannose is used to prevent bacterial adhesion in the lab, and the way bacteria adhere to cells in the bladder and urinary tract.
Since mannose is a non-toxic food supplement, an essential constituent of almost every cell in the body, she ordered a kilo of the product from the United States. Over 8 months, Anna gradually recovered from her bladder problems, by implementing an alkaline diet and using D-mannose, and has never had a single episode since. Anna had found her own "supportive regime" for good bladder health and she wanted to share it with the world. She gave up her well paid job as a University Teacher, and devoted her time to creating and sharing the purest form possible of the D-Mannose supplement.
When normally friendly symbiotic bacteria such as E.Coli from the gut enter the urinary tract, they rapidly change their physical characteristics. Urine is a desperately challenging environment for the normal rod-shaped bacteria...
So the E.Coli develop fimbrial hairs with mannose receptors to attach to the mannose in our tissue cells. It's a desperate struggle for survival, and they cling on and release toxins that eat away at the lining of the bladder causing it to become irritated and inflamed. This allows them to burrow deeply and attach to the mannose molecules of the cells in the bladder lining.
However, this simple and highly effective attachment mechanism can be used against the bacteria. Introducing larger amounts of mannose molecules into the urine results in more bacteria attaching to the more readily available mannose. Less bacteria attaches to the body's natural mannose in bladder cells. The bacteria, suspended in the urine, are then flushed away when you urinate.
About half of the world's female population never suffer the symptoms of cystitis. The other half have at least one episode during their lifetime, and of those about 20% have recurring cystitis. It is much more prevalent in women than men. The symptoms are not easily ignored: low down abdominal cramping, painful urination, sometimes burning hot strong-smelling urine, and often painful stinging of the urethra during and after urination. Another symptom of cystitis is needing to urinate, but being almost completely unable to pass water. This can obviously be dangerous, especially if you have had recurrent cystitis episodes and multiple doses of antibiotics to which the bacteria have become resistant. Fluid build-up can create an imbalance in the body's electrolytes, causing nausea and worse.
This is why it is important for anyone who regularly suffers from the symptoms of cystitis to seek medical help and keep some D-Mannose in their medicine cabinet. Two to four grams should be taken with water at the very first twinge of pain as a supportive measure for bladder health.
If you suspect you have an infection, you can test your urine at home with urine test strips, which have elements for spotting infection. You will be able to check for:
Of those who contract Cystitis, at least 1 in 4 will have a recurrent episode within 6 months of the first.
Generally, maintaining a healthy bladder and urinary tract is as simple as taking a dose of D'Mannose just before sleep and /or around triggers such as sport. However, there are a few supplement tips that can help. The first, is to immediately take a double dose of D-Mannose as soon as you experience a twinge. Drink something that helps alkalise the urine every 2-3 hours. This will also help flush away any bacteria that has attached to the dmannose.
If you have taken antibiotics, consider using Probiotics to support your gut bacteria and immune system. A teaspoon full of Magnesium citrate, sodium citrate, calcium citrate, or potassium citrate (check with your local pharmacist) a few times a day may also help. The pharmacist should advise how long you can take it for, and whether you can take it alongside any existing medication.
What may work for some, may not work for others. Arm yourself with the tools and the knowledge that you need, that are suited to you, and you will find your own personal "supportive regime" for good bladder health. In our years of experience, we've learned that people who take control of their health are the people with the best chance of becoming completely well, and remaining healthy.
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