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Articles Kidney & Bladder Infections

Kidneys, Bladder, Water Infections, and Ecoli.

Anatomy of the kidney.

Water infections, also known as urinary tract infections and or cystitis affect both men and women. Water infections cause suffering to millions of people each year and range from a mildly uncomfortable episode to a life threatening condition. It is believed that one woman in five will develop an infection of the bladder in their lifetime. In men, water infections are less common but are equally serious.

How Kidneys Function

The food we eat is converted into energy, and what is not utilised, the "waste products", are left behind in the bowel and in the blood.

The kidney and urinary systems keep potassium and sodium, and water in balance and remove urea from the blood. Urea is produced when foods containing protein, are broken down in the body. Urea is carried in the bloodstream to the kidneys, where it is removed.

  • The kidneys are located below the ribs toward the middle of the back. Their function is to remove liquid waste from the blood in the form of urine; keep a stable balance of salts and other substances in the blood; and produce erythropoietin, a hormone that aids the formation of red blood cells.
  • The kidneys remove urea from the blood through tiny filtering units called nephrons. Each nephron consists of a ball formed of small blood capillaries, called a glomerulus, and a small tube called a renal tubule. Urea, together with water and other waste substances, forms the urine as it passes through the nephrons and down the renal tubules of the kidney.
  • There are two ureters, tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder. Muscles in the ureter walls continually tighten and relax forcing urine downward, away from the kidneys. About every 10 to 15 seconds, small amounts of urine are emptied into the bladder from the ureters.
  • The bladder is a hollow organ located in the lower abdomen. The bladder's walls relax and expand to store urine, and contract and flatten to empty urine through the urethra.
  • There are two sphincter muscles. These are circular muscles that help keep urine from leaking by closing tightly like a rubber band around the opening of the bladder.
  • Nerves in the bladder tell a person when it is time to urinate, or empty the bladder.
  • The urethra is a tube that allows urine to pass outside the body. The brain signals the bladder muscles to tighten, which squeezes urine out of the bladder. At the same time, the brain signals the sphincter muscles to relax to let urine exit the bladder through the urethra. When all the signals occur in the correct order, normal urination occurs.
  • Adults pass between two and three pints of urine each day, depending on the fluids and foods consumed.
  • Normally urine is sterile. It contains fluids, salts and waste products, and is free of bacteria.

Water Infections & UTIs (Urinary Infections)

A water infection or UTI (urinary infections) is a bacterial infection that affects any part of the urinary tract . When bacteria get into the bladder or kidney and multiply in the urine, they can cause a UTI. Symptoms can vary a lot depending on whether the infection affects the lower (bladder and urethra) or upper (kidneys and ureters) urinary tract.

The symptoms of lower urinary tract infection are burning on passing urine (dysuria) frequent need to pass urine (frequency), and a compelling need to urinate (urgency). The urine may also be cloudy with an offensive odour. The most common bacterial cause is Escherichia coli (E. coli) which is normally useful and found in the colon, but Pseudomonas and Staphylococcus, amongst other bacteria, are equally possible causes. Particularly when a surgical instrument such as a catheter or cystoscope has been used. There are in fact a host of bacteria that can cause Water Infections, but it is believed that Ecoli is the cause in about 85% to 90+% of infections.

D-Mannose , used appropriately, removes Ecoli, Klebsiella and Salmonella from the body.

Xylotene is used against Streptococcus.

Wild Oregano Oil C80 works as a natural antibacterial against a range of infections in the body.

Manuka Honey has shown success against Staphylococcus.

Raw garlic is considered a natural antibacterial too to use when one has a water infection, but it is much better raw and therefore rather smelly!

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