Natural Antibiotics for UTI
Cleaning Up Your Diet and Supporting a Strong Immune System
The best natural antibiotics for UTI’s is cleaning up your diet and fostering a strong, healthy immune system. A bacterial infection occurs because of a weakened immune system. A strong immune system is unharmed by bad bacteria and will keep your body from experiencing bacterial related medical conditions. You may achieve a strong immune system by eating a diet free of allergenic foods, maintaining a healthy mental state, which is a positive perspective on a life full of gratitude, and by getting plenty of sleep. Getting a healthy body free of infection is truly that simple!
It’s hard to eat right all the time, and everyone slips up occasionally or doesn’t get enough sleep at times. Therefore, if you do experience a urinary tract infection, go see your doctor! If you are the type of person that get these frequently, you can drink fresh cranberry juice or take some uva ursi herbal supplements as explained below.
Cranberry Juice, The Misconceptions and How it Really Helps
Cranberry juice has been recommended for many years to treat urinary tract infections. The problem is that commercially available cranberry juice is packed full of sugar and water, which does more harm than good to your bladder and certainly is going to help alleviate any symptoms. Freshly sourced cranberry juice, however, has shown to fight off E. coli, the bacteria that cause bladder infections and urinary tract infections. The cranberry juice will help healthy bacteria line the uterine wall and guard the harmful bacteria from the E. coli that is infecting the bladder. Blueberry juice has also shown similar results, but not as strongly as cranberry juice has. To make the fresh cranberry juice taste palatable, you may mix it with blueberry juice and/or pineapple juice.
Uva Ursi, the Best Natural Antibiotic for UTI
Uva ursi has shown to be way more effective at preventing bladder infections than cranberry juice. It’s also easier to get since pure and fresh cranberry juice is currently unavailable in the shopping market. A study was conducted on Uva Ursi over the course of one year. A double-blind study conducted on fifty-seven women. Half of the women who took the placebo reported getting urinary tract infections again within that year. The other half who did receive uva ursi reported no urinary tract infections. That’s a significant difference. A typical placebo study done on alternative healing practices will show you that the placebo is just as effective but not in this case. The results clearly and without bias indicated a strong favor toward taking uva ursi as a natural antibiotic for UTI’s.
You must take uva ursi with caution because doses of 15 grams or a 1/2 ounce of dried leaves may result in some adverse side effects such as ringing of your ears, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, and feelings of suffocation.
Uva Ursi is hands down the best natural antibiotic for UTI’s.
To gain further knowledge about UTI’s we highly recommend and encourage you to get the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. It’s full of scientifically proven medical advice for many medical conditions and told from the perspective of conventional medicine and natural alternative medical practices.
Can You Take Uva Ursi with Antibiotics
The antibiotics used to Urinary Tract Infections are called trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, cefixime. A yeast infection is one of many side effects these antibiotics may cause, nausea, diarrhea, stomach issues, and headache are a few others.
The contraindications for Uva ursi: do not take this if you are pregnant or have a kidney disorder or inflammatory condition in your intestines. Do not take this for more than one week without the watch of a medical practitioner. Doses of 15 grams or a 1/2 ounce of dried leaves may result in some adverse side effects such as ringing of your ears, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, and feelings of suffocation. Uva Ursi is a diuretic and may dehydrate you because it is flushing out your system, so drink extra amounts of water.
There is no information regarding taking uva ursi with antibiotics. If you do get antibiotics to treat a UTI, just take the anitbiotics. Uva Ursi is a great alternative but there is no need to take both at the same time. The antibiotics will work and get rid of the urinary tract infection on it’s own. If you wish to avoid taking antibiotics, then catch the infection super early and take uva ursi for one week along with ibuprofen to kill the pain.
How to Take Uva Ursi for a Urinary Tract Infection
The trick is to catch it as early as you can. Choose one of the following doses and methods that is easiest for your lifestyle.
- 1-2 tsp in a cup of tea, 3 times per day
- 500-1,000 mg of the freeze dried leaves in a supplement
- 30 drops, twice a day of a tincture
- 200-500 mg of the solid powder extract
If you really aren’t certain about which dosage is right for you, go with less because overdosing does have side effects. You may also call your local naturopathic physician for a consultation on how much to take and how often.
You can also take a teaspoon of D-Mannose two or three times a day to help prevent UTI’s. D-mannose is the active ingredient in cranberry juice that helps flush out the e-coli. It comes in a sweet powder that disolves in water and taste great.
Supporting Studies on PubMed & Resources:
4. The Herbal Drugstore by Linda B. White, M.D. and Steven Foster
5. Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine by Michael Murray N.D. and Joseph Pizzorno N.D.