Five Natural Remedies for Bladder Infections

30 January, 2021
Taking in a lot of liquid is important for producing urine. Peeing is a way of keeping bacteria from accumulating in your bladder.

Have you been diagnosed with bladder infections and want to know what you can take at home, as a supplement to the treatment prescribed by your doctor, to get better? In that case, read on to find out what we’re going to tell you below.

One of the bladder infections is cystitis, which usually has a bacterial origin, although it can also occur as a result of a stone in this organ. Its most common symptoms are the need to urinate frequently and discomfort (pain or burning) when urinating.

In addition, bad hygiene can cause these microbes to appear. Also, they can originate from using wet or tight-fitting underwear and even unprotected sex.

According to Dr. Talha H. Imam: “Cystitis is common among women, particularly during the fertile period. There are several reasons why women are prone, the most notable being the short length of the urethra and the proximity of the urethra to the vagina and anus, where bacteria are usually located.”

Treating cystitis

Treatment of this infection usually consists of antibiotics and analgesics (as needed) for a short period of time. Surgery is used only in rare cases.

Along with pharmacological treatment, patients are recommended to maintain good daily hydration, as this contributes to the relief of symptoms and favors recovery.

Although cystitis isn’t usually a serious health problem, it’s important to pay attention to it and follow your doctor’s instructions to avoid complications and major long-term consequences.

Natural remedies for bladder infections

The following beverages hydrate and stimulate urination, which is what helps relief. By expelling urine, you can also expel the pathogens that caused the infection.

Read: Five Foods to Avoid if You Have an Overactive Bladder

1. Cranberries, watermelon, and cherries

A glass of cranberry juice.

It is considered that a good dose of antioxidants, nutrients, and other bioactive substances could be of great help in the side treatment of bladder infections. Therefore, it’s generally recommended to consume cherry and blueberry juice, fruits especially rich in antioxidants, watermelon, for its lycopene content, among others.

Ingredients

  • ½ c. of fresh cranberries
  • ½ c. of chopped watermelon
  • Fresh mint (optional)
  • ½ c. of cherries
  • 1 c. of water

Instructions

  • Wash and dry the cherries and cranberries
  • Separately, extract the pulp from the watermelon and discard the rind and seeds
  • Put them in your blender with the water for 2 to 3 minutes until you get a smooth juice
  • Serve and drink in moderation
  • For an extra touch of flavor, you can add a few fresh mint leaves

2. Chamomile tea

Folk remedies always take into account the classic chamomile tea since this herb has proven to have sedative, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties that are useful for the relief of various issues, such as bladder infections.

In addition, it is a natural drink that is very easy to prepare at home, which can also contribute to daily hydration and the elimination of retained liquids.

Ingredients

  • 1 satchel of chamomile tea
  • 1 c. of water

Instructions

  • Pour the water into a cup and heat it in the microwave for a couple of minutes
  • When the water begins to bubble, put the bag in
  • Cover the cup and allow to steep for approximately 5 to 6 minutes
  • Sip

3. Coconut water and lemon

A glass of fresh coconut water.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Get the water from a green coconut and mix it with the juice of half of a lemon

4. Relieve bladder infections with celery seeds

Just as there are those who take advantage of whole celery to make various detox drinks, for its high water and fiber content, there are also those who take advantage of the seeds of this vegetable because they attribute various medicinal effects to it.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Firstly, fill a cup with water and heat it in the microwave for two and a half minutes
  • Secondly, add the celery seeds to the boiling water
  • Then, cover the water and let it steep for 10 minutes
  • Finally, strain and drink

Read: Six Tips for an Over-Active Bladder

5. Birch

Some birch tea which helps with bladder infections.

Finally, according to popular belief, birch tea is another natural drink to relieve the discomfort of bladder infections.

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. of birch
  • 1 c. of water

Instructions

  • Firstly, add the birch to the water and boil
  • When it starts to boil, turn the heat down and let it simmer for 2 to 3 minutes
  • Let it steep for 10 minutes, then strain

Note: Don’t use this treatment if you have high blood pressure or other heart problems. For more information, consult your physician.

More things you can do if you have bladder infections

Keep in mind that it’s important to use better hygiene habits and in general have a better lifestyle.

If your condition doesn’t improve or you have complications, talk to your doctor as soon as possible for an examination and appropriate treatment. Remember that the sooner you start, the sooner you’ll recover, so don’t leave your health at the back!

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