Cystitis in winter
Magazine 15 June 2021

Cystitis in winter: how to prevent it

  1. Cystitis in winter: why does the cold increase the risk?
  2. Cystitis in winter: what behaviors to watch out for?
  3. Cystitis in winter: how to prevent it?

Cystitis in the winter, cystitis in the summer, cystitis that always comes when you have a major event (maybe with a lot of menstruation going on), cystitis at night, cystitis during the day.

It really seems like any excuse to get cystitis.

There is always an element of risk that should be avoided, and a habit you didn’t know was bad that you have to correct. But, unfortunately, there are things that you can’t explain which inexplicably bring you back into the spiral of cystitis.

It almost seems like staying still in the house is the easiest solution.

I know you are exhausted but allowing cystitis to limit your life is the wrong thing to do.

If you’ve noticed your cystitis is more frequent in the winter, let me explain why cold weather is a risk factor for cystitis and what to do to prevent it.

We can talk about it face to face right now, or you can read the rest of this article on your own. 😉

Cystitis in winter: why does the cold increase the risk?

1. Pay attention to the heating

Winter: you either love it or hate it, don’t you?

Personally, I HATE it.

But, perhaps, there’s something everyone agrees on: when it’s cold outside, the idea of staying inside curled up under a blanket, perhaps with the heater or fire on, is unparalleled, isn’t it?

The strange truth is that heating can negatively affect your cystitis.

Yes, you read that right!

Heating systems can make the air we breathe dry, and they also “dry out” our whole body a bit: our skin, our eyes, and our mucous membranes (the membranes that cover the inside of some organs, such as the bladder).

Thus, the mucous membranes of the bladder, which are drier than usual, are more likely to be damaged by bacteria or other irritants, and cystitis can trigger more easily.

To this, I would add a non-insignificant detail: winter clothing. The more synthetic the material you’re wearing, the more you create the ideal environment for bacterial reproduction: warm and moist.

So make sure you wear something comfortable, warm but BREATHABLE clothing to reduce this risk too.

2. Sensitized urinary tract

Do you know , as the weather gets colder, you feel like you need to pee more frequently?

That’s the cold sensitizing the nerve endings in your kidneys and bladder.
This sensitization process also means that the bladder and kidneys are more vulnerable to infection.

3. Immune system under pressure

With more microbes circulating in winter, your immune system is undoubtedly already under a bit more pressure.

Our lives in winter  become more sedentary during the winter: heart rate decreases, circulation becomes slower, and immune cells have no way of keeping watch efficiently.

The pressure the immune system undergoes during winter makes it less ready to defend against the bacteria that cause cystitis.

You are also at risk of having lower vitamin D levels if you spend less time outside and get less sun.

Vitamin D is synonymous with a good mood but also supports immune system function.

Therefore, keep an eye on its value to avoid incurring a deficiency.

Cystitis in winter: what behaviors to watch out for?

4. Nutrition and hydration

In winter, it is inevitable, especially around Christmas time, those comfort foods: sweets, heavy baked goods, a good glass of wine, etc., tempt us more than ever.

We may not realize it or avoid thinking about it, but we ingest sugar, pro-inflammatory fats, caffeine, alcohol: in short, the perfect cocktail for disaster.

In addition to straining the digestive system, we risk irritating the urinary tract, which certainly does not help us hinder the onset of cystitis.

My readers, of course, you can’t limit yourself all the time – a treat now and then is a sacrosanct right!

Always try, however, to keep the needle of the scale shifted towards a conscious diet, maintaining, as much as possible, correct eating habits.

Also watch out for possible food intolerances. 😉

Another sore point in nutrition is the amount of water taken in.

In winter, perhaps, being less active and sweating less, the feeling of thirst is not as strong as in summer.

Remember, you don’t have to die of thirst before you drink:. However, a inimum of two litres of water per day is required (and cannot be replaced by drinks, perhaps sugary ones).

Alternatively, prepare a warm herbal tea based on mallow, equisetum, and wheatgrass, which are good for the urinary tract.

5. Bathroom habits

Have you ever put off going to pee just because of the thought of having to take several layers of clothes off your back?

Honestly, no one will ever know the real answer.

Know that the longer you hold your pee, the more any bacteria in your bladder have the time and conditions to reproduce.
Peeing as soon as you feel the urge should become your number 1 priority!

6. Sexual intercourse

In winter, darkness sets in early in the afternoon, temperatures drop dramatically, and, perhaps, you feel more like warming up under the covers with your partner.

Isn’t it?

More sexual intercourse can mean a greater chance of bladder infection and inflammation.

The so-called honeymoon cystitis, in fact, is certainly among the most frequent in sexually active women. If you haven’t already, I recommend reading all of the tips for preventing cystitis after intercourse, or contacting me directly.

Cystitis in winter: how to prevent it?

Friend, we have seen all the causes of cystitis in winter and understood together what habits should be corrected.

Now you may be wondering if there is a way to feel protected from sudden episodes of cystitis throughout the winter.

The answer lies in the Dimann Prevention Kits.

Whether it’s avoiding bacterial cystitis or cystitis without bacteria, Dimann Prevention Kits work for:

  • Keeping your bladder’s immune system strong;
  • Achieving a balance of bacterial flora (essential for your body to defend itself).

Always remember that you can write to me at any time for personalized advice.

Have a wonderful winter!


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