Magazine 13 May 2024

Grandmother’s remedies for cystitis: here’s why they won’t work

My dear friend,

If you googled ‘cystitis grandma’s remedies,’ I’m sure of two things:

  1. The first is that you want to defeat cystitis once and for all;
  2. The second is that you are looking for a natural solution.

Am I wrong?

But I must warn you: these remedies are not the solution! So, in today’s article I decided to explain how to fight your cystitis naturally (yes, without drugs).

Now I also know a third thing: I made you curious and you decided to take a look at what I wrote for you.

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Everything you need to know about (effective) treatment of your cystitis

Home remedies to relieve cystitis: do they really work? Obviously not

How many times have you heard about grandmother’s remedies to combat cystitis?

Probably many.

Let us therefore see some of the most common ones:

  1. pineapple: this delicious fruit contains bromelain, which helps digest protein by breaking it down into amino acids. It is diuretic and acts as an anti-inflammatory;
  2. Cranberries: another great urban legend! According to myth, American cranberry would minimize and inhibit the activity of Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria in the bladder and urinary tract, responsible for most recurrent infections, such as cystitis. Its strong antiadhesive activity would prevent bacteria from sticking to the bladder walls. Does it work? Of course not! If you would like to elaborate, I have written an article in which I discuss this in more detail;
  3. bicarbonate: sodium bicarbonate has alkaline, antacid and electrolyte properties and would make it difficult for bacteria to adhere to the wall of the urinary tract. Technically, one should add a quarter teaspoon of baking soda to half a glass of water, drinking first two glasses of plain water and then the one containing the (decidedly unpleasant tasting) solution;
  4. Spinach, chard and broccoli: they have lots of iron, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. In the case of spinach, it is recommended to consume it raw or in smoothies. They help wash away adherent bacteria and improve symptoms.

Now, it is true that in order to prevent cystitis, it is advisable to eat a healthy and balanced diet, avoiding very fatty foods, sugar, alcohol, etc. But it is one thing to prevent cystitis naturally; it is another thing to treat and defeat it effectively. And nutrition is part of a larger process that encompasses healthy habits and proper care.

Are you wondering which one it is?

Let’s see it now.

Read also: Blueberry juice for cystitis: is it really the best remedy?

What is D-mannose and why it may help you beat cystitis without resorting to drugs

If you have decided to read this article, I am sure you are looking for a natural and minimally invasive method to treat your cystitis. And it is also likely that you have already tried taking antibiotics which, for a moment, took effect. But after that, not even time to relax and think you’ve solved it–whoosh! There it is again, tormenting you.

If it’s any consolation, you’re not the only one this has happened to. 🙄

Do you know why this happens? Because antibiotics not only attack pathogenic bacteria but also most of the good ones, affecting the intestinal and vaginal flora. This, on the one hand, resolves the infection very quickly but, on the other hand, risks disrupting the normal balance of your body. Not to mention that the bacteria could develop resistance to the drug, so that it would come back well-armed and not be defeated again.

To make matters worse, you must consider that cystitis is not always caused by an infection, reasoning that medication is not always the solution!

And so, you may ask, what to do?

Here I am talking to you about D-mannose. It is a simple sugar (monosaccharide) closely related to glucose found in many fruits, vegetables and plants and also found naturally in some cells of the human body.

D-mannose is rapidly absorbed and reaches the organs within thirty minutes, after which it can be excreted through the urinary tract. In other words, due to its action, this sugar prevents bacteria from sticking to the bladder walls so that they are excreted naturally during urination.

If you would like to learn more, I will leave you the article dedicated to the dosage of D-mannose, and if you have any questions, remember that you can always write to me. 🥰

More (natural) tips to combat cystitis

We have said that following a healthy diet is definitely the first step in preventing this inflammation. It is best to avoid excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages, carbonated soft drinks, coffee, spicy or smoked foods, and chocolate.

But there are other things you can do: these are changes in habits that are easy to implement in daily life, but whose effectiveness is often unknown or underestimated by most people:

  • stay hydrated (and no, tea and herbal teas do not count!😉);
  • Use gels, soaps and pads that take care of intimate health;
  • Take care to wash after every relationship with his/her partner;
  • Do not hold back the urge to urinate for too long;
  • Avoid wearing underwear with irritating material or pants that are too tight.

In short, it really only takes a few steps for good prevention. 🦾

But I want to do more.

Here I leave a link to our Dimann-branded product line, in which D-Mannose is the key ingredient, which you can find in convenient kits or individually. Also, if you would like to better understand the causes of your cystitis and figure out which solution is best for you, check out our Find Your Path quiz.

For anything I am here at your disposal. 🥰

I give you a big hug,

Lorenza

Read also: Cold cystitis: causes, symptoms and how to treat it for good

In this article we talked about…

  • Grandma’s remedies are not enough (and often not even effective) to combat cystitis, but if you are looking for a natural way to beat it, D-mannose is the solution for you.
  • To prevent cystitis, it is advisable to eat a healthy diet, drink plenty of water, take care of intimate hygiene and wear underwear with non-aggressive material.

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