If you’ve ever suffered from a urinary tract infection, also known as a UTI, you know just how awful they can be. The pain, the burning, the spams, it’s enough to send you to bed or keep you in the bathroom for hours or days. You’ll do almost anything to get rid of it. Like yesterday.
I know the feeling very well. I’ve had UTIs off and on for most of my life and the usual stuff like cranberry juice never did much for me. But luckily I found 2 natural ways that worked wonders to improve my UTIs quickly. And for the record, I always check with my doctor just to be safe and you should too.
Ever since I had my children, I started getting occasional urinary tract infections. About three years ago, I had a particularly painful stubborn infection and since I did not want to go on antibiotics (it really messes with my system), I tenaciously searched for a natural UTI remedy.
That’s when I learned about D-Mannose. I bought some and within a few hours after taking a dose, I began feeling better. It has worked every time except once to improve my UTIs without needing antibiotics. (The one time I did need antibiotics, my doctor figured out I had a special bacteria strain that D-Mannose couldn’t help. That’s why you should always consult with your doctor.)
What is D-Mannose?
D-Mannose is a natural sugar found in certain plants and fruit, like cranberries, apples, berries, etc. It goes straight through the body, with very little of the sugar absorbing into the blood stream. Bacteria loves D-Mannose , so the E. coli bacteria that are responsible for about 90% of UTIs, releases it’s grip from the bladder wall and attaches to the tasty D-Mannose sugar instead. Then it simply passes out through the urine.
Why can’t I just drink cranberry juice?
Cranberry juice doesn’t work very quickly and when you have a urinary tract infection, you want fast relief. In my experience, d-mannose worked faster and more effectively.
Also, while cranberry juice can be great for bladder health, it usually has a lot of sugar. Sugar that bacteria thrive on. And since regular sugar doesn’t pass through your body like D-Mannose , it encourages the bacteria to stick around instead of leaving. So while some aspects of cranberry juice may be helpful, the high sugar quantity often outweighs that advantage.
How I use d-Mannose:
If I even feel a twinge in my bladder, I take 1000mg of D-Mannose right away. I know this has saved me from a number of UTIs.
If a bladder infection does set in, I take 500-1000mg of D-Mannose every 3-4 hours throughout the day. This relieves my symptoms within 24 hours, though it’s usually within a few hours.
The Second Natural Option for UTI Symptoms
Two years ago, my doctor recommended that I take a herb called pipsissewa for UTI prevention. This was after I experience a UTI that did require antibiotics.
Now, I take pipsissewa every time I feel the slightest twinge and after sex. I think this herb has helped even more than d-mannose and it’s cheaper too.
The tincture (liquid) form is best – I recommend this one.
A couple of other things to help…
*Bacteria thrives on sugar, so try not to eat any (or minimal) sugar when you have a urinary tract infection. If you frequently get UTIs, you may want to consider reducing your sugar intake altogether.
*Drink lots of water since it will help your body and the D-Mannose flush out the bacteria more quickly.