Cystitis: why does it occur and what are the NATURAL REMEDIES to best deal with it?

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Cystitis: natural remedies and how to best deal with it?


Did you know that about 50% of women are affected by a urinary tract infection at least once in their lifetime?

Indeed, these are not uncommon ailments… If you feel pulled in, this article may be for you!

We have already introduced the topic of cystitis (if you missed the article, you can go and read it here).

Let’s briefly recap what cystitis is and why it can occur so frequently.

What is cystitis?

It is an inflammation of the bladder mucosa. This is, as we have already seen, a very common disorder that mainly affects women.

The culprits of this inflammation are mainly–BACTERIA! In fact, cystitis usually develops because bacteria from fecal or vaginal flora colonize the mucosa around the urethra and travel up the urinary duct, reaching the bladder. What bacteria are involved? They are mainly from uropathogenic strains of Escherichia coli, which are often precisely intestine-derived.

Urinary tract infections are more common in women precisely because of the anatomical conformation of the urethra, which is much shorter than that of men and is located close to the vagina and rectum, leading to a greater risk of bacterial contamination!

What are the (annoying) symptoms?

Among the symptoms of cystitis, the following are usually recognized:

  • Pain and/or burning when urinating and need to urinate more often than normal
  • Dark, cloudy or strong-smelling urine
  • pain in the lower abdomen
  • General feeling of malaise, aches and tiredness

How can we deal with it?

Mild cases often improve on their own or manage to be treated effectively within a few days. Some people, however, experience frequent episodes of cystitis and may need long-term treatment. Therefore, it is very important to understand the extent of the problem and consult your primary care physician.

The first thing we can do to deal with a problem like cystitis is to act on our lifestyle: stress, poor diet, physical and mental fatigue, and poor or excessive intimate hygiene are all factors that predispose to the onset of the problem!

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If we enter the world of nutrition, for example, the first rule is definitely to avoid or limit the intake of foods that can inflame the bladder, among which we find processed foods, carbonated and sugary drinks, sweets, alcohol, coffee and tea, spicy foods…

On the other hand, there are also many foods that can help us counteract this annoying ailment: for example, did you know that (to mention a seasonal vegetable!) asparagus, thanks to its purifying and diuretic properties, can be valuable allies in preventing urinary tract problems?

Have you ever wondered instead what resources against cystitis the plant world can offer us?

Let’s go and find out together!

Cystitis natural remedies what are they?

ingredients for cystitis natural remedies

CRANBERRY

Cranberry(Vaccinium macrocarpon), perhaps better known as American cranberry is a small plant native, precisely, to Northeast America.

Fun fact: The term “macrocarpon” meaning “big fruit” refers precisely to the succulent red berries that make up the fruit of the plant! The berries are used to make foods (fruit compotes and juices) and are exploited for their pharmacological properties.

What are the constituents of Cranberry?

The main compounds that determine the properties of Cranberry are flavonoids, anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins, and the catechins. It also has carbohydrates (especially fructose), organic acids (malic, oxalic, citric, benzoic), tannins, and vitamin C.

How does it work against cystitis?

Type A proanthocyanidins are the real stars of Cranberry’s marked antimicrobial activity, exploited to counter some urinary tract infections, such as cystitis. This activity consists, in particular, of inhibiting the adhesion of bacteria to the epithelium of the bladder wall.

Escherichia coli (the microorganism that is usually most implicated in urinary tract infections) has fimbriae, flagellum-like structures that allow bacteria to adhere to the mucous membranes of their environment. Type A proanthocyanidins interact precisely with the fimbriae of the bacterium, preventing them from attaching to the bladder epithelium and thus rendering the bacterium unable to effectively colonize the environment and cause cystitis!

Cranberry’s main chemical constituents also give the fruit distinct antioxidant properties.

IBISCO

Hibiscus sabdariffa, also known as “Rosella,” is a variety of Hibiscus, belonging to the Malvaceae family. It is a plant that is exploited in various fields due to its pharmacological properties.

What are the main constituents of hibiscus?

Anthocyanins, flavonoids, organic acids and polysaccharides are the main constituents of hibiscus and determine its main properties.

What are these properties and how can they help fight cystitis?

The properties of hibiscus in preventing bacterial infections of the urinary system are traditionally known. This is possible precisely because of its main constituents:

  • anthocyanins and glucosides counteract the adhesion of Escherichia coli to urinary tract cells, thus preventing colonization;
  • organic acids have a diuretic action and normalize urinary pH, making bacterial growth unfavorable;
  • Vitamin C’s antioxidant action helps protect cells from oxidative damage.

Studies in recent decades have precisely confirmed the ability of hibiscus to reduce episodes of urinary infections due to its antimicrobial and antifungal actions against the main pathogens of the urinary tract, namely Escherichia coli (which we have already seen) and Candida albicans (a fungus that can also cause infection).

Fun fact: Did you know that hibiscus is none other than karkadè? The karkadè infusion, with its bold red color and slightly tart taste, is rich in all those compounds that determine the beneficial properties of hibiscus! Enjoying it both hot and cold can be a real health boon!

D – MANNOSIUM

D-mannose is a simple sugar that is extracted from larch and birch wood.

It is used to prepare supplements that promote urinary tract function and can help with cystitis.

How does it help us against cystitis?

D-mannose also acts by counteracting the adhesion of bacteria to the bladder epithelium. Taken D-mannose is rapidly absorbed and in about 30 minutes reaches the peripheral organs, then is excreted from the urinary tract. At this level, D-mannose inhibits the adhesion of bacteria to the bladder wall: in fact, these bacteria, by binding free D-mannose in the urine and instead of proteins on the surface of bladder cells, are trapped in the urinary stream and thus subsequently eliminated!

PROPOLI

It is a resinous substance that is produced by bees. We have already seen what propolis is and how we can use it in our article, to which we refer you if you are interested in learning more (by clicking here).

How can it help us against cystitis?

Among its potentials, propolis possesses bacteriostatic and bactericidal activity. It is indeed able to act directly on bacterial cells, preventing their multiplication or destroying them. It is also able to intervene in immune processes by stimulating the phagocytic activity of macrophages.

escherichiacoli cystitisIn recent years, the action of propolis in combination with cranberry proanthocyanidins to counter urinary tract infections has also been studied: in particular, a protective effect against adhesion and colonization by uropathogenic Escherichia coli has emerged.

In addition to its antibacterial properties, propolis also has the ability to acidify the pH of the urinary tract, making the environment unfavorable for pathogen growth.

To conclude.

Have you seen how nature can help us deal (in the mildest cases) with this annoying disorder? If we combine natural remedies with a healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition, the first step is taken!

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