There are two natural substances that are known to help with bladder infections: cranberry, and D-mannose.

Cranberry has been proven to help with bladder infections because it binds to e-coli bacteria and helps inactivate their ability to bind to the bladder wall. It has been further shown that it works best when the whole fruit is taken (peel, fruit, and seeds) rather than isolates of cranberry or the juice powder.

The thing is, that to take a therapeutic dose of 500 mg per day of whole cranberry is both cumbersome to consume (if you were to eat 1 ½ cups of fresh or frozen unsweetened cranberry per day). And it can raise your blood sugar levels if you were to take 1 oz. of sweetened dried fruit, or 10 oz. of sweetened 27% cranberry cocktail per day.

To take a sweetened version of cranberry was not only shown to promote weight gain in test studies, but is also known to promote unhealthy flora (bacteria colonies) in the gut, which is the very thing that we want to avoid for this condition (due to proximity and cross contamination of the areas).

Cranberry has natural chemicals that bind to the tentacles of e-coli (a “bad” bacteria when it is in the bladder). This prevents the e-coli from being able to latch on to the bladder lining.

If e-coli is allowed to bind to the bladder lining, it can create colonies, and can even enter into the deeper layers of the bladder lining creating what are called “biofilms.” Biofilms are protein-chemical shields created by the pathogens and which the pathogens (bacteria, virus, mold, yeast) hide behind to confuse the immune system. Cranberry stops this process at the very beginning stages by handcuffing the e-coli bacteria individually.

 

Treat Recurrent Bladder Infection with UT Intensive™ by Designs for Health®

The Better Back and Body Shop chooses UT Intensive™ by Designs for Health® because of its convenience, because of its use of all parts of the whole cranberry fruit, and because of the combined effect of the two active ingredients: cranberry and D-mannose.

D-mannose is a fruit sugar that the human body does not use in energy pathways.

Therefore there are no raised blood sugar effects and no weight gain associated with its consumption. However, e-coli, the offending bacteria in most bladder infections is attracted to D-mannose. D-mannose not only binds with the e-coli tentacles preventing the bacteria from binding with the lining of the bladder, but it also binds with the receptors of the bladder wall.

These are the very receptors that would allow an e-coli bacteria to attach there. The D-mannose pops into the receptor sites taking up the “parking spaces,” so to speak, and competing for space. This shoulders out the bacteria and allows them to be flushed out in the urine.

UT Intensive can be used alongside medically prescribed antibiotics.

It is never advised to let bladder infections that do not resolve quickly to go without medical care because in worst cases the infection may progress to the kidney, especially in the elderly. That being said, if you have been taking UT Intensive with less than optimal results for ongoing off and on bladder infections, and you think you may have colonized patches of bio-film-protected bacteria in your bladder, you may try adding a natural anti-bacterial to your protocol and a biofilm inhibitor.

Oregano and berberine are among those natural substances that have antibiotic properties, and Biocidin® sublingual liquid can be used to help break down bio-films in the body. Bring them up to your doctor or health care practitioner, or see Dr. Sylvia Skefich, chiropractor, for dosing instructions and recommendations.

Other tips: Eliminating sugar and alcohol from the diet, at least temporarily may be needed in order to control a bladder infection. Always urinate soon after having sex to flush pathogens. When wiping after urination, do not wipe “back to front” in direction.

UT Intensive can be used at a maintenance dose (one pill per day, alone or with food) for prevention.  For active infection, you may take four pills per day.

Disclaimer: Seek medical advice if you are elderly or infirmed and have a bladder infection. If you are not elderly, seek medical care if your bladder infection symptoms are severe, if the pain has progressed to you back, or if there is no improvement with UT Intensives within two weeks.

© Sylvia Skefich, D.C., 2020