Preventing Urinary Tract Infections

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After the common cold, the second most common health condition that accounts for visits to doctors’ offices are urinary tract infections (UTI).

The common symptoms and signs of UTI include:health_400

  • Burning sensation when you urinate
  • Feeling the need to urinate more often than usual
  • Feeling the urge to urinate, but not being able to do so
  • Cloudy, dark, smelly or bloody urine

Note that in elderly patients a UTI can be asymptomatic and should be investigated (via urine sample) in an elderly patient who has a fever and/or personality changes with no other symptoms of infection or known cognition problems.

Women tend to get urinary tract infections more often than men because bacteria can reach the bladder more easily in women.

 In addition to standard hygiene practices to prevent UTI, there are two natural agents have been shown to help women prevent urinary tract infections, in cases where recurring urinary tract infections have been a problem. These two ingredients include cranberry extract and D-mannose.

Cranberry Extract: Studies demonstrate that Cranberry Extract contains active constituents, which decrease the ability of bacteria to adhere to the walls of the urinary tract. It also helps to acidify the urine, which decreases the ability of bacteria to replicate. Cranberry extract should provide at least 150 mg per capsule and be standardized to contain 30% total acids, of which 10% are quinic acid and 3% polyphenols. A number of placebo-controlled studies have shown that cranberry extract reduces recurrence of urinary tract infections, even in elderly women

D- Mannose - D-mannose is a simple sugar that the body can not metabolize (so no calories to worry about and it does not affect blood sugar). However, once filtered by the kidneys into the urine, D-Mannose acts like a slippery glove around the tentacles of E. Coli bacteria, preventing the bacteria from clinging to the walls of the urinary tract.  In the presence of D-Mannose the bacteria simply lose their grip and slide out of your body each time you urinate. E. Coli is the primary culprit in urinary tract infections. And it’s a stubborn little germ, largely because it grips to the walls of the urinary tract with its tentacles that act like little suction cups. Thus, E.coli bacteria, is hard to eliminate even in with the use of antibiotics, which are sometimes required when a UTI is in progress. But antibiotics may not kill all the E.Coli bacteria and the ones that remains cling to the walls of the urinary tract, giving them a chance to multiply and create a whole new UTI episode in the future.  This is where D-Mannose comes in. D-Mannose, at a daily dosage of 500-1,000 mg per day helps to flush E.Coli out of the body before they can stick to the walls of the urinary tract and initiate another urinary tract infection. Thus, a combination supplement containing cranberry extract and D-Mannose, at effective dosages and standardized grade, is a potent one-two punch in the prevention of recurrent urinary tract infections. 

Conclusion: If you suffer from recurrent urinary tract infections, I would encourage you to follow appropriate hygiene practices, drink plenty of water and speak to your health practitioner about a combination supplement (e.g. Adeeva UT-Clear) that contains optimal dosages of cranberry extract and D-Mannose.

For scientific references on this subject visit http://adeeva.com/products/specialty/utclear.html

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