Stopping Cystitis

  • 1 Jul 2010
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Cystitis is a common condition where the lining of the bladder becomes inflamed making urination painful. Find out what you can do to prevent it.

Although anyone can get cystitis, including children, adult women are most commonly affected. Most women get at least one attack in their lifetime. For some women cystitis is a rare event, for others it happens four or five times a year. Cystitis is more common in sexually active women, during pregnancy and during and after the menopause. Common symptoms include an urgent and frequent need to pass urine (often with little or no urine being passed) and a burning sensation and/or a sharp pain when passing urine.

Other possible symptoms include blood in the urine, backache, loin pain, lower abdominal aches and generally feeling unwell.

Cranberry and D-Mannose
Some people report relief from drinking cranberry juice. Cranberries and their juice contain hippuric acid, which is known to prevent bacteria clinging to the bladder wall and helps acidify the urine, which can prevent bacteria from adhering to the urinary tract. Cranberries are also a rich source of D-mannose, a natural antibacterial sugar. D-mannose is also found in peaches, apples, other berries and some plants – and is closely related (in chemical terms) to glucose. Since it is a harmless natural sugar, it is safe for anyone, including young children and pregnant women. It is absorbed in the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract and never reaches the intestines, so it doesn't disrupt the normal bacterial growth in that area.

Although small amounts of D-mannose are made by our bodies, if we consume large amounts, it is promptly excreted into the urine, which is the reason why taking D-mannose helps heal and maintain a healthy bladder. Also due to the speed at which it is excreted in the urine, it can be safely taken by diabetics. Make sure you buy pure D-mannose with no fillers, additives or preservatives. Research has shown that E.coli likes to attach to D-mannose, which our body produces naturally as part of the walls of cells. This D-mannose is naturally present in the bladder and the urinary tract, providing the ideal docking ports for the E.coli. In this way, the E.coli can bury themselves into the bladder wall, making them very difficult to get rid of and can lead to repeated attacks of cystitis.

The theory is that, by providing a richer supply of the mannose in the urine, this could persuade ......

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