The urinary system consists of two kidneys, two ureters, the bladder and the urethra. The kidneys are connected to the bladder by two thin tubes called ureters. The bladder is a hollow elastic organ that stretches as it fills with urine. When the bladder has collected about a half a pint of urine, the nerves send signals to the brain that it is time to go to the bathroom.
As with all of our body systems our urinary system is amazing, and most of the time it will serve us well. Sometimes, things go wrong and when it does it is wise to be armed with an arsenal of knowledge which will help us get through, starting first with natural remedies.
Infections are common in the urinary system, and one of those infections is called Cystitis which is more common in women than men. Cystitis is an inflammation of the bladder which is usually caused by a bacterial infection. Symptoms include a frequent and persistent urge to pass urine, and it burns while doing so. The amount of urine passed is small, cloudy and often tainted with blood.
Cystitis in men is of a more serious nature, and should be investigated by a doctor. In men it is usually caused by a blockage, such as an enlarged prostate gland.
The bacterium which causes cystitis is a common one found in the intestinal tract and is most commonly transferred by poor hygiene or sexual intercourse. It is common for women who are just beginning sexual activity to come down with a case of cystitis, called “honeymoon cystitis,” which will usually clear up on its own within two weeks.
Individuals with diabetes are vulnerable to cysititis, as well other causes of cystitis include:
*catheters inserted into the urethra
*tumors in the bladder
*using the contraceptive diaphragm
*scarring from previous infections
Antibiotics with plenty of fluids is the orthodox treatment when infection is the cause. Diuretics and urinary
antiseptic’s may also be used.
An attack of cystitis which lasts 48 hours or is accompanied by a high fever should be brought to the attention of your doctor.
Urethritis is inflammation of the urethra, which causes a burning sensation, and sometimes intense pain while passing urine. There may be a temporary puss-filled discharge with spots of blood, as well narrowing of the urethra and scarring could result.
Urethritis could be caused by any number of infectious organisms, which could include the gonorrhea bacterium. Other causes include:
*damage to the urethra (example: from a catheter)
*irritant chemicals (such as a spermicide)
*Other sexually transmitted infections
*no known causes
Incontinence, also known as involuntary urination, is very frustrating but very common. The most common type of incontinence is called stress incontinence. This is when there is abdominal pressure caused by coughing, sneezing or laughing.
An overwhelming cause of incontinence in women is caused by pregnancy and childbirth. Other causes include:
*Injury to urethra
*disease in the urethra
*damage to the brain or spinal cord
The best treatment by far is regular and consistent kegal exercises, which strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Occasionally, surgery may need to be performed to tighten, lengthen the urethra. Incontinence that is the result of infection will be treated with antibiotics. Incontinence that is caused by an irritable bladder might be treated with anticholinergic drugs.
Natural remedies for Cystitis include:
*Cranberry juice extracts to help prevent bacteria adhering to the bladder walls.
*treating any food allergies
*strengthening the immune system
Natural food remedies for cystitis include:
Healing Nutrients and phytochemicals:
Natural remedies for Urethritis include:
*The same as for Cystitis
*A Reflexologist will work on the reflex points relating to the urinary system and the lymph nodes.
Natural Foods for Urethritis:
Natural remedies for Incontinence include:
*Pelvic floor exercises
*A reflexologist will massage the urinary area, lower spine and pelvis of the feet
Natural foods for Incontinence are: