Bladder infections (also known as urinary tract infections or cystitis) can ruin your day. Anyone who’s had one can testify to that! These infections are usually caused by a bacteria that is found in our colons.
This little E coli bacteria sometimes find themselves in our bladder, urethra, ureters and kidneys and they cause an infection. A urinary tract infection (UTI) can also be caused by certain fungi and viruses. Despite our body’s attempt to get rid of these little tormentors – they have the ability to attach themselves to the walls of our bladder. They cause inflammation of the lining of the bladder and then we know that not all is well down there!
Although anyone can get a bladder infection, children and babies included, it’s very common in women. Just because of a woman’s anatomy – the close proximity of all her ‘bits’, make it easier for bacteria to cause infections in females. Bladder infections are quite common in sexually active women, during pregnancy and before and after menopause.
Coconut oil is a rich source of medium chained fatty acids and it has impressive anti-microbial properties. That means that it can help the body get rid of things like UTI causing bacteria.
The medium chained fatty acids are what make the coconut oil so powerful in fighting off infection – and coconuts are two thirds medium chained fatty acids! This makes it one of nature’s richest sources of health- boosting fatty acids.
The downside to taking antibiotics for a bladder infection, is that they kill off all bacteria, the good and the bad; and sometimes they can have nasty side effects. However, coconut oil goes straight for the bad guys and leaves the good guys intact.
It has been suggested that taking 2-3 and a half tablespoons of coconut oil and drinking 6-8 glasses of water daily, may drastically reduce the symptoms associated with a bladder infection.
Take the oil at the first sign of infection and spread the dosage out through the day. The earlier you treat the infection, the better chance you have of killing it before it intensifies.
What about coconut water for UTIs?
Drinking coconut water is also a wonderful way of increasing your chances of getting rid of the infection. Coconut water has long been recognized for its healing benefits in the urinary tract system. It is quite helpful in preventing and fighting UTIs and dissolving kidney stones. It dilutes the urine so that stones are less likely to form and it helps flush the bacteria out in the urine.
Although home remedies may work very well for bladder infections, it’s important to use them as a guideline with your healthcare provider. If symptoms do not clear up within 3 days, please see your healthcare provider to prevent complications.
If you have severe abdominal pain or your urine suddenly changes to pink or brown, please contact your doctor. If UTIs are left untreated, the bacteria can travel up towards the kidneys and cause a more serious infection.
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References and Resources
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2. The coconut oil post. http://coconutoilpost.com/coconut-oil-uses/treating-urinary-tract-infections-naturally/.
3. Livestrong.com. http://www.livestrong.com/article/290024-coconut-oil-for-a-urinary-tract-infection/.
4. coconut oil central. http://www.coconut-oil-central.com. http://www.coconut-oil-central.com/urinary-tract-infection-symptoms.html.
5. Dr Axe. https://draxe.com/home-remedies-for-uti/.
6. Holford, Patrick. https://www.patrickholford.com/advice/stopping-cystitis.
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