Diet plays an important role when it comes to urinary acidity and infections. Naturopathic dietary considerations to alkalise and reduce the inflammation associated with a urinary tract infection include:
• Fish Oils may be an effective treatment for Lupus Erythematosus as the Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) naturally contained in the oil
reduces the production of prostaglandin E2 and thereby has a potent anti-inflammatory effect. Fish oil is also beneficial for skin irritations and rashes by providing the skin with moisturising oils. Increasing your weekly fish intake and foods which contain beneficial oils such as avocadoes, nuts, seeds and flaxseed oil would benefit you.
• Increase water intake to ensure that the urinary system is properly flushed out. "The solution to pollution is dilution". Drink at least 2 litres of filtered water daily to encourage frequent urination so infection and bacteria is removed from the urinary system.
• Begin the day with a glass of warm water with lemon juice squeezed into it. Lemon juice changes the PH of the blood and urinary tract so that the opportunistic bacteria responsible for urinary tract infections is not able to proliferate.
• Eat plenty of foods high in anti-oxidants such as blueberries, grapes and cranberries.
• Alkalise the blood: vegetable juices, herbal teas, barley grass, lemon juice, miso soup, grains, sprouts, fish, nuts and seeds, vegetables and plenty of water.
• Eat more berries like cranberries or blueberries. You can add these to smoothies, porridge, juice or fruit salads.
• Watch for symptoms of candida as this complaint contributes to urinary tract infections, bloating, thrush or constipation.
• Reduce diuretics such as tea, coffee, alcohol, soft drinks and cordials which place a strain on the kidneys, reduce waste filtration, contribute to bacterial growth and increase acidity.
• Consume yoghurt (sugar free) or take a quality probiotic to help re-establish healthy bacteria in the urinary tract.
• Make some barley water: boil pearl barley for 20-30 minutes, allow to cool and add some Manuka honey and lemon. Drink 3 cups/ day. This preparation soothes the urinary tract and alkalises the system.
• Green Barley powder is recommended as it is a kidney cleanser and will help to reduce acidity levels which the bacteria causing the inflammation thrives on.
• Drink cranberry juice (100% with no added sugar). Cranberry reduces the bacteria in the urine and has been shown to inhibit the adherence of bacteria to the wall of the urinary tract.
• Avoid foods which can aggravate urinary tract infections such as alcohol, coffee, soft drinks, citrus foods (oranges, grapefruits), tomatoes, vinegar, yeasts, sugar and artificial sweeteners, preserved and processed foods.
The information presented on this page has been prepared by a fully qualified naturopath and is for educational purposes only. It does not take into consideration your specific circumstances and is not intended to replace the services of a health practitioner. Any application of the material in this text is at the reader’s discretion and sole responsibility. If you have a persistent health condition or your symptoms are severe please consult a qualified healthcare provider.