Herbs and Foods for Bladder Health
At the first sign of a bladder infection, drink unsweetened cranberry juice diluted with water and sweetened with the herb stevia. Cranberries are used to prevent the buildup of bacteria on the walls of the bladder and help with healing inflammation. Drink it throughout the day or take cranberry capsules, but avoid commercial cranberry juice sweetened with sugar.
The herb Uva ursi is a bladder infection lifesaver, as is Buchu, especially when there is burning sensation with urination. Diuretic and germicidal in nature, these herbs will help flush the bladder and destroy the bacteria causing the infection. If you are prone to getting bladder infections, keep a bottle of Uva ursi capsules or extract on hand and take some at the first sign of infection.
Drink plenty of water and make some fresh celery and parsley juice to help flush the bladder. When you have a bladder infection a seven-day detoxifying protocol will help to cleanse the bladder of infection and support the herbs you are taking. You will first need to eliminate refined foods such as sugar, white flour, alcohol, soda pop, and dairy products, which can slow down the healing process and feed inflammation. Replace them with lightly cooked vegetables, raw salads, whole grains, vegetarian protein and fresh vegetable juice. If you catch the infection soon enough and support the healing with diet, herbs, and cranberry juice, you should not have to take antibiotics.
Excerpted from The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Detoxing Your Body written by Delia Quigley.