Food and Diet to Cure Cystitis and Urinary Tract Infections

 

 

Foods and juices are nature’s medicines and are therefore natural treatments for cystitis, bladder and urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Dietary approaches can speed healing and help to prevent recurrences. Nutritional interventions for UTIs include eating foods that acidify urine to help decrease bacterial growth. Foods that help acidify urine are cranberries, plums, prunes, corn, lentils, bread products, peanuts and walnuts. Additionally, include adequate protein in your diet to preserve kidney function. Raw foods are ‘alkaline’ so concentrate on these as they also strengthen your overall immune system. Reduce acidic foods in the diet and increase the intake of alkaline foods.

Another simple preventative treatment for a person who is prone to urinary tract infections is to increase their fluid consumption in order to flush the urinary system. Drinking cranberry and/or blueberry juice is encouraged as these juices contain proanthocyanidins, which prevent bacteria from sticking to the lining of the bladder.

Drink cranberry juice daily to ward off UTIs, but ensure that you drink real cranberry juice and not juice cocktails watered-down and heavily sweetened with sugar. Other juices such as raspberry, strawberry, blueberry and current juices as well as the juice of celery and cucumber are of great benefit when suffering with cystitis and UTIs.

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 bacteria is not able to proliferate and spread.

Eat plenty of foods high in anti-oxidants and alkalise the blood with vegetable juices, barley grass, lemon juice, Miso soup and plenty of water. Our diet should be about 80 percent alkaline. Most fruit and vegetables become almost all of them become alkaline after digestion, therefore increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables along with healthy grains and nuts.

An ‘acid-wash’ diet, which consists of high-protein foods such as meats, fish eggs, cranberries, plums and prunes, produce an ‘acid’ urine that helps limit bacterial growth.

Cystitis sufferers will do well to follow certain diets when they have the ailment and they might also benefit from other foods after such an attack to help prevent the return of cystitis and/or urinary tract infection.

Some foods soothe and heal the symptoms of cystitis, bladder and urinary tract infections, whilst others exacerbate the condition. The following lists of foods and drinks to consume more of, and avoid and eliminate from the diet may, at times, contradict itself by having some products listed in both, but this is because it is often a case of trial and error to find out which foods trigger bouts of cystitis, and which heal and soothe the condition, according to the make-up of the individual.

When you are having problems with cystitis, you can get some relief from some of these natural treatments for cystitis, bladder and urinary tract infections (UTIs), that you can easily prepare yourself using everyday ingredients and foods.

FOODS TO EAT TO PREVENT AND TREAT CYSTITIS AND BLADDER INFECTIONS

  • Almonds
  • Fresh Coconut
  • Chestnuts
  • Alfalfa sprouts. Alfalfa is a powerful natural remedy for UTIs and cystitis. It can be taken in capsule form, as a juice and eaten whole and fresh in salads and the like.
  • Radish sprouts
  • Chia sprouts
  • Un-sprouted Sesame
  • Flaxseed. A tonic made of Flaxseed is an old, but effective natural treatment for cystitis and bladder infections. Simply steep 30 grams of Flaxseed into 2 cups of just boiled water for 20 to 30 minutes. Strain off the Flaxseed and discard the solids, retaining the liquid. Drink 1 cup twice a day.
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Milk
  • Goat’s milk
  • Eggs
  • Vegetables (except peppers and beets)
  • Fruits
  • Cornsilk. Not the corn itself, but a tea made of the cornsilk makes for an effective natural cure for urinary tract infections and cystitis. Cornsilk can be purchased in most health food stores.
  • String soy Beans
  • Lima, green and snap Beans
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Arrowroot Flour
  • Flax
  • Millet
  • Quinoa and Amaranth
  • Most Herbal teas
  • Garlic
  • Cayenne
  • Gelatin
  • Most Spices
  • Vanilla extract
  • Miso
  • Most Vegetables
  • Unprocessed Sea Salt
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Unprocessed Cold-pressed Oils
  • Whey
  • Plain Yohgurt
  • Raw unpasterized Honey,
  • Dried Sugar Cane juice
  • Brown Rice
  • Pumpkin Seeds. Dried, crushed pumpkin seeds made into a tea is an excellent natural remedy for cystitis and bladder infection. Use a handful of crushed pumpkin seeds to a litre of boiling water and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and steep for a further 30 minutes. Drink several cups throughout the day.
  • Fruit juices
  • Vegetable juices
  • Spinach is a very good remedy for cystitis. Mix together around equal amounts of spinach juice and coconut water and drink this mixture a couple of times in one day.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar. Simply put a couple of tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar in cup or glass and add boiled water and sip throughout the day.
  • Cucumbers and cucumber juice can also help you with your cystitis and bladder infection. Add a tablespoon of lime juice and a teaspoon of honey to a cup of fresh cucumber juice and drink this mixture three times a day.
  • Raw vegetable juices like carrot juice, celery, cucumber and spinach juice should be part of your daily intake when you have cystitis. Alkalise the blood by consuming vegetable juices, barley grass, lemon juice, Miso soup and plenty of water. You can drink these separately or mixed together and this should be done every few hours or so.

Change your diet from your regular diet to a mostly fruit and vegetable diet when you have cystitis and urinary tract infections. Eat plenty of foods high in anti-oxidants such as blueberries, grapes and cranberries.

If you have high blood pressure, eat a low sodium diet.

Try to concentrate your diet more on liquid and soft foods when you have cystitis.

Lemons
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 bacteria are not able to proliferate and spread. The juice from lemons and limes alkalises the body and reduces inflammation and acidity. The citric acid contained in the juice of lemons and limes causes an alkalising reaction on the digestive system and urinary tract.

Lemon juice has a myriad of healing abilities such as its ability to alkalise and reduce inflammation in the body, and to purify, cleanse and cool it. Lemon juice is an astringent, antiseptic, decongestant, anti-microbial and contains valuable Vitamin C.

Heat conditions such as a urinary tract infection respond well to the attributes of lemon juice. Urinary tract infections thrive in a damp and acidic environment, so lemon juice, due to its cooling and alkalising effect, is a beneficial way of using natural food as medicine to help relieve the symptoms of bladder and urinary tract infection and cystitis.

Although all citrus fruits turn alkaline in the body and are high in Vitamin C content, other citrus fruits (oranges and grapefruit in particular) do not exhibit the same therapeutic qualities as a lemon or lime. Although other citrus fruits contain healing qualities (and some people recommend them for their high vitamin C content) they are best avoided during urinary tract infections because they can exacerbate the symptoms and cause more discomfort.

Put a lemon (or lime) in the microwave for about 30 seconds on High, in order to maximize the amount of juice from the lemon. Then simply add boiled water and sip throughout the day. Do this routine in the mornings in particular. The mixture can be mixed with some cold tap water (or cooled boiled water) and added to a drinking bottle for throughout the day.

Cranberries
Cranberries have been known as a natural treatment for kidney, bladder and urinary tract infections and cystitis for many years.

Cranberries have health benefits as they:
- prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs and cystitis)
- prevent kidney stones
- kills bacteria and viruses

Cranberries increase the amount of ‘hippuric’ acid in the urine, and this is known to kill bacteria, leading to fewer occurrences of urinary tract infections. Simply drinking 1 to 2 cups of cranberry juice may help the prevention of cystitis, urinary tract and bladder infections.

SUPPLEMENTS TO THE DIET

There are supplements that can be safely taken alongside the diet that are natural treatments for cystitis, bladder and urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Supplements of the Vitamins A, E and C are useful to naturally treat cystitis and UTI’s.

  • Vitamin C has a direct effect upon reducing the growth of bacteria in the urinary tract. It helps to strengthen the immune system, fights infection and acidifies the urine.
  • Vitamin A is essential for the development and maintenance of a healthy urinary tract.
  • A Calcium supplement may help to reduce bladder irritability.
  • Consuming ‘probiotics’ (Lactobacillus acidophilus) may prove beneficial since they are through to inhibit the growth of micro-organisms that cause UTIs. These beneficial bacteria (found in some yoghurts) are also thought to foster the growth of friendly flora in the body, which may be reduced by pharmaceutical antibiotic therapy.
  • Avoid large doses of Vitamin D can irritate the urinary tract, and excessive Vitamin D intake is linked to kidney stones in people who are susceptible to store formation.

There are other supplements that can be taken that are natural treatments for cystitis, bladder and urinary tract infections (UTIs).

BIO-CHEMIC CELL SALTS (Tissue Salts)

Bio-Chemic Cell Salts (or Tissue Salts) are natural treatments for cystitis, bladder and urinary tract infections (UTIs). To prevent, combat and treat cystitis and UTIs, Bio-chemic Cell Salts can be taken to both prevent on onset and treat a bout of cystitis.

NAT SULPH (Sodium sulphate) can be taken when it is difficult to retain urine.

CALC PHOS (Calcium phosphate) can be taken for frequent urination.

MAG PHOS (Magnesium phosphate) can be taken when the need to urinate is constant when standing or walking.

FOODS NOT TO EAT – FOODS TO AVOID

Certain foods and drinks can irritate the bladder. Therefore, it is best to avoid these during a bladder or urinary tract infection, to prevent symptoms worsening.

Not all the foods need to be avoided all the time, and as stated earlier, it will be a case of ‘trial and error’ as everyone is different and what sparks off a bout of cystitis in one person may not have any affects whatsoever on another. It will be up to the individual to determine and eliminate from the diet any foods and drinks that have adverse affects and exacerbate the problem.

The following is a list of known triggers that can cause irritation to the bladder:

  • Tomatoes and tomato products eg. spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce and pizza sauce.
  • Chocolate
  • Foods and drinks which contain coffee, tea and caffeine.
  • Avoid spicy foods and drinks.
  • Any foods and drinks which contain citrus such as limes, oranges, mandarins, grapefruit, peaches, cantaloupe, pineapple, bananas, nectarines, cranberries, grapes etc. (Lemons and Limes are natural remedies for cystitis and urinary tract infections due to their different compounds and constituents.)
  • Vinaigrette dressings, and any other foods which contain white vinegar.
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Colas and other carbonated beverages
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Sweetened yogurt
  • Table salt
  • Soy sauce
  • Meat and Fish
  • Rice
  • Oats
  • Rye
  • Wheat
  • Wheat germ
  • Bran
  • Cornmeal
  • Popcorn
  • Pastas
  • Breads (and other grain products, crackers, pastries)
  • Black Beans
  • Foods that are high in calcium such as milk, yoghurt, cream, sour cream and cheese products are to be avoided.
  • Sunflower and Pumpkin seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Cashews
  • Dried Coconut
  • Pistachios
  • Brazil nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
  • White vinegar
  • Nutmeg
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Salsa
  • Soy sauce
  • Worchestshire sauce
  • Barbeque sauce
  • Spices such as oregano and Italian seasoning
  • Onions
  • Green Peppers
  • Avoid eating any processed foods, fatty foods, heavy carbohydrates, and dry foods.
  • Avoid anything made with white flour or refined flour.
  • Avoid processed meats and corned beef.
  • When suffering from a UTI or cystitis, avoid caffeinated drinks and alcoholic beverages as the liquids irritate the lining of the bladder.

What we eat and drink has a direct effect upon how we feel on all levels – body and soul, mind and spirit – and how our body functions and mal-functions. The ‘right’ food and drink are natural treatments for cystitis, bladder and urinary tract infections (UTIs). Remember, it will be a case of ‘trial and error’ to determine which foods react positively, and which irritate the problem, and with time you will be begin to see links and know what substances to avoid, and which to eat to soothe, heal and prevent outbreaks of urinary tract and bladder infections and cystitis.

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Comments

  1. mel says:

    very comprehensive article – thank you

  2. jacq says:

    I have been suffering off and on with UTI problems after an early menopause. I had all the symptoms including fever. I had figured I had no choice but to go to the doctor and get and antibiotic. However recently I lost my job and with it my medical insurance. I was in a panic for help since I am familiar with the course of this infection and increased misery over a short time.
    I went on line and typed in “natural remedies for UTI” I was so fortunate to come across this site. I was at the point of needing something quickly.
    I saw that unsweetened cranberry juice in it’s raw form was the best thing…..and lemon juice.
    I tried them immediately. I drank straight from the bottle ……first lemon because it’s more sour…..and then cranberry.
    I repeated this until I had drank about a cup of each….. and waited to have to pee. My bladder was full and uncomfortable. My first empty…..stung terribly….. and was painful… afterward I had about a
    half cup of each ..cranberry and lemon juice… my bladder was feeling less stressed and I didn’t feel bloated. I also drank a cup of green tea with peppermint… the next empty was much less
    painful…only a slight sting. After that I did not drink any more because it was late and I didn’t want my
    sleep to be interrupted. I peed two more times before going to bed……NO MORE PAIN or STINGING!
    SERIOUSLY!!! I went to bed and slept all night without having to get up to pee. My first pee of the morning was pain free… I had no more fever… It was amazing! This site is a God send. Thank you so much!!!!!

    • Yoninah says:

      I agree. This site IS a God send! Thank you!!!

      • Yoninah says:

        I enjoyed my friend’s hot-tub last week, followed it up w/ pizza and a piece of, way too sweet, homemade peach pie! Delicious, yes but evidently the perfect “recipe” to create an urinary tract infection, right? Well, over the last several days I had been drinking straight unsweetened cranberry juice, great, but ignorantly I was eating food on the “no-no list” too. Finally, yesterday, I was feeling exhausted. I had been trying to rest and no consistent pain relief. I realized I needed to get this under control… and fast! I Google searched “natural remedies for uti relief” and AHA! I did exactly what “Jacq” said worked. Well, I emptied my bladder, more of the same intense painful burning! I immediately “fresh-squeezed” 1 lemon and added 4-5oz of H2O and guzzled it then followed with unsweetened cranberry juice with the same amount of H2O. I waited to have to pee and only a slight twinge of pain and not nearly as intense as before! I slept well. The greatest part of this experience is I had ZERO PAIN with my morning “pause that truly refreshes” and my energy has returned! I am now going to EAT RAW FOOD and begin my lifestyle of eating LIVING FOOD!!! THANK YOU!!! I AM FREE!!!!!!!

  3. Annie says:

    Thanks for this awesome article. There has not been another website that I’ve seen with such a thorough explanation and list of foods as this. Life saver!

  4. Tish says:

    Thanks for this info, is exactly what I was looking for.

  5. Jess says:

    I am so greatful to have found this website – I suffer from UTIs regularly and have been drinking unsweetened cranberry juice And taking cranberry tablets for years. I’ve been in and out of the doctor regularly taking antibiotics of trimethoprim and still no cure or sense of relief. It wasn’t until I read this article that I realised my whole diet consists of all the No-no foods. I love sauces and ketchup and regularly eat rice with whorchestshire sauce – along with bran or oats for breakfast.
    I couldn’t believe it was me that was doing it to myself.
    I couldn’t go to parties or out for dinners some nights because I’d be feeling so uncomfortable and feeling like I needed to pee every 5 seconds.

    I have now changed my diet and am so very glad I was able to find this. I have had less symptoms and occurrences.

    Thank you

  6. Janey says:

    Mmm, interesting article but it would be good if you were consistent with your facts! You have listed cranberries and limes under foods to avoid. This doesn’t give me much faith in the rest of the article

    • Hi Janey …
      As every person is different, some foods that are triggers for UTIs can act as remedies for others, and vice versa, so although some foods are in both lists, they are the ones that generally go either way … they can heal some people but trigger others. It all comes down to trial and error for each individual.

  7. Pete says:

    I get UTI several times in a year. Always there is 2+ or trace of protien in my urine. sometimes Red blood cells are higher, sometimes white blood cells are higher and I go to restroom several times a day and night. I am on and off antibiotics. My doctor says all is well and not to worry. But I don’t trust her, I know the pain and what I go through.

    But after reading this article, I want to cure myself with the recommendations given here. I will start with Lemon juices, plenty of water, berries and celery tonight itself.. Stopped coffee since this morning and off oranges a year ago. I will come back here after couple of days to report back.

    Not sure who the author of this article is.. but he/she should be god sent to me. I started having a bit of a hope on my problem. Thank you.

    • Hi Pete,
      Remember that it is all trial and error and some things that work for some people don’t work for others, and vice versa, so try combinations of different things and you will soon find your personal triggers and remedies.
      I wish you healing and blessings Pete,
      Joanne
      P.S. I’ve written all the articles on this site, and on my others :)

      • Pete says:

        Hi Ya,

        Well, its been 10 days since i started following the recommendations given by you. I must admit, you are awesome and worth saving your articles for life. It should called as health bible ;-) I am off coffee and tea the past 10 days, and having half a lemon on a glass of warm water every morning, plus a cup of cranberry juice or grape juice or even Pomegranate juice. food habbits: rice, chicken, salmon, veggies, lentils, eggs, avocados, celery, apple, banana, brazil nuts, almonds, dates and lots of water.. if I try coffee or tea occasionally, then i feel the irritation that day to go restroom often. I did not do any urine test yet regarding my protien trace, i will certainly do it after couple of days.

        Verdict is : I am sleeping peacefully the past 10 days. i wake up only once or twice a night. As you say, everyone’s body is different but is worth reading and understanding what you have written here to keep trying what your body accepts and what not. At least I know where to focus on to be more healthier.

        You are an angel, I hope many people would read your articles and put some best practices to eat and drink to live healthy. Thanks a million.

        • Hi Pete,
          thanks for sharing your experiences … which are absolutely wonderful!! I’m so pleased that you have been able to sort out what suits you and what doesn’t, and ultimately, find relief and healing. Keep up the great work Pete! (and thanks for taking the time to let me know how you are going),

          Love, light and healing to you Pete,

          Joanne

  8. Rebecca says:

    Hi all i have intestinal cystitis and i have been avoiding foods my diet now is skinless chicken breast and veggies i might put some brown rice with it sometimes thats for dinner lunch is usually a tuna (in spring water) and salad (lettuce, cucumber, carrot, Alfa sprouts) sandwich on wholemeal bread sometimes i have it without the bread for breakfast i don’t have much maybe a apple or sometimes a egg for snacks i have water melon, celery/carrot sticks , i have a fatty liver aswel and trying to lose weight. Also i wanted to do the hot lemon drink everyday but i find lemon really aggravates me the same as oranges, grapefruits any citrus fruits so that was a let down plus i was told cranberries are really good for your bladder but I’m told there also not good for cystitis so i don’t eat them, Anyway people i really need to know what I’m doing wrong because i thought all the stuff im eating is right but i still get annoying pressure on bladder i cant sleep most nights or concentrate on anything so i must be doing something wrong please tell me! Lol

    • Hi Rebecca,

      thanks for sharing your experience/s. You are not necessarily doing anything ‘wrong’ …. its just comes down to ‘trial and error’. Every one is different, and what works for some may not work for others. You have found that lemons and oranges upset you, so avoid them and try cucumber juice instead. Eventually you will know exactly what triggers and what soothes and heals for you.

      I wish you love, light and healing Rebecca,

      Joanne

  9. Rebecca says:

    Thank you for replying Joanne i will give cucumber juice a try

  10. Menchie says:

    I will try to do this procedure every year .. I have a UTI and even the doctor said that it has a big problem about my health and its So hard for me because I’m too young to experience this illness I’m very really worry please help to reduce this remedy ..thank you and Godbless

  11. pam says:

    I get recurring urine infections almost everyday and for me I deffinatly believe diet plays a massive part.Whenever I eat anything other then natures foods I burn like mad and it also doesn’t help when you have a weak immune system.I’m very reluctant to take antibiotics as I don’t believe they would really do much good.I used to take acne supplements for several years and I believe this has been the cause for my messed up immune system and food allergies.I also have celiac disease and can’t eat gluten or wheat but it seems I have many more intolerences to foods.I get constipated a lot which I also believe is a major cause to my urine infections.I am pregnant right now so have to be careful with what medicine I take but would really like to try some probiotics to try and top up my good bacteria which I believe I have hardly any left

  12. rebbeca says:

    I currently have a uti… antibiotics were kind of slowing down the process of healing.. started the lime misture last night and I feel a lil bit better, but ill like to knw how long I hav to do it

  13. jayjay says:

    Hi.
    I have a uti and my lower back is in pain…
    I will go for cranberry .. alongside with my levofloxacin medication…
    Hope it will comeout well..
    Thanks for the advice..

  14. Lee says:

    The best UTI remedy is Water.. thats it.. drink lots of water..

    This is proven and tested

  15. lori says:

    I have pain day after day with cystitis, it is annoying and have to go to the bathroom way too much. I will give this a try, although I think the lemon juice conflicts with not doing citrus. I love growing my tomatoes and love eating them but it is very painful. I wonder if yellow tomatoes would be less painful

  16. Laura says:

    Dear Joanne,

    Thank you so much for writing and posting this article. I agree with the others who have commented about this site being a godsend. You seem to enjoy hearing about how this has helped your readers, so I’ll share my experience as well. I recently had trouble emptying my bladder, and this was followed by a UTI that lasted almst 3 weeks. A miserable experience. But i ound your site, tried some warm water with lemon juice, and it cleared me right out. I also had a day recently during my monthly cycle when I had to urinate so often I could barely leave the house. After some more lemon juice mixed into warm water, I emptied out, and my bladder seemed to calm down after that. It seems to re-set my system for some reason. I have also added peppermint tea to my diet daily and cook miso soup every couple of weeks and make it a point to keep cranberry juice on hand. All these little changes seem to help. One more I discovered is that a fruit smoothie made from peaches, blueberries, and almond milk can have a soothing effect on the bladder. Tastes refreshing, and the fruit is good for you besides.

    Thank you again for sharing these natural remedies. It is lays a happy discovery to find natural remedies rather than resorting to pills/medication.

    • Thanks for your comments Laura … and for letting me (and others who read this) know how you have found relief, as it truly is different for each and every ‘body’. And thank you also for the tip about the smoothie.
      Peppermint tea works as a cooling and soothing agent for the lining of the bladder and does wonders for many (myself and my daughter included).

      Thanks again Laura,

      Blessings,

      Joanne

  17. ken says:

    I am a cancer patients. I had radical cystectomy 1 year back and I was then advised by doctor to take 6 chemo cycle and I I completed it 6 month back . recently I was diagnosed by UTI along with high s.creatinin & blood urea also upper limit of bilirubin within normal normal range. Please advise me, I m feeling nausea,slight heafache,with awkward feeling in my stomach. Please advise me asap.thank you.

  18. Raman says:

    I am 51 male, sffering from UTI for past two years.The bacteria is e colia. I have all kinds of oral antibiotics but of no help. I get fever and there is pain in stomach and lower abdomen. Please suggest some natural remedy.

  19. When items appear in both lists, it is a case of trial and error. What affects some does not affect others, and vice versa.

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