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UTI FAQ

Here are common questions asked by our customers. We are continuously updating this list based on feedback and discussions with customers, industry experts and healers.

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UTI and Bladder Health FAQ

What do I need to know when going to the doctor to ensure proper tests and understand the results?

There are different test levels and understanding them is critical to ensure proper treatment.  We have compiled an overview of these tests and notes on preparation for your doctor visit.  Please check out our UTI 101 page at (link)

I'm on antibiotics, what can I do to make sure my recovery is improved? 

Make sure you take your antibiotics as prescribed and complete the course. If you experience any side effects, please call your doctor right away.

 

Ask the pharmacist for information on how to take and if there are any interactions with other medications or supplements you may be taking.

 

Diet is a key factor at this point.

  • Eat an alkaline diet: includes lots of leafy greens, vegetables such as broccoli, and asparagus; avoid acidic foods and drinks.

  • Low glycemic food such as blueberries.

  • Low to no gluten.

  • Low sugar diet.

  • Drink lots of water: at least half your weight in ounces.

  • Green juice with ingredients such as: Celery, parsley, cucumber, green apple, lemon and ginger (adjust if some ingredients do not agree with you).

  • Vitamin D3 supplement: vitamin D is crucial for immunity and healing, especially for the bladder.

  • Plain yogurt for probiotics (avoid flavored and any added sugar).

Include a probiotic supplement to replenish the good bacteria flora.

Take at least 2 hours after taking antibiotics so it does not interfere with the antibiotic itself. Please check with your practitioner.

What if I finish my antibiotics but still have symptoms?

Continue the same healthy diet that you are on while taking the antibiotics. 

 

Ask your doctor to do a urine culture 3-7 days after you finish your last antibiotic dose. 

 

Possible reasons for your symptoms include:

  • Irritation that will go away with time.

  • Yeast infection, especially if you have been on multiple rounds of antibiotics.

  • Sexually Transmitted Infection. Test to at least rule it out.

  • Lingering infection that has not been completely killed off. 

  • Secondary infection due to low immunity and opportunistic bacteria. For example, Enterococcus F. tends to be a common secondary infection.

If symptoms persist and none of the above are applicable we recommend you speak with your doctor about next level of testing, including full blood work, hormones, thyroid, vitamin deficiencies, and gene mutations such as MTHFR. Please see next question & answer for details.

What if urine culture is negative but I still have symptoms?

Ask your doctor for the following options:

 

Comprehensive Urine Culture

Same as sample that is collected and sent to lab for culture over 2-3 days but

lab report will show all levels of possible bacteria, even low Colony Forming Units (CFUs).

Best to do a first or second morning urine sample so that urine is more concentrated.

 

More information available at our Tests for Root Causes Page (link).

Pelvic Ultrasound
This non-invasive test can be helpful to see if there are any other possible causes for your symptoms, such as ovarian cysts or fibroids.

Post-Void Residual Urine Test
This test checks to see if you are retaining any urine. Can be done at the same time as pelvic ultrasound.

 

DNA Sequencing Urine Test

Use of DNA sequencing to detect pathogens at the molecular level that standard urine cultures may have missed. The following tests testing can possibly identify bio-film infections.

 

This testing is becoming more readily available and can be ordered by your doctor.

MicroGenDX is a leading lab test option that you can speak to your doctor about.

Watch out for our upcoming blog about this test! In the meantime, here's a link for more information about MicroGenDX (link)

Aperiomics uses sequencing and genomic analysis approaches, which can identify any known pathogen. They compare the complete genetic fingerprint of a sample to a database of more than 32k+ microbes/pathogens, the largest database of its kind in the world. This testing can possibly identify bio-film infections. Click here for more info about Aperiomics (link)

Additional Testing to Include

  • Full Blood Work including: CBC, Kidney Function, ANA, and HNK1 CD57.

  • Thyroid: there is a direct connection between the thyroid and bladder.

  • Hormones: for example, low estrogen is known to cause bladder issues.

  • Vitamin deficiencies: Vitamin D3 being a common factor with bladder health and immunity.

  • Gene mutations such as MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase). Watch out for a blog on the MTHFR / bladder connection!

I've recovered from an infection, what can I do to best avoid another re-occurrence?

Re-occurrence of infection is very common, as your body is weakened and your bacteria balance has been disrupted.

During this sensitive time of recovering from an infection, it is important to maintain a strong regimen to get you back in balance.

 

We recommend:

  • Continue to drink plenty of water: at least half your weight in ounces.

  • Take D-Mannose in your water 1-3 times a day, approx. 1-2 grams per dose, to help flush out bacteria and soothe the bladder. Take daily and especially around events that may trigger UTIs, such as exercise, intimacy and travel.

  • Void every 3 hours during the day.

  • Maintain a healthy and balanced diet as noted previously.

  • Include a probiotic supplement to replenish the good bacteria flora.

  • Wear cotton underwear.

  • Urinate before and after being intimate. If you can't do both, definitely after to flush out any bacteria.

  • Use natural soaps without chemical fragrances.

  • Avoid or low amount of sugar, alcohol and caffeine.

What are key supplements that help with healing of the bladder & prevention of UTIs?

The list below represents key supplements that have known high positive impact on bladder health and healing from UTIs.  We strive to help categorize the various supplements - and will update this list and our blog with our key findings.

D-Mannose: provides a preferred surface for the E. Coli bacteria to attach to, preventing them from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract and bladder. D-Mannose also soothes the bladder and promotes tissue healing. To order please Click here.

 

Vitamin D3: has a positive impact on the immune system. Vitamin D is also necessary for the production of substances in the body that fight off infection-causing bacteria.

Probiotic: include a probiotic supplement to replenish the good bacteria flora. A good example is OrthoBiotic by Orthomolecular because it includes: Lactobacillus acidophilus (La-14); Bifidobacterium (Bl-04, Bb-06); Lactobacillus rhamnosus (Lr-32); Saccharomyces boulardii. It's also a good idea to alternate between high-quality probiotics so that you replenish various good bacterial strains. 

 

UvaUrsi: anti-inflammatory and urinary antiseptic. Please note this herb cannot be taken long term. 

 

Curcumin & Turmeric: anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Can be taken as part of diet or in supplement form. Including small amounts of black pepper helps with absorption. 

 

Fish Oils: anti-inflammatory and aids in tissue healing.

 

Coconut Oil / Caprylic Acid: powerful anti-fungal and anti-candida, which is important after taking antibiotics.

 

L-Arginine: important amino acid involved with anti-inflammatory activity and improves circulation, which aids in healing.

 

Quercetin & Bromelain: combination of these two supplements are anti-inflammatory and promotes wound healing.

 

Collagen: Promotes tissue healing. Best mixed with smoothie or freshly pressed juice.

 

Herbal teas for bladder wellness: Chamomile, Marshmallow Root, Buchu, Peppermint, Spearmint, Nettle Leaf, Lemon Balm/Melissa (please note this is a mint family herb, not from lemon plant).

For a more comprehensive list please check out our IC Diet Tips & Supplements Page (link)

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