Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Alka Seltzer
- Alkaline Diet
- Antibiotics, Cranberry Juice
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Sea Salt
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Cranberry
- Apple Cider Vinegar, D-Mannose
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Ginger Root Tablets
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Uva Ursi
- Avoid Alcohol, Drink Water
- Avoid Garlic and Citrus Avoid Backlighting Computer Monitors
- Avoid Spermicides
- Baking Soda
- Ball Stretch
- Bladder Infection Causes
- Chinese Herbs
- Citric Acid Supplements
- Club Soda
- Coconut Milk
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Silver
- Cornsilk and Shave Grass Teas
- Cranberry for Prevention of UTI
- D-Mannose, Garlic, Alkaline Pills
- Dandelion Tea and Oregano Oil
- Dietary Changes
- General Feedback
- Golden Seal and Echinachea
- Goldenseal and Echinachea
- Grape Leaf Pickles
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Grapeseed Extract
- Group B Strep
- Hematuria Remedies
- Herbal Tea
- Himalayan Salt
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hygienic Practices
- Lime Juice for UTI Prevention
- Link to Drinking City Water
- Marshmallow Root Extract
- Multiple Remedies
- Olive Leaf
- Olive Leaf, Turmeric
- Oregano Oil
- Pilates and Chiropractic Treatments
- Plantain Tea
- Probiotic Suppository
- Remedies for Recurrent UTI
- Remedies Needed
- Rock Salt
- Sea Salt
- Sea Salt, Baking Soda and Cranberry Pills
- Ted's Remedies
- Treat According to Your Urinary pH
- Urinate After Sex
- Uva Ursi
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Water With Lime and Lemon
- Watermelon Seed Tea
- Watermelon, Baking Soda, Azo
- White Vinegar
[YEA] 04/27/2007: Vanessa from Orange, NJ: "I suffered from Urinary Tract Infection because my boyfriend and I kept passing it to each other. I read of Alka Seltzer to do the trick and Thank God ! I recently had an episode where I thought I had to urine and only a few drops of urine would exit and uh-oh! I started to feel the burn again-Alka Seltzer immediatly flushed it out."
[YEA] 11/04/2012: Mystikat from Lv, Usa: "Been having a terrible time with the UTI symptoms and same as everybody else doctors try one thing and then another. Finally found a good doctor who took a lab test for kidney, did not show anything major, just a slightly elevated creatinine, not considered anything to worry about. I give all the credit to the doctor for at least focusing on the cause of the problem. I read all about kidneys on my own, came across renal tubular acidosis (does not show a high BUN or creatinine) and the explanation and cure is very simple and it is highly treatable--just raise the pH to 7.5, but for awhile go on an 80%/20% alkaline to acid forming foods diet. After achieving proper balance maintain 60/40 alkalinity. Important thing, potassium citrate very important to work with calcium and to prevent kidney stones which can cause burning like uti. Only about a week and feeling much better. Hope this helps along with the other alkalizing remedies etc. people say are helping them."Replies
05/06/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "I read that magnesium citrate also alkaliinizes the body. I found that it heals muscle atrophy. Ted also said in here somewhere that it is the one form of magnesium that goes directly into the muscle tissue. My muscles have responded nicely and also removing the lines in my brow and forehead. I have found I need less progesterone cream, since the mag is bringing my body into balance. No more vaginal atrophy. I also had the prolapsed bladder and recently found that coating the vaginal cavity inside with wicth hazel when ever I notice the bladder down.... Re apply the witch hazel with my finger. HOPE THIS HELPS FOR MUSCLE, VAGINAL ATROPHY AND PROLAPSED BLADDER (CYSTOCELE).
If you can't pee drink cranberry juice to get the flow going."
[YEA] 04/09/2008: Jess from Riverside, NJ: "I've had a reoccuring bladder "infection" for a month. My tests came out negative for an infection and show to be yeast related. I suffer from chronic candidiasis with systemic symptoms. My pain is fine during the day but in my sleep my body goes acidic very quickly and I painfully wake at least 2x per night to pee. The things I find most helpful for pain releif are listed below...
Eat lots of Celery and cucumbers! Very alkaline, and helps releive pain w/in 20minutes. Drink lots of water to flush out your system. Eat all vegetables (be creative, yes asparagus helps too) with no meat proteins and use generous amounts of ACV along with EV olive oil or my choice, capryol (coconut oil). Oil of oregano helps a bit if you can stomach the awful taste. Oh yeah, NO SUGAR, carbs, or Dairy. Get unsweetend cranberry juice concentrate & mix a small amount with a glass of water, not the store brand juice.
Try replacing milk with Almond milk and a tiny bit of Stevia sweetener with some cinnammon...mmm.
Alkaline diets will help with the pain and if your problem is related to yeast, it helps prevent an overgrowth of the fungus. There are plenty of websites with lists of alkaline/acidic foods. Check em out.
Hope this helps!"Replies
10/31/2008: Aimee from New Brunswick, NJ replies: "I am very curious after reading your comment. I have suffered from chronic (and I mean chronic) bladder infections for nearly 8 years. They totally control my life. My "infections" are not always infections as years of tests have often shown negative results. I drink more water than anybody I have ever met, I am religiously hygenic when it comes to intimacy, I wear loose clothes, etc. but I still get a bladder infection or at least all the symptoms about once a week.
It's awful. My symptoms are tied to stress; if I cry or clean the house or sweat or stand up too long or don't get enough sleep, I am sick within hours and I have to sit with an ice pack between my legs, drink tons of water and wait it out. I have been prescribed seriously strong antibiotics for this condition, which I have recently stopped taking due to horrific adverse reactions. I took them for years though (sometimes they helped, sometimes no) I also have a related condition called vuluvadynia, which is an irritation of the skin and nerves in the vaginal area. I have no STD's, have been to many specialists and participated in university hospital studies. They told me I have a pelvic floor disorder.
I am 29 years old and beside myself with grief and frustration in dealing with this problem. I currently live in Mexico and it is difficult for me to find many of the remedies listed here, although I have been experimenting with some herbs. I know this site is to discuss treatment, but if you or anyone reading this could help or point me in the right direction, I would be sinserely and enormously grateful."
02/02/2009: Whinny from Cache Creek, B.C., Canada replies: "Reply to 10/31/2008: Aimee from New Brunswick, NJ .... you said: They told me I have a pelvic floor disorder... vulva soreness, etc.
My reply - any chance your bladder and/or uterus have prolapsed? with prolapsed bladder you can get much irritation of vulva and labia. as one or both push down, especially when the bladder is close to pushing it's way out of you, or has pushed out, you can get very sore, raw, and achy.
'Things' rubbing on your clothes and the extra pressure, in general, can change the blood flow and put pressure on the nerves all around your genital area.
I hope you get this as your post was several months ago. The type of doctor you want to see is a gynaecologist. A good one. you can read about these problems on the web. the more information and awareness you have of your body, the easier it is for them to find what is wrong. you should be examined while you are standing and pushing, like you were lifting something, as this problem can go on for many years before it is detected if all they do is give you an interal exam while lying down and asking you to cough. GOOD LUCK."
04/14/2009: Cynthia from Kitchener, ON replies: "To reoccurring bladder infection sufferer:
All your symptoms seem to be related to candidiasis...the crappiest thing on earth to have, but often, reoccurring bladder infections, skin rashes, extreme fatigue, moodiness... all can be related to this condition. Go on a strict diet for 2 weeks and see if your symptoms are allieviated. There are two amazing books you should read, which I can't put on here because no brand names. But if you google CANDIDIASIS, you will find which ones I'm talking about...
05/12/2009: Been There from Kerrville, Texas replies: "To Aimee of New Brunswick: I have found personally that hormones, specifically low progesterone, can mimic bladder, yeast or any pain or tenderness of the female organs. The doctor never tested for it, a nutritionist told me about it. Finally, a female doctor well versed in naturopathic medicines wrote me a prescription to have a high dosage compounded. It is particularly common when you are under stress, or your body thinks you are. The precursers for the stress hormone are the same precursers for the progesterone, so when stress goes up, your body essentially "robs Peter to pay Paul", as the saying goes. You can try the stuff at the health food store and put in directly on the offending area. I hope you have already solved your problem and don't need my advice."
08/10/2009: Connie from Manitowoc, Wisconsin replies: "I had the opportunity to try taking a progesterone pill some months ago. I felt fantastic the day I took it, but the next day or so I had terrible pain in the areas of my ovaries. I then took estrogen to counter it, mimicking a birth control pill, and the pain went away. I would love to be able to keep taking the progesterone. Maybe a lower dose would be better? Or is this just a bandaid for a larger issue? Any ideas?"
[YEA] 01/11/2011: Aimee from New Brunswick, Nj replies: "It has been a while, but I wanted to say thank you to all of the kind people who had responded to my post and to EarthClinic. I also thought that an update might be helpful for anyone else suffering from similar issues.
I have been feeling much better and though I must devote some extra energy to keeping myself healthy, the relief is well worth it! Here's what has helped me so far:
ACV- This has been a life saver!! I couldn't find the organic where I live in Mexico, so I just got the regular kind and it still worked wonders. I add a couple tablespoons to a large bottle of water which I sip over several hours. During an acute attack, I would drink a more concentrated solution and continue to drink a lot of water. I say would drink because I seldom experience the severe kind of pain that I used to feel. I can say pretty confidently that ACV has been one of the most helpful things in combatting these issues.
Water- I try to drink about 3 liters a day.
Probiotics- I take a strong probiotic everyday- helps to keep the general area in order, limiting vulvadynia symptoms and also keeps me more regular.
Fiber- speaking of regular... This helps with my bladder and female issues. If I am ever constipated, pushing at all can cause problems down there. I try not to push.
Kegel exercises- I contract the muscles and hold for a few seconds. I do this pretty regularly, but also when I am in the midsts of pain or discomfort. It really does seem to help.
Loose clothing- I used to wear tight jeans, sometimes a thong... Not anymore! I wear lots of skirts or dresses, cotton underwear and I make sure to wear pants and leggings that don't have big seems right through the crotch.
Stress- I know that avoiding stress is difficult at times, but it is paramount to reducing the severity of my health problems. So, I just pay close attention to what my body is telling me. If I am cleaning and start to feel a bit of pressure or stinging, well guess what- its time to stop for the day or maybe I just need to move slower. Lower back strain can make things worse, so I will try to sit more frequently, bend with the knees, that sort of thing. And I only cry when it is really worth it now. I think about whether or not what I am crying over is worth the pain it will cause a short while after. Usually its not. I am not a robot and it may be strange to say I choose not to cry-- but when you cry or worry or panic, the body tenses up and puts pressure on those nether regions. Sometimes the onset of my symptoms was enough to start this chain reaction of worrying and stressing and honestly it made it allĂ‚ much worse. Thinking too much about my symptoms never helped. I do what I know has worked for me and then try to keep calm and distract myself.
Things I try to avoid: sugar, lots of bread, alcohol (I immediately feel stinging in my bladder), really spicy foods, strong chemicals (bleach is the worst for me), pollution, cigarette smoke, lack of sleep.
Ice- I have several ice packs- I wrap one in a hand towel and place it down there when I start to feel swolen or stinging. It's instant relief.
Intimacy-Anything that touches down there must be clean. No after the game, after a long day anything with my husband. And right after, I make sure to pee and then rinse everything off. Maybe it hinders spontanaeity, but not as much as several days of pain.
I hope this is helpful. It's my arsenal and I'm sure that everyone needs to find what is specifically helpful for them. I have gone from having weekly bouts of severe pain, sometimes for several days... To having a problem once every couple of months.The first hint of discomfort and I am combatting it with everything Ive got. I really feel for anyone experiencing ongoing discomfort or pain of any sort and I wish you much peace and relief."
01/12/2011: Kp from Hanover, Nh replies: "Aimee from New Brunswick : I had ALL of your symptoms for years. Finally a urologist diagnosed IC (Interstitial Cystitis)- google it;lots of info/suggestions there. However, in my case the root cause was wheat/gluten. I eliminated it COMPLETELY (even hidden sources like soy sauce) and my bladder completely healed. All my symptoms have been gone for years now."
[YEA] 07/10/2011: Erin from Tacoma, Wa replies: "Here's what I do when I get a bladder infection:
Little to no sugar during treatment
Raw veggies/juice and a little fruit only
Unsweetened cranberry juice, sip throughout day
Every two to three hours, take:
one chopped clove garlic
one tsp coconut oil
2 Tbsp acv
If you are not used to lots of garlic, you might want to throw a gas-aid in there per instructions on the box because it can get pretty painful! Once I can wake up in the morning with no discomfort (usually day 2), I continue this regiment for another 24-48 hours to make sure there are no lingering bacteria.
Hope this helps!"
04/12/2012: Mana from Sydney, Australia replies: "To Aimee: I hope you would also give it a chance with homeopathy. I've suffered from UTI's simmilar to yours for years and a friend who is a homeopath gave me Apis 30C homeopathic remedy. I still can't believe that after years of monthly UTI's and loads of antibiotics a simple 3 little pills helped me resolve this issue. Give it a go. It worked magic for me especially for that stinging and burning and swollen feeling.... All gone. Now clear for 2 years. If I ever get a remotely stingy feeling, which happened only once, I take Apis and within 10 minutes all clear."
10/03/2012: Silver Star from Palo Alto, Ca replies: "CURED... I was getting UTIs all the time until about 5 years ago. then I discovered the baking soda remedy. I'm sure the alkaline diet is a much healthier way to go but I needed an instant remedy and haven't had a UTI in 5 years. All I did was take a few pinches of baking soda (Very Alkalizing!!! ) with a glass of water every 2 hours for the first day or two (not while I slept of course), then when the pain went away I took a few pinches with water as I felt any tiny bit of pain. Baking soda made me retain water while I was taking it and I would be careful if I had high blood pressure. Those are the only issues I know of so I'm a huge supporter!! I was so tired of antibiotics!!!"
Antibiotics, Cranberry Juice
[NAY] 06/28/2009: Sy from Scottsdale, AZ: "Question - 3 different occasions (2 at my Dr. office and once at home)I took a test with test strips to determined a UTI and they all came back positive. My Dr. has recently had my urine cultured but it came back negative.
HISTORY*** May 12,09 I got a UTI, not diagnosed by a Dr. but by knowing what it feels like. So, I started with an over the counter cranberry med. that has worked for me in the past. After a couple of days the UTI felt better but it was obvious I still had it. I then added pure cranberry juice to the remedy but that did not change a thing. I read on this website to try apple cider vinegar, so I started with the pill form ( I can not drink it) again it felt better but still did not cure the UTI. I then went to my Dr. 7 Jun 09. That is when I was tested for the first time at the Dr. office and the test came back positive. The Dr. put me on a 7 day antibiotics at the end of the 7 days I still had the UTI. Thinking it was all in my mind, 2 days later I took an over-the-counter UTI test and it came back positive. I then made an appt with my Dr. once again, the Dr. took another UTI test and it came back positive and started my on a 10 day antibiotic. In the mean time the Dr. had my urine cultured and to our surprise it came back NEGATIVE. I am still having pain and AT A LOSS!! CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME?"Replies
06/28/2009: D from Oz, KS replies: "Mangosteen juice really seemed to help me, and other times drinking lots of water with lots of fresh lemon juice did the trick."
02/17/2010: Liz from Sydney, Australia replies: "Just in regards to the negative culture. A few years ago i was bothered by many bladder infections where the culture test was negative. Turns out i had endometriosis over my bladder, quite severely. I went to the gyno for what i thought was an unrelated problem who sent me to an endometriosis specialist who did surgery and found that my bladder was covered. Endo on the bladder can cause symptoms that mimic bladder infection but you will get a negative culture. After the operation the problem went away although it can return as there is no cure for endometriosis. Just a suggestion on a possible cause."
Apple Cider Vinegar for Bladder Infections
Home Remedy Ingredients
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Filtered Water
A day or two of twice daily ACV tonics should halt a bladder infection, but continue for a few days afterward to make sure—take 1-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, unsweetened, in a tall glass of water.
[YEA] 08/18/2013: Mrs M from Qld, Australia: "11:45 "OMG, I need to pee again for fifth time in an hour"
11:47 "oh, come on... Is that all? My cat pees more than that! "
11:52 "OMG, I need to pee again."
www.earthclinic.com > ailments > urinary tract infection.... [reading]
Hmmmm... Lets try this... Kitchen: 2 tablespoons organic ACV + juice of one lemon + water. OMG this tastes gross. Toughen up princess. Just keep drinking it. 12:25 "ahhhhhhhhhhhhh.... I no longer need to pee"
Time to go back to bed, since that is actually 12:25 am. Thanks earth clinic folks."
08/21/2013: Ms. K from Ca replies: "Just made the ACV stuff for my bladder infection. Can u give me exact measurements for lemon juice (I just eye balled it), and how much water do I drink. Thanks, Ms. K"
[YEA] 08/10/2013: Adam from Las Vegas: "I have been paralyzed for 19 yrs and started having severe bladder infections immediately after my accident. I started using sterile gloves w iodine catheter kits that cost over 25 dollars a day and I still got them. After ten yrs of cipro and literally 200 to 300 infections the bacteria became resistant. I tried cranberry supplements and d monnase as well as other remedies and nothing worked. It seemed I would be on antibiotics forever. I have taken cipro, macrobid, bacterium, kelphlex , I have taken them all... Now after 19 years and over 500 infections (2 or 3 a month) I'm glad to say I have found a natural cure!!! I had an infection that macrobid was not fixing, so I thought I would try apple cider vinegar ( acv). I started by taking it w baking soda but realized after a few days the Apple Cider Vinegar was all I needed.... I read 6 tablespoons a day was the max u should take so I doubled it due to my severe infections and battle hardened bacteria.. By drinking 12 tbs or 6 ounce a day spread out (8am, 12pm, 5pm, 10pm) I saw immediate results. I use a catheter I pee into empty water bottles and recommend sufferers do the same So u can gauge the quality of the urine and adjust the Apple Cider Vinegar accordingly. The urine tells the tale evrytime and u can tell how the Apple Cider Vinegar is working by the clarity of your urine. I didn't get organic Apple Cider Vinegar either, I just used an old Safeway brand I had in the fridge. This is a life changer for me and the stress of recurring infections is gone!!!"Replies
08/12/2013: Gavin from Northland, New Zealand replies: "Re. Reoccurring bladder infections with regards to a catheter. Some Catheters have a silver wire along them. A friend with the same condition, says that at the clinic the ones with the silver wire do not get infections of the bladder. But the ones with the plain old catheters seem to get them on a regular basis. Hope that's helpful."
08/21/2013: Anaur from U.s.a. replies: "God bless you! Your story made me tear up... I'm so glad your infection went away. I will try the Apple Cider Vinegar on my uti. Thanks!"
[YEA] 07/02/2013: Ash from Victoria, Australia: "I suffered from post intimacy urinary tract infection's for more than a year. The only thing that worked for me was taking one antibiotic tablet every time I was likely to get a UTI. I came on this website and decided to try Apple cider vinegar and it worked! I dilute 2 Tablespoons in a cup of water and sip this instead of taking an antibiotic!"Replies
11/12/2013: Aj from Uxbridge, Ontario replies: "I get them that way too, just make sure you pee rigth after sex and it will prevent them!"
04/10/2013: Gibby from Sandy Hook, Ct, US: "Anyone try ACV capsules/tablets for UTI? My daughter keeps getting the UTI's and I'm so stressed out because nothing is working. I tried to have her drink ACV and she couldn't get it down. I put lemon and stevia in in it and she gagged. We seemed to cure it with Alka Seltzer, cranberry, parsley tea, Uvi Ursi, garlic capsules all just fine, but came back 1 week later!!! We then ended up in Urgent care, and now, back on antibiotics. We are seeing the uryo/gyno today, but all she will do is put her on daily antiobitics which is what I desperately want to avoid. Nothing seems to work!!!! I'm so stressed out. She's had like 4 in 3 months! I'm wondering if the capsule form of ACV would be as effective as the liquid because she will NOT take it!!!!!!"Replies
04/10/2013: Rsw from Uniontown, Oh replies: "I have seen many posts on d-mannose for UTI's. I have seen it mentioned on several different sites as safe and effective for UTI's."
04/16/2013: Linda from New Haven, Ct, United States replies: "Gibby, try using a glass of apple juice or apple cider to mix with the apple cider vinegar. When added to either of these beverages all you taste is apple cider... No vinegar taste at all. That's how I got a member of my family to drink it. The capsules just don't seem to capture the live enzymes of the liquid I'm afraid."
[YEA] 03/10/2013: Janine from Pittsburgh, Pa: "I've had UTI's for as far back as I can remember. Good hygiene and things like urinating right after my husband and I are intimate helped keep the infection at bay for nearly 3 years. But last week there were 2 consecutive times that I did not urinate after my husband and I were intimate and I felt the onset of a dreaded UTI. Doubled over in pain, I reached for my ipad and went to the earthclinic site searching for a remedy and hoping that it would be something that I already had on hand. I'm so glad I found this site! I filled a 3oz bathroom Dixie cup halfway with ACV and I filled the rest with water. I then drank two 8oz bottles of water. In about two hours I went to the bathroom PAIN FREE with no discomfort at all! I'm so happy! I took 3 more tablespoons of ACV for good measure.
UPDATE: In the morning I went to urinate and there was no pain or discomfort. In the past I would've taken antibiotics for at least 7 days, which always lead to more problems (stomachs aches, yeast infections, etc. ). I'm so happy I found earth clinic! The excruciating pain, urgency, and discomfort from the UTI was gone in less than 3 hours after I took ACV!"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 02/26/2013: C.K. from Ludington, Mi. Usa: "I don't know about a cure, but apple cider vinegar sure does help ease the symptoms of my painful uti. Within 1/2 hr of drinking acv, lemon juice & water, symptoms were 75% (or more) improved. Yay for acv!"
[YEA] 10/11/2012: Bee from Atlanta, Ga: "Thank you to everyone that suggested drinking ACV for UTI's/bladder infections. After several bouts with UTI's over the years, I was told that I am just one of those that suffers from chronic UTI's. I always took the meds as prescribed and they always went away, but last year I found myself battling BV and another UTI. I refused to take anymore meds and I found myself here. It has been a lifesaver!!!
On Tuesday, I noticed a familiar urge to urinate. I knew immediately it was a UTI. I stopped what I was doing and mixed together 2 Tbs. of ACV and 2 Tbs. of lemon juice into a tall glass of water. As the day went on, the frequency to urinate almost stopped. I continued to drink water throughout the dayÂ…. No sugar & no alcohol. Later that night, I had vitamin C before I went to sleep. I've continued to drink the ACV mixture every morning and evening. As of today, I feel no symptoms of the UTI, but I will continue to drink the ACV mixture for the rest of week. I hope this helps someone because it definitely helped me!!! I also pop in an oil of oregano caplet just for good measure!"
[YEA] 04/28/2012: D. from Tallahassee, Fl: "I've had a couple UTIs in my life and have always just taken AZO standard. This time was different, worse, I woke up in the middle of the night in so much pain. I didn't know what to do seeing I was at a friends, she luckily had an AZO but it didn't work like usual, I came on this site Thank god! I read about taking lemon juice and putting it in water, which was the only option I had cause she didn't have ACV. Lemon water didn't help I came home and got out the ACV right away took 2 tsp along with 3 tbs of lemon juice right away, took a hot bath and it did wonders! Waited about an hour and just took 2 more tsp with warm water. I recommend taking it with lemon juice, it takes away the nasty taste of ACV."Replies
[YEA] 08/25/2012: Pam from Palm Springs, Ca, 92262 replies: "I have to share my UTI story. I've only had a couple in my life and they are horrible. I've only been able to get rid of them with antibiotics. I had one hit me hard in the middle of the night about a month ago. I dragged my painful self to the computer and read about apple cider vinegar actually curing it. Many comments from women who attested to this. It was 2am and nothing open but Walmart. I had to buy some lousy brand. I mixed it with water and in about 15 minutes threw up. I went to the doctor the next morning and got the antibiotics. Took them for a week and still have the infection. I stopped any alcohol and sweets. If I had even a tiny bit of either, it hit me in my bladder.
I couldn't afford to go back to the doctor. I started thinking it would never go away. I finally got smart and bought some organic apple cider vinegar (unfiltered with mother in it - which, I believe all have). Mixed 1 TBS in a pint glass of room temp water. I honestly didn't even feel it just a few hours later. It's been a week now and I've been drinking it am and pm. Nothing! Normal!!!!! I've been reading about all the other benefits of drinking it and will continue to have a glass or two daily."
08/27/2012: Jr from Av, Mn replies: "After yrs of UTI and antibiotics, I found what works for me. I do have to start with an azo pill, just to stop the pain and contractions. Then I take 1 Tablespoon Collidal silver or sometimes 1 teaspoon 3x a day. I take 3 cranberry pills 3X per day. Then at night, several hours after collidal silver I take a probotic, so the good stuff is there to work thru the night. ( make sure you do not take Collidal silver and probotics at the same time, they nix each other). Also, drink 64 oz. or more of water per day to flush your system. NO, sugar stuff and lay low on caffeine.
I feel better within a day or two, but continue this for 3 days to a week depending on how bad you have it.
I've done this for the last several yrs now, they are getting fewer and farther apart. I've have not needed any antibiotics since I started this."
11/22/2011: Linda from Okotoks, Ab Canada: "To whom it may concern; In desperation I began searching the internet tonight for natural cures for UTI's. I have a long frustrating story with bladder infections. Today after being on anti-biotics for a week, I still have an infection. Dr. doesn't know what to do? I still feel sick and want off this merry-go-round. I'm out of options. I have tried a natural way to cure myself and these now seem to be failing me. It has been a long, long year.
Please, please can Apple Cider Vinegar help and what is the protocol? It's a little confusing reading everyone's stories. Thanks Linda"Replies
11/22/2011: Bess from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "Hi Linda - In the book Apple Cider Vinegar by the _____ family (of the famous _____ Apple Cider Vinegar brand), they recommend the following for bladder infections:
Drink at least 8 glasses of pure water daily.
Drink the ACV "cocktail" which is 2 teaspoons of ACV in 8 ounces of pure water - you can add a little bit of raw honey or maple syrup but that's optional (if you're diabetic, use stevia). Drink this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, one hour before lunch and one hour before dinner.
Drink marshmallow herbal tea - two or three times daily. (I would imagine you could get this at a health food store)
Add one cup of ACV to a daily warm sitz bath (a large basin or a few inches in a bath tub).
Hope this works for you! Bess"
11/22/2011: Jen from Bozeman, Mt, Us replies: "Dear Linda, I have a friend who's daughter has always gotten very bad bladder infections throughout her life. She was on antibiotics pretty much every 3 weeks. She would take a 10 day course and within a week she would have another infection. I suggested she take her daughter to a naturopath to see if she had any food intolerances. It turns out she did. If she stays away from Gluten she doesn't get an infection at all. I think it's been over a year since her last infection now.
There is some studies on why people get bladder infections when they are gluten intolerant and there is evidence that it effects the lining of the bladder which makes it easier to irritate. Alot of the reason why antibiotics won't work in this situation is because there is no actual "infection. " There is irritated bladder lining which will keep being irritated unless the antagonist is removed. So you should get a food allergy test and find out if this is the case or just test the theory out by removing gluten and see if it helps."
11/22/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Linda, it would be interesting to know your age because I think that my bladder infections came from dryness of the vagina. When my husband and I started using lube during intercourse the infections stopped. Also peeing afterwards and washing yourself helps. When I took antibiotics my doctor told me not to take the ten day cure, she said that 3 days were enough and that was true. And drinking enough water, that helps as well! I haven't had any for almost 18 months."
[YEA] 10/06/2011: Kellie from Hb, Ca: "I went to the Dr's. less than a month a go for a UTI and was put on antibiotics for a week (which totally messed up my system). I woke up at 3AM with that burning sensation and wont be able to get to the DR's till Monday. I need relief and FAST! I remember my brother took ACV just because, so I looked it up. Figured it wouldn't hurt.... I mixed mine with lemonade, yes it still tastes horrible but it's been half an hour and already feel better. I'll continue to take it till monday. I dont want to be on antibiotics again. Good luck!"
[YEA] 10/04/2011: Jennifer from Sunrise, Fl, Usa: "Another big YES for ACV as a urinary tract infection remedy. I get these all the time unfortunately, and not just little ones - really bad ones. I've urinated blood and had kidney infections from them before. The key to treating UTIs is to treat them FAST. If you think that you are getting one, treat it immediately - don't wait. The infection spreads fast and in a matter of hours, you can be in serious pain. You may notice that your UTI clears up after just one dose of ACV - but this is very important - DON'T STOP TAKING THE ACV - take it 3x per day, for one week - EVEN IF you feel no symptoms! Just like a UTI can come back if you stop taking antibiotics, it can come back if you stop taking the ACV, and with a vengeance. I keep a bottle of ACV with me at all times - I even bring a bottle with me overseas when I travel, and it has saved me through quite a few UTI episodes!
Please note that this remedy is only for mild UTIs. If you don't see an improvement in symptoms, or if you are urinating blood, have symptoms of a kidney infection, or are in serious pain - GO SEE A DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY. UTIs are very serious if left untreated - the infection can spread to your kidneys and cause permanent scarring. If you don't have health insurance, a lot of drugstores in the US (and even some Targets now) have health clinics that diagnose and treat urinary tract infections for under $100. A UTI clears up extremely quickly with the correct antibiotics."Replies
03/19/2012: Megan from West Jordan, Ut replies: "What if you always bleed with your UTI's? My pregnancies really messed up my tube from my bladder to the outside world. Actually since I was 17 I have always had blood, frequency, and burning as the first sign and believe it or not very little pain in my abdomen but of course not for when I pee. I want to do natural remedies to clear my UTI up. I bought no sugar added 100% cranberry juice, ACV, AZO pain relief and cranberry pills. I had a UTI about two months ago and the drugs made my body in really bad shape. I don't want them again. I want my body to fight this and hopefully grow immune to it. I had grandmother I never met die of bladder cancer. I also have an aunt who has my same issues of recurrent bladder infections. I just want to let my body do what it's meant to do. Build immunity to these bacterias. Women back before modern medicine lived through UTI's and kidney infections with natural remedies. I believe in them fully. So I think most necessary to go to a doctor is when you have severe pain in your flank area and just can't get rid of the UTI symptoms."