Terry is happy to provide his opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have struggled with ongoing bladder infections – it seems I get one every two to three months. Do you have any suggestions on something natural?”— Lois S., Sacramento, CA
A. Dear Lois, I’m sorry to hear that you are struggling with recurring urinary tract infections. The good news is that I do have an effective, natural way to fight back. However, I do advise that you consult with your physician to make sure they are indeed urinary tract infections and not some other problem. Urinary tract infections cannot be taken lightly as they have the potential to cause major complications and should always be treated.
I recommend talking to your physician about using a combination of clinically tested ingredients, such as hibiscus and cranberry, which can be extremely effective in treating and preventing urinary tract infections. Cranberry is recognized as being an excellent botanical to use in the prevention and treatment of UTIs. It is rich in healthful compounds, like proanthocyanidins, that prevent E. coli (and other harmful bacteria) from adhering to the lining of the bladder and urethra. This anti-adherence property is what really gives cranberry extract its punch.
Hibiscus also has considerable evidence showing it is effective in preventing urinary tract infections. In one study, which included 90 women (18 to 55 years old) who experienced more than eight episodes of UTIs per year, hibiscus cut the incidence of urinary tract infections by 77%! I would recommend taking 700 mg of the hibiscus and cranberry blend twice daily to increase your odds of eliminating and preventing urinary tract infections. This formulation can also be used on an ongoing basis as a preventative and for general maintenance of healthy urinary tract function.
I would also recommend taking a formula that contains elderberry, along with vitamin (A, C, and D) and mineral (zinc, calcium, and magnesium) ingredients, on a daily basis. All of these ingredients have antiviral, antibacterial, or immune-supportive properties that will help boost your overall health and immune system function. I recommend taking 1 tablet of this combination twice daily.
Terry . . . Naturally