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I have interstitial cystitis that can be really bothersome.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have interstitial cystitis that can be really bothersome. I’ve found some foods and other triggers that cause my symptoms to flare. I would like to try a natural approach to my issue. What should I try?” – C.B., Provo, UT

A. Dear C.B., Medical professionals are still not certain of the exact cause(s) of interstitial cystitis (IC). While most of the time the inflammation is caused by a bacterial infection called a urinary tract infection (UTI), IC can also occur without an infection being present. UTIs and/or IC can be quite tricky to manage; so first and foremost, I encourage you to continue working with your healthcare practitioner to determine the best treatment plan. That said, I do have some safe and effective nutrients I believe can help.

You may want to consider adding Angelica (Angelica archangelica) to your daily regimen. Angelica archangelica grows in Iceland and has been used in folk medicine for centuries – the Vikings even used this herb as a form of currency. In fact, banning the theft of angelica was actually written into some of the earliest law books in Iceland about 1,000 years ago!

Angelica archangelica extract will help to strengthen the bladder muscles and increase bladder capacity. When choosing a formula, make sure you look for one that features an aqueous (water) extract of the leaves that has been clinically studied. I would take Angelica archangelica twice per day.

You could also benefit greatly by adding a clinically studied curcumin. Curcumin is a compound found in the spice turmeric. Curcumin is a potent antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory that works via multiple pathways. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the curcumin you choose features excellent absorption. The best form I have ever found features curcumin enhanced with turmeric essential oil. I would take this curcumin twice per day.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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