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How to Heal Bladder Infections Naturally

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For years, I suffered from bladder infections, otherwise known as urinary tract infections (UTIs).   As a result, I have studied them more than any other affliction and am honoured to be able to share the comprehensive, yet simply put, information I gleaned on the topic on how to heal bladder infections naturally.

What are the symptoms of bladder infections?

  • Urgent desire to empty the bladder
  • Frequent and often painful and/or burning urination
  • Desire to urinate even once the bladder is empty
  • Urine has a strong, unpleasant odour and may be cloudy
  • Lower abdominal pain which ranges from discomfort to severe pain
  • Possible blood in the urine
  • Can lead to kidney infection if left untreated

What are the physical causes of bladder infections?

  • Lack of good bacteria to counteract bad bacteria
  • Candida, particularly if the bladder infections are re-occurring
  • Food sensitivities or allergies, particularly to dairy, citrus fruits, alcohol, chocolate, coffee and sugar
  • Chlorinated pools, hot tubs and water

What physical factors increase the chances of contracting a bladder infection?

  • Pregnancy
  • Sexual intercourse
  • The use of a diaphragm
  • System disorders such as diabetes
  • Non cotton underwear and tight clothing
  • Sitting around in a wet bathing suit
  • Holding back from urinating

What are the emotional causes of bladder infections?

There are often emotional causes behind every physical ailment.  The emotional causes behind bladder infections are anxiety, fear of letting go, holding onto old ideas and being pissed off.  There is usually a need to get rid of something i.e. toxic things, situations and/or people in the life of the ‘sufferer.’  Phrases the ‘sufferer’ might have on their mind or feel subconsciously are “I don’t dare” or “Deeply unhappy” or “I can’t expect any better.”

How do you heal bladder infections naturally?

  • Drink organic cranberry juice is one of the best herbal remedies as it inhibits bacterial growth.  It also prevents bad bacteria from sticking to the bladder lining.  Blueberry and bilberry juice are also very effective.
  • Drink lots of water
  • Eat celery, watermelon and parsley as they are natural diuretics and cleansers
  • Stay away from the food allergens listed above, as well as processed foods, caffeine, drugs and chemicals (in food and water)
  • Take a good quality form of acidophilus (good bacteria)
  • Take a natural antibiotic such as garlic, colloidal silver (great for children) or oil of oregano
  • UTI Cleanse by AOR usually puts an end to all symptoms (tablets swallowed at intervals stated on the package)

This is all you need to know in order to cure a bladder infection naturally.  I did not share this information in my book because I had not determined all the factors involved in my bladder infections at the time I wrote it.  I hope this information prevents even one of my readers from undergoing the suffering I underwent with my frequent bladder infections.

Please feel free to send me your questions or comments.  And if any of you need help coming to a better understanding of your emotional triggers, I am trained in The Journey™ work and am having great success in helping adults and children uncover their emotional blocks (Please visit their website by clicking here for more information on this process).

As always, I love receiving feedback. Here on my blog, you’ll get commentluv. This is a wonderful opportunity to leave a link back to your own blog when you leave a comment.

Until next time,

Meredith

Meredith Deasley

Certified Life Coach, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Spiritual Vitality Expert - Published Author, Speaker, and Teacher.

50 Comments

  1. Renee on July 24, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Regarding UTI’s, what is AOR?

    • Meredith on July 27, 2012 at 8:09 am

      Hello Renee, thank you for visiting the blog! AOR is a top quality supplement manufacturer. Their products are found at many health food stores but not all.
      Meredith

    • katie needham on February 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      tried your “solution” with the cranberry juice this morning and I already feel better. I think I wasn’t drinking enough fluid with my medications. I still feel bad but I can tell my body is responding to the healing suggestions from Meredith. The celery and watermelon are good to know as I have a really hard time keeping hydrated. I ran to the store and purchased them. I have a lot of stress & feel sometimes no place to vent it. Thanks for your site!

      • Meredith on May 8, 2014 at 5:25 pm

        I am pleased that these recommendations are helping you. Please let me know if I can assist you further in any way!

        Meredith

  2. Sandy Schmid on August 29, 2012 at 1:50 am

    I have been on Cipro for one week and my infection is not responding. I am allergic to two other antibiotics so not sure there are any more available. Do you think this would still work for me?

    • Meredith on August 29, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      You should have noticed improvement already. You might want to try some of these natural alternatives.

      Meredith Deasley

  3. springrayne on October 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    thanks for the great information. I am a type two diabetic. i have notice that every time i dont drink enough water for several days, i get a uti like now. i am taking garlic cloves daily. how much garlic do i need to take to get rid of the bacteria. i have discomfort in my pelvic and lower back regeion. i would rather stay with natural medicine. I appreciate all of the help and info you can help me with, i will also check my self on an emotional as well. thanks for adding that as well.

    • Meredith on October 23, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      This is a challenge you are very familiar with then, unfortunately. Every person is different as to how much garlic they need. I take 2-3 capsules every 3 hours until it is gone, which is within 3 days – it helps with the discomfort as well.

      Meredith

  4. Chere Michelle on November 5, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Hi Meredith, Beautiful blog! I just stumbled across it as I was looking for any other ways to help my UTI I maybe didn’t know about. I’ve been doing the pure cranberry juice (not sweet cocktail stuff, ick) and water too…probiotics…I haven’t used garlic yet. I supposed that is my next step. I’m on day 2 and very uncomfortable. Little blood though so that makes me feel better. Anyway, great info, I’ll be back!
    CM

    • Meredith on November 5, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      Great job! And the garlic will help you for sure! Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and commenting, Chere.
      Meredith

  5. Haya on January 3, 2013 at 1:23 am

    hi Merideth,
    Thank you for all your info. I think my 4 yr old daughter has a UTI, She frequented the bathroom a lot today, and complained of it being irritated/itchy down in that area. She was tearing up before she went to bed and went to the bathroom a few times in a row, complaining it hurt!
    What can i do for her age to get rid of this UTI naturally? I hate using anti biotics when i don’t have to!
    Thank you,
    Haya

    • Meredith on January 3, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      You are welcome. If your daughter will swallow pills, you can give her garlic capsules or colloidal silver drops taste just like water – both will kill the infection.

      Meredith

  6. Pooja on January 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Hi I have had this UTI for about 4/5 months. I have been to the doctors and they have prescribed me anti biotics but they haven’t helped! I have done all these things and it has only made it less! I have been doing these things for about a month now! Help!!! It’s really painful 🙁

    • Meredith on January 21, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      Pooja, Would you like to have a phone consultation? I have specialized in this area for a decade now and am well versed in all of the physical and emotional causes of this ailment as well as the treatments. If you would like to speak, please email me and we can set up the particulars.

      Yours in health,
      Meredith

  7. Aly on February 19, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Hey…So i have been having problems with bladder infections my whole life…but lately they have been getting worse. Im not really sure what to do i have had one on and off for a few months now. I drink cranberry juice regularly and take uninary suport pills they help for a little but it just gets worse with time…i really need to kno what to do. What can i do to make it better?
    Aly

    • Meredith on February 20, 2013 at 12:09 am

      I have spent a lot of years studying bladder infections. I provided a lot of the solutions in this blog post. Please let me know if you would like to have a phone consultation to discuss your particular case and arrive at a solution together.

      Meredith

  8. Antoinette on February 21, 2013 at 9:21 am

    thank you very much for the tips,
    presented very clearly and simply and effectively.

    • Meredith on February 22, 2013 at 12:10 am

      Thank you very much for writing and for your compliments.

      With much appreciation,
      Meredith

  9. RO--a on March 4, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Hello,

    I have been fighting this uti for a week now and it is getting a bit better. I have been drinking lots and lots of water and pure cranberry and cut out all sugars, caffeine, and alcohol. My question is how do you know when it is gone rather than moving up to your kidneys? A few years again all my symptoms went away and then a week later I had a kidney infection. I fear that will happen to me again. I am a 26 year old female, fresh out of college with no insurance and I really dislike using antibiotics.
    Thank you

    • Meredith on March 5, 2013 at 12:35 am

      My advice for determining whether your bladder infection is finished is to really get to know your body. Are you still experiencing burning while urinating, feeling an urgency to urinate but nothing coming out, discomfort in what feels like your stomach area, excessive vaginal or eye mucus or strong smelling, darker urine.

      Meredith

  10. MS on March 6, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Hi there,
    so I have been experiencing many of the symptoms you described above off and on for our a year. I can literally get a full blown infection overnight and it burns terribly. I also feel much soreness in the kidney area as well as pressure in my lower abdomen. All the doctor does is prescribe antibiotics and I believe there is more that could be done. Does the garlic pills and AOR cleanse really help with killing the bacteria?
    thank you for your help!

    • Meredith on March 7, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      Yes the garlic kills the bacteria and the AOR cleanse cleanses you at the core level. I use these products instead of antibiotics. If you want further help is addressing the root cause, please email me and we can arrange a time to have a phone appointment.

      Meredith

  11. Carly on September 23, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Hello! Thank you very much for your advice! I am 23 years old and I have been suffering with bladder infections since I can remember. I’ve gotten them so often that I decided antibiotics are not the answer. The past few times I’ve had them I just drink water, take cranberry capsules, and sometimes when they were really bad I would take AZO for the pain. I have noticed that it IS possible to cure them with out antibiotics. This time around, it seems I need to do something else. Do you personally think garlic capsules are the best way to go? I haven’t tried them yet, but it seems like you highly recommend them. Thanks!

    – Carly

    • Meredith on September 24, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      Hello Carly
      Cranberry capsules can only take you so far, I found. Garlic is excellent for healing the bladder infections and I have recently learned the power of Vitamin C in preventing them! The Vitamin C clears the bad bacteria out of the urinary tract and it really works!!!! It is best to take the Vitamin C powder or capsules for best absorption.
      Meredith

  12. Margaret Taylor on November 2, 2013 at 11:56 am

    My 3 year old suffers with utis frequently and antibiotics don’t help. I started her on the powder with cranberry and d-mannose at a lower dose than I take. One capsule morning and evening before meals. I couldn’t find any info for kids but a person at the health food store said it couldn’t be harmful. Do you know what dosage I should go by or if she should take it at all?

    Thank you

    Margaret

    • Meredith on November 2, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      I don’t know what the brand name is of the product you are giving her but both ingredients are excellent for UTIs. The rule of thumb is that you can safely double the dose of what any label says is safe for an adult. Then look at your child’s weight compared to a typical adult weight of 150 lbs. If your child is 60 lbs, that is about half of a typical adults weight and therefore your child can have about half the dose that the label says is safe for an adult. If your child has diarrhea then you know to cut back on the dose. I have found that Camu Camu (a potent vitamin C powder) is an incredible preventer of bladder infections if taken daily – it kills the bad bacteria in the urinary tract.
      Meredith

  13. Megan on March 13, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Thank you so much for this post! It is the simplest answer I’ve ever seen! I have struggled with these for years and during pregnancy’s had kidney infections. I have half heartedly taken herbal remedies in the past to no avail. But now that I have another am heading strait to the health food store to get everything on you’re list. Just started reading about antibiotics, there already in most of our food to begin with! And I had NO IDEA that Candida effects UTIs as well and have only seen the link to that and yeast infections in the past. If I wasn’t getting my act together with eating better before, with 3 UTIs a year its a good reason to start ASAP!
    Thanks again.

    • Meredith on March 16, 2014 at 10:10 am

      Thank you for your feedback! I know; this information is very hard to find and it’s extremely frustrating. I wish you the best of success with these new approaches.

      Meredith

  14. Michelle Ellen Louise Mccoy on August 28, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Hi, names Michelle I’m 23 years old. so I I am pretty sure I’ve had my bladder infection for a couple weeks now but I finally went to the doctors because I’ve been in a lot of pain and they checked to see if I had one and it was positive. I was told garlic pills as well as oregano oil helps clear it up in three depending on the person. I we garlic helps but will the oregano oil capsules help and how? This bladder infection is affecting my schooling, my job and playing with my kids. So I need to know if the oregano will help while taking the garlic capsules

    • Meredith on August 29, 2014 at 9:31 am

      Hi Michelle Yes it will. Garlic is a natural antibiotic and the oil of oregano kills infection.
      Meredith

  15. Cally on December 30, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Hi Meredith!

    Finding your page has been a god send! I would say there was a period of 6 months I was getting a uti/cystitis ATLEAST once a month and truly it is dehabilitating and depressing. Antibiotics work for me and then the infection rears it’s ugly head again the next month but now I’ve started taking odourless garlic capsules from the health food shop once a day everyday and it has not come back for 3 months. I also once a week drink water with a little UVA Ursi in there too- just for my own peace of mind as this always used to ease the symptoms. I’ve also cut out the amount of tea I used to drink (I am British- there is your clue!) which I think was a huge trigger for me also. Thanks for your insight on this! I’m from the uk and it’s comforting to see that it isn’t just me who has suffered but women around the world.

    • Meredith on December 31, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      I am thrilled this helped you!! I know the garlic has worked for me whenever I have had any type of infection. Because of the amount of antibiotics you have had, you may want to take some probiotics to restore the good bacteria in your body. I have a couple of posts on probiotics that you might want to read. Thank you for writing!! Happy New Year!!
      Meredith

  16. Nadia on March 16, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Hi Meredith!

    Recently my mother got a severe UTI/cistitis (by E.coli) that requires heavy antibiotics treatment and IV. My family and me are in emotional shock because my mother is a extremely healthy women (almost illness-free) and see her in that pain and so weak in her bed (if you look her face is so sad, very pale and dehydrated). I was crying a lot see her in that condition. With treatment she’s getting better, but right now my dad and me have starting symptoms of UTI (not quite severe, but a far sensation of urine pain). Reading you blog I think that maybe we are dealing with a emotional UTI? or just a coincidence? We don’t want to take antibiotics, but we started with your recommendation (a lot of water, watermelon, garlic, etc, etc). What do you think? Best Wishes!

    • Meredith on March 18, 2015 at 11:29 am

      Hello Nadia
      Yes, that could very well be. Please have a look at the emotional causes of bladder infections on my blog. If you would like to talk further about this, please suggest a time this weekend in which you can talk for 15 minutes.

      Yours in health,
      Meredith

  17. Marie on October 29, 2015 at 8:24 am

    With recurring infections and kidney stones I have been on long term antibiotics that have destroyed my gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms have gotten worse and the last test showed no bacteria yet I’m in a lot of pain, burning and urging to go constantly and urine is cloudy at times. Have taken D mannose but it isn’t helping the pain. I’m desperate!

    • Meredith on January 2, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      The emotional cause of these health challenges is anger and resentment. Maybe take a look at your relationships and see where you can make changes. Take Innovite health probiotics up to 5/6 capsules a day, along with garlic capsules and Vitamin C. Please email me if you want to arrange a phone appointment at meredith@theresourcefulmother.com. So sorry for my delay in getting back to you..my social media expert retired recently!

  18. Nicole on December 31, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    I’m currently treating a uti with 1000mg garlic and 450mg cranberry pills. Should I be taking the recommended dosage on the bottle or more and how often? How much is too much?

    • Meredith on January 2, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      You can take more…two capsules every 2-3 hours max. So sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner. My social media expert retired recently!

  19. Vik on January 28, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Hi!!

    Chronic sufferer of utis, currently experiencing mild symptoms and I really want to heal this one naturally. I heard that ingesting 2 tbls of organic coconut oil and rubbing the oil on the urethra helps ? Have you heard about this method ? Also drinking 2 tbls of raw cinnamon and organic
    Honey with warm water ? I’m currently ingesting dmannose and cranberry supplements along with a probiotic supplement.. I will also try raw garlic.. can u give any advice ?

    • Meredith on April 30, 2017 at 6:37 pm

      I understand why both of these methods would work. Please tell us your findings since I took this long to see your message 🙁 I am so sorry!!!

  20. Trish on April 29, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Hello meredith… I’ve had a uti took 2 cloves of raw garlic once in the morning once at night for 3 days and about 5000mg vitamin c and I was symptom free. 2 days later my uti is back. Did I stop taking the garlic too early.. please how long would you recommend taking the garlic.. and also would garlinase pills work just as well as raw garlic? Thank you

    • Meredith on April 30, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      You are correct: you didn’t do it long enough. Follow this same protocol for one full week. The pills work great but they are not as concentrated as the raw garlic so you would need to take them closer to 2 weeks. You are most welcome.

  21. Joni on June 21, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Hi Meredith, I have had several bladder infections over the last few years. I test myself and I always have leukocytes, nitrites, and sometimes blood in my urine. They say I have a kidney stone in my left kidney; can this be causing these symptoms? They just gave me another round of Cipro and I really don’t like how I feel or the idea that I have to keep taking antibiotics. I’ve tried Colloidal, oregano oil, and some garlic but I guess I’m not taking enough. I have some garlenase5000 the actual garlic is 325mg; how much of that can I take a day to get rid of the infection? or oregano? or colloidal? or all three together? I thought you should rotate every 10 days or so. I need help. Thank you, joni

    • Meredith on June 26, 2017 at 11:18 pm

      Because you were on so many antibiotics, you likely have candida. Your best bet is to do a candida cleanse called Candigone by Renew Life. The kit contains all the instructions inside. Nutritionists suggest leaving fruit in the diet while you do the cleanse, just so you know. For the bladder infection, take 2 capsules of the garlic with astragalus by Kyolic and 2 capsules of some good probiotics every 3 hours for a number of days until your symptoms go away and then another 2 days just for good measure. Sorry for my delay! I was in a multiple day course.

  22. Ally on August 11, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Hi thank you for you site.. I’m having my first real bladder infection.. so painful when I pass urine…I’m drinking Lemon in water and apple cider vinegar and taking four capsules of a good pro biotic aimed at urinary tract health which has cranberry extract,…this is day 1.5 .. how do you ingest so much raw garlic if you can’t get garlic capsules quickly? Also my mum had a consultant tell her not to drink cranberry as it aggravates things….Thanks so much

    • Meredith on August 12, 2017 at 9:46 am

      You don’t need as much raw garlic as you would capsules! Even half a pea-size of crushed garlic every few hours will do the trick! Lemon can worsen bladder infections if one is sensitive to citrus. Lemon used to cause my bladder infections! So be cautious of that. Cranberry clears out the bad bacteria and only aggravates things when one is sensitive to it. Wishing you all the best for a speedy recovery!

  23. Louise on October 5, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Have you ever heard of pain and symptoms lasting for months after the bladder infection is gone? I believe my medication damaged my bladder and now it needs time to heal. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank You

    • Meredith on October 6, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      I believe that your infection is still present. You need probiotics to replenish the good bacteria that the drugs depleted. And you need garlic as your natural antibiotic. Take both until your symptoms are gone. Please email me if you need further help in a few weeks. My email is mdeasley@rogers.com

      • Louise on October 9, 2017 at 4:14 pm

        Thank You! I am already taking the Probiotic Align!

        • Meredith on October 11, 2017 at 10:07 am

          Wonderful! Increase the amount you are taking. If you get diarrhea, cut back.

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