Cystitis is a very common condition of the urinary system and affects men and women, although far more common in women.

Optimal bladder health and awareness of the possible risks is key to promoting prevention of cystitis

  • Ensure complete emptying of the bladder after urination
  • Practice hygienic sexual intercourse and it is recommended women urinate afterwards
  • Ensure hygiene during menstruation
  • Avoid irritation

Goals in supporting bladder health and reducing risk of cystitis

  • Balance gut bacteria and promote optimal digestion
  • Support immune function and reduce immune suppressants
  • Balance Ph. and optimize hydration
  • Support the tissues and tissue repair
  • Prevent adhesion of pathogens

Dietary measures to promote bladder health

Include:

  • Antioxidant rich diet:
  • Vitamin A for supporting the integrity of our cells and supporting immune function. Vitamin A is important for mucous membrane health (bladder). Can be found in carrots, spinach, fish, eggs, sweet potato, broccoli.
  • Vitamin E supports immune function and is an antioxidant. Supports integrity again of mucous membranes
  • Vitamin C: collagen production and tissue repair. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant to support reducing infection.
  • Bioflavonoids: help support vitamin C and found in berries, leafy green vegetables, onions and garlic
  • Consume onions and garlic for the antimicrobial activity to support eradicating bacteria’s
  • Pre and probiotic rich foods: sauerkraut, kimchi, asparagus, raw garlic and onions, high quality yogurt, coconut yogurt. Support microflora balance in the gut and prevent pathogens from colonizing such as ‘E-coli’.
  • HYDRATION: ensure at least 2L of water per day

Remove:

  • High sugar foods and processed carbohydrates
  • Alcohol, coffee and soft drinks
  • Food allergens
  • Full strength fruit juice

Ultimately being hygienic and supporting our immune function and digestive health is key in protecting the health of our bladder.

Emily Bingham
EMpower Fitness and Nutrition
April  2016

Reference

Hechtman, L. (2014). Clinical naturopathic medicine. Sydney, Australia: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier Australia.