November 5

If it itches and stings… natural remedies for urinary tract infections!


It's the familiar nightmare: you go to the toilet every ten minutes, but the urge to urinate remains, and it's just too strong.

"Why didn't I dress in layers, in warmer clothes?!" So you berate yourself, even though you might not have escaped the agony of the urinary tract infection (UTI) if you had done so.

But if not even like that, then how can you prevent it? What is, in fact, a UTI – and even more important: what can you do about it?

The dreaded acronym UTI refers to the well-known symptoms: stabbing, burning pain when urinating, which can become persistent; the need to go to the toilet every ten to fifteen minutes because of the frequent urge to urinate; and always just few drops of urine leaving the body, which are often cloudy (purulent) or pink (bloody), despite the unbeatable urge.

So what can you do to avoid these inconveniences in the cold and damp autumn and/or winter weather? To answer this question, you first need to deal with another…

What is really behind urinary tract infections?

If you don't change out of your sweaty clothes and underwear after exercising or a sporting outing, or if you sit in a wet bathing suit for hours after you've got out of the cold pool, you are of course contributing to a UTI. But this is not the actual cause, just a contributing factor to the problem.

So what is really responsible for the UTI? It might help to recall at this point that the medical name for this urinary problem is the Latin word 'cystitis'. Now, the '-itis' ending always refers to some kind of inflammation, in this case of the bladder. In the case of urinary tract infections, what actually happens is that the bacteria in the bladder cause swelling and irritation, hence the symptom of frequent and painful urination.

We've found the culprit! Escherichia coli, the cause of UTI

These pathogens, which live in the large intestine, are not usually a problem because they are kept at bay by the body's mucosal defence system. But when our defences are weakened, for example by a cold, they multiply and cause local inflammation in the body.

So what is the solution? InnoFit's approach is based on a holistic, 'everything is connected' principle, which means the most comprehensive, natural health care possible!

According to the official definition, holistic analysis means to consider the individual in his globality. The so-called 'holistic' approach may sound a little suspicious to many people today, as it is sometimes associated with all sorts of pseudo-scientific, superstitious ideas and quack cures. But what we are talking about here is nothing less than the study of living systems as a whole, always striving for wholeness in our approach.

Diet and lifestyle: natural health without medicine

In this particular case, the approach we are proposing to you is also the most gentle and easiest way possible. What would this look like in the case of urinary tract infection relief and prevention?

First and foremost, avoid what may already be the most harmful part of your diet: simple sugars, refined carbohydrates, and food allergens can seriously impede your body's healthy functioning. Drinking plenty of water, about 3 litres a day, is also recommended in this case because it allows urine to regularly flush all parts of the urinary tract: the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra.

You don't always need to reach for antibiotics, as several studies have shown that consuming fruit drinks made from blueberries (and by the way, InnoFit's Purfit contains a significant amount of blueberries!) has natural active ingredients that prevent E. coli bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall and urethra, making it an excellent preventative measure and treatment for the problem once it has developed. In addition to Purfit, we have had excellent experiences with Topform and Child, which also contain cranberries.

In the case of recurrent bladder infections and the frequent use of antibiotics that often accompanies them, it is important to restore the body to a balanced, healthy state in general and the normal vaginal flora in particular in the case of women, by using natural probiotic products. From our specific InnoFit point of view, the consumption of bioflavonoids, zinc and plants containing vitamin A or beta-carotene is also beneficial. Orifit is an excellent choice here.

If you want to stop suffering from UTI, take action and try the all-natural and holistic InnoFit products!

Erzsébet Mihalikné Krémer

Health educator and creator of the InnoFit product family