Urinary Tract Infections Treated By A Natural Sugar? Impossible!
Urinary Tract Infections | If this title grabbed your attention, then you or someone you know has had a urinary tract infection and would like to know a natural way to treat or even prevent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs). It seems impossible that a sugar could prevent such a common illness, but it is true. This natural sugar is called D-Mannose.
D-Mannose may cure up to 90% of Urinary Tract Infections. I am sure that you have heard of drinking cranberry juice to treat UTI symptoms, but it is usually ineffective because it does not contain enough D-Mannose.
D-Mannose is a sugar that humans absorb and urinate out unchanged, so it is considered calorie-free. It is a naturally occurring sugar, and it is not related to synthetic sugars like Aspartame.
To understand how D-Mannose works, it is important to understand a few basic concepts.
E. coli is a bacteria that is normally found in our large intestine, and it is the most common bacteria that infects human urinary tracts (UTI), including bladder infections (Cystitis) and kidney infections (Pyelonephritis). Because the anus and urinary tract are close in proximity, the same bacteria that colonize our bowels cause urinary tract infections. E. coli is the most likely pathogen because it has finger-like protrusions called lectins that allow it to stick to our urinary tract. Since they can stick to the walls, urine is unlikely to rinse these bacteria away. However, these lectins have a higher affinity for D-Mannose than our human urinary tract walls. Therefore, by ingesting D-Mannose, the D-Mannose is absorbed by our bowels and filtered by the kidneys, placed into the urine, and coats the E. coli’s lectins. A lectin bound to D-Mannose cannot bind to the urinary tract wall.
Therefore, the next time that you urinate, you will simply rinse away the E. coli bacteria.
It is important to note that D-Mannose does not kill the E. coli bacteria, so if your doctor performs a urine culture, your urine may still grow E. coli. You will know that the D-Mannose is working if your symptoms are improving.
D-Mannose is readily absorbed in your upper intestinal tract, so it will not affect the E. coli present in your large intestine (or colon). You want and need E. coli in your colon, but it is an unwelcome visitor in your urinary tract.
D-Mannose is safe for children to take, and it does not have any known side effects. Plus, since D-Mannose is a sugar, it tastes great! … much better than antibiotics.
How do I take D-Mannose?
For an infection in adults, it is recommended to take ½ teaspoon (1-2 grams) every 4 hours while awake or (minimum 3 times per day). It can be mixed with any liquid, including water, tea, juice. You will need to take it for at least 2 days, but you should continue it for longer if symptoms are persisting. For kids, simply substitute a ¼ teaspoon instead of ½ teaspoon.
If you would like to use D-Mannose for preventing UTIs, then there are several options. Over time, you will likely discover the dosage and timing that works best for you. If you do not know your triggers, then you should take ½ teaspoon once or twice daily. If you know a potential trigger like intercourse or hot tubs, then you should take ½ teaspoon roughly 1 hour before and 2 hours after the known trigger.
D-Mannose is much better for your system than antibiotics. Use of antibiotics can disrupt your healthy bacterial balance in your intestines. One round of antibiotics can disrupt your microflora for years. Imbalanced bacteria continue to be linked to all kinds of conditions, including asthma, Crohn’s disease, and inflammation.
Since D-Mannose does not kill bacteria, it does not contribute to the antibiotic resistance organisms that are on a rampage. D-Mannose is useful against drug-resistant E. coli since it does not use the same mechanism as antibiotics.
D-Mannose will not work if any bacteria other than E. coli is causing your urinary tract infection. However, as we discussed earlier, 90% of UTIs are caused by E. coli.
Do not use D-Mannose in place of antibiotics if you are really sick. If you are having symptoms like fever, nausea, vomiting, or low blood pressure, you need urgent antibiotics. As always, consult with your medical doctor before using D-Mannose to treat urinary tract infections. If an infection is not clearing up, you should seek out your healthcare provider. D-Mannose does not treat kidney infections (pyelonephritis) as the infection is too severe, and it is infiltrating the kidney tissue, which is not exposed to D-Mannose in the urine.