Something a little different on the blog today. It’s not something I highlight at all on the blog as I don’t want it to be a negative space but I wanted to share this with you in case it helps some of my readers out there.
A few years ago I went through a period of getting a water infection every couple of weeks. It was a constant round of trips to the doctors, endless supplies of antibiotics and sleepless nights from the constant loo trips. After 6 months on this hideous merry go round I demanded that there must be another way to prevent these attacks. I couldn’t take antibiotics for the rest of my life and you can guarantee I’d feel it coming on at night when the doctors surgery wasn’t open.
This resulted in me being referred to a consultant and then having a small operation which definitely helped but didn’t stop the water infections all together. A friend of mine stumbled across an article on Waterfall D-Mannose by Sweet Cures. After some discussion with my consultant, we thought it would be worth a try.
Waterfall D’Mannose supports a healthy bladder and urinary tract by providing bio-available mannose to the urine. People with a naturally healthy bladder usually have sufficient mannose in their urine. Some people may not have enough. Supplementing your diet with additional mannose may be a natural way to help maintain a healthy bladder and urinary tract. Ingested mannose leaves the body within 4 hours. Dosages can be found on the Sweet Cures Website.
I started with a high dose A 2 tablets at breakfast and another 2 before bed. After a couple of months, I took this down to 1 at breakfast and 1 in the evening. I now take one tablet a day as and when I remember. Since taking these tablets I probably get one attack once a year. If I’m lucky, I can take a bigger dose and it sorts me out but on occasion I’ve still had to go to the doctor. Dosages can be found on the Sweet Cures website.
Hydration – we all know we need to drink more water! I can definitely tell if I’m dehydrated as it’s a UTI trigger for me
Get more sleep – I’m definitely someone who needs plenty of sleep. During the week I go to bed around 10.30/11pm and wake at 7am. It’s very rare I don’t get a good nights sleep.
Eat well – if I eat well, I feel better in myself. I’m lucky in that spicy food isn’t a trigger for me but I know for some it can.
Wee after sex – not glamorous at all but this is something I will never not do!! You might feel like you can’t be bothered but by doing this it will definitely help keep that infection at bay.
Underwear – I’d never considered this but my consultant told me that the wrong underwear may be a trigger. Out went all the ‘little’ knickers and in came cotton basics! They might not look the most attractive but when you’ve been on my journey you don’t care anymore!!!
Take my D’Mannose supplements – just one a day now for me and (fingers crossed) it seems to be doing the trick.
If you’ve never suffered from a water infection then you have been incredibly lucky!
I hope this has helped some of you out there. Please see a doctor before you embark on your own self-diagnosis and medication.