Cystitis is an inflammation of the bladder generally of bacterial origin, often caused by Escherichia coli bacteria. It is typically a female disorder, but men can also suffer from it. It manifests itself with symptoms such as difficulty urinating with pain and burning, and heaviness in the pubic region. In women, the use of a diaphragm can increase the risk of cystitis. In addition, pregnancy and menopause, which cause changes in the genital apparatus, can favour the occurrence of this disorder. Although the symptoms are quite clear and unequivocal, a urine test is usually prescribed to ascertain the diagnosis.
4 natural tips to help prevent and fight cystitis
Adequate hydration allows the bacterial load responsible for cystitis to be diluted. As a general rule, it is advisable to drink a couple of litres of low fixed residue natural mineral water every day. Alternatively, herbal infusions of mallow or camomile may also be useful.
It is important to avoid the consumption of irritating foods. In fact, some foods can irritate the urinary tract, in particular: alcohol, coffee, chocolate, chilli and other spices, milk and dairy products. It is also best to avoid sweets, sausages, sauces such as mayonnaise and ketch-ups. It may also help to consume foods that can acidify the urine, such as lemon and blueberries, and to consume soups.
It is important to wear clothes with natural fabrics, avoiding synthetics, preferably undyed cotton, avoid tight clothing, observe careful daily intimate hygiene, paying attention to the choice of suitable and gentle products, especially during menstruation, before and after sexual intercourse. It would be useful to avoid tampons and the use of diaphragms as contraceptives.
Cranberry can play a preventive role and help fight cystitis, either in the form of juice or as a dietary supplement. Studies, one of which is reported at the end of this article, have shown that molecules present in cranberries modify the adhesion of bacteria, particularly Escherichia coli, the main cause of cystitis.
Cranberry thus helps to decrease the number and frequency of urinary infections and promotes the elimination of excess fluid. It also provides a good supply of vitamin C and substances such as quercetin lutein and zeaxanthin, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions. The Cranberry also contributes to the health of the cardiovascular system.