Continually Dealing With Urinary Tract Infections?
We have recently had many women presenting in our clinic suffering from Urinary tract infections. If you have ever experienced an infection, I’m sure you can relate to the excruciating pain and discomfort that occurs.
If this is something you are affected by regularly, perhaps it’s time to look a little deeper at what else is going on. There are many hidden drivers that may be increasing your risk.
Why Do Urinary Tract Infections Occur?
Urinary tract infections are caused by pathogens, many of which are microbial species that make up part of the intestinal flora. To infect the urinary system, a pathogen usually has to enter the body through the urethra and colonize in the vagina.
HIDDEN FACTORS INCREASING YOUR RISK
Cortisol & Immune Dysfunction
Do you notice if UTI’s occur more often around stressful periods? Prolonged stress will increase the risk of a UTI developing. Maintaining a fight-flight response over a long period raises your cortisol levels dramatically. High cortisol has a dampening effect on the immune response, reducing body’s natural ability to fight off pathogens.
The Vaginal Terrain
Just like the digestive system contains micro-flora, the vagina also has its own healthy, balanced ecosystem. Beneficial bacteria such as Lactobacilli play an important role in maintaining a balanced terrain. Bacteria form a protective barrier over the mucosal lining of the vagina. This naturally prevents colonization of pathogens from occurring. Beneficial bacteria excrete antimicrobial compounds to maintain an acidic pH. The advantage of an acidic environment (pH of 4), is that it prevents the growth of microbes due to the inability of vaginal pathogens to survive in acidic environments.
Some of you may be familiar with treatment options such as alkalizing agents (Ural). This can be useful in relieving UTI symptoms, but is often ineffective in treating the main cause. Antibiotics are another common treatment option. They may initially treat the infection, but they also have the ability to increase the chance of a UTI re-occurrence. Antibiotics destroy both the good and bad bacteria, so you lose the body’s natural protection against infection!
We offer natural solutions that effectively eliminate the main cause of infection and reduce UTI symptoms. But most importantly, our treatment approach will also reduce the risk of a UTI from reoccurring.
For more information, please call the clinic on 1300 855 008.