Chapter 9: UTI-Fighting Nutrients
As mentioned earlier, getting the right nutrients from our food is becoming increasing difficult. And while a balanced meal is great, you can sway the odds in your favor for preventing UTIs by adding a few key nutrients.
D-Mannose - Not so simple
D-mannose is a simple sugar found in many fruits, including cranberry which you’ve just learned so much about. It is also present in our normal human metabolism cells which means your body already knows and accepts its role in maintaining optimal health.
D-mannose benefits the urinary tract by sticking to bacteria literally coating the E. coli, which means it has no choice but to flow easily from the body, stopping another undesirable infection.
This miraculous supplement doesn’t impact the great work the good bacteria is doing, it only helps displaced bacteria find its way out safely out of the body.
“there is a drug free solution”
Clinical studies show that D-mannose is just as effective as leading brands of antibiotics at reducing the recurrence of UTIs, which means there is a drug-free solution. Taking D-mannose means you don’t need to take something (antibiotics) that can make you feel worse, with side-effects like yeast infections.
D-mannose is also a prebiotic, helping your body build its immune system by stimulating the growth of good bacteria in your digestive system. Rebuilding the good bacteria is such an important role in fighting the root cause of recurrent UTIs.
The way in which D-mannose is metabolized by the body is different than other sugars, and for this reason it is safe for diabetics, children, pregnant women and the elderly to use.
Many practitioners who know about the miraculous power of this supplement are now converting to D-mannose instead of antibiotics for treatment and prevention for UTIs. Not only does D-Mannose prevent UTIs, it also promotes a healthy balance of flora, which means you can get back your normal life sooner.
Vitamin D - The sunshine vitamin
Did you know that a vitamin D deficiency might be the reason for your UTI? You work in an office, doing long hours and on the weekends you just like to relax in the comfort of your home.
By simply being out of the sunlight for long periods of time you could be lowering your vitamin D levels, which means you’re at risk of yet another painful burning UTI. Recent studies have shown that children and premenopausal women who experienced UTIs were also vitamin D deficient.
Most of the Vitamin D you obtain is from sunlight exposure,
capturing 80-90% of the necessary vitamin.
The sunshine vitamin works smarter not harder, by only jumping to the defense of the body when it’s faced with a threatening infection. Vitamin D is stored in the fatty fat cells of your body and is released as necessary.
Science has learnt that in the fight against a UTI this smart vitamin knows which bacteria to attack, leaving the friendly bacteria totally unharmed.
Surprisingly, even people in sunny climates get vitamin D deficiencies possibly because of being sun smart; covering up when outside, staying indoors more due to the heat, or consistently using sunscreen.
The easiest way to get the right amount of vitamin D is to expose your hands, face, arms, and legs to sunlight a few times per week, for only ¼ of the time it would take to get sunburnt.