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Urinary disorders

General characteristics

General characteristics

The urinary system is composed of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and the urethra.

The function of the kidneys are discussed in their own section. We will be looking at the urinary system as an excretory system, responsible for eliminating wastes through the urine. Urine is formed in the kidneys and passed via the ureters to the bladder where it is stored. Normally the nerves in the bladder signal that it is full and we feel the urge to urinate. The urine then passes out of the bladder, down through the urethra and out of the body.

The urinary system is influenced by many factors, both within the body (such as hormones) and in the form of foods and drugs we ingest.

Problems with the urinary system include infections, gravel or stones becoming blocked or damaging the delicate structures, strictures, painful urination, inflammation, prolapsed bladder, incontinence, overactive bladder, nerve disorders (causing overactive bladder or faulty urinary sphincters for example), ulcerations, excessive mucous build up and cancer.

 

Healing objectives include eating a healthy diet.


Diet and lifestyle

Diet and lifestyle

Drink plenty of water daily to keep the urinary system healthy.

 

Limit processed and refined foods, excessive alcohol, coffee and carbonated drinks.

 

Be careful with tablesalt which is quite unnatural to the body. Use seasalt instead as a seasoning.

 

Organic plain live yoghurt can help to keep the urinary system in good health, especially when eaten 3 or more times weekly.

 

Foods such as cranberries (and all berries), pears, apples, flax seeds, garlic, lemons, asparagus, fennel bulb, carrots, hemp seeds, cucumbers, green leaves (such as watercress etc), whole barley, sweetcorn, watermelon, celery, parsley can help to keep the entire urinary system healthy.

 

Eating a diet rich in plant fibre can help to take a toxin load off the urinary system by keeping the bowel in good heath.


Useful herbs

Useful herbs

Wild carrot is a specific for many problems in the urinary tract.

 

Cornsilk is an excellent herb to help maintain a healthy genito-urinary system. It tones, cleanses and relaxes the tissues.

 

Alfalfa, planatin leaf and nettle tea can help with cleansing the urinary tract of excess mucous and provides many useful nutrients. Add some buchu to help disinfect and clear catarrh, congestion and toxins from the genito-urinary tract.

 

Mullein root tea (or leaf) is useful for a variety of urinary problems such as inflammation, bladder over-activity, incontinence and it strengthens the tone of the bladder tissue.

It can be used safely for extended periods daily, up to 4 cups daily.


Natural healing

Natural healing

Taking probiotics (or something with similar effects such as cider vinegar) can help to restore a proper bacterial balance in the bowel and urinary tract and help to prevent or resolve infections.

 

Try not resist the urge to urinate.


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