The kidneys and bladder are part of the urinary system, which transports harmful waste products out of the body. For correct functioning, a good fluid intake is essential, so drink plenty of liquids (such as water, juice etc) to avoid a bladder infections or kidney stones.
Bladder Weakness and Incontinence
In Today’s time, both men and women suffer from this embarrassing condition, but the physical stresses of childbirth and a decrease in estrogen at menopause make women three times more susceptible then men.
Frequently, there’s a psychological component to a weak bladder, so stress reduction programs such as Yoga or Autogenic training may help.
Autogenic training is a desensitization-relaxation technique by which a psychophysiologically determined relaxation response is obtained.
The problem isn’t new so there are many time-tested solutions, including the following teas, that can help to strengthen bladder muscles.
- Linden flower, cornsilk and horsetail are good for incontinence and can be combined to make tea. You just need to drink 3 cups on daily basis in order to avoid Bladder related problems.
- Raspberry leaf tea is also a very good treatment for bladder weakness that may be experienced during the late stages of pregnancy, as it helps to strengthen both the uterus and the bladder. Raspberry leaf is also available in tablet form.
Prevent Kidney Stones
It has been said that the pain of passing a kidney stone is comparable to that of giving birth. Stones might pass in a few hours, but sometimes it takes days or weeks. It’s best to try to avoid developing them.
Dehydration is a key factor. Lack of fluids prevents mineral salts in urine from being dissolved, causing them to clump together as grit and slowly form kidney stones. To be sure your kidneys are well irrigated and healthy, drink plenty of herbal and fruit teas, water and diluted fruit juice.
- Reduce the intake of cocoa, coffee, rhubarb and spinach as they contain oxalate, which adds to the formation of calcium oxalate, a common type of kidney stone.
- Drink enough fluids to be sure you produce about 2 quarts (2 Litre) of urine a day. Most fluids are all right, but avoid cola, beer and black tea.
- Salt and meat can aggravate kidney stone formation. Consume them in moderation.
Available Home Remedies
If grit or small stones have already formed in your kidney, the following home remedies may help to flush them out.
- Teas or tinctures made with the herbs cornsilk, buchu and marshmallow.
- The citric acid in lemon inhibits the crystallization of calcium oxalate. Drink the juice of half a lemon in a glass of warm water each morning.
- The soothing properties of heat and warm baths or a hot water bottle placed on the lower abdomen at bedtime may ease kidney or bladder pains.
If you are experiencing serious pain in the kidney region and/or a buildup of urine, contact a doctor immediately.
Treat Bladder Infections and UTIs
About 50 percent of women will experience a bladder or urinary tract infection (UTI) at some point in their lives, and many will have multiple infections. Women suffer from the problem more often than men because their urethra is shorter, so bacteria can enter the bladder more easily.
Drinking cranberry juice every day can also prevent a urinary tract infection (UTI).
Dehydration is often a factor, but there are a host of traditional remedies to combat pain and the continual urge to urinate. Bear in mind that these remedies are most effective when applied at early stages:
- Hot cornsilk tea can help flush out the bacteria causing inflammation and soothe the pain. Strip the fine hair from a corn cob and steep in 1 cup (250 ml) boiling water.
- Take a high-strength cranberry supplement or drink two large glasses of cranberry juice a day to relieve the infection. Cranberry may also help to prevent infections from occurring.
- Heat reduces the pain caused by a bladder infection or UTI (Urinary Tract Infection). Place a warmed wheat bag between your legs or over your bladder, or soak in a hot bath.
Furthermore, If your UTI is extremely painful or is not noticeably better after 3 days, consult a doctor.
Bladder and UTI Relief Tea
This soothes pain, disinfects and flushes out bacteria causing a bladder or urinary tract infection. Dried buchu and horsetail are available from health food stores.
- ¼ cup (50 g) dried buchu
- 1 tablespoon (15 g) green beans
- 1 tablespoon (15 g) dried horsetail
- 1 teaspoon (5 g) each of dried fennel, calendula flowers and peppermint
Combine all the ingredients. Add 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of the mixture to 1 cup (250 ml) cold water and boil for 5 minutes. Steep for 10 minutes, strain and drink 1 cup (250 ml) three times a day.