Bladder infection (cystitis)


Bladder infection (cystitis): The uncomfortable and irritating symptoms of a bladder infection send American women to their doctors 6 to 9 million times every year. Most of these women will be treated with a course of antibiotics, a strategy that kills the current infection but that leaves the bladder vulnerable to a future bacterial invasion.


  • Pain or burning upon urination
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Scanty flow or dribbling
  • Cramps in abdomen or level back
  • Nausa or vomiting
  • Fever

Root Causes

  • Vaginal or intestinal bacteria
  • Frequent use of antibiotics
  • Stress poor diet and food allergies
  • Pregnancy injury, use of a diaphragm for contraception
  • Structural abnormality
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Sexual intercourse

Food to Avoid

Sugar depresses the immune system and encourages the growth of bacteria. Avoid all refined sugars(including those in alcohol) while you're battling the infection, and restrict them once you've recovered.


Make sure that you're getting all the nutrients you need. Plan well-rounded, wholesome meals made with basic foods that you prepare yourself.