Urinary tract infections affect millions of Americans every year. In fact, UTI’s are the second most common infection, although they tend to affect women more often than men. The prevalence of UTI’s and the frequent use of antibiotics to treat them is an increasing concern among healthcare professionals. Antibiotics kill not only bad bacteria, but also many of the good bacteria in your system. Also, a reliance on antibiotics will significantly reduce your immune system and make you more susceptible to a wide variety of infections.
It’s good to know, then, that there is a natural supplement that can significantly improve urinary tract health and reduce one’s risk of contracting an infection: D-mannose.
How it Works
D-mannose is a little-known nutrient that has remarkable urinary health powers. D-mannose is a type of sugar similar to glucose. When in the body, this nutrient prevents bacteria from adhering to the urinary tract walls by preventing the bacteria fimbria (hair-like receptors) from grabbing on to your cells, thus preventing UTI’s and other urinary tract issues.
Because of this activity, D-mannose is believed to be just as effective as antibiotics in treating UTI’s early, and without any of the negative side effects. In fact, one study has shown that those that treat an UTI with D-mannose will be less likely to suffer from another urinary infection in the near future than those that treated the infection with antibiotics.
To ensure urinary tract health, many health professionals recommend drinking cranberry juice regularly. Whether or not they know it, cranberry juice is so effective for UTI treatment, and overall urinary tract health, because it contains large amounts of D-mannose. Sugar, however, can cause bacteria to reproduce in the body which could be counterproductive when treating a UTI; thus, pure D-mannose is a better option than cranberry juice.
How to Use
So now you may be wondering how you would find and take D-mannose to keep your urinary tract healthy. D-mannose can be found in capsule form in most health food stores and is generally healthy for long-term use. You may also be able to find it in powder form; in this case, dissolve 1 teaspoon in a glass of water, drink, and repeat every three hours when you start to feel the symptoms of a urinary tract infection.
If you take the powder form as a preventive measure, you can lower the dose, but still take it daily. If you don’t feel comfortable taking D-mannose on a regular basis, you should at the very least utilize the nutrient right away as soon as you experience any of the symptoms associated with urinary tract infections.
Especially for those that suffer from urinary tract infections often, it would be wise to seek remedies to prevent UTI’s naturally and reduce the reliance on or frequent use of antibiotics (which can result in a whole host of health complications), and D-mannose is an excellent natural remedy to combat these infections.
In combination with the use of D-mannose, you should also be sure to drink plenty of water on a regular basis, get enough probiotics in your diet, eat plenty of organic fruits and vegetables, and go easy on the alcohol. Combining healthy lifestyle choices with this nutritional supplement will substantially reduce your risk of UTI’s.