About 20% of women will feel the distress and discomfort of a bladder infection at least once a year. Until recently, most bladder infections were treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics work by wiping out all the bacteria in the body, including beneficial kind known as probiotic bacteria which works to assist our health and immunity. Often people taking antibiotics develop other problems from using the antibioitcs, such as upset stomachs or yeast infections. Effectively this is replacing one problem with another.
There is a harmless alternative though - a naturally occurring sugar called D-Mannose. D-Mannose removes the bacteria which is causing the problem but leaves the helpful bacteria alone.
By keeping the beneficial bacteria alive, the body is kept in a healthy, natural balance. There are no stomach upsets, there are no yeast infections.
In over 90% of bladder & kidney infections, E. coli (Escherichia coli) bacteria is the cause. E. coli are usually found in the intestinal tract - where they are perfectly harmless and actually help the digestive process. But once they move into the urinary tract then they can cause problems.
E. coli have small sticky finger like projections that atttach to the cells lining the urethra, bladder and kidneys. These projections are called lectins and they help the E. coli to work their way deeper and deeper into the urinary tract.
D-Mannose works by binding itself to the lectins on the E. coli. The E. coli can no longer cling to the cells and are simply flushed away into the urine. No bacteria are killed in this process. The E. coli are simply and quickly removed from where they don’t belong.
D-Mannose works quickly and effectively. Because the body does not absorb much of the D-Mannose it is quickly passed into the urine, where it can start working. Often an improvement can be felt after the first dose.
If the problem has not substantially improved in 24hours, please consult your doctor. While over 90% of all bladder and kidney infections are caused by E. coli there are a small percentage which result from other micro-organisms and may require an alternative treatment.
D-Mannose occurs in some fruits such as cranberries and pineapples. The D-Mannose in Clinicians Bladder Support Powder is 100% pure and natural and is derived from the bark of a tree in a process that leaves no chemical residues in the powder.
Many men also suffer bladder infections although it is not as common or frequent as women.
Symptoms of cystitis can differ between person to person but usually the most recognisable symptom is burning or stinging when passing urine. Feeling the need to urinate more frequently and passing only small amounts of urine at a time are also common symptoms.
Bladder Support is 100% pure D-Mannose. It is completely safe for children, men and women, even for long term treatment. Bladder Support D-Mannose does not raise blood sugar levels at all so it is safe for diabetics to use as well.
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The bacteria E. coli, prefers to adhere to D-Mannose as it passes through the urinary tract rather than the cell walls. D-Mannose supports a healthy urinary tract by creating an environment where bacteria find it difficult to stick to the cellular surface. It can be used frequently at a dose of every two hours and symptoms will usually abate within 48 hours. If this two day mark is reached with no improvement we strongly bid you seek your doctor's advice with urgency.
We have been asked many times if D-Mannose may be used as a preventative treatment and if so what is the dose. The answer to the first part is “Yes, it can” . The question of dosage depends on the person. Rather than give a standard recommendation for everybody which would work in most cases but could possibly be wasting the product we suggest that our clients experiment to find the minimal dose frequency that works in practice.
At the first sign of an attack we recommend the acute dose: Two 1.25ml teaspoonsful in a large glass of water taken every two hours and as extra water in between doses if you can manage it, during waking hours.
Some people suffer almost constant urinary tract infections. It seems as if they have just cleared one infection and another begins. Often there is some structural problem that prevents urine from being cleared properly and re-infection may be frequent. In planning a strategy of prevention a couple of things needs to be considered. Keeping the urine flow at a higher level is a good idea so frequent fluid intake is important as is paying attention to personal hygiene. A daily dosage regime of D-Mannose to prevent bacteria colonising is also helpful.
We suggest that initial dosing should start at 2-3 times per day. If no infection recurs over a two week period then drop the dose down by 1 to 1-2 times per day for another two weeks. If still no sign of symptoms drop down to once a day. If any sign of infection occurs go straight back to the attack treatment mentioned above for two days before resuming at the last level that kept you free of attacks. You are seeking the smallest daily dose that will keep you clear of infection. For some this means only one dose every 2 or 3 days while others require at least one dose per day.
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Cranclense helps to relieve bladder and urinary tract discomfort by reducing the acidity levels in the urine and discouraging the adherence of bacteria to the urinary tract wall. Cystitis occurs when the bladder and urinary tract become inflamed, almost always due to the presence of the bacteria, Escherichia coli.
E. coli is found normally in the gut and is considered helpful as it produces Vitamin K2 and also prevents pathogenic bacteria in the intestinal tract. However when it strays from the bowel and enters the urinary tract it is no longer friendly as anyone who has ever had cystitis will confirm wholeheartedly.
We highly recommend D-Mannose powder for naturally treating urinary tract infections due to the fact that E. coli, the organism responsible for more than 90% of cystitis infections would rather bind to the powder as it passes through the urine than the cell walls of the urinary tract. We also give our recommendation to using Cranclense in combination with D-Mannose as it works quickly to relieve the stinging and burning symptoms while at the same time supporting a healthy urinary tract.
Cranclense is available as an effervescent (bubbles and fizzes in water) tablet that tastes very pleasant. Designed to support a healthy urinary tract by altering the pH levels, Cranclense is a high strength cranberry formulation that is ideal as a maintenance treatment for those prone to cystitis. It is also popular in nursing home or similar environments where its property of disguising bad urine odours is helpful.
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The sugar, D-Mannose is used to treat acute urinary tract infections and also helps prevent re-infection in those prone to frequent infections. It is a safe and effective treatment against E. coli, the bacteria responsible for more than 90% of urinary tract infections.
D-Mannose is great to have on hand when the first signs of urinary tract infection are noticed. Stinging and burning on urination and a frequent desire to go are all signs thats that bacteria are colonising and an infection is developing. Usually frequent two hour dosing with D-Mannose clears infections inside 48 hours.
Some individuals are predisposed to frequent infections. It's not their fault, it's just the way their urinary tract is physically structured and they have difficulty fully clearing all urine from the bladder. If even a small amount of E. coli bacteria remain it can set up a new infection.
The beauty of this kind of treatment is that the bacteria would rather bind to D-Mannose than the urinary tract wall as it passes through the urine . No bacteria are killed, they are merely detached from the urinary tract wall and are attached to D-Mannose as it clears the body. It is a simple and effective treatment provided by nature.
The dose required to keep an individual clear of infections varies from individual to individual which is why we recommend our clients experiment with the dosage. Some only need a dose every 2nd or 3rd day while others may need to use it several times a day.
The best way to figure out what dosage works effectively is to start when the urinary tract is clear of infection and start out with a dosage regime of three times a day. If three days pass without any sign of infection drop down to a twice a day dosage for a further three days. Still no infection? Then try once a day and continue for 2 weeks. If no infection in that time you may want to consider a single daily dose or experiment further with a dose every second day. At any stage if a sign of infection occurs bump the dose straight back up to multiple doses until clear before resuming the dosage regime that worked for you.
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