Urinary Tract Infections


According to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases and Information Clearinghouse, diseases of the urinary tract are the second most common infection in the body. Urinary tract infections (UTI) account for about 8.3 million doctor visits per year.

The urinary system consists of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra, but the key elements in this system are the kidneys, a pair of purplish-brown filtering organs, shaped like kidney beans, located below the ribs toward the middle of the back.

The kidneys’ purpose is to remove excess liquid and wastes from the blood, which are expelled in urine. This helps keep a stable balance of salts and other substances in the blood, and produce a hormone that aids in the formation of red blood cells.

Narrow tubes called ureters carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder, a sack-like organ in the lower abdomen. Urine is stored in the bladder and emptied through the urethra.

Causes and Risk Factors

Urinary tract infections can result from a host of things, including sexually transmitted diseases. Microorganisms can cause UTI in both males and females.

Normally, urine is sterile and free of bacteria, viruses and fungi but does contain fluids, salts, and waste products. An infection occurs in the urinary system when tiny organisms, usually bacteria from the digestive tract, cling to the opening of the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body) and begin to multiply.

Medical authorities claim that most urinary tract infections arise from one type of bacteria, Esherichia coli (E. coli), which normally lives in the colon.

However, in many cases, bacteria first travel to the urethra and when bacteria multiply, an infection occur, such as urethritis, an infection limited to the urethra. Now, when bacteria moves to the bladder and multiplies, cystitis (a bladder infection) occurs and when the infection is not treated promptly, bacteria may travel further up to the ureters to multiple and infect the kidneys, resulting is pyelonephritis, basically known as a kidney infection.


Common symptoms of UTI are:

  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Pain or discomfort while urinating
  • Blood in urine
  • Fever
  • Pain or discomfort in the lower mid-section of the back (where the kidneys are located)
  • Discharge
  • Urine is dark or cloudy

Healing Urinary Tract Infections Naturally

A nearly raw foods and vegan diet is always best when healing, or even for just maintaining optimal health and well being. Natural foods should always be organic too.

Eliminate entirely (if you can) all meats and dairy products, eggs, refined grains, refined starches, sugar, salt, alcoholic beverages, effervescent beverages (e.g. soda pop), junk food (including fast food), etc. These things are all Tamasic (acid-inducing) foods. They lower the body’s natural alkalinity and promote sickness and disease. Tamasic foods are impure, rotten, or dead, and generally produce feelings of heaviness and lethargy.

When healing from urinary tract infections or any urinary system problem, drink alkaline water (which will counteract the over-acidification of the urinary tract and system. If you can’t find alkaline water, purchase an alkaline water machine system for your home’s kitchen or simply drink spring and/or distilled water.

There are plenty of herbs that can be used to heal urinary tract infections in particular and the overall urinary system in general. Herbs that have an affinity for the urinary tract in general and the kidneys in general are called “diuretic” and “nephritic” herbs. Diuretic and nephritic herbs (such as those listed above) are urinary antiseptics.

These herbs include:

  • Uva Ursi
  • Cornsilk
  • Queen of the Meadow (Gravel Root)
  • Chanca Piedra
  • Pelitory of the Wall
  • Five Fingers
  • Cleavers
  • Juniper Berries
  • Buchu
  • Tribulis (Gokshura)
  • Couchgrass
  • Pipsissewa
  • Parsely Leaf
  • Celery Seed
  • Horsetail
  • Nettle and
  • Devil’s Claw

No matter what the urinary system disease may be-cystitis, nephritis, urethritis, kidney stones, bladder stones, cancer of the bladder and/or kidneys, renal failure, uremia, urinary incontinence, ureteritis-these herbs can be very helpful in the healing process.

Urinary tract infections are 100% reversible and you don’t have to take toxic man-made antibiotics (drugs) that may suppress the urinary tract infection and instead cause you to have to deal with yeast infection as antibiotics undoubtedly cause yeast infection in the body. The yeast infection will only take attention (energy) away from the underlying problem-the urinary tract infection.

Dietary Intervention

Cranberry and vegetable juice can be helpful in managing UTI.


The beneficial properties of Cranberry in helping prevent and heal from urinary tract infections are well documented.

Cranberry can be taken as a freeze-dried powder (in capsule form), in tea form, and of course, in liquid form as cranberry juice (unsweetened variety).

Cranberry juice should be organic, undiluted, and unsweetened. It should be diluted with water (50/50) due to its excess bitterness. Drinking 4 ounces (diluted with water by half) daily can help keep UTI at bay.

Cranberry contains four beneficial natural acids:

  • Benzoic Acid
  • Citric Acid
  • Malic Acid, and
  • Quinic Acid

These four natural acids are very important because they help to bring about the acidification of the urine.

Vegetable juice

Drinking vegetable juice that contains celery and parsley among other veggies is very helpful. Celery and parsley are two of the best plant-based diuretics available.

Up to four to eight ounces glass of vegetable juice daily or at least 3-4 times per week is very beneficial to the health of the body. Vegetable juice is cleansing to the entire body and is rich in organic nutrition (nutrients) and helps to maintain the body’s natural 7.3 alkaline pH level, which keeps the body in a state of homeostasis.

If you’re suffering from any urinary tract infection, you’d be wise to abstain from the consumption of the following: meat, dairy products, beer and other alcoholic beverages, coffee, acidic and effervescent beverages (e.g. soda pop), vinegar (notwithstanding apple cider vinegar), chocolate, and other commercial grade beverages (e.g. orange juice, unless fresh squeezed).

Regardless of the specific nature of your urinary tract system infection, you can heal entirely from it.


Related Questions

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    Q: I have a rare type of bladder condition called eosinophillic cystitis. It has caused me to have an ulcer type (open wound in my bladder) that will not heal. What products would you recommend? Because of the ulcer (or some doctors have said it looks like a tumor) I consistently have a urinary tract infection so I have to take antibiotics every day to stop the infections. I am in constant pain and have been on antibiotics for years. Please help. I plan on doing the complete body detox, what else might you recommend?


    Without a doubt, try the FULL BODY DETOX for this problem! Drink DETOX TEA daily too!

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    Q: Please give your advice on treating urinary tract infection?


    Perform the Full Body Detox, and drink Kidneys Tea (1-2 cups daily) while performing cleanse. Also, drink unsweetened cranberry juice daily (half glass diluted in water).

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    Q: Hi I completed the FULL BODY DETOXlast week. I could have done better because I cheated a couple of times but I did lose 10 lbs and the type of cystitis I have (eosinophillic Cyctitis - which is caused by eosinophils in my bladder that have caused an ulcer type lesion in my bladder that will not heal) felt about 50% better. However, a couple of days after completing the full body detox all my symptoms came back, blood in the urine (from the lesion), pain (primarily for hours after I urinate, by the time the pain subdues its time to urinate again so it becomes a cycle of pain), along with infection type sypmtoms (cloudy urine, inability to hold). My primary question is, how long to do I have to wait to do the detox again? What else do you recommend that my help heal this issue that I have had for over 10 years. I was on antibiotics indefinately because they seemed to ward off bladder infection. Anything you can suggest would help. I thought if was on the detox program for a longer period of time I may heal.


    I would suggest performing the FULL BODY DETOX again RIGHT NOW! However, when you perform it this time around, please drink one or all of the following teas: Juniper Berry, Uva Ursi, and Cornsilk. You have an issue with your bladder. Drink bitter/unsweetened cranberry juice too during the cleanse. Drink vegetable juice (with celery, parsley, and asparagus). I am also going to recommend you take KHEMETIAN GOLD in every glass of water during the detox.

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    Q: I recently received bad news that my grandmother has cancer in several areas of her body. I am having a really hard time staying positive and generally dealing with it since I live so far from my family. Being a military family will do that I guess. Anyway since I heard the news I have broken out with 2 sores on my vagina (from ingrown hairs) and it also burns when I urinate and I have even developed cuts around my anus and on my clitoris hood. I have no clue if it's a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) or what. It even hurts when I am just lying in bed. I am starting a lemonade detox today and was hoping for any suggestions that you may have. I have not eaten meat in about two or three months. However I am still addicted to sugar. I hope all my information helps you in helping me discover a cause and solution to my issue.


    It appears your problem is psycho-somatic in nature. What kind of cancer does your grandmother have? Is it a female reproductive type cancer?

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    Q: I have consulted my doctor and he said I have a bacteria infection in my cerebrum (brain) it is airborne it is contagious it can be picked up by people who is close to me it effects my heart and liver kidneys. I want to know what is the best product to buy to get rid of this infection I had it for months and I want to know, what must I do to get the healing that I need?


    You should perform the Full Body Detox (for 3 weeks), change your diet, change your thoughts (positive thinking), change your lifestyle, and environment (if possible). This condition can be healed if you believe it can.

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    Q: I would like to ask if your product for 'Kidney and Bladder' is suitable to use for children. My daughter is 7 1/2 years of age. She has bladder incontinence, she has had urine sample checks and sometimes she has had an infection, she has been given an antibiotic, once this clears up for a while, the incontinence comes back again. Please advice. The doctors now advise her to take Ditopran, a drug which older people use for this condition.


    Yes, our Kidney-Bladder formula is suitable for children age 7-8. We would actually recommend our Children's Detox and/or our Children's Kidney Formula for your child's incontinence.

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    Q: Hello and thank you for taking the time to consider my particular issues at hand. I have MS and I am currently taking a weekly shot of Avonex. I have begun the Full Body Detox program, is it safe to combine the two regiments? MS has also brought along with it, in my case, inconsistency in which I now have a wonderful urologist who has prescribed Sanctura. I have noticed that DHerbs has a Kidneys/ Urinary Tract Formula, can this be taken to correct the problem of inconsistency? Part of the inconsistency problem is also due to the fact that I have a fybriod tumor that is literally proruding into the bladder wall, it is quite an amazing site to see. I understand that the average human can hold up to 400 to 500 ccs before urinating, I tapped out at 69 ccs on the first test and 82 ccs on the second, can you advise me on what to do for the inconsistency issue? I am only 35 years old and Depends has become a good friend (smile). When the detox is complete I will be taking the Fybroid formula as well. My personal goal is get off of all medications and surgery has been put on the table as an option; I don't want surgery on the table as an option. I do apologize for the length of this email, but right now my body is a slommacky and I have to get it right but most importantly I have a strong desire to get it right. I look forward to the cyber-response. Always Smiling,


    Justice In my opinion, herbs should NEVER be mixed with drugs! Drugs are poison and do not heal, but harm. They are made for profit only! God made no part of the magnificent human body with man-made drugs! None! With that said, performing the FULL BODY DETOX will help with all of your issues, including the kidneys and fibroids. After the Full Body Detox, perform the 10-DAY SUPREME COLON CLEANSE. And after this kit, I would recommend that you perform the FIBRIOD BUSTER CLEANSE AND REGIME. For MS, I recommend: NERVES FORMULA, CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM FORMULA, BRAIN TUNER, and KHEMETIAN GOLD as a daily regimen. There is much help and healing for you. Believe in your healing and it shall manifest! Read some of our interesting articles, the ones that resonate with you, perhaps â€SURGERYâ€, â€HERBS VS PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGSâ€, â€FIBROID TUMORSâ€, â€MULTIPLE SCLEROSISâ€, etc.

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    Q: I am a 29 year old woman currently living with one functioning kidney. Both kidneys were found to be "swollen" many months ago due to polyps that had formed inside my uterus. These issues were treated and now I'm interested in treating adult acne that has been forming on my cheeks for many years. My nephrologists told me not to take any herbs especially in capsule form because it may affect my kidneys. What is your opinion about taking herbs for people with one functioning kidney (or which article should I refer to)? Is there another alternative to treating acne without taking herbs. I am now greatly increasing my water intake and drinking one cup of unsweetened cranberry juice every day.


    If drugs don't hurt one kidney, how in the world could a plant hurt it? Herbs are 1 million times safer than drugs. The choice is yours however to make on taking herbs. We deem them safe. You may be interested in performing the 10-DAY ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD CLEANSE as well as the HEALING SKIN OIL for external application of the acne. Please read our article on a href="http://www.dherbs.com/articles/acne-210.html">"ACNE". Check the articles section on our site!

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    Q: Hello. This is my first time emailing you. I am a 24 year old African American female. I have a younger sister who is 17. She has had health issues every since I can remember. As a baby she had asthma but grew out of it. She has also suffered from allergies to things such as pollen and ragweed as well. But at the age of 9 she woke up one morning totally unable to move and her joints appeared swollen and red. She has never been diagnosed with anything but the symptoms have been treated with an array of different drugs. As time progressed she would randomly continue to get joint swelling and stiffness in her arms legs and hips. Doctors have tested her for lupus and arthritis and test results still say she has none of the above. She suffers also from periodic urinary tract infections, ulcerations of the mouth and fatigue. She recently was told that she was suffering also from a stomach emptying disorder and her body was having a difficult time absorbing nutrients. Just this week she had extreme pain in her upper abdomen and the doctor said it was an enlarged spleen. They did blood work and it turns out that her pancreas levels are off the charts. I kind of hopped all over the place and I left a lot of things out. But do you have any clue what may be going on or what she could do to help her improve her overall quality of life and finally be pain free? I also left out that recently she has started losing hearing in her left ear. What does this all mean?


    Please consider scheduling a 1-hour health consultation (only $100) so as to get at the root of all these problems. She's too young to be going through all of this. Time just won't allow for a detailed written response here. However, I will suggest she perform the FULL BODY DETOX as she sounds pretty toxic. It's good she may start at a young to better her health. She doesn't have to suffer!

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    Q: I have this problem with urinary-incontince I did research and found out that I have OVER-FLOW INCONTINCE WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR THIS


    Try our FULL BODY DETOX Cleanse followed by a daily maintenance of KIDNEYS AND BLADDERFormula (capsules) and KIDNEYS-BLADDER-ADRENAL TEA.

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    Q: It's been 2 weeks now since, I started eating exclusively raw. I'm even baking whole wheat bread in the sun. This was a great substitute for the cooked rice I used to eat. I'm also eating quite a large amount of grapes (red and white), as my body seems to ask for it. But recently, I noticed that my heart is beating quite strongly, and I find difficulty to bear the hot weather as a consequence. Also, I noticed a white pimple on the tip of my tongue, and this was a confirmation that there was maybe too much stimulating energy in the heart (according to oriental diagnosis of the tongue). When I eat sun baked bread, I automatically feel heat in the body. So I'm wondering if this is a good food to continue with or not. Isn't it more "neutral" (in terms of energy) to include a small portion of cooked brown rice along with the raw regimen? Just want remind you of my health issue: HPV and bacteria in the urinary tract.


    Greetings! No need to feel helpless. Feeling is very powerful and you will attract more of what you are feeling if you don't control your feeling. Please consider ordering and READING (digesting) our "Mental Science Manual" and "The Love Manual" e-books. If you had sex with the guy who cheated on you, you ignited stored residual feelings from the initial violation of your trust. Forgive yourself (and him) and move on. Okay, as far as the sun baked bread, LISTEN to your body. If you're feeling heat, it's stimulating. Cut back on eating this bread. Go back to a little brown or wild rice (very balancing). Remember to detoxify your body periodically! Full Body Detox and Anti-Viral Formula.

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    Q: I'm on my 9th day of the FULL BODY DETOX which I am performing to heal from genital herpes. I am also am suffering from a yeast infection at the moment. I know that under your â€CANDIDA ALBICANS: YEAST INFECTION†article you suggested to do the full body detox. My question is will performing only the full body detox kit wipe away the yeast infection or do I HAVE TO TAKE EXTRA HERBS ON THE SIDE TO TAKE OF THAT problem including the genital herpes problem? During the FULL BODY DETOX you said lemon juice and sea salt for salad dressings but by any chance is regular dressing such as Italian, ranch or blue cheese or even hot sauce ok to eat the salads with? Are we able to eat crouton with our salads while performing the FULL BODY DETOX and anti-viral?


    After the FULL BODY DETOX, please perform the 10-DAY SUPREME CANDIDA CLEANSE. No commercial brand salad dressings (unless you use Anne's, Follow Your Heart, etc. available from Whole Foods Market). No croutons. Please read the article â€WHAT IS RAW FOODS†because if you know what raw foods are, many questions will automatically be answered on your own (not that it's a problem, simply for your edification).

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    Q: I am trying to monitor my ph level. This morning, I did a urine sample, and it turned yellowish green. So, my body is not alkaline. I understand that if I want to get a negative test results from the docs. I need to be alkaline. Because disease can't survive in this state. My question then is, how long does ones body have to be alkaline before a viral infection (HSV,HPV,HIV) will go away and you can be healed?


    Give it about 6-12 months. Alkaline levels may be good if the thought of having a disease is in the mind, then everything is for naught. The healing must be wholistic. Get your mind right! Consider reading "The Mental Science Manual" e-book.

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    Q: Hello. I was wondering if you could help me. In April of 2007 I contracted urethritis. I was treated with antibiotics and everything was fine. Then around 3 weeks later I was re-infected and treated again but this time the pain has not gone away. I have been on antibiotics for 4 months straight and I can not get rid of this. My body is run down and I am in constant pain. Some of my symptoms include weak or no erection, itching in my penis, lower abdomen pain, burning in the urethra, burning when urinating. My urologist can not help me and I don't know what to do. Taking the medication helps but if I get sexually aroused then all of the symptoms return. I'm lost but I know that I can fight this off. Can you help me with some insight as to what can help? Also recently I feel like the infection has spread to my anus(due to constant itching) and I have not been sexually active since all of this has started.


    I would recommend that you perform or Full Body Detox and fast. It will greatly help you


    Personally, I would not take the medication. It's creating your problem with yeast. Drugs cannot help you, only harm you.

    Also, while detoxing, take the Male Health tea to help restore optimum activity in that region!

    You will be alright after you do the necessary things! Stay positive! Healing is yours!

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    Q: Hello, I have recently become more sensitive to my body and I am trying to make better health choices. Thanks to your newsletter I've now stopped drinking coffee and switched to Yerba Matte. I have to say I do enjoy it very much. Only now am I going thru the withdrawals of caffeine. I first wanted to say thank you for that. My question is what herbs can I take that will help my memory both short term and long terms. My inability to recall something that happened, something I said, or even what I ate is becoming very frustrating. Also I am experiencing beginning symptoms of a kidney infection. Is the something I can take to help cleanse my body or help eliminate toxins that cause kidney infections? Please help with your suggestions. Thanks


    To improve memory I would suggest BRAIN TUNER Formula and BRAIN TUNER TEA consumed daily. For your kidney situation, consider performing the Full Body Detox Cleanse! Glad to hear of your like of herbal tea over coffee. Glad the newsletter is serving beneficial to you.

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    Q: Hi there, I never got yeast infections before but I had my first one in March of this year (2015) and have been suffering ever since. I was first treated with fluconazole and the infection went a way for a few weeks and then came back to which I was treated with another dose... again, it came back. I was treated with one more dose of the fluconazole- 3 pills every other day, I'm not sure the strength.... and of course, it came back. I went back to the doc and said I wanted to try a different solution as this wasn't working. They sent my culture into the lab to test for a different strand of candida but it came back just a strong strand of candida albicans. I was sent home with a cream and told to try boric acid suppositories or get put on a weekly prescription of the fluconazole. I don't want to rely on perscription meds that seem to make it only come back stronger. If you have any advice, please please please help me I am so desperate. I have been taking probiotics, using coconut oil for relief and cutting out all sugar. Any help would be so much appreciated. Best, Rokki


    We always recommend starting off with the Full Body Cleanse to help eliminate the toxins and waste that often contributes to recurring issues in the body. You should move on to the 10 Day Candida Cleanse to specifically address the candida presence in your body. After cleansing you should avoid consuming a lot of sugar, dairy and processed foods. You can also continue to take the Candida Normalizer as a maintenance.

    We also recommend reading our article entitled Candida Albicans: Yeast Infection.http://www.dherbs.com/articles/candida-yeast-infection-144.html

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    Q: First let me just say that I love this site. It has given my goddesses and I true alternative. For some reason during this season we have been experiencing the announance of staph infections. The MD doctors have no clue or not clear in explaining how a person even contracts this infection but I know that it has to be food related. The body is perfect until it is contaminated by the foods we eat. At present I have a painful byte that I know is probably now a staph infection. It has swollen and turned red around the affected are. Is there any product that you have available that can assist me with this? I am two steps away from going to the MD but I know that he will only give me a temporary fix (poison) of which I do not even want in my system. Please advise!! My body is in a bind. I am still in transition from the flesh diet but this has definitely pushed me closer to vegan. Thanks in advance.


    Glad you found and like the site. Listen, for "STAPH INFECTION", we have an article already dedicated to this subject whom you can find in our articles section. It offers remedy and recourse. Please visit our articles section. Contact us again if you have additional questions!

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    Q: My doctor told me I am an anemic, and I had a slight bladder infection. Is there anything that I can take naturally to help relieve these symptoms? I am nine weeks pregnant.



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    Q: My fiance has experienced water retention and discoloration in his right foot and leg for around 2 years. Doctors had him on water pills, coreg for vascular issues and glyberide for high blood sugars. He ordered the Pancreas kit and around a week into the program experienced more swelling in the foot and leg. He stopped the program to resume taking the water pill to see if this would help. He has gained around 12 lbs which is water held in this leg. I know the natural way of good nutrition and herbs is a good course to follow but can you offer some suggestions to help these issues. 1. water retention 2. His stomach rumbles and gurgles 24 hours a day to the point where I thought our neighbors were dragging furniture across the floor. This has caused him considerable embarrassment at work. We are eating a vegan diet about 50% raw-50%-cooked. Oddly enough when he eats a standard American diet the rumbling stops. 3. High blood pressure. Thank you so much for answering my previous letter to you. I believe in what you are doing, and know that the body will heal at it's own pace with proper care. I have resolved a urinary problem just a week into your Detox program and think it's great.


    Your husband is NOT getting proper circulation to his extremities. He should have not stopped the Pancreas kit because it is common for things to get worse before better. He should have judged himself after the kit was finished in 3-weeks. He experienced the HEALING CRISIS and stopped! He should complete the kit and regimen (perhaps even starting over).

    His stomach is making noises because he's having digestive problems. He needs to eat as much raw foods as possible and rink plenty of vegetable juice. SAD foods stops his stomach from gurgling because that's what's in his stomach; and when he does not give his stomach what it wants (a sign of fasting and cleansing), he hear the noise from his stomach. Again, the healing crisis. Things will get worse before they get better. However, you don't stop!

    High blood pressure is due to his toxic state and poor circulation!

    Have him perform the Full Body Detox and right after the Full Body Detox, the Pancreas kit and regimen.

    There's healing from him!

    Please peruse some of our free articles so as to truly learn what's going on with his/your bodies pertaining to healing.