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# Tips | 27. September 2015

It is getting colder and so the risk of catching a bladder infection also increases. Women are particularly affected. Hypothermia, colds, as well as hormonal changes, for example during pregnancy, help to contribute that complaints may occur, such as a burning sensation when urinating, frequently going to the toilet or pain in the lower abdominal area. If it is not too serious, you can also do something about it yourself. It is important to drink a lot (at least 2 litres a day), empty the bladder frequently and to keep the abdomen warm. After all, the spontaneous cure rate of a bladder infection is 30 to 50{47dfc70c9bf48e08186491bbb51bc8e4c7dc2b777549e2e8cf46bf184b8c6302}!

Drinking a lot is good, tea is particularly suitable, which is warm and depending on the selection of ingredients, can lead to a quick recovery. For a long time uva-ursi leaves (also called bearberry) has been used as a tea. It contains active ingredients which act as a disinfectant in the urine. The hydroquinone derivative, arbutin, is the primary active compound that makes uva-ursi helpful for urinary tract health. When the stomach absorbs it, arbutin splits into a sugar and hydroquinone. The hydroquinone combines with glucuronic acid, creating a compound with astringent properties. When this is expelled from the body during urination, it soothes and reduces irritation of the mucus membranes, and helps fight infection. Unlike previously thought, the pH of the urine does not have to move through various measures in the alkaline range, the active ingredients unfold anyway. However, uva-ursi tea or tablets should not be taken for more than a week, five times a year, because the ingredients are suspected of possibly causing cancer when consumed in large doses. Please note the preparation of uva-ursi tea: Put 2 teaspoons of dried leaves in a cup of cold water and leave for 6-12 hours, boil briefly and then sieve so the stomach irritating tannins don’t reach the tea.
Other teas are particularly diuretic and can be used to flush out those bothersome germs. These mainly include goldenrod, cranberry, java tea, horsetail or restharrow. They are often included in bladder and kidney teas and
can be taken together with antibiotics.
The limits of self-treatment have been achieved if fever, side or back pain or even blood in the urine occurs, then you should
consult your doctor as soon as possible.

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