Healing A-Z: U – UTIs


A lot of women have challenges with UTIs aka urinary track infections and for a variety of reasons. Lets first look at the simple causes, then what allows for the causes to occur.

  • Gut bacteria, i.e., E. coli
  • Urethritis ie. STDs — while UTIs are not considered contagious, they can spread if caused by a STD
  • Abnormalities in the urinary tract
  • Various birth control methods ie. diaphragms
  • Urinary tract surgery]
  • Other medical conditions ie. diabetes, MS, stroke
  • Compromised immune system
  • Kidney stones
  • Pregnancy or menopause
  • Multiple sex partners

Many of these conditions are caused by a poorly functioning or compromised immune system. As you probably know, about 72% of your immune system is in your gut. In order for your gut to function effectively it requires:

  • Enzymes — for metabolism
  • Glutathione — for cellular functioning
  • Pre/probiotics — healthy microbiota
  • Transfer factor — to teach your immune system how to function

So like most of your bodily functions, we need to start with a healthy gut/immune system. These four components help to stabilize your gut: small and large intestines/colon.

Many people need to start with a healthy gut detox, then address their diet and thus improve the body’s capacity to prevent UTIs.

Foods that help repair the gut:

  • Ginger — helps promote digestive enzymes
  • Omega 3s — helps resolve inflammation
  • Bone broth — for both gelatin, collagen and glucosamine repair gut membrane
  • Peppermint — carminative for the gut
  • Granny smith apples/cabbage — fiber, quercetin, broad spectrum good bacteria
  • Baking soda routine in the AM and apple cider vinegar in the PM — regulates pH of the gut
  • Coconut — anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial
  • Lemon — vit C, detox, and promotes bile production

When you improve your gut’s immune system you help prevent UTIs in the urinary system.