While antibiotics seem to be the popular choice for treating urinary tract infections, there's a much safer natural treatment for these niggling infections. Read on to find out how D-mannose can help you treat urinary tract infections.
“A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system, your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract, the bladder and the urethra,” explains the Mayo Clinic.
The good news is you can treat urinary-tract infections with a sugary treatment called D-mannose.
D-mannose: An effective remedy for urinary tract infections
D-mannose is a natural simple sugar closely to glucose, explains Dr Jonathan Wright on his Tahoma Clinic Blog
. It’s the sugar you’ll find in fruit like cranberries
. You can also find it in powder form at good health shops.
What makes D-mannose an effective treatment for urinary tract infections is that it makes it impossible for the bacteria to ‘stick’ to your urinary tract. As a result, infections are ‘rinsed away’ when you urinate.
Even better, D-mannose is harmless (even for diabetics) and tastes good.
What’s the dosage?
“For adults, half to one teaspoon of D-mannose dissolved in a glass of water and taken every two to three hours could eliminate almost any urinary tract infection in about three days,” says Dr Wright in Nutrition & Healing.
As always, remember to check in with your doctor before treating yourself with any kind of treatment.