A kidney infection ( renal infection) is medically known as pyelonephritis and is a common type of urinary tract infection (UTI). It is caused when bacteria that entered the urinary tract travels from the bladder into one or both kidneys. There are other various causes of kidney infections, including those that occur due to conditions that obstruct urine from flowing naturally such as kidney stones or enlarged prostate glands in men. Pregnant women can also develop kidney infection due to obstruction of their urine process by the pressure put in the area by the baby.
Often, a kidney infection is the result of a pre-existing infection in the urinary tract. The best way to prevent a kidney infection from developing is by not having bacteria in the urethra or bladder.
– hydration: drink plenty of fluids;
– urination: urinate whenever there is an urge. Don’t wait;
– sexual intercourse: urinate after sexual intercourse. Wash the genitals before and after intercourse.
– toilet hygiene: after passing stools, wipe the anus from front to back. This lessens the risk of spreading bacteria to the genitals.
– fiber: eat plenty of fiber so that stools come out easily and do not irritate or cause skin lesions.
– constipation: increases the risk of developing a kidney infection.
It’s also important for most people with a kidney infection to drink plenty of fluids (water is best) because this will help to flush out the bacteria from your kidneys. Aim to drink enough so that you’re frequently passing pale-coloured urine.
Remedies for treating renal infection:
– parsley juice: works as a cleanser for the kidneys, and it wipes out toxins in the kidneys and urinary tracts as well. You can take some parsley leaves and boil them in a pot of water. Wait until the tea cools down before drinking. For this to be effective, consume it at least twice a day.
– cranberry juice: is one of the tastiest, as well as one of the most effective juices to cure kidney-related issues. In addition, it is recommended that you only consume cranberry juice in its natural form.
– corn silk: is famous for its ability to flush out toxins from the body relieving many inflammatory ailments from your kidneys to your liver.
– birch: is used for infections of the urinary tract that affect the kidney, bladder, ureters, and urethra. It is also used as a diuretic to increase urine output. Some people take birch along with lots of fluids for “irrigation therapy” to flush out the urinary tract.
– juniper: uses also include the treatment of infections, especially within the urinary tract, bladder, kidneys, and prostate. One of the big benefits of juniper berries is that their antiseptic properties help remove waste and acidic toxins from the body, stimulating a fighting action against bacterial and yeast infections.
-horsetail: may help in getting rid of excess fluids and salt in the body. This may be beneficial for people who have kidney problems or edemas. A 2014 study showed that horsetail is just as effective as hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic medication.
– eat these foods: stock-up on kidney-supportive foods, including watermelon, berries (cranberries, blueberries, and strawberries), peppers, apples, garlic, onions, cabbage, cauliflower, and olive oil. While you’re at it, please review my earlier recommendations for healthy eating and reducing inflammation, because those suggestions benefit kidneys, too.
– frankincense essential oil: it is known for boosting the immunity and preventing the excess of harmful bacteria in the kidneys. This wonderful, healing oil may help you recover quickly form a kidney infection and can help ease your pain and discomfort. Try adding 10 or so drops to your bath and allowing the oil to soak into your body. Alternatively, you can dilute the oil with a carrier oil and massage it into your abdomen two or three times a day.