Women are at greater risk of developing a UTI than men are. This is probably because women have shorter urethras, so it is easier for the germs to move up to their bladders.
This page will provide you with some basic information on the structure and function of the Urinary tract.
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Urinary Tract problems
The urinary system consists of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and the urethra.
The urinary system refers to the structures that produce and conduct urine to the point of excretion. When germs get into this system, they can cause an infection. 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.
Read below to learn more about problems of the urinary tract and what you can do for relief.
Usually, germs get into your system through your urethra, the tube that carries urine from your bladder to the outside of your body. The germs that usually cause these infections live in your large intestine and are found in your stool. If these germs get inside your urethra, they can travel up into your bladder and kidneys and cause an infection.
Kidney stones or gravel
Kidney stones or gravel may form in poorly hydrated kidneys when substances such as uric acid, oxalates and phosphates are not flushed through the urinary tract efficiently. Recurrent UTIs and the constant presence of highly concentrated urine increase the likelihood of stones forming. If there is blood in the urine, unexplained pain or any other cause for concern, advice from a healthcare professional should be sought.
Pyelonephritis is an inflammation caused most frequently, by bacterial infection of the bladder. Occasionally, viruses and fungi can be the cause of acute cystitis.
is a very common complaint and most often arises without an obvious
Strangely enough, naturopaths believe that it is due largely to
Having detected fluid retention, people will cut back even further on their fluid intake, not realizing that in doing so, their bodies feel that a ‘drought’ is imminent and hang on grimly to every scrap of water available.
Coffee, tea, fizzy drinks and alcohol all increase the tendency of fluid retention, as does a high salt intake. Drinking plenty of water and ensuring the health of the kidneys, ultimately responsible for determining how much fluid is expelled or retained, will help reduce any tendency to retain fluid.
In some children, mostly boys, the urinary tract simply takes more time to come to maturity. Usually, this situation is rooted in a family history of bedwetting.
UTIs in men
The Prostate gland is present only in men. It sits at the base of the bladder and surrounds
the urethra. The prostate
exists to produce a fluid, which adds to the formation of semen.
men age, the prostate gland is subject to a number of factors that cause it to
enlarge. This squeezes
the urethra, narrowing the space available for the passage of
urine and making urination difficult.
This results in symptoms such as a weak urinary flow and dribbling. The bladder does not empty well, leading to frequent trips to the toilet. Often, an early sign of an enlarged prostate is nocturia – having to get out of bed a number of times a night to pass water.
As the prostate continues to enlarge, a bladder that does not empty completely causes a certain amount of stagnant urine to accumulate. This residue provides an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and is the most common cause of UTIs in men.
In more advanced stages, urine is backed up to the kidneys. In these final stages only surgical intervention can help. It shouldn’t be left that long before action is taken. Because the progression can be halted in the initial stages or at least clearly delayed Benign enlargement of the prostate is so frequent that by around age fifty every second man is affected by it. By their eighties as many as 80% suffer from it.
Take a silica supplement or use a silica containing herb such as Calliopsis. Use this for several months and you should see some improvement as the pelvic floor is strengthened.
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