We are delighted to welcome Nutritional Therapist Corinne Flynn to the Alma Vale Centre. Corinne specialises in women’s health and nutrition.
One of the many health conditions that Nutritional Therapy can help with are Urinary Tract Infections & Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome – Corinne explains how.
Around 1 in 5 women will experience a urinary tract infection (UTI) in their lifetime and these can lead to chronic infections that are recurrent.
As a teenager one of my best friends suffered with bouts of cystitis and I remember her sitting in cold baths trying to ease the pain. As a nutritional therapist, I love being able to offer advice and tools to manage those symptoms more comfortably, and investigate the complicated cases I now commonly see in clinic.
Impact of Urinary Problems
Recurring bladder infections (BIs) can be particularly painful and debilitating and often present with frequent urination, burning and abdominal pain. Chronic infections can flare, and may include a continual low lying symptom or group of symptoms. Using nutrition therapeutically can support urinary tract integrity, immune function and symptom relief. BIs can often recur after antibiotic treatment and nutrition can be used alongside western medicine to improve outcomes.
At times, GPs are unable to find ‘problematic’ bacteria in the urine and you may then be diagnosed with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) or Overactive Bladder (OAB). Testing can only identify bacteria that the test looks for, and new research shows that many different bacteria play a role in the balance of the urinary tract environment. Private functional testing (available through my clinic) gives the opportunity to look for a greater amount of bacteria species and shows the amount of local inflammation in the vagina.
There are a number of supplements which can be particularly helpful and can be used for specific infections. If you are struggling with a recurring BI, ask your doctor to test and culture the bacteria in your urine during a flare. This means that you will have a lot more information for us to work with and it can also rule out other diagnoses such as sexually transmitted diseases.
My top tips for supporting the vaginal and urinary environment:
- Wipe from front to back (as a woman our urethra is shorter and particularly close to our anus, making the possibility for bacteria to ascend to the bladder more easily)
- Urinate after sex to wash away any bacteria that has been introduced to the area
- Avoid using soaps and other hygiene products which can irritate the urethra
- Consider the hygiene and materials of other items that are introduced to the vaginal and urinary environment – choose natural tampons and cotton underwear over synthetic materials.
Individual Therapy Plan for You
Would you like to understand more and learn some simple food and lifestyle choices that could reduce your pain and the symptoms you’re struggling with?
As a naturopathic nutritionist, I consider the body as a whole and that all the systems are inter-related. BIs and IC/BPS can be very complex conditions and we will consider a multitude of factors in our quest for the root cause. I am an advocate for working alongside mainstream medicine and will carefully consider any medications that you are taking to develop a suitable therapy plan. We will use food, supplement and lifestyle recommendations to give your body the building blocks it needs to re-establish balance, comfort and health.
To discuss your symptoms and health in detail and for a therapy plan created specifically for you, please get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information see Corinne’s website: www.cfnutrition.co.uk