More on Bladder Infections
How this simple glance in the toilet bowl can be a warning sign of an approaching bladder infection
When people refer to cloudy urine, they don't mean the colour of it, for example yellow, dark yellow, etc. Cloudy is an indication of how transparent or see through it is. When you have a bladder infection, you may notice that your urine is cloudy, as though there is something mixed through it. It is a very subtle difference from your usual and easy to miss.
If you are experiencing other symptoms of a bladder infection like burning pee, needing to wee often or feeling like you need to wee urgently even though you have just been, then you can probably put the cloudy urine down as another symptom of your bladder infection.
However if you are fine and you have cloudy urine it could mean something else. From researching the internet it seems, there are multiple causes of cloudy urine and most of them are nothing to worry about. If you are worried about it, it is probably a good idea to consult a healthcare professional like a doctor or naturopath.
For me personally, if I ever notice I have cloudy urine, it is usually signals a bladder infection is not far off.
If I know that I haven't been eating well, taking good care of myself or not drinking enough water then, I will take this as a little heads up that something needs to change quickly otherwise my body is going to let me know about it.
In this case I make sure to:
Drink more water
If my water intake hasn't been what I would like, I will make sure to have a couple of glasses to flush through anything that might be happening inside. I usually aim for about 8 glasses a day but it varies a lot with the temperature and also how much high water content food I have been eating. If I feel that I have been drinking less than I am used having a an extra couple of glasses can't hurt.
Sticking to fresh natural whole foods is a good start, like dark leafy green vegetables and salads. Avoid processed foods, sugary foods, including eating a lot of fruit. Avoid alcohol, coffee and other liquids that dehydrate you.
Give your body a boost.
I find a dose of vitamin C does wonders if you are feeling run down at all. If I see cloudy urine, I will often take a dose of vitamin C to help my body fight any possible infection.
Unsweetened cranberry juice is an old home remedy that helps to prevent a bladder infection, so if you are concerned you may be getting a bladder infection a glass or two may be a good idea. It is important to buy the unsweetened cranberry juice as the sweetened versions can make bladder infections worse rather than better.
If I have been burning the candle at both ends, or have been stressed I realise my body needs more sleep to help it cope. The body has an amazing ability to heal itself when you let it do it's own thing so leaving getting a quick nap or going to bed that little bit earlier can often have great repercussions.
In an ideal world it would be great to eat and drink perfectly all the time, however I know that this is just not always possible or practical. Seeing cloudy urine in the toilet bowl, is actually a great warning sign to let you know that it is a good idea to reign it in a little.