The main factor determining whether or not a UTI occurs is the strength of body's defense mechanisms at the time
The urinary tract
• Kidneys. A pair of purplish-brown organs located below the ribs toward the middle of the back. Kidneys remove excess liquid and wastes from the blood in the form of urine, keep a stable balance of salts and other substances in the blood, and produce a hormone that aids the formation of red blood cells
• Ureters. Narrow tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder
• Bladder. A triangular shaped chamber in the lower abdomen. Urine is stored in the bladder
• Urethra. Urine in bladder is emptied through the urethra
• The male and female urinary tracts are relatively the same. Except the male urethra is longer
There are different types of UTIs depending on location
• Urethritis. An infection limited to the urethra, where most UTIs occur;
• Bladder Infection (Cystitis). UTI spreads from urethra to the bladder;
• Kidney Infection (Pyelonephritis). Untreated, sometimes the infection can travel up the ureters to infect the kidneys - a very serious condition.
• Bacterial Prostatitis. Male-only UTI causing inflammation of the prostate gland;
Candida albicans Overgrowth
- Candida albicans naturally occurs in your body, but gets out of control because of antibiotics, or antibiotic chemicals (E.g. chlorine in tap water, or sodium fluoride in toothpaste)
- This yeast can invite the bad bacteria to take up residency by changing the pH of your urinary tract
Interstitial cystitis (IC)
a.k.a. Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS)
Body's defense against UTIs
Normal urine is sterile and has a slightly acidic pH. Urine contains fluids, salts, and waste products and is normally free of bacteria, viruses, and fungi;
- Urine's only slightly acidic pH allows it to control growth of many microorganisms. The bacteria that cause most UTIs like a more acid environment, but produce alkaline waste that will eventually slow down their own growth;
- Healthy pH urine levels are 6.0 - 6.5 in the morning and 6.5 - 7.0 in the evening. The higher morning acidity is due to decreased pulmonary ventilation that causes respiratory acidosis during sleep.
- Urine pH can vary from 4.4 - 8. When the body ingests too many acid-forming foods/drinks, the acid can be buffered using alkalizing minerals, such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium (borrowed from bone if not in diet). Excess acids can also be excreted via urine, however, a urine pH below 6.0 (morning) or 6.5 (evening) suggests that the body's buffering system is overwhelmed.
- Diet rich in citrus fruits, most vegetables, and legumes will alkalize the urine. A diet high in meat and cranberry juice will make the urine more acidic.
Microbial resistant properties of bladder lining, and prostate fluid (in men);
Flora maintain bacterial balance in anterior urethra (part of urethra closest to where urine comes out of body). Commonly colonized with normal flora, which usually maintains a balance with bacterial contaminants, e.g. from rectum, skin, or vulva.
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