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ellenj

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Hi friends

Just thought I would share my discoveries in this area on my journey to become UTI free..

Keeping urine alkaline to fight e-coli bacteria (which apparently likes acidity) seems to be a common aim, and OF COURSE most food we like seem to be the opposite (wine, coffee, choc etc) [frown]
I eat a vegetarian diet anyway and trialled eating all the alkaline foods but could not see any effect on the urine ph. Bicarbonate of soda definitely sent my urine ph to 8 prestissimo but not something I want to take for long, all that salt!

However there is one simple thing that does the trick AND is cheap and has no adverse effects except for taking the time to make it - Barley water. I boiled a handful of barley up in a big pot of water for 20 mins and strained off the water.
I squeezed some lemon juice in it (also supposed to be alkalising although I was scared citrus would annoy my bladder - but it didn't). I find it quite ok to drink (not nice but ok) and it magically brings my urine ph up to 7.5-8. I have a glass in the morning and some during the day and it really does the job.
I read that Robinson's barley water can also work but this does have sugar and other stuff, and anyway I can't buy this in Sweden where I am currently.

Hope this can be useful for anyone on the search for natural remedies - any comments?
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Hello ellenj

Barleywater can be soothing to the bladder and it is better to make your own rather than to buy some as you know what will be in it. Prelief is also a useful alkalising agent. I eat lots of vegetables which keeps my urine alkaline.

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My Auntie Nancy recommended barley water.She had cystitis in the days before antibiotics were available.She lived to a healthy old age,and so it can't do any harm anyway.
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Hi all

Yes barley water works great during the day, but I find overnight my urine becomes mega acidic. While I can feel fine during the day, pretty much symptom free actually, I still wake up at least twice in the night with pain and have to get up to urinate [frown] darn it.

I also tried prelief this week, but that did not seem to make much difference.

Still, it's great to have a cheap completely safe alkalising agent just sitting in the fridge!

Those poor ladies in the past who had nothing but this to help them..how I feel for them.
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I used to buy barley water.  The one I used to buy actually had barley in it.  The well known brand of lemon barley water, well, I looked at the ingredients in it and there is no barley  [confused]
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Hi Lindilou

Typical of brands Doh!!!

So it is out with the saucepan I am afraid..[wink]( incidentally right or wrong,when i cooked them, I rinsed the pearls, before I cook)

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Thanks Kate, will do.
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Hi friends

Just thought I would share my discoveries in this area on my journey to become UTI free..

Keeping urine alkaline to fight e-coli bacteria (which apparently likes acidity) seems to be a common aim, and OF COURSE most food we like seem to be the opposite (wine, coffee, choc etc) [frown]
I eat a vegetarian diet anyway and trialled eating all the alkaline foods but could not see any effect on the urine ph. Bicarbonate of soda definitely sent my urine ph to 8 prestissimo but not something I want to take for long, all that salt!

However there is one simple thing that does the trick AND is cheap and has no adverse effects except for taking the time to make it - Barley water. I boiled a handful of barley up in a big pot of water for 20 mins and strained off the water.
I squeezed some lemon juice in it (also supposed to be alkalising although I was scared citrus would annoy my bladder - but it didn't). I find it quite ok to drink (not nice but ok) and it magically brings my urine ph up to 7.5-8. I have a glass in the morning and some during the day and it really does the job.
I read that Robinson's barley water can also work but this does have sugar and other stuff, and anyway I can't buy this in Sweden where I am currently.

Hope this can be useful for anyone on the search for natural remedies - any comments?

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I've just made and drank a glass of barley water
I have to say it's not bad at all
I could put up with drinking this everyday if it works
Nothing else I've tried has
Tried azo no difference at all, and expensive with having to send to America for them

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I do hope it works for you, I ordered some AZO recently and after waiting 10 days they refunded my money (lost in the post)..so don't know if it could have helped or not! I will probably reorder to give it a try.

I drink the barley water with lemon juice religiously every morning and if I do a dipstick test it certainly puts the urine in the alkaline range. So it does that, and is perfectly safe, so I'm keeping on with it for now.
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I have heard of 'alkalizing' the urine (and have used bicarbonate of soda in the past to reduce pain when I had cystitis). It seems to be the new trend in foods anyway.

However, I am on Nitrofuratoin with Methenamine which lowers the pH to 5.5 because this is the acidity in which the antibiotics work best.

I have asked my Doctor about this contradiction but can't get a clear answer. I stay away from the bicarb (or pharmacy cystitis relief powders) unless I am really bad and i'm desperate (e.g. at work).

 

Anyone better informed? 

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