Cystitis: The Right Diet Prevents and Helps

In the case of frequent bladder infections, an anti-inflammatory diet often helps to get the recurring symptoms under control.

Young women, pregnant women, and women going through menopause suffer from frequent bladder infections. An anti-inflammatory and intestinal-healthy diet can alleviate the symptoms. Vegetables, fruit and spices, good oils, but also fatty sea fish such as salmon, mackerel, or herring should be used regularly in the kitchen.

Meat, on the other hand, especially pork, should only be consumed sparingly because it contains inflammatory substances.

Those affected should also avoid sugar and many finished products, such as fruit yogurt or fruit juices. The emulsifiers E433 and E466, which are often added to foods to improve consistency and shelf life, are suspected of promoting inflammation of the mucous membranes in the body.

Probiotics (e.g. lactic acid bacteria, e.g. in kefir, sauerkraut juice, or as preparation from the pharmacy) and prebiotics (fiber) help the intestinal flora and thus the immune system. They are particularly important when the intestinal flora has been damaged by taking antibiotics.

Other Recommendations

  • Drink a lot, especially during acute infection (2 liters per day, including half a liter of horsetail tea). Avoid cow’s milk for at least a few weeks.
  • A tea mixture for the bladder (mix at the pharmacy): birch leaves, parsley root, cat’s claw, goldenrod, and rosemary.
  • Put good oils over the dishes to fill up and strengthen the immune system: hemp oil as an anti-inflammatory, black cumin oil for the intestines, and algae oil for cell protection.
  • Eat fewer snacks – if so, preferably a green smoothie (with lots of vegetables!), nuts, low-sugar fruit, and dark chocolate.
  • Bitter substances (from the pharmacy) and anti-inflammatory foods can support the immune system.
    Keep abdomen and feet warm.
  • Make sure you have enough vitamin D for a strong immune system: go for a walk in the fresh air for at least 30 minutes a day (8,000-10,000 steps).


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Written by John Myers

Professional Chef with 25 years of industry experience at the highest levels. Restaurant owner. Beverage Director with experience creating world-class nationally recognized cocktail programs. Food writer with a distinctive Chef-driven voice and point of view.

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