When I get sick, the first thing I want to check is how my body problem relates to my emotions. If my body is in pain, it is burning, it is itchy, or it gives me other uncomfortable signs, it means that somehow I have neglected it. The question is HOW?
It is not rare that I am busy. I work a lot. I train. I change places. The play of emotions is a part of my daily life. There are moments when I cannot explain why I am sad. Other times, regardless of the difficult circumstances, I smile, and I feel happy.
When I notice that fear or sadness, or other negative emotions accompany me for a longer time, I try to resolve them immediately. I confirm that whatever I think I should fear or be sad about, I don’t need these emotions because I am safe and loved. Sometimes, I need to cry or talk about it, or have a rest, have fun.
However, sometimes, I do not notice the stress (pressure) I put on myself. I don’t realize how much influence has on me particular words, actions, places, and expectations of myself. I hide all of it, being unaware of hiding it. I keep going, and at some point, my body screams !!!
Now, I want to listen.
There are already plenty of studies regarding the Mind-Body approach towards various health problems. 1, 2, 3 These are the information I found about Urinary Tract Infection.
Urine related problems are connected with
TERRITORY MARKING CONFLICT.
Our territory often relates to our home, identity, beliefs or boundaries with others.
1. “You lost the bounds of your territory”
I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT
Feeling lost. You cannot expect anything. You are where you are. Your life is unsure because of a relationship, or carrier, or other reason. Whatever it is, you don’t know if it is good or bad, if you should change it or not.
Resolve the problem: Relax. Think about things, which you have, which give you stability and safety. I am sure you can find them.
2. “You cannot mark your territory”
Feeling powerless in regards to money or if your partner has control of the finances.
Resolve the problem: Money comes and goes. We should not focus on them so much. Sometimes we struggle a lot because of them. But sometimes, we have a lot of money, and we are still not happy. Focus on what makes you happy regardless of the money.
I DON’T HAVE MY OWN SPACE
Living in a place that you cannot make your own (it can be because of the people you live with, financial reasons, or no time).
Resolve the problem: Whatever reason you have, try to change it. Maybe change the place where you live. Find time to make it cozier. Make an effort to make it your home.
THREAT TO IDENTITY AND BELIEVES
You feel unable to mark your position in the conversation for fear of rejection or having your beliefs challenged.
Resolve the problem: Believe in yourself. Love yourself the way you are. You don’t need to pretend to be somebody else just to please the other person. Be yourself. Speak your truth. In that way, you will attract people with who you can feel comfortable.
SOMEONE HAS OVERSTEPPED THE BOUNDS OF YOUR TERRITORY
It can manifest in different situations. The one in my opinion most related to urinary tract infection is conflict in a relationship, especially this involving sex. I really like how the K.Mongomery, a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine described it:
“We may not always feel like having sex with our partner, but sometimes we do so anyway. We do this out of guilt, love, trying to make our partners happy, a sense of duty, etc. Sometimes when we have “mercy” sex, we end up enjoying it. Other times, we do not enjoy it as much. The point is that there are varying degrees of “yes” and enjoyment when it comes to sex and relationships, and none of this is usually a problem.
Problems occur when the sex ratio is skewed too far to the mercy side. Once one partner starts feeling bad about wanting to say no so much, the body often steps in and says no for them. Once the urinary tract infection symptoms set in, the person does not have to say no to sex because the redness, burning, and itching says no for them.”3
Resolve the problem: You should talk about it and figure out a proper way to deal with the situation. It can take more than one conversation, more than one day, or a week or month to come to an agreement. But it is worth it because doing something against yourself is never a good idea.
The MIND has huge power. This is why I always start the healing process by resolving its issues.
Equally important are also other more external factors.
- Sexual intercourse without enough lubrication,
- Oral sex,
- Sexual intercourse, when You are exhausted,
- Sexual intercourse in an unhygienic place.
Why sexual activity can trigger Urinary Tract Infection:
The urinary tract normally is a sterile environment. In women’s cases, the urethra is close to the rectum and vagina, from where the bacteria (most common – E.coli, from the rectum), microbes, viruses, fungi, and parasites can migrate and multiply in the urine. It can be as well pushed up to the vagina during sex.
Why then do they not cause infection in their origin place? The urine creates a much better environment for them to multiply and cause an infection.
Not enough lubrication while sex can cause vaginal abrasion. Agitated soft tissues can easily lead to UTI (secondary infection). When we are tired, the risk of infection increases.
EXCESS EXERCISE CONSIDERING ONE’S OWN CAPACITY!!! (according to Ayurveda)3
- Caring heavy bags,
- Doing sport without taking care of proper sleep and diet,
- Exhausting the body in other ways…
Sweets, soft drinks, fried food, alcohol, and other acid foods are a perfect medium for bacteria, fungus, microbes, and parasites to grow and multiply. As explained before, the way from the rectum to the urethra is pretty short. When your immune system is weakened and you eat many of the above products, the risk of urinary tract infection increases.
Accordingly to Ayurvedic Medicine, the below-eating issues can lead to Urinary Tract Infection:
- Taking food, medicament, and other substances with sharp and dry quality,
- Intake of food before the previous meals is digested (overeating),
- Chronic indigestion,
Getting cold in pelvic or/and lower back region (anatomical place of kidney and reproductive system).
DRINKING NOT ENOUGH FLUIDS
*This alone does not cause UTI. However, it has a crucial impact on urinary tract health when we are already at risk of UTI.
The bacteria go out with urine. If we don’t drink enough fluids, urinating is decreased, the bacteria, which are thrown away from the body with urine, instead stick to the walls of the urinary tract and cause infection.
How to treat and prevent UTI?
RESOLVE THE CONFLICT MENTALLY AND RELEASE NEGATIVE EMOTIONS
If a person is experiencing ongoing symptoms, it is a sign that they haven’t fully let go of the original event or the emotional pattern. Change the environment or social behaviors, such as setting boundaries.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR SEXUAL LIFE
- use natural lubricants (coconut oil, olive oil, aloe vera),
- put more attention to foreplay, focus on your pleasure, talk with your partner about your needs,
- pee before and after sex,
- keep the hygiene during sex,
- check if the condoms do not cause irritation,
- avoid sex when you are tired or when your libido is low,
TAKE CARE OF YOUR SLEEP
Do not exhaust your body, or if you have already done it, give it a proper rest after.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR DIET
Avoid all the products described above.
DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS
Water with lemon is really helpful.
KEEP THE URINARY AND REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM WARM
- don’t sit on a cold surface,
- keep the waist area covered (warm),
- change your underwear after doing exercises.
Use natural soaps, which do not irritate vagina, or a special gynecological shower gel.
Ayurvedic herbs and proper rest (when you have diagnosed Urinary Tract Infection).
For chronic recurrent Urinary Tract Infections
- Probiotics: Lactobacillus reuteri and Lactobacillus rhamnosus (are known for treating vaginal flora disruption).3