Lemon Water and Cystitis

Question: I suffer a lot with cystitis or at times urethritis. I would love to know if lemon water can help reduce an attack and if it's good during an attack?

Nancy’s Answer: I am sure you probably know the cause of cystitis and urethritis, but I will explain them in simple terms for the benefit of all of our readers.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Cystitis is the medical term for inflammation of the bladder. Most of the time, the inflammation is caused by a bacterial infection, in which case it may be referred to as a urinary tract infection (UTI). A bladder infection can be painful and annoying, and can become a serious health problem if the infection spreads to your kidneys.”

There are less common causes of cystitis, such as a reaction to radiation therapy, medications or topical irritants such as spermicidal gels. The common medical treatment for cystitis is antibiotics.

Urethritis is swelling and inflammation of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the body. It is also believed to be caused by a bacteria or virus.

Fresh squeezed lemon juice in water is a potent natural antibiotic.

So, to answer your question, I do believe drinking lemon water regularly can help reduce an attack for a number of reasons.

Not only will the lemon water help to kill unhealthy bacteria and viruses in the bladder and urethra, it is also alkalizing in the body. Bacteria and viruses cannot live in a slightly alkaline environment, whereas they thrive in a slightly acidic environment.

Drinking lemon water may also stop the burning sensation and any bleeding that may be present with urination. In other words, it may or may not be helpful during an attack, depending on individual causes, but I think it would be worth a try.

Additional Tips for Urinary Tract Health

There are a number of things people with cystitis and urethritis can do to prevent recurrence. The following are a few key tips for urinary tract health and healing:

  1. Drink enough water each day to keep your body hydrated! This means drinking at least half your body weight in ounces of water daily. It is less likely these conditions will occur if you are fully hydrated. Avoid or reduce stimulants like coffee and tea, which are diuretics.

  2. Eat more alkalizing foods (such as fresh fruits and vegetables). If you feel the cystitis symptoms coming on, drink more lemon water and avoid acid-forming foods, such as animal protein, dairy products, sugary and processed foods.

  3. Consider drinking ionized alkaline water, which has helped many people resolve bladder issues because of its unique healing properties - alkalinity, super hydration, and antioxidant potency.

  4. Take a high-quality probiotic supplement. It will help restore the good bacteria in your system, especially if you have already had one or more rounds of antibiotics. (Antibiotics destroy both the good and the bad bacteria). The good bacteria are essential for optimal immunity.


References:

Mayoclinic.com; Cystitis.

NLM.NIH.gov: Urethritis.

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alkaline maintenance
by: Anonymous

Myself and 2 friends have this issue of acidic caused burning. It is just very baffling that lemon works on some and causes pain in others. But it's vital to find out if there is bacteria---a different situation. Cranberry product/meds non-bacterial irritations. Here is my experience after my first time: I drank gallons of water and took non drug, natural pain killers (see any heath food store)and then when it subsided, maintained alkaline balance with food. Put a pinch of baking soda in my coffee,test this and monitor yourself with ph strips, and I use lemon water daily. I can safely say with others that key is maintaining an alkaline diet which is huge health defense for everyone. Disease cannot live in alkaline state.

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Baking Soda and Water
by: Anonymous

I've also found that lemon water makes my bladder pain worse. But, water with a little baking soda doesn't seem to bother me. And exercise! I've joined a gym and do the treadmill and some days the elliptical. These two machines are supposed to help with your pelvic floor.

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Ester C, NOT regular C!
by: Anonymous

I was diagnosed with cystitis just a few months ago after undergoing a CT scan and cystoscopy (sp?). I feel lucky that mine is mild. I've read horror stories from people who have it really bad. I find a low-acid diet works for me. Daily I take either a Zantac or a non-drowsy antihistamine. This is a MUST. ALSO for those of you taking vitamin C, regular C WILL cause pain. Take Ester C instead. I take 3 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. It has really helped me. ALSO Prelief. If you're going to eat something a little acidic or drink a little alcohol, take two or three Prelief with the first bite or sip.

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A different perspective
by: Anonymous

My doctor diagnosed cystitis due to my frequent need to urinate, but no bacterial infection. She did give me a list of foods that aggravate cystitis. Apparently my bladder is aggravated when I drink lemon juice in my water. I think vinegar causes the same problem for me. When I avoid these (an a couple of other things) my bladder is nice and relaxed.

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Lemon Water and Burning Pee
by: Anonymous

I started drinking lemon water a couple of days ago, but now I have a great deal of burning in my bladder and when I pee. I used to get bladder infections when I was younger and in my 20's but haven't experienced any since. Now this lemon water is bringing them back on. I don't see how this lemon will help me at all. Time to quit drinking it.

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Lemon water prevented bladder infections
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I was drinking warm lemon water every morning and did not get my usual bladder infections. I stopped drinking the lemon water and have now come down with another infection. I did not realize the reason why I had not had an infection for over 9 months. It was the lemon water.

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Lemon caused severe burning in bladder
by: Anonymous

Hey guys. I was struggling with severe pain in bladder from burning urine. Passing the urine was the hardest thing. No pain killer would work.

Even after taking antibiotics, burning was back. I have medical background. I did all kind of urine cultures on my urine. No bacteria was found.

The only thing worked for me was apple cider vinegar - 2 tablespoons in one glass of water. Half glass is right away and half throughout the day. Within 15 mins of taking half glass severe pain cramps in bladder would go away.

Another thing I would like to share is that I found was the burning is due to eating certain foods.

For me, anything with citric acid and ascorbic acid (lemon, oranges, green hot pepper and certain cheese) would cause burning right away. Since I started avoiding these foods, I rarely get burning.

Funny thing is i was prescribed vitamin c in high concentration for my burning bladder, which made it worse but helped me to find out the root cause.

Best of luck, guys. I still have problem with frequent urine but if it does not burn, I don't mind it.

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