Kick It Naturally – UTIs & Bladder Infections
T.C. Hale is not a doctor and does not claim to be a doctor, licensed in any type of medical field. Don’t be an idiot and use anything heard on this show as medical advice. This information should be used for educational purposes only and you should contact your doctor for any medical advice. Now get off me.
Kinna: Welcome to Kick It Naturally, I’m Kinna McInroe, and I’m here with T.C Hale, author, health expert, trainer, producer, and, what else do you got, over there?
Tony: I got the music in me.
Kinna: All right, he’s got the music in him. All right, and we also have here today, hottie patottie Will Schmidt, who smells delicious.
Tony: I was hiking the other day, and ran by some guy that had Will’s cologne, and I was like that guy was rubbing on Will or something.
Tony: No? He wasn’t? All right, no problem, no accusations there.
Will: Not that there’s anything wrong with that, just no.
Kinna: Not for you? Ok, All right.
Tony: What are we doing today?
Kinna: Different strokes, different folks, people. Today we’re gonna be talking about bladder and urinary track infections, which can be a pain in the butt.
Tony: Yeah, that’s a good time topic.
Will: Well, maybe not in the butt.
Tony: Well, there is some pain in there.
Kinna: In the urinary tract.
Tony: Right, right.
Kinna: Exactly. So, if you haven’t liked us, this is your perfect opportunity, to stop what you are doing, go to Facebook, to kick it in the nuts, and like us, and we are going to post topics there every week on future shows that we will be doing, and you guys can post questions, that you want us to cover and we will probably do it, more than likely.
Tony: But, uh, every Sunday, we say, here’s what we are going to talk about, so what questions do you have? But like us fast, cause I think they’re gonna top us out.
Will: Yeah, we’re running out.
Tony: I think we’re at like 60,000. I think they are going to cut us off.
Kinna: Wow. Ok.
Tony: We’re running out. I’m not sure how high they let you go, but I’m pretty sure we are the highest.
Kinna: These people have too many likes.
Tony: So, like us up quick.
Kinna: Like us while you can, or you won’t be able to. Today, all of our listeners can get a free audio book from audiobooks. Just go to kickitinthenuts.com/audiobook for more details. So, today like I said, we are going to be talking about those UTI things, so, what causes that? What is the deal?
Tony: Let’s talk about some things that can cause that, and a lot of people that are listening to this show, are probably having a chronic issue, where like I got another UTI, and holy mackerel here’s a UTI again, were gonna be like hometown heroes to you folks, because we will be able to explain some things that you can look at with yourself, not look inside and like think about it, but we’re gonna look at like physiology, cause there is no remedy for UTIs so to speak. We are gonna talk about one thing that is pretty flipping magic and it’s pretty rare that we talk about anything that can help almost any person with a situation, but this one seems to do really well. But we’re gonna teach you how to look at you and understand why you might have chronic situations where UTIs show up again and again. Hey, how do you feel about that, Will?
Will: That sounds awesome!
Tony: I know. That would be great.
Kinna: I always thought, you know, that you got kidney/ bladder infections because of caffeine. Is that true?
Tony: I have not heard that, but I’m gonna tell you that from now on.
Kinna: You’re gonna like that one. You’re gonna be like it’s from coffee. So stay away from it.
Will: It’s from coffee. Coffee, coffee, coffee.
Tony: I’m gonna accept that that’s true and just tell that to you from now on. So one thing that we’ll look at is that is whether you have a urinary tract or bladder infection or even a kidney infection, it kind of just depends on where that infection is and they usually come about when some type of bacteria makes its way into the urethra. Which is where, that’s the tube that we get to pee out of. Yay pee!
Will: All right.
Tony: So, that the tube, where the body can exit the liquid out the body, so, bacteria can get up in there and then you get this infection, and then it can either be a urinary tracked infection, or it gets into the bladder, or it can climb all the way back to the kidneys, and that’s a little more serious and a little more painful.
Kinna: So, are women more prone to these than men?
Tony: They really, really are and there are a few reasons, one, is that their urethra is shorter, um, it doesn’t have as long to travel. Where as guys have extra parts. My urethra is not really long.
Kinna: Yeah, your urethra is tiny.
Tony: But, I’m just saying, that’s one of the reasons women may be more susceptible.
Kinna: He has a one inch urethra.
Tony: Right, and we will talk about some other ones when we go over some of the people’s questions, too, but, one thing were gonna show you how to do is were gonna show you and you can look at some tests you can do at home, on yourself, to see where some things you can do at home, or on your cell, to see where some of your physiology is that can really contribute. Will, do you want to talk about the pH, and why a high urine pH is a cause of chronic susceptibility?
Will: Uh, yeah, whenever we have some sort of internal issues going on we want to look at, why are you smiling at me Kinna?
Kinna: I don’t, I don’t know. I don’t know. I’m just smiling.
Will: Just happy. So, uh, you want to look at the internal terrain to see is this internal terrain hospitable to germs and bacteria and garbage that could that would like to thrive in me or is it more hospitable to my own cells and healthy flora? So when we look at a high urine pH that’s indicative of an internal terrain that’s more susceptible to bacteria and problems growing. You can test your own pH with pH test paper you can get on natural reference or at Whole Foods usually in the supplement section. And generally like ideal urine pH fluctuates a little bit depending on some things in your own physiology, but generally right around 6 is a good score and if it’s much higher than like over 6.5 or something that’s a good indication that you could benefit and make yourself less susceptible to UTIs if you acidify your urine stream a little bit, which you can do pretty easily with things like vitamin C as ascorbic acid, MSM and some other things that we’ll talk about. And you can also test to confirm if you actually have a UTI using these really fancy 11 parameter dipsticks. That you can also find on amazon.com, but if you go to naturalreference.com you can find them under the R section for rapid response 11 parameter urine analysis dipsticks.
Tony: Yeah and there’s a link there where you can buy them on amazon actually, but if you just google on amazon 11 parameter strip thingy you’ll find it on there.
Will: Yeah and that can help you distinguish if you actually do have a UTI or not. Sometimes it can just be just bladder pain. I have some female clients that they’re just really electrolyte deficient. They’re not getting enough water flowing through their kidneys and it gives them some bladder pain, but that’s not a UTI. Like you can tell if you have UTI if things like leukocytes and things are showing up somewhere on that dipstick.
Kinna: My mother was on a 4-wheeler a couple of years ago and hit a bump and her bladder popped out.
Tony: I remember that story. That’s a crazy story.
Will: Popped out?
Kinna: Yeah, popped out. And she had surgery.
Tony: Like she had to carry it home in her helmet.
Will: Are you serious?
Kinna: No, I don’t actually know how she got out of that situation, but she had
to have surgery, and she said that is common with women who have had lots of children.
Tony: And, so if you have a bladder infection that is about to happen to you.
Will: But it’s not common for older women to ride ATVs, is it?
Kinna: Yeah, yeah, no.
Will: That is less common I think.
Tony: So, that issue with Kinna’s mom, is not specific to what we are talking about today.
Kinna: Don’t try that at home.
Tony: It has nothing to do with that. But, you know, Will is talking about the 11 parameter strips, and if you are someone who has chronic issues, it might be nice to have these, you can get them for $40 or something like that.
Kinna: Holy cow.
Tony: But they last you months, and months, it’s not something you check every day, but were gonna tell you some things you can look at on those particular strips, so, if you find that you need to get some, you can come back and listen to this. So, the leukocytes number, is actually a timed test, that is the only one where you have to time it and then look at it.
Will: So, you’ve got to let it sit at least a minute, closer to like 90 seconds, 2 minutes, and if uh, it’s the very, very bottom one of the brand you can find through natural reference, and if it shows that there are any leukocytes at all, that’s a really great confirmation, that yeah, you do have a UTI. And we will talk about some things that you can do to help fix that. But that is a really great tool to help just confirm whether or not you actually have one.
Tony: Right, there’s also a box on there that can be for nitrite, and that can be an indication of a possible UTI, as well, so, it’s kind of nice that some girls will tell you I can feel when I have one coming on, but with this test strip you can kind of check, every couple of weeks, and just see what’s going on. Do I need to take steps, to keep one from coming on? So that you can eliminate it before the symptoms start.
Will: And those are really cool little test strips. Cause you also at the same time check your urine pH, and this other really important number called your specific gravity. Which can help you get an even clearer indication if you are stuck in an anabolic or catabolic issue. Which could be contributing too, to UTI issues.
Tony: Right, so let’s step back for just a second. When Will was talking about pH’s, and he said that if your urine pH was over 6 then you’re a little more susceptible to a UTI. The reason that is is because, you know, that urine is sitting there in your bladder. So it’s kind of like an environment, where bacteria can live, and the bacteria thrive in a more alkaline environment, uh, so if the bladder, if the urine is more alkaline, the bladder is a more alkaline environment and then you are like the captain of all UTIs.
Will: Right, same thing like in the stomach. When the pH of the stomach isn’t low enough, then you will have more bacteria present there and it’ll cause all sorts of issues.
Tony: Which we’ve talked about in probably every episode we’ve ever had. It’s Kinna’s favorite topic. She gets upset about it when we skip anything about digestion.
Kinna: I know. I know. I go home crying.
Tony: But this is a topic that digestion does not have a whole lot to do with it.
Kinna: Oh my Gosh!
Will: So we’ll just refer to it whenever we can.
Tony: Right. Yeah.
Tony: So if a person has a chronically higher urine pH and they’re getting UTIs all the time. Like they walk by somebody with bad breath and now they got a UTI. What you could do is you could take steps to lower your urine pH, so that that bladder is not such a hospitable environment. It’s not a keg party waiting to happen.
Will: Yeah and I’d mentioned earlier like you can use vitamin C as ascorbic acid. That’s a really cheap inexpensive way to do it.
Tony: And something you can find probably almost anywhere usually.
Will: Yeah, just make sure when you get it you don’t get a buffered kind. Cause you want it to be acidifying. That’s the whole point of it. A lot of people are taking the buffered kind cause it’s easier on your stomach for people whose stomach chemistry sucks. So you want to make sure you get the acidifying kind of ascorbic acid. Not the fancy lypo spheric whole food form source vitamin c, it’s different. We just want the fraction of vitamin c that will acidify your urine stream and usually about 1½ grams twice a day is enough.
Tony: Yeah and in between meals is great. And usually find it in a capsule or a powder form. And powder’s really helpful for this specific situation.
Kinna: And then if you found it in the powder form you would snort it?
Tony: You would not snort it.
Will: You would do it manually.
Tony: You would not rub it in your eyes.
Kinna: Oh, okay.
Tony: That’s not gonna help with a UTI. You would put it in water and you would drink it.
Tony: We’ll demo that for you later.
Will: One other thing about urine pH is it naturally gets more alkaline throughout the day. So if you check your urine pH like first thing morning and you’re like oh, I’m fine it’s at 6. Like don’t think you’re in the clear and that we’re bogus….
Tony: We’re never bogus. Sometimes we’re stupid, but we’re not bogus.
Will: Right. Yeah, but if your urine pH is really low in the morning, don’t think oh, you’re just good. You gotta keep looking for a different answer. Like check it later in the day cause it usually gets higher as you go. And then you can use that test score to help calibrate the amount of ascorbic acid to use. So if you take a gram and a half and you test your urine pH in the evening or afternoon and it’s still up like around 7 or something, you need to take more ascorbic acid. You need to take enough to get it down to around 6. So play with the dosage to try to create the right result.
Tony: And you don’t wanna test the first urine of the day that will often be much more acidic just because you’re removing stuff from the day before, so at least two hours after a meal is optimal. But just don’t do the first time you pee in the day.
Kinna: All right. You don’t have to worry about that with me cause you know I love to check my pH’s.
Tony: It’s good times. All the cool kids are doing it.
Kinna: Not happening. Sarcasm.
Tony: So let’s talk about the one magical thing that…
Kinna: Oh, what is it?
Tony: This will not change your physiology, so that you do not, so that you’re not so susceptible, but it just seems to very effective at almost immediately improving a UTI. And it’s a supplement that’s called D-Mannose.
Tony & Will: D (-) Mannose.
Tony: And you can find it usually anywhere, but I have heard from a lot of people that have used other ones that are not really effective and I don’t know what they’re putting in them that’s not making them effective, but make sure you find a powder form of it that seems to work the best. There’s one on naturalreference.com that we use with our clients and it just seems to work really well. And what you do is soon as you feel like you have a UTI, take a scoop of it and put it in water and the scoop is about a heaping teaspoon size and you mix it up and you just drink it. And then if you increase your water intake that can help flush all the bad guys out too. But this D-Mannose is kind of like this type of sugar, but it basically makes the walls of the bladder super slippery and the same with the urinary tract, so that the bacteria doesn’t have anything to hang on, so they’re like AHHHHHH! And they get peed out. And then it’s almost like and instant relief.
Will: How was that again?
Tony: AHHHHHH! That’s the only voice I do is bacteria. Ahhh! So a very high percentage of women that experience these chronically, if they use this, maybe they have to use it twice maybe three times and then it’s just gone. The infection is taken care of and handled. So it really can be a great thing to have on hand. It’s not the solution to fix the problem. If you have high urine pH you’re still going to be susceptible for everyone that comes on board. But it is nice to have to so you don’t have to go through all the agony that can come along with a UTI.
Kinna: Awesome! Good to know. We ready for some questions?
Will: Uh huh.
Tony: I feel ready.
Will: Me too.
Tony: My hair look o.k.?
Will: Uh huh.
Kinna: Oh beautiful.
Tony: All right. Then yeah.
Kinna: Okay. Kinley, from Los Angeles, CA. Sometimes cranberry juice helps and sometimes it seems it makes it worse. Is there something else I should be trying?
Tony: Wanna talk about why people use cranberry juice, Will?
Will: Yeah, cause it is acidifying and will help lower your urine pH a bit. There are some sugars in it. Some way more sugar than you want.
Tony: Right, right, right.
Will: Depending where you get it from, but that’s why it would help some people. Is it pushes the pH down a little.
Tony: Yeah, if it was enough to acidify that environment to where it killed the bacteria where they couldn’t live there then all the sudden cranberry juice was a big hero. But let’s say that you’re really turbo high urine pH, now you’re just feeding the bacteria with sugar and they’re like this is good times.
Kinna: Ah. There you go.
Tony: I was screaming differently that time. It was like a keg party.
Kinna: He’s trying to take over my job of reading the questions with all those voices.
Tony: Okay, I’ll calm down.
Kinna: All right. Becky, from Tacoma, Washington. Could digestive issues and being anabolic contribute to frequent UTI/bladder/kidney infections? My doctor ran a bunch of tests and said there was nothing wrong with me structurally or otherwise.
Tony: That’s super frustrating, you know, because if the doctor can’t find anything the person’s like well, I keep getting these all the time. There’s obviously something going on. And like we said digestive issues, I don’t know of anything specific that could contribute to that with a UTI. You might have all kinds, it might allow you to have all kinds of bacteria in your intestinal tract and as they exit they may be able to make it to the urethra easier. That’s just…I’m stretching there, but being anabolic can really contribute.
Will: Absolutely! When you are too anabolic your urine pH is really high. Mostly because you’re peeing out a lot of the chloride which is alkaline. So that not only makes you lousy at not making stomach acid, but it makes you a nice little breeding ground petri dish for bacteria.
Tony: And you can also be peeing out a lot of calcium, you know, which is very alkalizing as well. Uh, and clearly Becky has taken some of our courses or read a book or something cause she’s understanding. When we talk about an anabolic or catabolic imbalance we have a 12 week, a 4 week, it is 4 weeks, not 12, a 4 week Free digestive course at kickitinthenuts.com. And that teaches you how to run simple tests.
Kinna: Improve your digestion.
Tony: That teaches you how to look at simple tests and understand what’s going on with your physiology and get an idea of what might be wrong with your digestion and how to improve that.
Will: Yeah and you can use that same urine dipstick to look at these anabolic markers. Earlier I mentioned you can look at your specific gravity of your urine. And that’s really the amount of sediment that you’re peeing out. And there’s an ideal amount of sediment that you wanna be peeing out and it’s around 15. If it’s much lower than that, like if it’s reading like a 5 or 10 or even beneath that. It can be in between 0 and 5. That’s a really good indicator along with a high urine pH that you’re anabolic issue. So even if you don’t have leukocytes showing up on that test you can be like oh, I’m anabolic. There’s all these problems with that.
Kinna: So if you save up all your urine dipsticks then eventually you can just make like a little Lego house out of them?
Tony: That’s what I do.
Kinna: Cool. Awesome.
Tony: I’m really good with Legos though so maybe people won’t be that good at it.
Kinna: Lee. Antihistamines work well for me. Is this true?
Tony: I. I. I have no idea why.
Will: Yep, sorry. Good for you.
Tony: Glad you found something that works, but if it’s something that you have to use often, then you can look at your urine pH like we’re talking about and look at a couple of things and see if you can set yourself up to where you won’t need those antihistamines.
Kinna: All right. Leon, from some place I can’t pronounce British Columbia. Blueberries and pineapple also contain compounds that promote a healthy urinary tract. I’ve also read that lemon essential oil is beneficial at the first sign of a UTI. But I wouldn’t ingest it, unless it was a high quality organic brand.
Tony: I can see where that could help some things being acidifying.
Will: Same kind of reasons as cranberry.
Tony: Right. Right. And other people have used those too. But again you don’t wanna keep putting sugar in there if the bladder is too alkaline. Your just gonna be beefing up all the good times that they’ll be having. So it could be something that could help a little bit, but I’d rather look at the person to see where their physiology is to see if they need that help or not.
Will: Yeah and consuming essential oils can be awesome and it can also be really hard to stomach literally. So can ascorbic acid even for that matter. Like if you don’t have good bile flow and you’re acidifying your stomach more than your digestive system can handle, so it’s useful to look at the pH balancing chart. Is that present up on the digestive issues course?
Will: No? Ok.
Tony: It’s on The Coalition though. A lot of people use The Coalition to monitor their own chemistry and then there are some extra charts on there for those folks.
Will: Yeah, so if you login or if you create a little account on The Coalition you can learn a lot more and be all fancy and track your progress charts.
Kinna: Which is ourcoalition.org?
Will: And we just got a fancy new app. for that.
Tony: Phone. Mobile app. Woohoo!
Will: So awesome. It’s called Coalition for Health education mobile app. free in the app. store, if you have an account on The Coalition. So you can log in there and you can find a pH balancing chart and you can see a whole list of different foods that push your urine pH up as well as other foods that push it down. So if you’re already into a UTI, you wanna be aware of those things you may be eating that are contributing to high urine pH. A lot of things that people think are maybe going to cure it like apple cider vinegar or coconut oil or butter all the things that make you more anabolic. So don’t work against yourself by eating those things.
Tony: Right. And we do list foods and stuff like that in the free course and all the books too when people are looking at that for more information.
Kinna: Benita, from Applevalley, California. Many UTIs are caused by wonderful radical sex. Bummer, huh?
Tony: Yeah and you know that’s something that you hear when…
Kinna: What does she mean about radical?
Tony: Radical, yeah, I’m not sure what she’s talking about, but…
Kinna: Sex in the 90s?
Tony: Yeah, that’s right.
Kinna: 80s? Totally tubular.
Tony: But if we get down to the nitty gritty of, you know, actual sex….well for the birds and the bees like the boys…
Kinna: This is making Tony feel awkward.
Tony: I’m gonna explain this to Kinna. How this all works.
Kinna: Please do cause I don’t know.
Tony: The boys have a pee pee…
Tony: And girls have a wee wee and then what happens is the boys they’ll put the pee pee, it goes in the wee wee really is how it works out.
Tony: And this is more technical than we usually talk about on this show, but if the boys been, if he’s dirty, you know, then that’s dirt that could be going in that area.
Kinna: So he can pass you the UTI?
Tony: Well, it’s not that he has a UTI that he’s giving you, but…
Kinna: But he’s got bacteria or something.
Tony: Well, if he’s just dirty.
Kinna: Boys are dirty.
Tony: If his pee pee is dirty.
Kinna: Clean you pee pee boys.
Tony: If the tool he’s using is dirty and if sweat you know.
Kinna: Like you mean on the outside dirty or on the inside?
Tony: Yeah, cause like if you sweat you’re removing junk from your body and that’s on your skin or maybe you just put it somewhere else where it got dirty. I don’t know there are lots of reasons, but in any case, I’m trying to do this at a 3rd grade level to keep it clean.
Kinna: Well, for me too.
Tony: Right and explain to Kinna, so she understands because she’s very innocent.
Kinna: Uh huh.
Tony: That urethra is handy in that area and it’s easy for bacteria to get up there. And that’s why when, if you look online for all the solutions for UTIs you always see ‘em say pee after sex, like right after sex go and pee to kind of flush out anything that could, you know, get up in the urethra and cause some type of infection. But it’s not, you know that’s, so that’s a bummer kind of thing, but if you set up your physiology to where it’s not hospitable then you won’t have to turn around and pee everytime you…..
Kinna: Or if a boy will just clean his pee pee before he sticks it in a wee wee, I mean, come on.
Tony: I mean that seems to make sense, right?
Kinna: Yeah, yeah, I wouldn’t won’t a dirty pee pee.
Tony: Why you gotta be all dirty? There’s other ways that you can clean them off, but we won’t go into that right now. We’ll leave it at the 3rd grade level. But it is a factor, so if for some reason you’ve been researching UTIs and you haven’t looked at the fact that sex can be a contributing factor, then understand that urinating after sex can be helpful, I just don’t look at it as the answer. Especially if your body ‘s still susceptible to that.
Kinna: So prostitutes get a lot of UTIs probably?
Tony: Right, right. So D-Mannose, great for them to have on hand.
Kinna: Uh huh. Right by the bed stand.
Tony: Right, so Benita, I’m glad that we could handle your question properly.
Kinna: Benita, keep on having that radical sex, girl! Okay, Kinsey, from Rancine, Wishigan…again. Again with the Wishigan. Wisconsin. Oh my gosh. Okay.
Tony: Were gonna send you on a trip to Wishigan.
Kinna: I know. I know. I’m gonna open a new state called Wishigan. Rancine from Wisconsin. Cranberry juice can help with the pain, but UTI can only be cured with prescription antibiotics. If you wait too long to see a doctor, the infection can spread to your kidneys. Which can causes excruciating abdominal and back pain. True or false only by antibiotics?
Tony: What Kinsey is saying is true if we want to provide false information.
Tony: But I understand why Kinsey feels that way cause that’s kind of the information that’s out there. And that’s what a doctor’s taught.
Kinna: I wonder if Kinsey is a doctor. Maybe?
Tony: I Don’t know, but could be. But that’s the information that’s out there. That’s what doctors see working for them, but it’s not true. And if you can avoid using antibiotics, which are wiping out all of your good bacteria too, along with over loading your liver and all the things that any medications will do, if you can wipe out a UTI without that then it’s a lot more gentle on your body.
Kinna: Without, you know, doing harm to your other organs from all the medications.
Tony: Right and every time you use an antibiotic you really need to replenish your good bacteria and that’s more steps that need to be taken and so….
Kinna: With like a probiotic?
Tony: With a probiotic, right. So, if lowering your urine pH can wipe out the bacteria or using something like D-Mannose that makes all the bacteria go…what do they say, Kinna?
Tony: Yeah, that’s what they say as they get peed out. Then all the sudden you don’t have to use antibiotics. That’s just a fiction that we’re kind of taught and it’s kind of buried in our brain and it’s hard to get around that. But with many things that antibiotics are used for there are other solutions if you’re willing to do the work.
Will: Yeah and it’s not even a sustainable solution cause, really quickly, so many of my female clients that struggle with UTIs will go through round after round after round of antibiotics and they just keep coming back. And it’s kind of like rats that just keep coming back to the dumpster cause there’s still garbage food there.
Will: They’re not gonna not come back.
Tony: Right. A pellet gun is not a solution for a rat infestation.
Will: No, unless you like shooting rats. And it’s fun for you to take antibiotics.
Tony: Right, so, and there’s a lot of research now that’s showing that continuous antibiotic use is making them less and less effective.
Will & Kinna: Uh huh.
Tony: As the bacteria become immune to it really. So we find it more successful to set up the environment, so it’s not so hospitable so you don’t have to do that over and over.
Kinna: All right. Marinda, from Standardton, South Africa. We’ve got a lot of South Africans that like us. We’re big over in South Africa. Can having a bladder infection over time cause a bad, very bad smell? Or what can cause the smell? Urine is light brownish. Woah.
Tony: It can cause a smell. You know the bacteria and the waste from the bacteria is a whole new odor that you may not be used to and all of sudden your pee smells. It also can cause discoloration, but there are other things that can cause discoloration too. And some of them can be very serious. So, don’t view brown urine as oh, I just have a UTI. Um, because there are other issues. In that 11 parameter dipstick that we talked about before, if you test that and you see your Urobilinogen or Bilirubin on there that’s a real strong indication that your bile is not flowing properly. The body kind of puts all our waste, our hard waste, poopy kind of waste, into our bile, so that it can be put through our small intestines and it goes out the back door. So if that bile’s not flowing all of the sudden that waste can’t be removed and it sometimes it can kind of seep out and the body’s like oh, I’ll try to pee it out. So you’re kind of pooping out your bladder that’s not a good thing.
Kinna: Ew…I was just wondering if like there was a hole in the colon or something.
Tony: It may not even be hole, but just if there’s no exit strategy for what should be getting pooped, you know, even if you are pooping that doesn’t mean that the bile is going with it. Which is the garbage. So that can kind of seep over and can cause urine to be a different color. There’s medications that can cause urine to be a different color. There’s a lot of things.
Tony: Yeah, there’s vitamins that can do it as well. Licorice, food coloring, fava beans, there’s lots of stuff that can change the color of urine. So, don’t look at that as I have a UTI, but yes, it can be the result of a UTI.
Kinna: If she starts seeing food in her urine, get to the doctor quick.
Tony: Yeah, you don’t want that.
Will: Is that a carrot?
Tony: I passed a carrot today.
Kinna: Yeah. Amber, from Clare, Michigan. Is cranberry juice a real remedy? Hi Kinna. Hi Will. Oh, and T.C. Hale.
Kinna: Hi Amber.
Tony: I like Amber. Yeah, so for some people since cranberry is acidifying, it can help you acidify enough to kill them all like we talked about, but it’s just not always enough and for everybody and sometimes it can make it worse. I’d rather see somebody use just ascorbic acid or use D-Mannose.
Kinna: Don’t they have cranberry pills though?
Tony: They do have cranberry pills.
Kinna: That you don’t get the sugar?
Tony: Right. And I have had clients use those before and it seemed to be a little more of a hit and miss situation than the D-Mannose for immediate improvement, but…
Kinna: Are we sponsored by D-Mannose or something?
Tony: No we’re not.
Kinna: Cause y’all love D-Mannose.
Tony: Well, just for this show. I don’t thing we’ve ever talked about D-Mannose before.
Kinna: I’ve never heard of D-Mannose mentioned before.
Tony: Right, but cranberry is something that people have used to lower urine pH. We just see that ascorbic acid seems to be the easiest, gentlest, fastest solution and cheapest too.
Kinna: All right. It’s all about being cheap.
Tony: I know. Fo’ sure.
Kinna: I think that’s it on the questions, unless y’all just want me to make up some more?
Tony: I don’t think I want you to. Unless you have some on like construction? I feel like answering construction questions. I’ve never done construction, but I feel like I could answer some.
Kinna: I bet you could.
Tony: Something about a hard hat.
Kinna: Something about digestion.
Tony: Yeah, yeah. So Will, what does, if somebody has chronic UTIs what should they take away with this? What are the steps that they should take?
Will: They should use the urine dipstick test. That will test their pH and the presence to confirm whether or not…
Kinna: And don’t put the dipstick in the urethra.
Kinna: You pee on it.
Tony: Right. That’s a good tip.
Will: I actually have a video that shows how to do the urine dipstick test. If you go to my website mybodyofknowledge.net/self-tests. Or just go to the little search box on mybodyofknowledge.net and type in self-tests and it’s like the last one urine dipstick. There’s also a urine pH and a saliva pH video that’ll show you how to test those. So you need like a little throw away paper cup or something that you can pee into and then dip the stick in. It shows you how on the video. So when you look at that you can confirm whether or not you actually do have a UTI by seeing if there are leukocytes or nitrates. You can see where your urine pH is at and your specific gravity can give a good indication if you’re in an anabolic imbalance. And if you see those things like a high urine pH or leukocytes, if you see leukocytes then for sure you wanna hit some D-Mannose to just like you said.
Tony: To wipe it out.
Will: To wipe it out and then take steps to fix the anabolic imbalance and to lower your urine pH. Which kind of go together like taking ascorbic acid or other urine lowering foods or vitamins that you mention in your books. And try to limit the foods that raise your pH for a little while.
Tony: Right and even if you just wanna look at your urine pH, those strips are really cheap and you can pick them up at most health food stores. You don’t need the 11 parameter things to see what’s going on there it’s just helpful to have other parameters. There’s 11 instead of just 1. And 11 is more than 1.
Will: It’s like 11 times better.
Tony: Right. Exactly. If you do the math? Which we don’t do a lot of math here on the show. So that can be a really simple easy step to look at. And then not only could you wipe out any immediate infection with D-Mannose, but you could set your self up and just look at your urine pH once a week or so and look is it insane high again? Do I need to do other things? Because if it’s high, then you know you’re more susceptible to another infection. But I think that you’ll see that if you can change that and keep that urine pH lower that it’s just not as inviting to bacteria to thrive and the number of infections that you get will just go way low. Happens a lot.
Kinna: Awesome. Cool.
Tony: It’s good times.
Kinna: So if you wanna learn more about how to look at your own chemistry and find out answers for yourself, you can read any of Tony’s books or take the free four-week digestion course at kickitinthenuts.com. Until next time. I hope you don’t get any UTIs.
Tony: UTIs off.
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