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Interstitial Cystitis-Life Without Pain

Alkaline Water

One teaspoon of aluminum free baking soda in a gallon of water will create an alkaline level.

One teaspoon of aluminum free baking soda in a gallon of water will create an alkaline level.

A Life Without Pain Is Possible

Interstitial Cystitis is a condition where the bladder becomes hardened and the lining of the bladder wall becomes damaged, thins and erodes. It is a painful and debilitating disorder that affects more than four million people in the United States alone. Interstitial Cystitis affects the entire urinary tract. Even children can be afflicted with Interstitial Cystitis. It falls into the diagnosis of an autoimmune disorder. Enzymes and phyto-nutrients have been shown to help in these disorders by optimizing the immune system.

I decided to research and write this article because a friend suffers from Interstitial Cystitis and some days cannot even get out of bed because of the pain. I pray this information will increase awareness of this condition, promote relief through diet and a healthy lifestyle and bring much needed support to people who suffer from Interstitial Cystitis.

My research has determined that the foods and liquids consumed make a huge difference to the person struggling to live a productive and pain free life. Without a doubt, changing the environment within the body from a state of acidity to alkaline causes an immediate reduction in pain and pressure in the bladder.

This means one must give up some favorite foods and drinks. Avoid soft drinks especially the citrus flavors. Choose instead to consume alkaline water and lots of it. Many health food stores sell alkaline water by the gallon and one can even purchase a machine to make the water (see link below). I am also including a link to a water pitcher that is easy to use and affordable and will make tap water into alkaline water while retaining the minerals. However, a teaspoon of baking soda added to a gallon of water increases the alkalinity and is very inexpensive. I choose this option for my home and family.

Some other inexpensive ways to see relief from Interstitial Cystitis are through the use of herbs and other natural products.

· Lemongrass tea has been proved effective as reported in forum postings. It is helps detoxify the liver, pancreas, kidney, bladder and digestive tract.

· Also, colloidal silver has received positive feedback from users. It eliminates infections in the body that are almost always present and create to Interstitial Cystitis pain and afflictions.

· Serrapeptase is another natural support which helps to relieve inflammation and digests protein matter left in the bladder by the deterioration of the bladder walls and linings that are eroded.

· Zell Oxygen reduces Candida symptoms and improves cellular regeneration and strengthens the immune system

· Sea Greens or seaweed is the world's most alkaline-forming food and provides nutrients and vitamins lacking from the average person’s diet. Seagreens help the body to retain its alkaline/acid balance and acts as a detoxifier by removing heavy metals and pollution buildup in the body. It cleans the kidneys, keeping harmful contaminants from entering the bladder and contributing to Interstitial Cystitis flare-ups.

· Beets are a power food, promote natural healing and detoxification through their healing properties and are high in alkalinity.

· Turmeric is another healer. Add turmeric powder to almost any food and sprinkle over popcorn to add flavor and contribute to the daily diet. It is almost tasteless in a powered for and adds a lovely yellow to foods.

Any food that we eat releases an alkaline or an acid into blood and tissues of the body depending on the mineral compounds it contains. So it is vital to know what you are eating when dealing with a chronic condition such as Interstitial Cystitis. Some Alkaline foods are: almonds, fresh coconut, chestnuts alfalfa sprouts, radish sprouts, unsprouted sesame, unsalted butter, milk, cream, goat’s milk, eggs, string, soy, lima, green, and snap beans, peas, potatoes, arrowroot flour, flax, millet, quinoa, and amaranth, most herbal teas, garlic, cayenne, gelatin, most herbs, most spices, vanilla extract, miso, unprocessed sea salt, brewer’s yeast, unprocessed cold-pressed oils, whey, plain yogurt, raw honey, dried sugar cane juice, brown rice syrup alfalfa, barley grass, beet greens, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrot cauliflower, celery chard, greens, collard greens, cucumber, dandelions, edible flowers, eggplant, fermented veggies, garlic, green beans, green peas, kale, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, onions, parsnips, peas, peppers, pumpkin, radishes, rutabaga, sea veggies, spinach, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, watercress, wheat grass, wild greens, dandelion root, apple, apricot, avocado, bananas, berries,, cantaloupe, cherries, currants, dried dates, dried figs, grapes, grapefruit, honeydew melon, lemon, lime, muskmelons, nectarine, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, raisins, raspberries, rhubarb, strawberries, tangerine, tomato, tropical fruits, watermelon

A local natural doctor that I trust without question recommended a product called

D-Mannose CranActin. He said using this along with the alkaline water will take care of the problem and continued alkaline therapy will prevent recurrence.

Other products that received rave reviews and testimonials online are:

· DMSO NOTE: The FDA has approved DMSO only for use as a preservative of organs for transplant and for interstitial cystitis!

  • Calcium citrate alkalinizes the urine
  • Bromelain provides anti-inflammatory action.
  • Gotu kola It enhances the integrity of connective tissue by stimulating production of glycosaminoglycans, which are an integral component of the protective mucous layer in the bladder.
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  • Buchu A diuretic and antiseptic for the urinary system.
  • Cleavers A urinary tract tonic.
  • Corn silk Soothing and diuretic properties.
  • Horsetail Astringent and tissue-healing.
  • Marshmallow root Has soothing properties, soak the herb in cold water for several hours, strain, and drink.
  • Usnea Soothing and antiseptic properties.
  • Apis mellifica—For stinging pain that is worse with heat.
  • Cantharis—For urgency with burning, scalding urination.
  • Staphysagria—For a urinary tract infection that is the result of sexual intercourse.
  • Sarsaparilla—For pain that burns after urination.

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Kim on February 08, 2015:

I agree with Elisha. Cranberry does do what you are stating but it is NOT for a person with IC. There is D-Mannose without it if you choose to use it. Just because a food is alkaline does not make it ok for an ICer. An alkaline diet does work for me however not all foods considered alkaline are suitable. Foods like tomatoes, fermented vegetables , yogurt and soy are off limits for most people with IC even though they are considered alkaline. I can tolerate a little goats milk kefir only. It tends to be trial and error. Many doctors and natural doctors do not understand the condition and suggest things that are ok for the general population but not for people with this condition.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on July 27, 2014:

Hello Elisha. The cranberry is to maintain bladder health and prevent infection from multiplying and causing more problems.

Elisha on July 26, 2014:

Cranberry for IC sufferers is absolutely a NO.... It's fantastic only for bladder health in general and UTIs.... IC is not an infection, and is very reactive to certain foods. It is obvious on here who actually knows about IC! Any who do have IC, please go to IChelp or another well known website for the approved diet list to help you find your trigger foods.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on June 28, 2014:

You are mistaken. Cranberry keeps the bladder in an optimal state preventing infection and deterioration. It does not negate the alkaline effects of other foods used to combat this painful condition.

Angel on June 27, 2014:

Cranberry is NOT ok for IC. It is labeled as an acid bomb and will hurt.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on July 17, 2013:

Hi Lindsay, We continue to find that maintaining an alkaline condition makes a huge difference. Tomatoes are not something my friend can eat either-ever. Thanks for the advice.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on July 17, 2013:

Hello brnidgrl. I hope you are doing well now. My friend suffers incredibly painful flareups. Foods affect individual people differently. Some remain always off limits. Thanks for stopping by and taking time to leave the comment.

lindsay wynne on July 16, 2013:

just a few notes, if you have IC you should be avoiding anything fermented (alcohol, kombucha, fermented veggies, sauerkraut) & cultured (yogurt), no soy, no tomatoes and you can't have most berries or fruit. sweet apples, pears & melons are okay. Some IC sufferers also have issues with high oxalate foods like amaranth, quinoa, broccoli. additives and food dyes also cause a lot of issues.

brnidgrl on July 15, 2013:

Most of this was spot on, and thank you for being so help full to your friend and understanding as well. I am a 14yr. Diagnosed Sufferer of this horrible disease. I cannot eat pineapple and many of the other things on this list. Lemongrass also makes me flare. Just giving you an FYI. I don't want to see others going into a major flare due to the fact that this isn't the approved diet. Some listed are, and some are a big no, no.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 20, 2013:

Hi NoraJones. A local natural health and herbal doctor recommended D-Manoose-Cran-actin for my friend and it worked very well in addition to the alkaline diet. Since we are all different, each product will work differently for every person. While cranberry is indeed rich in quinic acid, it encourages bladder function which is desirable. If the bladder holds urine too long, infection and bacteria can build up. Of course, as I stated above, I am not a physician just a person who desires to share personal experience.

Thank you for sharing your own knowledge. I hope you are feeling well and not in pain. By watching my friend I know it can be excruciating.

NoraJones on January 20, 2013:

I have this painful condition and you have summarized the topic of eating an alkaline based diet very well! Thank you! However, I question the use of D-Manoose Cran-actin. I am very familiar with D-Manoose in its pure form as I have used it extensively so I know that this sweet sugar-like powder is used to treat UTI's naturally as it prevents bacteria (most usually ecoli) from sticking to the walls of the bladder. D-Manoose does however not help with the symptoms of IC because IC is not caused by bacteria, it is physical damage in the lining of the bladder. However, with that said, if you take D-Manoose, while it wont cause a flare up it could be taken daily as a way to prevent UTI's as it is most certainly possible for an IC patient to develop a UTI just like everyone else. Even more shocking is your suggestion of using D-Manoose Cran-actin which is a product that combines D-Manoose with cranberry. Cranberry is very acidic and can cause very painful flare ups in a person with IC.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 19, 2011:

Hello frogyfish. I am becoming more and more aware that the alkaline balance makes a huge difference. A friend started the alkaline water several months ago and has experienced incredible healing. I will research more about bicarb. I am glad you found this article. Thanks for leaving such a helpful comment.

frogyfish from Central United States of America on November 18, 2011:

Very informative hub and your alkaline foods list was helpful. I recently read that the bicarb of soda is recently being used to assist those with kidney failure problems too. Am bookmarking your hub for future reference.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on June 24, 2011:

vocalcoach, thanks so much. A friend of mine has this terrible condition and sometimes goes through terrible bouts of pain. I hope my research for her can also help other women.

And I feel blessed to know you also. HubPages draws some amazing people and I treasure the ones that find their way to me and I to them. Have a great and wonderful day. Hyph

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on June 23, 2011:

I am so very impressed with the the topics you write about, and this is yet another one. You have put a good deal of research and work into this hub. Raising awareness is such a valuable thing to do. I have learned much about this terrible disease and so appreciate it.

Your heart is so big and I am very blessed to know you here on HP. Thank you, dear one.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on April 06, 2011:

Teylina , you are so wonderful to read all my Hubs. Thank you!

I know, my heart hurts for people. Chronic pain is disabling and causes great depression. I also hope this Hub helps someone, somewhere, sometime.

Thanks for visiting.

Teylina on April 06, 2011:

How can we not have compassion? I know many people don't, but I don't understand them. Thank you again for the info for those of us who just might need it some day (I hope not!).

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on April 06, 2011:

Teylina, my friend has suffered such awful pain and I hope this Hub will prevent another person from going through that.

Thank you for your compassion for the other commentors.

Teylina on April 06, 2011:

Thank you for such an informative/interesting piece on something so serious. Was unaware of this disorder, but major congenital urinary defects run in my family, I'm bookmarking for info! Thank you. Bumbsysmum, I'm so sorry to know your daughter's suffering--maybe something here will help. I'm w/Hyphenbird--let us know. Sunnie, glad you got past it. Pooh's question does bear a new hub, Hyphenbird!

Bumpsysmum from Cambridgeshire on April 02, 2011:

Thank you Hyphenbird for your kind words, I will let you know how she gets on. :-)

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on April 02, 2011:

Bumpsysmum, I am so glad you found this for your daughter. I have seen the pain this disorder causes and know it is terrible. Please let us know how she is doing.

Bumpsysmum from Cambridgeshire on April 02, 2011:

I shall be sending a link to this hub to my daughter! she developed this after chemo for bladder cancer and has suffered terribly, she's also had 2 lots of repair surgery for tears in the bladder wall.

Thanks Hyphenbird for a brilliant hub, very informative :-)

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on April 01, 2011:

dallaswriter, I was not aware of interstitial cystitis either until I met this new friend and I saw her suffer dreadfully. Thanks for the comment and vote.

dallaswriter from North Carolina on April 01, 2011:

Well written article! I had never heard of this before and it was an interesting read. Lots of good information on the breakdown and uses of several everyday food items. Thanks so much for sharing this. Voted up and awesome!!! :)

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on April 01, 2011:

Sunnie, thank you so much. It is good to hear that from one who has clinical experience. I really researched hard and for days on this Hub. Thank you for reading and the great comments.

Sunnie Day on April 01, 2011:


When I worked in Urology this was a big problem for women. You covered this condition perfectly. Keeping our bodies Alkaline has so many benefits. Thank you for sharing with us. I have had it once and hope I never get it again. Very painful indeed. Great hub!


Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on April 01, 2011:

My pleasure entirely Pooh. I always hope my writings help make a life better or inspired or comforted in some small way.

Poohgranma from On the edge on April 01, 2011:

Interesting. I had many serious kidney infections when I was younger and was hospitalized with one for three days when I was about 17. Lots of the meds I take can have an adverse affect on kidneys so these type of articles always interest me. Thanks again for a great write!

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on April 01, 2011:

Hmmm, perhaps I should have put that in the article. The disorder creates terrible pain and pressure to urinate. It is almost like having a bad urinary tract infection only worse!

Thanks for the comment and input Pooh.

Poohgranma from On the edge on April 01, 2011:

Very useful and informative read. What are the symptoms of this disorder and how is it diagnosed? I;d be interested in learning more.

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