Manuka honey for chronic bladder infections

Dealing with chronic urinary tract infections is more than a pain in the butt. It’s a pain in the bladder and potentially the kidneys if you don’t get it under control quickly.

And right now, the only solution your doctor can offer you is antibiotics. But there’s a big problem with antibiotics you’ve probably heard about…

People are becoming resistant to them. Especially the antibiotics used to treat bladder infections because they’ve been prescribed so frequently for so long.

In fact, it’s been determined that one of the antibiotics most commonly used to treat UTIs already has a 50 percent resistance rate. That means this antibiotic doesn’t do anything for half the people who need it.

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With antibiotic resistance on the rise, more and more people are turning to natural remedies to prevent and get rid of urinary tract infections. And there are a lot of natural remedies to choose from — cranberry products, D-mannose, vitamin C and goldenseal.

But if honey is not on your list of infection-fighting natural remedies — it should be. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Pathology found that Manuka honey can help treat chronic and reoccurring UTIs.

In their study, researchers found that Manuka honey, which is produced by bees that pollinate the Manuka tree, native to New Zealand, can stop the growth of urinary tract-causing bacteria and prevent them from forming biofilms. Biofilms are thin layer of bacteria that adhere to your bladder and cause chronic or reoccurring bladder infections. Antibiotics typically can’t touch these biofilms because the bacteria in them are notoriously antibiotic-resistant.

I’ve put Manuka honey to the test myself plenty of times.

Last year I fell and ended up with a nasty cut on my forehead — and I promptly slathered it with Manuka honey — the best antibacterial treatment you can keep at home, I believe.

Manuka honey is renowned for its potent antibacterial properties. It’s also antiviral and antifungal. That’s because its low pH level and high sugar content create a unique effect that obstructs the growth of microbes. Manuka honey is also well-known for its effectiveness against deadly infections like MRSA that are resistant to antibiotics.

Not only did I heal quickly but I have no scar — despite my husband’s insistence that I probably would.

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Manuka Honey for bladder health

If you want to see firsthand how honey can improve your bladder health, here’s one way to try it…

Combine one to two tablespoons of Manuka honey with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, a dash of lemon juice and warm water. You’ll end up with a tart and tasty tonic that can attack your bladder problems from three angles… because not only does Manuka honey have antibacterial abilities, but apple cider vinegar and lemon do too.

Even if you’re not prone to urinary or bladder infections, it’s not a bad idea to partake of this sweet tonic to ward off infection and boost your body’s natural healing potential.

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  1. Emineke, et al. “Diluted honey inhibits biofilm formation: potential application in urinary catheter management?” — Journal of Clinical Pathology, 2016.
  2. M. Soto. “Importance of Biofilms in Urinary Tract Infections: New Therapeutic Approaches.” — Advances in Biology, 2014.
  3. D. Mandal, S. Mandal. “Honey: its medicinal property and antibacterial activity.” — Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, 2011 Apr; 1(2): 154–160.
Margaret Cantwell

By Margaret Cantwell

Margaret Cantwell began her paleo diet in 2010 in an effort to lose weight. Since then, the diet has been instrumental in helping her overcome a number of other health problems. Thanks to the benefits she has enjoyed from her paleo diet and lifestyle, she dedicates her time as Editor of Easy Health Digest™, researching and writing about a broad range of health and wellness topics, including diet, exercise, nutrition and supplementation, so that readers can also be empowered to experience their best health possible.