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Welcome! I'm Layla, a Nutritional Therapist and musician. I've recovered from bladder issues - and so can you! My mission is to provide helpful, informative and science-backed material to empower you to overcome bladder issues naturally through diet and lifestyle changes.
Interstitial Cystitis, Protocols

CBD Oil For Chronic (Bladder) Pain

CBD oil has gained more and more popularity with chronic illness sufferers in recent years and since it has been legalized in many US states and also in the UK, it is starting to be more readily available (I only just saw it today at Holland & Barrett in town!).

Since one of the symptoms of interstitial cystitis is pain, CBD oil is of potential use. There is much need for a safe and natural pain remedy, as the alternatives are rather risky long-term (e.g. opioids, ibuprofen).

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Tried and Tested: The 3 Day Juice Cleanse

In this installment of ‘Tried and Tested’ I’m sharing my experience with a 3 day juice cleanse (or detox, as some might call it). I went and consumed nothing but fresh juice for 3 days straight. And then I did it again 6 months later…

The juicing fad has been popular for quite a few years now and was just getting started when I first got into natural health because of my desperation with having a chronic disease (IC).

I’m sharing my experiences here to hopefully help you people out there make the right decisions when it comes to natural therapies. So let’s see how the juice cleanse worked for me…

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Physical Therapy For Interstitial Cystitis

As you might know from my previous post on the most effective natural therapies for interstitial cystitis, physical therapy is up there on the list of the top 3 most effective non-invasive and natural therapies.

As I know very little on the subject I thought it might be a good idea to get the view of an expert in the field. Therefore I got in touch with the  wonderful Nicole Cozean, author of the book The Interstitial Cystitis Solution Physiotherapist over at Pelvic Sanity, who was so kind to share her knowledge and experience with us!

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Acupuncture for Interstitial Cystitis and Pelvic Pain

Acupuncture has been used widely for chronic pain conditions for a long time and therefore lends itself as a potential therapy for interstitial cystitis and pelvic pain and I’m sure at least some of you have already tried it.

It seems to me that acupuncture is widely accepted these days by conventional practitioners, but as with any abstract therapy it remains controversial. In today’s post I’d like to take a closer look at what evidence we have for it.

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The Most Effective Natural Therapies For IC (According To Science)

Many IC sufferers I have spoken to are either interested in trying alternative natural therapies, or have already tried some.

There are a variety of natural therapies and remedies out there, and often it is hard to know what is effective. In my experience, this is highly individual. We do, however, have some data on what seems to help the most people.

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A 2018 Recap and Thoughts for 2019

First of all, I would like to wish all my readers out there a happy new year! I hope that you will reach your health goals in 2019. This blog is all about empowering you to be able to get to the root causes of your bladder issues and I hope that at least some of you have been helped by the information provided here.

As the start of the New Year is a time for reflecting on the past and making new resolutions, I thought I’d do a bit of both in this post.

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5 Chronic Illness Resources To Support You Through The Festive Season

The festive season can be really difficult for people with chronic illness. When I was still suffering from interstitial cystitis, I used to feel deprived and sad during the Christmas holidays and cheating on my diet meant flare ups!

Back then, I didn’t have many resources to help me get through the festive season. Luckily now, I don’t have these issues anymore but I’m also part of a great community of chronic illness bloggers that is very supportive. So today I’m going to share with you 5 great chronic illness resources for the festive season, including a healthy Christmas recipe and tips on how to stay healthy and pain-free.

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Aloe Vera for Interstitial Cystitis (and a Giveaway!)

Aloe vera is a traditional herb that has been used in ancient cultures and is used today both topically and orally for various therapeutic purposes.

Aloe vera is one of the herbal remedies used for interstitial cystitis. Today, I wanted to have a closer look at how and why it’s used for IC and, as usual, what evidence we have behind it. Plus, I have a giveaway for you (who doesn’t like free stuff?!) so make sure you read on till the end!

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Uva Ursi for Urinary Tract Infections

Uva Ursi is an evergreen shrub of which the leaves have been used traditionally as a remedy for urinary tract infections. It is also known as bearberry.

It is traditionally used as a tea or tincture, but also available in capsule form. I have previously listed it in natural antibiotics, but today I would like to take a closer look at how it’s used and what evidence we have behind its usage.

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