In last week’s post I talked about the urinary microbiota – the bacterial communities that have recently been discovered to be present in the urinary tract.
We know now that microbes that live in and on our bodies play a crucial role in health and illness. There are friendly and pathogenic microbes (bacteria, fungi etc.) plus opportunistic microbes that can become pathogenic when left unchecked.
When the delicate balance of good vs bad microbes is disturbed we become prone to an array of health conditions and infections. This is called a ‘dysbiosis’.
Bone broth played a big role in my recovery from interstitial cystitis. I consumed it everyday for 6 months and finally the pain started to ease. Although I don’t think it was just the bone broth, there are good reasons to believe that it can do a lot of good for interstitial cystitis sufferers.
The Interstitial Cystitis Diet
Interstitial cystitis is a functional disorder and as such may have different causes. But most chronic orders are linked to diet and lifestyle to some degree.
Our bodies need the right building blocks to carry out repair and maintenance functions. These building blocks are nutrients, found in natural foods.
What is Interstitial Cystitis?
Interstitial cystitis (IC) is also known as Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS), Irritable Bladder Syndrome or Bladder Pain Syndrome (BPS).
Interstitial cystitis is a conditions affecting the space between the bladder lining and the bladder muscle (interstitial meaning ‘between the layers’ and cystitis, in this sense, meaning ‘of the bladder’).
In general terms, it is a chronic inflammation of the bladder wall. It can resemble a bacterial bladder infection (cystitis) but typically symptoms are always present and don’t respond to antibiotics.
There is an estimated 400.000 people living with this condition in the UK alone, of which 90% are females and 10% are males [1, 2, 3].