Give Cystitis The Red Card


Almost every woman will have cystitis (an inflammation of the bladder usually due to a bacterial infection) at least once, and about 20 per cent will get it again. The usual treatment for recurrent cystitis is antibiotics, but GPs may prefer not to prescribe them because of the risk of antibiotic resistance. North American cranberries have high levels of PACs (proanthocyanidins), which are effective at preventing the bacteria that causes cystitis from sticking to the bladder wall. Cysticlean capsules – a cranberry supplement – are now authorised to be used for the prevention and treatment of cystitis. Vita Green Cysticlean, £24.99 for 30 capsules.

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Cranberry extract can help prevent bacterial cystitis. But many cranberry drinks contain sugar, which encourages bacterial growth. New research shows that the sugar-free supplement Cysticlean, which has high levels of active antibacterial compounds, suits women with frequent urinary tract infections and is very effective. £24.99.


Nina Barough, 58, founder and CEO of Walk the Walk.

In 1996 I got 12 friends together to power walk the New York City Marathon in decorated bras to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. That became Walk the Walk ( At the time, I didn’t know anyone with the disease, I had never done a marathon or any fundraising – I literally dreamt up the idea of power-walking a marathon in a bra for breast cancer. Read More…

Simple steps to a healthier mindset

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Last week saw the launch of the latest edition of The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible, the seventh book in the series by Jo Fairley and me. Beauty isn’t just about products: it’s about a healthy body, a calm mind and taking joy in life. There are lots of strategies we have found over the decades.

  • Be loving to yourself. Relying on others for your self-esteem and making decisions based on other people rather than what you really want can cause grief all round. Tell yourself you are a good person, not perfect – no one is – but you try your best. Then give yourself permission to get things wrong, acknowledge it and move on.
  • Count your blessings before bed. Think of three nice things that happened today. They can be as simple as seeing the sun rise, receiving or giving praise at work, or a great cup of coffee. You will sleep sweetly.
  • Don’t ponder problems or make decisions in the middle of the night. Your brain can’t process things then. Write a reminder for the morning, then do this breathing exercise.
  • Inhale for a count of four, hold for seven, then exhale very slowly to a count of eight. Repeat four to six times, feeling your breath going in and out of your body.
  • When you wake, decide that just for today you’ll be as happy as you can. Whatever happens. This doesn’t mean you won’t notice difficulties but that you’ll live in the solution, not the problem.
  • Never lose hope. If it seems to be slipping away, phone a supportive friend and share the problem. But don’t dwell on it afterwards.
  • Make things fun. Wear bright colours, put on make-up, do your hair, play music during tedious chores, reward yourself with flowers or a movie.
  • Examine any wobbles. If you have done something wrong, put it right. Take a few drops of Bach Rescue Remedy and count up the positive things in any
    situation. If the wobbliness persists, consider talking therapy or homeopathy.
  • Reach out to other people. Be nice, pay compliments. Listen, really listen.
  • Cultivate peace. Ask yourself what makes you feel peaceful and do more of it. Remember: it may be a case of ‘being’ Read More…

What’s the best way to soothe cystitis?


Q: I have recurrent cystitis for which the GP prescribes antibiotics. I am confused about whether or not cranberry juice would help.

A: It depends on the type of cystitis. I am guessing that it is bacterial cystitis (BC), the most common type.

BC is an inflammation of the bladder caused by bacteria. Possible causes include sexual activity, weight gain, wearing thongs, changes to the vaginal flora (eg, after menopause), diabetes (the increased sugar in diabetic urine encourages bacteria to grow), poor bladder emptying or hygiene and pregnancy.

Symptoms of BC include burning or stinging pain when urinating, frequent need to pass small amounts, feeling of urgency even when the bladder is empty, cloudy urine which may have a strong odour. Read More…