One of our favorite bloggers is Dr. Geo Espinosa who writes frequently about interstitial cystitis and other bladder/prostate disorders. He has an awesome blog today that explains how stress triggers an increase in bladder symptoms such as frequency, urgency and pain. He reminds us all that:


What I particularly appreciate, though, are his seven tips to lower stress. He suggests:

  1. Try magnesium! He suggests using 100mg to 250mg a day should work.
  2. The herb Lemon balm (Melissa officionalis) has been well studied to produce calmness and alertness. Lemon Balm is NOT related to the citrus fruit. (Kennedy et al. 2004)
  3. Exercise regularly.
  4. Breathing deeply! 5 deep breaths two to three times a day is a good start.
  5. Remove sugar and refined carbohydrates (RC) from your diet as they cause nutritional stress and inflammation.
  6. Try herbs that help balance your response to stress such as ginseng, Rhodiola rosea, Siberian ginseng, cordyceps, and ashwagandha.
  7. Don’t sweat the small stuff! Keep your stressors in perspective.

cystorenewDr. Geo’s new supplement, Cysto-Renew, is getting rave reviews from patients! Released in Fall 2013, it has a combination of ingredients designed to help calm the bladder and support healthy functioning of the urinary tract system.† Each ingredient researched by Dr. Espinosa, a naturopathic physician specializing in urology, contributes to the health of the bladder glycosaminoglycan layer, nitric oxide production, healthy stress response, and normal mast cell production that helps promote a healthy functioning bladder and normal urine frequency. †

Read the full blog here to learn more about the physiology of IC, why our nervous systems are involved and his full recommendations!