A Good Herbal Tea for Incontinence
A Good Herbal Tea for Incontinence
Many women report that the tea, made by the Bell Lifestyles company, relieves symptoms of urinary incontinence within days, for others the tea takes months to work. Continue with this slideshow to learn what  Heather Gunn, clinical nutritionist (LDN) and clinical herbalist at the Maryland University of Integrative Medicine, says about the herbs in the tea.
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Many women report that the tea, made by the Bell Lifestyles company, relieves symptoms of urinary incontinence within days, for others the tea takes months to work. Continue with this slideshow to learn what Heather Gunn, clinical nutritionist (LDN) and clinical herbalist at the Maryland University of Integrative Medicine, says about the herbs in the tea. (Jupiterimages/thinkstockphotos.com)

The Bladder Control Tea for Women is a very good urinary tract blend, said Heather Gunn, a clinical nutritionist (LDN) and clinical herbalist at the Maryland University of Integrative Medicine. She said she uses some of the same herbs with her clients. Here, she explains the properties of the different herbs. Also listed is the country from which Bell Lifestyles sources each herb.  (kwasny221/thinkstockphotos.com)

The Bladder Control Tea for Women is a very good urinary tract blend, said Heather Gunn, a clinical nutritionist (LDN) and clinical herbalist at the Maryland University of Integrative Medicine. She said she uses some of the same herbs with her clients. Here, she explains the properties of the different herbs. Also listed is the country from which Bell Lifestyles sources each herb. (kwasny221/thinkstockphotos.com)

Cranberry 
Grown in Canada.

Tea is a perfect way to get the benefits of cranberry as opposed to sugared juices, Gunn said. Cranberry is an antibacterial and helps thin mucus. It’s also rich in a type of antioxidant called anthocyanins.

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Cranberry Grown in Canada. Tea is a perfect way to get the benefits of cranberry as opposed to sugared juices, Gunn said. Cranberry is an antibacterial and helps thin mucus. It’s also rich in a type of antioxidant called anthocyanins. (Jupiterimages/thinkstockphotos.com)

Golden Rod 
Grown in Poland.

Traditionally used for fevers, golden rod is a diuretic and brings down inflammation in the body. It’s also good for kidneys and, “if you have any type of urinary tract infection this is wonderful,” Gunn said.

Some people are allergic to golden rod, though most tolerate it very well, and it’s actually used in many allergy formulas, she said.
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Golden Rod Grown in Poland. Traditionally used for fevers, golden rod is a diuretic and brings down inflammation in the body. It’s also good for kidneys and, “if you have any type of urinary tract infection this is wonderful,” Gunn said. Some people are allergic to golden rod, though most tolerate it very well, and it’s actually used in many allergy formulas, she said. (onepony/thinkstockphotos.com)

Marshmallow Root 
Grown in Bulgaria.

Marshmallow is a demulcent, which means it soothes mucus membranes and helps brings relief from pain and inflammation. Since a lot of urinary tract infections are dry, with swelling, heat, and irritation, marshmallow helps by bringing moisture to the affected area. It is also good for the stomach.

Gunn said marshmallow is a good herb for women as they get older.

Marshmallow Root Grown in Bulgaria. Marshmallow is a demulcent, which means it soothes mucus membranes and helps brings relief from pain and inflammation. Since a lot of urinary tract infections are dry, with swelling, heat, and irritation, marshmallow helps by bringing moisture to the affected area. It is also good for the stomach. Gunn said marshmallow is a good herb for women as they get older. "As we go through different phases in life, we tend to become dryer all over.” One caution she had about marshmallow root is that it can interact with other medications. “If it's taken with medication sometimes it can slow down the effect of the medication or how much is being absorbed.” Although, the amounts in pre-packaged blends are generally smaller, so the effect won’t be as strong as what an herbalist might prescribe. (Jowita Stachowiak/thinkstockphotos.com)

Nettle 
Grown in Poland. 

Nettle is “a wonderful blood cleansing, nutrient rich, iron building herb” that gently encourages the kidneys to work a little more, Gunn said. Despite it’s stinging capacity, it’s very gentle and can be given to children and the elderly. It was traditionally used for eczema, and can also help asthma and allergies. Gunn’s only caution about nettle is that some people are sensitive to it and can have issues with it.

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Nettle Grown in Poland. Nettle is “a wonderful blood cleansing, nutrient rich, iron building herb” that gently encourages the kidneys to work a little more, Gunn said. Despite it’s stinging capacity, it’s very gentle and can be given to children and the elderly. It was traditionally used for eczema, and can also help asthma and allergies. Gunn’s only caution about nettle is that some people are sensitive to it and can have issues with it. (altocumulus/thinkstockphotos.com)

Parsley
Grown in Germany.

Parsley cleanses the digestive system and is a good source of nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and magnesium.

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Parsley Grown in Germany. Parsley cleanses the digestive system and is a good source of nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and magnesium. (maunzel/thinkstockphotos.com)

Rosehips 
Grown in Bulgaria.

Rosehips are full of vitamin C and antioxidants. They are a great source of vitamin C because, as with many plants, all the chemicals work together synergistically in the body, an effect which can be lost when vitamins are taken in pill form.

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Rosehips Grown in Bulgaria. Rosehips are full of vitamin C and antioxidants. They are a great source of vitamin C because, as with many plants, all the chemicals work together synergistically in the body, an effect which can be lost when vitamins are taken in pill form. (pilcas/thinkstockphotos.com)

Uva-ursi 
Grown in Poland.

Gunn uses uvu-ursi with her clients for urinary tract infections and “it's never failed,” she said. “It's my go-to herb for any type of UTI or infection or bacteria.” Uva-ursi is also an anti-inflammatory and an antiseptic.

It is a very strong plant and should be used with caution. Gunn said it is not for women who are pregnant or lactating and she only uses it for acute conditions and does not recommend long-term use

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Uva-ursi Grown in Poland. Gunn uses uvu-ursi with her clients for urinary tract infections and “it's never failed,” she said. “It's my go-to herb for any type of UTI or infection or bacteria.” Uva-ursi is also an anti-inflammatory and an antiseptic. It is a very strong plant and should be used with caution. Gunn said it is not for women who are pregnant or lactating and she only uses it for acute conditions and does not recommend long-term use (siur/thinkstockphotos.com)

Willow Herb 
Grown in Poland.

Willow herb (different from the tree) is often used for chronic disorders of the prostate. For women, it calms and eases the pain experienced with urinary tract infections and stimulates the kidneys.

Gunn said the dosage is important but in a tea like this, the amount taken is so low that she did not think it would cause any negative interactions.

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Willow Herb Grown in Poland. Willow herb (different from the tree) is often used for chronic disorders of the prostate. For women, it calms and eases the pain experienced with urinary tract infections and stimulates the kidneys. Gunn said the dosage is important but in a tea like this, the amount taken is so low that she did not think it would cause any negative interactions. (ekina/thinkstockphotos.com)

NEW YORK—Marie, a woman in her early 70s, duly took the pills her doctor gave her, hoping they would give her an uninterrupted sleep. They didn’t. For five years, she got up five to six times a night to use the restroom and woke up tired every morning.

Marie is one of the 18 million to 20 million American women who suffer from urinary incontinence, according to estimates from the National Association for Continence (NAFC).

It is difficult for many people to discuss bladder control issues.

About a third of people who have urinary incontinence believe that losing bladder control is just a natural part of aging, and they wait years before seeking treatment, according to the NAFC. 

There are two types of urinary incontinence: stress incontinence and urge incontinence.

Stress incontinence happens when the sphincter muscle of the bladder becomes weak. Coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercise, and intimacy can cause stress incontinence urine leaks—leaving many fearful of social engagements. Common causes of stress incontinence include childbirth, poorly-done surgery, injury, and some medications.

Urge incontinence, also known as overactive bladder happens when the muscles of the bladder spasm. The primary symptom of urge incontinence is the sudden need to urinate followed immediately by the involuntary release of urine, both day and night. Infections, strokes, injury to the nervous system, and diseases like Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s are common causes of urge incontinence. 

Treatments for both types of urinary incontinence range from simple diet changes—like avoiding spicy foods and citrus, which might irritate the bowels—to doing exercises that train the muscles of the pelvic floor (known as Kegel exercises), to medications, and surgery.

A Natural Solution 

After five years of her frequent nightly trips to the bathroom, Marie started drinking Bladder Control Tea for Women, a herbal tea by Bell Lifestyle Products, a North American company specializing in all-natural health products. 

The tea worked.

“With this I get up once, and sometimes two [times a night]—it depends what I have had to eat the day before—and that’s it. So I really like it,” Marie said.

Other women who had tried other products and techniques, also found success in the bladder control tea. The recommendation is to drink one large cup of the tea per day initially. Some women find later that drinking it every other day, or once or twice a week is all they need, while some continue to drink it every day.

“[It] changed my life,” Dalia from Florida wrote on Bell’s website. She said the tea worked from the third week. “I would highly recommend it.”

“The [tea] gave me amazing relief,” wrote Alice from Arizona on the website. She had had trouble when she coughed, sneezed, or waited too long to use the restroom, and had begun having leakage during the night. 

She told Epoch Times the tea was “wonderful” for her during the couple years she drank it, and only stopped because she lost weight, which resolved her issues. 

Diane has been drinking it for over two years on an as-needed basis, and for her it has remained effective, and kept her off all prescription medications. It also helps control her bladder infections.

Many testimonials on the Bell website and reviews on other websites contain exclamations about how fast the tea worked for them—often after three days of drinking it. However, this is not the case for all women. Health is a dynamic state, influenced by so many variables, hence different people respond differently to the same treatment. 

Marie almost stopped drinking it after not seeing results. “The first couple months it did not do much and then all of a sudden it just seemed to really take off.” 

She makes about 10 cups at a time and keeps them in a jar in the fridge. Her travel tip: Freeze the brewed tea in bottles for easy toting. 

The tea is completely natural, with eight herbs, natural citrus flavor, and not a single synthetic ingredient. The herbs are: Cranberry, golden rod, marshmallow root, nettle, parsley, rosehips, uva-ursi, and willow herb. 

President of Bell Lifestyle Products, Nick Jerch, said he sells the tea in 80 countries and has on file around 1,000 testimonials from women who had success drinking the tea. 

A businessman by trade, Jerch founded Bell Lifestyles after taking a shark cartilage supplement that dramatically improved his health and inspired him to share the benefits with others.

“I don’t need the money from the health care products, I have enough money to make a living on my fishing and hunting supplies. … But this here gives me the greatest satisfaction,” he said.

Jerch is so confident in the products that he offers a full refund, no questions asked, if anyone is not satisfied. 

Few customers ask for refunds though. “The refunds amount to less than 1 percent,” he said. “We have been doing it since I started business.” 

The best way to buy the tea is from a local shop. According to the Bell Lifestyles store locator, there are around 50 stores in the five boroughs and nearby New Jersey that stock it: 

Bell Lifestyle Product Information

1-800-333-7995
www.belllifestyleproducts.com

 

Urinary Incontinence Facts 

Around 25 million adult Americans experience some form of urinary incontinence.

One-third adults ages 30–70 believe that incontinence is a part of aging.

Two-thirds have never discussed bladder health with their doctor.

On average, women wait 6.5 years from their first symptoms to get a diagnosis.

Men are less likely to be diagnosed than women.

Source: National Association for Continence 

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