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Featured Product: Ellura

Ellura is a natural cranberry supplement like no other! Unlike other products, ellura is extracted from pure cranberry juice, which has the highest levels of proanthocyanidins (PACs), and are the most bioactive. Most other cranberry supplements are extracted from presscake, which is what’s left of the cranberry after the juice has been squeezed out. Presscake also contains seeds, stems and skins which the PACs attach to so they are not free to work in your body. PACs taken from presscake show little or no bioactivity, and can’t be accurately measured.

Ellura uses only the good stuff you need to flush bacteria from your body in a normal and healthy manner. All in a small capsule, for one-a-day prevention from UTIs! Besides maintaining urinary tract health, ellura can be used to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs) at the onset of known triggers, like sexual intercourse. Other benefits of ellura are that it can be used during pregnancy, in children, and in diabetics.

We stock ellura. To order or learn more, come in, give us a call, or contact us online.

    Other Tips for Preventing Urinary Tract Infections

  • Drink plenty of liquids, especially water. Drinking water helps dilute your urine and ensures that you'll urinate more frequently — allowing bacteria to be flushed from your urinary tract before an infection can begin.

  • Empty your bladder as soon as the urge to urinate occurs, and also right after intercourse.

  • Wipe from front to back. Doing so after urinating and after a bowel movement helps prevent bacteria in the anal region from spreading to the vagina and urethra.

  • Avoid potentially irritating feminine products. Using deodorant sprays or other feminine products, such as douches and powders, in the genital area can irritate the urethra.

  • Vaginal estrogen creams may help post-menopausal women. Decreased estrogen levels during menopause can increase your risk for developing UTIs, and this is a treatment option that has been shown to be effective.

    Urinary tract infections can be painful, but you can take steps to ease your discomfort until antibiotics clear the infection. Follow these tips:

  • Drink plenty of water to dilute your urine and help flush out bacteria.

  • Avoid drinks that may irritate your bladder. Avoid coffee, alcohol, and drinks containing citrus and caffeine until your infection has cleared. They can irritate your bladder and tend to aggravate your frequent or urgent need to urinate.

  • Use a heating pad. Apply a warm, but not hot, heating pad to your abdomen to minimize bladder pressure or discomfort.

    If you suspect that you may have a UTI, you may need to see your physician immediately. The aforementioned tips and medications may only help prevent a UTI, but will not treat it. We are here to answer any other questions you may have.

    Nothing herein constitutes medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for professional advice. You should always seek the advice of your physician or other medical professional if you have questions or concerns about a medical condition.

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