A UTI is when bacteria gets into your urine and travels up to your bladder. UTIs cause more than 8.1 million visits to health care providers each year. About 10 in 25 women and 3 in 25 men will have symptoms of at least 1 UTI during their lifetime.
If you have had such an infection, you probably know its symptoms. UTI starts with frequent “visits” to the bathroom, but with a small amount of urine, accompanied by a burning sensation.
Fortunately, there are certain ways to treat urinary tract infections by natural means. Here they are:
UTIs that last longer than 2 days require treatment because otherwise the infection can spread to the kidneys and become a really serious problem. Dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink – this will neutralize urine’s acidity and will speed up the healing.
Blueberries and cranberries are part of the same family, both having the ability to prevent urinary tract infections. Consume as much natural blueberry juice or raw fruits.
Cranberry juice fights bacteria that produce the infection, eliminating it from the bladder, having an antibiotic-like effect. If you want to get rid of the infection as soon as possible, drink about 2-4 glasses of cranberry juice a day.
Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple that has a better effect on urinary infections than antibiotics. Consume half a raw pineapple a day to get rid of these troublesome problems.
Some doctors prescribe at least 5,000 mg of vitamin C per day for women with frequent urinary tract infection because this vitamin maintains a normal acidity in the bladder. If acidity does not decrease, it is more difficult for bacteria to penetrate and survive inside the urinary tract.
Note: Be sure to drink plenty of water so you can eliminate urine at least once every 4-5 hours. The more liquid you consume, the more the system will be able to quickly eliminate bacteria in your body.
Do’s and don’ts when you suffer from frequent urinary tract infections
– When you feel the need to go to the toilet, go immediately, as urine retention leads to increased bacterial number and infection;
– Wear 100% cotton underwear, avoiding synthetic material as much as possible;
– Do not drink alcohol, because it irritates the bladder – exactly what you do not want when you have such an infection;
– Reduce the amount of caffeine, avoiding not only coffee, but also tea and other drinks containing this substance;
– Be careful in the bedroom. Your partner needs to wash well before sex and it is preferable to use a condom instead of a diaphragm.