Urinary Tract Infection – such a common condition, often ignored, yet poses a serious threat to your health if not given medical attention. This type of infection has the ability to destroy the kidneys when left untreated.
UTIs are a lot common in women than men. Studies show than more than 50% of the female population will develop a UTI in their lifetimes.
Fortunately, treating this type of infection is easy – for some, it may require antibiotics but for others, it can just be treated with natural home remedies and a change in habits.
Drink lots and lots of fluids.
One of the causes of UTI is low fluid intake. So make sure to drink plenty of water to help flush bacteria out from your system. Stay away from sugar-loaded drinks. Just stick to water or coconut water.
Don’t hold your pee.
When the urge arises, make sure to go to the toilet right away. Holding it in will just keep those bacteria in your bladder which can cause major problems. Also, it’s important to urinate after intercourse to flush out all the bacteria that may have entered the urethra.
Probiotics will make sure that you retain your body’s normal flora that serve as a first line of defense. By taking probiotics or eating foods like yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha and other fermented foods, you can introduce good bacteria to your system to help fight off bacteria that can cause UTI.
Drink cranberry juice.
Studies show that an active ingredient in cranberries has the ability to inhibit the growth of bacteria by preventing it to adhere to the bladder wall, which can cause urinary tract infections. Make sure to take pure cranberry juice, cranberry extract or cranberry supplements.
Add baking soda to your beverage.
Certain studies claim that adding ½ – 1 tsp of baking soda in a glass of water and drinking it on an empty stomach may help to neutralize the acid in your urine as well as to detoxify your kidneys.
Practice proper hygiene.
Of course, proper hygiene is very important. Wipe front to back to ensure that bacteria doesn’t get into the urethra. Also, avoid wearing tight bottoms and undergarments because trapped moisture can cause bacteria to grow. Stay clean and dry at all times!