A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that affects any part of the urinary tract, including the kidneys, ureters, bladder or urethra. Bacteria from the bowel are the most common cause of UTIs, but fungi and viruses can also cause infection. The two strains of bacteria Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus saprophyticus account for about 80% of cases.
Common symptoms of UTI include:
- a burning sensation when peeing
- frequent urination
- cloudy or dark urine
- urine with a strong odor
- a feeling of incomplete bladder emptying
- pelvic pain
Women are more prone to urinary tract infections than men, in part because of their shorter urethras. Adult men have another factor going for them—a bacterial growth inhibitor injected directly into their urinary system2 by their prostate glands.
- avoid tight clothing, as it can cause chafing
- rinse well after washing intimate areas;
- disinfect regularly the toilet in your home and avoid using public toilets without placing hygienic cover or toilet paper on the seat.
- wear loose comfortable underwear made of natural breathable fabrics that allows free air circulation and does not impede blood circulation. Synthetic fabrics increase humidity and temperature in the intimate area, contributing to its colonization by harmful bacteria.
- use only natural intimate wash (cleansers) to maintain and support your pH balance at all times. They are formulated to freshen up sensitive intimate areas, gently clean, calm and soothe, whilst not stripping the skin of its natural oils. Using the right cleanser is important, as bar soap and drugstore personal hygiene products can be full of chemicals that may kill (disrupt) good bacteria, alter your acidic pH with basic formulations, and lead to infection.
- drink plenty of fluids: drinking water or fluids throughout the day helps flush bacteria from your system.
- load up on vitamin c: makes urine more acidic, inhibits the growth of E. coli and enhances immune function. Researchers found that vitamin C treatment for a three-month period was able to reduce urinary infections, improving the health level of the gestating women.
- clove oil: has antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral activity. Another clove oil benefit is that it possesses anti-inflammatory properties, and it’s used to relieve pain and promote healing. Clove can be taken internally for two weeks at a time.
- myrrh oil: has antibacterial, antifungal and antiparasitic properties. Historically, it’s been used to treat wounds and prevent infections. It can be applied topically with a warm or cool compress, or rubbed into the skin. Use caution when using myrrh internally; make sure to use a pure, high-quality product and do it under the care of your health care provider.
- oregano oil: can be used as an alternative antibacterial remedy for enhancing the healing process in bacterial infections and it’s an effective means for the prevention of antibiotic-resistant strain development. In fact, oregano oil benefits may be superior to prescription antibiotics because oregano doesn’t cause antibiotic resistance and it has no harmful side effects.
- eat horseradish: this spicy and pungent vegetable contains a natural compound called allyl isothiocyanate (AITC), which has strong antimicrobial effects, and kills bacteria outright.
- chew celery seeds: work as a diuretic, similar to parsley, and increases urine production.
- cranberry: is one of the most evidence based research fruit and studies conducted in the past discuss its usefulness in the fighting bacterium that causes (UTI) which are seen as hair like structures that cling on to the urethra region. Cranberry juice consists of an acidic substance that causes the fimbria to become harder thus reducing the chances of contracting the infection and making it hard for the bacteria to multiply.
- blueberry: let’s just say that the berry family is an effective alternative medicine to treat UTIs. Just like the cranberry, blueberry too can affect the fimbria of the ‘bacteria’ that attaches to the urinary tract.
- parsley juice: is a nutrient-dense diuretic that can increase the frequency and amount of urination. This can help flush out the bacteria in the kidneys faster, making antibiotics even more effective. If you don’t like the taste of parsley outright, you can mix it into a smoothie with strong-flavored fruits, including cranberries or blueberries for best results.
- horsetail: contains large amounts of silica, potassium, manganese, flavonoids, and phenolic acids. Horsetail is used when there is suppressed urination that is accompanied by blood and severe pain with urination. This diuretic and astringent plant is also pain relieving when the bladder feels full yet unable to be relieved by urination.
– drinking plenty of liquids can decrease the risk of UTIs by making you pee more, which helps remove bacteria from the urinary tract.
– vitamin C intake may decrease the risk of UTIs by making the urine more acidic, thus killing off infection-causing bacteria.
– cranberries could help reduce the risk of urinary tract infections by preventing bacteria from adhering to the urinary tract.
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