HOME REMEDIES FOR URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system.
It’s affect kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra.
Most infections involve the lower urinary tract the bladder and the urethra. Women are at greater risk of developing a UTI than are men.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most common infections in humans. Most UTIs are caused by bacteria, but some are caused by fungi and it common treatment is antibiotics
Common symptoms of UTI:
A burning sensation when peeing
Cloudy or dark urine
Urine with a strong odor
A feeling of incomplete bladder emptying
1. Drink Plenty of Fluids:
Hydration status has been linked to the risk of urinary tract infection.
This is because regular urination can help flush bacteria from the urinary tract to prevent infection.
One study examined participants with long-term urinary catheters and found that low urine output was associated with an increased risk of developing a UTI.
To stay hydrated and meet your fluid needs, it’s best to drink water throughout the day and always when you’re thirsty.
2. Increase Vitamin C Intake:
Some evidence shows that increasing your intake of vitamin C could protect against urinary tract infections.
Vitamin C is thought to work by increasing the acidity of the urine, thereby killing off the bacteria that cause infection.
The study found that vitamin C had a protective effect, cutting the risk of UTIs by more than half in those taking vitamin C compared to the control group.
Fruits and vegetables are especially high in vitamin C and are a good way to increase your intake.
Red peppers, oranges, grapefruit and kiwifruit all contain the full recommended amount of vitamin C in just one serving.
3. Drink Unsweetened Cranberry Juice:
Drinking unsweetened cranberry juice is one of the most well-known natural remedies for urinary tract infections.
Cranberries work by preventing bacteria from adhering to the urinary tract, thus preventing infection.
In one recent study, women with recent histories of UTIs drank an 8-ounce (240-ml) serving of cranberry juice every day for 24 weeks. Those who drank cranberry juice had fewer UTI episodes than the control group.
Another study showed that consuming cranberry products may lower the number of UTIs in a year, especially for women who have recurrent UTIs.
4. Take a Probiotic:
Probiotics are beneficial microorganisms that are consumed through food or supplements. They can promote a healthy balance of bacteria in your gut.
Probiotics are available in supplement form or can be found in fermented foods, such as kefir, kimchi, kombucha and probiotic yogurt.
The use of probiotics has been linked to everything from improved digestive health to enhanced immune function.
Certain strains of probiotics may decrease the risk of UTIs. common probiotic strain, helped prevent UTIs in adult women and taking both probiotics and antibiotics is more effective at preventing recurrent UTIs than using antibiotics alone.
Probiotics can increase levels of good gut bacteria and reduce side effects associated with antibiotic use
5. Practice These Healthy Habits:
Preventing urinary tract infections starts with practicing a few good bathroom and hygiene habits.
Do not hold urine for too long.
This can lead to a buildup of bacteria, resulting in infection.
Peeing after sexual intercourse can also reduce the risk of UTIs by preventing the spread of bacteria.
Those who are prone to UTIs should avoid using spermicide, since it has been linked to an increase in UTIs.
When you use the toilet, make sure you wipe front to back. Wiping from back to front can cause bacteria to spread to the urinary tract and is associated with an increased risk of UTIs.