Home Remedies for Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), will most certainly give you pain and discomfort. You sit on the toilet darn near blubbering because you can’t pee but you feel like you have to! And when/if you do manage to get a little out, it burns with the fire of ten thousand suns. Then you go about your day crunched over and cramping feeling absolutely miserable.
If the infection spreads through your urinary system and to your kidneys, you can end up with a nasty situation on your hands. But to fight them off in the beginning, here are some home remedies for UTIs that can help get things flowing smoothly (and painlessly) once again.
Water therapy helps a lot
Drinking water can help flush out bacteria, so it’s important to stay hydrated when having a UTI. Aim for half your body weight in ounces each day; keep a glass of water nearby and refill it whenever it gets low. Drink at least eight glasses of water per day. You should limit caffeinated drinks, including coffee, tea, and soda. Caffeine can irritate your bladder, even when you don’t have an infection.
Why it helps: Water flushes out the bacteria in your bladder. This helps to get rid of the infection faster. It also dilutes your urine, so urination might be less painful.
Urine is made of waste products from your body. Concentrated, dark urine may be more irritating and painful to pass when you have a bladder infection. Diluted urine is lighter in color and usually doesn’t irritate as much.
‘Soda’ can really be powerful
No, not soda as in a sugary soft drink, soda as in baking soda, that miraculous substance that can help anything from heartburn to UTI’s. Baking soda is an alkaline substance, the opposite of acidic, which means it can help neutralize or lessen the acidity of your urine. If you find yourself resisting the urge to pee because of a burning sensation, baking soda can help ease the discomfort.
You will need one teaspoon of baking soda and eight ounces of fresh water. To do it, you need to stir the baking soda into the water until it dissolves, and then drink the whole glass. Do this first thing in the morning. Don’t do this for more than a week, or if you are trying to avoid salt since baking soda is high in sodium.
Consume probiotics and fermented foods
There is a strong and definite link between low levels of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system and vagina, and the occurrence and reoccurrence of bladder infections in women…
A ten-week study funded by the National Institutes of Health back in 2011 found that the women who took a probiotic supplement experienced a significantly lower reoccurrence of urinary tract infections (RUTIs) compared to the ladies who received a placebo.
Professor of medicine at the University of Washington, Dr. Ann Stapleton, said “During a UTI, gut bacteria like E. coli take up residence in the vagina and displace good bacteria, called vaginal lactobacilli that normally live there. Women take antimicrobial medications to combat these infections and the medications wipe out all bacteria, both good and bad. But for some women, the bad bacteria grow back to cause a recurrent UTI. The probiotics help to restore the natural bacterial environment to make it hard for the bad bacteria to cause another infection”.
Drinking cranberry juice is a great alternative
Cranberry juice is a bit further down than you might expect on a list of home remedies for a UTI, but its helpfulness is not set in stone as much as people seem to think. The idea behind it is that the bacterium that causes UTI’s have fimbria (hair-like) appendages-that make it possible to cling to the lining of the urethra.
The combination of acidic substances in the juice may make it harder for the fimbria to stick to things, thus reducing the chance of infection and/or making it harder for bacteria to multiply. Studies seem to show that it does indeed help, however, it is the most effective on women who have had UTI’s before, or suffer reoccurring infections.
You also need to drink a decent amount of it to get the effects, and many people in the studies withdrew because they found themselves with a stomachache. All of that being said, it’s worth trying and you may just find that it really does work for you.
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