How To Naturally Cure A Urinary Tract Infection
What Is A Urinary Tract Infection?
A Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of or the entire Urinary Tract - the part of your body that is responsible for the removal of waste from your body through urine. It starts at the kidneys and ends at the urethra through which urine is expelled from the body.
There are many causes for Urinary Tract Infections but the most common cause is dehydration or simply not drinking enough water.
A Urinary Tract Infection most commonly occurs in the bladder and is easily treated with antibiotics. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the kidneys where it can cause serious damage and even death. It is important to complete the entire course of antibiotics in order to eliminate the infection.
Signs and symptoms can include any or all of the following:
- painful/burning sensation when passing urine,
- frequent need to pass urine then only passing small amounts,
- a sense of urgency to pass urine,
- pain in the bladder region,
- blood in the urine,
- back pain in the kidney region,
- cloudy urine,
- offensive-smelling urine,
- confusion especially in the elderly at night.
The Urinary Tract
Natural Cures For Urinary Tract Infections
Caution: If you have been diagnosed with a UTI and your doctor prescribed antibiotics, check with him first before stopping them to start on a natural cure, as serious complications can develop if an infection is not treated effectively.
The best and most effective way to prevent and treat UTIs naturally is to drink lots of water over the course of several days. Even doctors recommend this. Aim at drinking four to six litres of water each day in order to flush out all bacteria from the Urinary Tract.
There are loads of other so-called natural treatments and all should be taken with a grain of salt because they are not backed by scientific studies and quite often they are just old wives' tales or personal opinions based on how the body works. The most common one being that raising the body's pH by eating certain foods will create a more alkaline environment in the bladder, making it uninhabitable for bacteria, as bacteria thrive in acidic environments. There is absolutely no proof that this works and it can actually do more harm than good as there is a risk that the entire body's pH becomes raised to a dangerous level, thus resulting in Alkalosis.
Some people will tell you that there are herbs and teas you can consume and supplements that you can take to clear a UTI, but really all they'll do is clear your wallet. There is no scientific proof that any such products work.
Prevention Is Better Than A Natural Cure
The best way to treat urinary tract infections naturally is to try preventing them altogether by drinking two to four litres of water each day.
Maintaining good personal hygiene is also important as bacteria are able to travel up the urethra to the bladder and eventually up into the kidneys.
If you are unfortunate enough to be wearing a urinary catheter, it's important to keep keep it unobstructed by checking for and removing any kinks and drinking two to four litres of water each day.
In young sexually active women, 75-90% of UTIs are caused by sexual intercourse, with the risk increasing with frequency. This is what is currently referred to as Honeymoon Cystitis. Reducing the frequency of sexual intercourse could be beneficial in such cases.
Thank you to Hubber orderedchaos for the following suggestions she made on preventing UTIs in the comments section below:
- women should urinate immediately after sexual intercourse to prevent bacteria from traveling up the urethra
- females should wipe front to back to prevent bacteria entering the urethra
- avoid baths/hot tubs as the warm water for extended periods is a breeding ground for bacteria
- pregnant women are more susceptible to UTIs so they should be drinking more water than non-pregnant women.
I always welcome comments and suggestions so please leave yours below.
Treating & Preventing Urinary Tract Infections
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