7 Home Remedies for Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
A complicated urinary tract infection needs medical care and antibiotic treatment, but in some mild cases the body can resolve it on its own with the help of some natural home remedies.
Syptoms of a urinary tract infection are:
- A burning sensation while urinating.
- A frequent need to urinate even though little urine comes out.
- Cloudy or dark urine that has a strange odour to it. If your urine is red/bloody, you immediately need to see a doctor.
- Feeling of pressure or pain in your lower abdomen.
- Feeling fatigued or tired.
- Having a fever or chills, which could mean that the infection has reached the kidneys.
Plenty of Fluids
Drinking a lot of water helps the body to "flush" away all the bacteria from our bladder. That is also how we avoid infection. Low daily fluid intake and infrequent urination are linked to recurrent urinary tract infections.
Vitamin C increases acidity in the bladder which helps kill the bacteria. One study concluded that vitamin C has a protective effect and that it cuts the risk of a UTI by more than 50%.
Fruits and vegetables high in Vitamin C
Drink unsweetened cranberry juice
Cranberries prevent bacteria from adhering to the urinary tract and that is how we can avoid infection
Probiotics are beneficial microorganisms that are found in fermented foods like kefir, kimchi, kombucha and probiotic yogurt. In cases of UTI most people rely on taking probiotics in the form of suplements.
Natural Supplements for Faster Relief
The natural supplements listed below may decrease the risk of developing a urinary tract infection.
Most common natural supplements:
- Uva-ursi or BearBerry Leaf
- Cranberry Extract
- Garlic Extract
This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.