How to Treat a Urinary Tract Infection Naturally

How to Treat a Urinary Tract Infection Naturally

Last update: 14 June, 2015

Having a urinary tract infection is terrible. Experiencing recurrent urinary tract infections is often ten times worse. Those of us who understand the pain and discomfort of a urinary tract infection will be delighted to know that there are many natural techniques to ease your urinary woes.

Urinary tract infections also known as cytitis, are caused by a certain strain of bacteria known as coliform bacteria. The infection is less common in men. Women in their childbearing years are at higher risk for developing urinary afflictions. Some women have also reported experiencing urinary tract infections after sexual intercourse. In most cases, urinary tract infections – if caught early – can be treated safely and naturally. If you let a urinary tract infection linger, it can lead to a kidney infection, which may call for more serious treatment. The most common symptoms of a mild urinary tract infection are: burning while urinating, pain while urinating, frequency of urination, and a feeling of fullness in the belly. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you can check with your doctor and order simple urinalysis. If you are diagnosed with a urinary tract infection you can opt to take an antibiotic, or follow the our simple guide in treating a mild infection naturally.

Vitamin C

Load up on oranges and take your daily dosage of vitamin C to help cure a urinary tract infection. Vitamin C works by making your urine more acidic and promotes the elimination of bad bacteria in your urinary tract. If you are suffering from a painful urinary tract infection you should aim to take at least 100mg of vitamin C a day. Foods that are high in vitamin C include citrus fruits such papayas, oranges, and kiwis. Dark leafy greens and broccoli are also loaded with vitamin C. If you are a sufferer of recurrent urinary tract infections try modifying your diet and integrating the foods mentioned above.

Drink water

Drinking plenty of water, we advise about six to eight glasses of water a day. This is one of your best natural remedies for urinary tract infections. Drinking an adequate amount of water helps flush out the bad bacteria in your urinary tract. You should drink water that is purified and filtered. When you feel the need to wee, do not hold back. Visit the bathroom regularly to promote urinary tract health. If you drink at least six glasses of water a day you should have no problems urinating frequently and on a normal basis.

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Cranberry juice

If you are a common sufferer of urinary tract infections then it is almost certain you have heard about treating them with cranberry juice. Studies show that drinking cranberry juice can effectively and rapidly reduce signs and symptoms of the common urinary tract infection. Cranberry contains a substance that prevents a bacteria known as E. coli from adhering to other bacteria which causes bacteria to multiply, hence leading to a urinary tract infection. Using cranberry juice both as a preventative measure and treatment is one of the best and natural ways to promote a healthy urinary tract.

Cod liver oil

When things start to get a little fishy below, try taking cod oil. Cod oil is packed with vitamin A and D. Vitamin D creates anti-microbial peptides in the body which helps to fight against certain strains of bacteria and fungi that can lead to painful urinary tract infections. Many of these anti-microbial peptides go straight to your bladder and work with vitamin A to fight off bacteria build-up. Along with promoting urinary tract health, cod liver oil also helps to relieve joint pain and may help improve cognitive performance.

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Casual clothing

Changing the way you dress may not be the first thing you think of when looking for natural ways to treat your urinary tract infection. Clothing however, plays an important role in supporting healthy urinary tract functioning. By choosing light and breathable clothing you can help to keep bacteria from building up in your urinary tract. Why? Bacteria loves moisture, and moisture in your private areas is one of the main causes of bacteria. Cotton underwear and baggy pants and skirts promote air circulation and decrease the chances of acquiring a pesky urinary tract infection.