A urinary tract infection also called UTI is often caused due to the severe growth of bacteria in the urinary tract. This infection may occur in anybody’s body but is mostly found in the case of women. Nearly 95% cases of UTI are caused by bacteria E-Coil. It generally starts spreading at the opening of the urethra and the travels up to the bladder. UTI is mostly caused during sex activity as the bacteria can penetrate more easily inside the inner linings of the urethra. Sexual activities push the bacteria deeper in both male and female organs. Urinating as soon as you have sex is the best contraceptive way to avoid such infections.
UTI’s are painful. They can cause sudden urges to pee when you actually don’t pee! Instead, you sit on the toilet seat blubbering. And if you do manage to get a little urine out, it is accompanied with burning sensation. It is accompanied by a cloudy or rank smell of urine. Along with these, you have a backache, cramps, and crunches. In some cases, you may find fever and fatigue too.
Urinary tract infections can be cured by home remedies if they are minor. Some of these remedies are given below:
Drink plenty of water. Drinking a lot of water would result in frequent peeing which would flush out the harmful bacteria. Also, ample intake of water would dilute the urine which contains concentrated acids and would result in less painful pees.
Maintain a good hygiene. Have a good amount of vitamin c in your diet. Vitamin c products are acidic in nature and the action of acids inside the urinary tract will kill the bacteria and inhibit its further growth.
Use heat-pads to relieve the pain. Sometimes urinary infections can be really painful. To get relief from this pain use heat pads that are easily available in the market or apply a wet towel soaked in lukewarm water on your abdomen.
Avoid these C’s from your diet. When suffering from a UTI never ever try to intake citrus fruits, caffeine, chocolates and carbonated drinks. These may cause irritation in your tract.
Drink soda. Not the soda available in the soft drinks! Mix a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass full of water and drink it in the morning as soon as you get up. It lessens the acidity of your urine and helps you find resistance to the pseudo urge to pee. But this soda water should be consumed for only four to five days as it can imbalance the pH inside the body which would further give way to other problems.
Have Cucumbers. Cucumbers contain a lot of water in them and provide you an alternative measure for maintaining a good amount of water level in your body.
Crème of Tartar and Lemon. This is an old preventive measure for UTI which comes from my Grandma’s household remedies. Cream of tartar may work as it changes the pH of the urine, making the environment unfit for living bacteria. Adding a bit of lime juice add up its power as lemons are rich in vitamin c.
Chew some Celery seeds. Celery seed contains celery oil and butylphthalide which helps increase the production of urine. More urine means more urination which results in frequent flushing of bacteria.
Drink Ginger Tea. Ginger tea helps reduce the pain and prevents inflammation.
Have Cranberry juice or extracts. Cranberry juice is an old preventive measure for UTI’s but
its helpful results are not proven in many cases. Still drinking unsweetened cranberry juice keeps away bacteria from sticking on the walls of the urinary bladder and makes a bio-film which results in a good preventive measure.
Wiping the private areas. Always wipe front to back and keep the vaginal as well as anal areas clean. Use warm water instead of soaps to clean the areas. Soaps can disrupt the pH of the vagina, irritate the area and cause inflammation. Hence, it is advised not to use harsh soaps, instead use completely natural soaps.
Control sugar intake. Sugar consumption weakens our immune system giving a way to overgrowth of bacteria inside the body. It also depletes the body from vital nutrients making us further weak. Hence, check down yours sugar levels and if you are a diabetes patient then be more careful. Use D-mannose sugar which prevents the bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary bladder.
Cod Liver oil. Good quality cod liver oil is rich in vitamin A and D. Vitamin D helps induce antimicrobial peptides in the urinary bladder thus preventing the UTI.
Apple cider vinegar. Another useful natural remedy is apple cider vinegar which helps to flush out the bacteria and makes urine more acidic which prevents its further growth.
Balance the hormones. Eating raw butter, Hemp, Chia seeds help to balance hormones and keep your blood sugar stable.
Probiotics help support human body’s flora that serves as a line of defense. Eating fermented food like yogurt and raw cheese also helps restore body’s flora and re-colonize the bladder with helpful bacteria.
Never hold back your pee for a long time. If you feel an urge to pee, do not hold it as it will cause bacteria build-up.
Use natural contraceptive methods. Use of diaphragms and spermicides promote UTI. Males should use non-spermicidal lubricated condoms.
Consult a doctor and get the prescription for the correct dose of antibiotics if the problem is not solved by the above remedies.
If you wish to be preventive against UTI’s then follow these measures to avoid them.
- Quit Smoking
- Drink at least 10 glasses of water daily
- Wear loose cotton under wears
- Change your underwears daily
- Urinate before and after having sex
- Take showers instead of baths in bathtubs
- Wear loose airy clothes instead of tight fitting ones
- Choose fragrance-free personal hygiene products.