7 Natural Ways to Prevent UTIs: Get those bacteria before they get you
If you regularly struggle with UTIs, you understand the effect it has on how you live your life, and you know it’s not easy. But even if you haven’t yet had the experience, there is a good chance you will, after all, about one-half of all women will get at least one UTI in their lifetime, and most likely, have more than that.
Sure, you can go to the doctor and get the usual antibiotics that can help in getting you back on your feet, but after a few rounds of them, you may become antibiotic resistant and find they no longer work for you which is a major bummer when you’re dealing with all those uncomfortable symptoms!
A better option would be never to get one in the first place, wouldn’t you agree? Really, who wouldn’t want to pass on the burning sensation when urinating? The abdominal pain? And the multitude of other symptoms that come with it?
What You Can Do.
Of course, there are things you can do to lessen the chances of getting a UTI, and not all of them are actually horrible. So, what are they? Let’s get right to it.
1. Drink water! Yes, so simple yet so difficult at the same time. Most of us know that we should be drinking more water, and some of us actually think we are getting enough, but the reality is that we are not. Every expert has their opinion on what is the ideal amount, but what’s ideal for you may not be enough for someone else. The base is supposed to be half your body weight in ounces, but you also have to take into consideration the weather, working out, etc. The bottom line is that drinking water will flush out the harmful bacteria, which causes UTIs. So drink up people!
2. Pee when you need to. We’ve all been there, you have to pee, but you're in class, in a meeting, driving, etc. The fact is, not peeing when you need to can lead to bacteria growth and although it seems simple enough, not peeing can lead to a UTI.
3. Take probiotics. Preventing the overgrowth of bad microorganisms is the key to keeping UTIs at bay and taking probiotics regularly can be extremely beneficial in doing just that.
4. Don’t forget your vitamin C. Yes, your mom was right. Vitamin C does a lot of excellent things for the body, and it also enhances our immune system to help fight off any bacteria trying to fight its way in.
5. Enjoy fresh garlic. Okay, let’s get real, this one won’t be great for your love life, but Allicin, which is found in freshly crushed garlic, can help to keep those nasty bacteria away. Sorry, but it may keep your boyfriend away too!
6. One word. D-mannose. D-mannose is a type of sugar that is related to glucose, and it’s beneficial because it helps prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract. According to the World Journal of Urology, this is one of the most promising ways to avoid getting UTIs in the first place.
7. Cranberries. One way cranberries have been clinically shown to support urinary tract health is by helping to reduce urinary tract wall adhesion of bacteria like E. coli and Proteus mirabilis that can cause urinary tract infections (UTIs) and discomfort. The primary mechanism by which cranberries are beneficial in UTIs is due to compounds in cranberries called A-type proanthocyanidins (PACs), which are powerful flavonoid antioxidants.
No one enjoys getting a UTI, and with a little planning and seeing what works for you, there are ways to avoid them altogether, and it doesn’t have to be tough or messy.
Health & Wellness Writer Bio
Maria Pease is a freelance health & wellness content writer based in Southport, North Carolina. She has written about health & wellness for more than twenty-five years and has partnered with a variety of companies doing the most amazing work. She loves being able to write about health topics that can change lives for the better.