Home Remedies To Get Rid Of UTI – Many girls I have met are always cautious of UTI. They never want to be careless about their reproductive health. They would always ask questions on any recent topic pertaining to reproduction. Nobody wants to face the risk of infertility.
Back then in the female hostel, everyone had a ‘pee bucket’ as nobody dared to use the toilet directly. Even with all the precautions, there were still cases of UTIs. This article seeks to provide simple remedies that will help you get rid of UTI fast.
So feed your curiosity, read on, and learn.
What Is Urinary Tract Infection?
UTI means Urinary Tract Infections. It is an infection that affects any part of the urinary tract, including the kidneys, ureter, bladder or urethra. Bacteria from the bowel are the most common cause of UTIs, although fungi and viruses are also causative agents of UTI.
The species of bacteria most likely responsible for UTIs are Escherichia coli, which cause about 90% of all bladder infections8 and the Staphylococcus epidermidis and Staphylococcus aureus.
UTI can affect anyone, but women are more susceptible to the infection. This is because the urethra, that is the tube that carries urine out of the bladder, is shorter in women than in men. Hence, the easier it is for the bacteria to enter and get to the bladder.
Studies have shown that half of all women will experience a UTI at some point in their lives and sometimes could reoccur after treatment. I can understand why my girls were so careful.
Common Symptoms of UTI
- A burning sensation when peeing
- Frequent urination
- Cloudy or dark urine
- Urine with a strong odor
- A feeling of incomplete bladder emptying
- Pelvic pain
Usually, antibiotics are used to treat UTIs though there have been complaining about the negative impact of antibiotics. The good news is that there are home remedies that can help get rid of UTIs fast. You may not even need antibiotics again. I will share with you, ten of such remedies.
10 Home Remedies to Get Rid of UTI
Since women are largely susceptible to the annoying menace that urinary tract infection is, here are the top home remedies to treat it. These remedies comprise of adjustments to make and use ingredients that are readily available.
1. Drink Plenty Of Water
Whenever my roommate brags about not being a water person; I cannot help but stare. I wonder if she has any idea the harm she could be causing herself by failing to drink water all the time.
You may not know it but drinking a lot of water does you a lot of good. Drinking plenty of water results in regular urination and regular urination helps to flush bacteria from the urinary tract to prevent infection.
Are you aware that low urine output increases the risk of developing urinary tract infections? And since your urine output can be improved by adequate consumption of water, I think you should challenge yourself to drink water more often.
Apart from water, you can also include other fluids in your diet, such as fruit juice, yogurt, milk, etc. Just remember that the more the fluid intake, the better your chances of getting rid of UTI.
I even discovered that low fluid intake and infrequent urination are both linked to recurrent urinary tract infections. That is to say, recovery from UTI does not mean you should go on holidays in your fluid intake. It is instead a habit you must develop and maintain.
Furthermore, water plays a dual role in the urinary system. While it aids the organs in the urinary tract remove waste efficiently; it also helps them retain vital nutrients and electrolytes. And you know electrolytes are needed for the normal functioning of the body.
Beyond that, adequate fluid intake means that your urine will be diluted. Eventually, your urine will travel faster through the system, making it harder for bacteria to reach the cells that line urinary organs and to cause an infection.
To stay hydrated and meet your fluid needs, it is best to drink water throughout the day and whenever you feel thirsty. So the next time your mother instructs you always to take water, do not take her for granted. My mother does that all the time.
2. Increase Vitamin C Intake
While growing up, mother would always provide us with Vitamin C tablets, and because they were delicious, we did not mind at all. Then I could throw six pills into my mouth all at once, especially the orange-colored tablets.
Vitamin C is very useful in combating UTI. Reason being that Vitamin C increases the acidity of urine, thereby killing off the bacteria that cause infection. In other words, it makes the environment tough for bacteria to survive.
It achieves this by reacting with nitrates in urine to form nitrogen oxides. This lowers the pH of urine and bacteria cannot survive in low pH.
You see, Vitamin C has a protective effect, cutting down the risk of urinary tract infections. Or haven’t you wondered why it is always included in your medication after you have been diagnosed with any ailment at all?
If you are like me and you love fruits and vegetables, then you are very high on Vitamin C. Bravo! On the other hand, if you are the type that removes greens from your meal and you pick hamburger over watermelon, you need to make a change.
On the norm, Vitamin C is an antioxidant that boosts your immune system. Some of my friends wait until they feel some sickness symptoms before they will eat fruits. They will buy an apple, watermelon, banana, pineapple, etc. and consume them all at once to prevent the sickness from breaking them down.
Do not be like them, taking fruits once in a while. Be like me, take fruits all the time, and include them in your diet. You will merely be supplying your body with Vitamin C from natural sources rather than wait till you are given tablets at the pharmacy.
This one might interest you; red peppers, oranges, grapefruit and kiwi fruit are good sources of Vitamin C and contain the full recommended amount of Vitamin C in just one serving. Do well to try them out when preparing your dishes.
3. Drink Unsweetened Cranberry Juice
This remedy is widespread, and it is very useful. Apart from UTI, it has been found useful in clearing general infections and speeding up wound recovery time.
When bacteria adhere to your urinary tract, it results in infection. What cranberry does for you is to prevent bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract, thus preventing disease.
Drinking at least 240 ml of cranberry juice every day reduces episodes of urinary tract infection. Depending on what is available to you, cranberry juice capsules equivalent to two 8-ounce servings of cranberry juice will also be useful. You can also snack on the actual fruit (whole or dried).
4. Take a Probiotic
Probiotics are beneficial microorganisms that are consumed through food or supplements. They promote a healthy balance of bacteria in the body. They can help keep the urinary tract healthy and free from harmful bacteria.
Most individuals have complained negatively about using antibiotics to treat UTI. If you are in this category, I suggest you introduce probiotics into your system. Probiotics help replenish naturally occurring bacteria that live in the body. Usually, these bacteria fight off the harmful bacteria that cause UTI.
It has been proven that taking both antibiotics and probiotics together is more effective at preventing recurrent urinary tract infection than using only antibiotics. Probiotics are beneficial in restoring gut bacteria after antibiotic treatment and reduces the side effects associated with the use of antibiotics.
Probiotics are available in supplement forms like a capsule or a powder that mixes into water or other beverages. You can also find probiotics in fermented foods and dairy products including yogurts, kefir, some types of cheese and sauerkraut.
5. Practicing Healthy Habits
Preventing UTI can be achieved by practicing a few good bathroom and hygiene habits. First, it is essential not to hold urine for too long. This can lead to a build-up of bacteria, resulting in infection.
When you urinate as need rises, you reduce the amount of time that bacteria are exposed to cells in the urinary tract, thereby reducing the risk of infection.
Second, when you use the toilet, you should make sure to wipe front to back. When bacteria from the rectum or feces gain access to the urethra, they can travel up to the urinary tract and cause infections.
So do not let that happen; after using the toilet, wipe front to back. It is also right that you use separate pieces of toilet paper to clean the genitals and anus.
Thirdly practice sexual hygiene. Following that UTIs can be transmitted through sexual intercourse, it is crucial you learn some excellent sexual habits too. These habits include:
- Urinate before and immediately after sex
- Use barrier contraception, such as a condom
- Wash your genitals before and after intercourse
- Wash your genitals or change condoms if switching from anal sex to vaginal sex
- Let your partner know if you have any current or previous UTIs
- Avoid using spermicide as it has been linked to an increase in UTIs.
Maintaining the above listed healthy habits will go a long way to protect you from recurrent UTIs. I also suggest in addition to the above that you go for fragrance-free hygiene products. This is to help avoid irritation on sensitive parts of your skin.
6. Use Natural Supplements
Some natural supplements can reduce the risk of developing urinary tract infections. These supplements include;
i. D-Mannose: This is effective in treating urinary tract infections and preventing a recurrence. It functions by attaching to E. Coli bacteria, making them stick to each other instead of the urinary tract walls.
D-Mannose works very fast; you can feel relief as quickly as the following day. Additionally, taking D-mannose before intercourse or during antibiotic treatment can help prevent a UTI from developing.
The good thing about this sugar is that it is safe for consumption by diabetics, children and elderly. Most fruits like apples, blueberries, and cranberries have a high content of D-Mannose. You can also take the supplement which may be in capsule or powder form.
ii. Bearberry: this fruit contains a phytochemical which is converted by bacteria in urine to a highly potent bacterial killer. This makes the fruit very useful in treating UTIs. Bearberries, when eaten pass out of the body through urine. By doing that, they can soothe irritation and reduce inflammation. Additionally, they fight the bacteria responsible for your debilitating condition.
Bearberries work faster when your urine is kept alkaline. And you can achieve that by adding sodium bicarbonate, dandelion root, and dandelion leaf to the equation. This combination has been proven to decrease urinary tract infection recurrence.
iii. Garlic extract: Garlic has been shown to have antimicrobial properties and may be able to block the growth of bacteria to prevent urinary tract infections. Ingesting garlic extract once in a while will help relieve you of the symptoms of UTI.
iv. Lauricidin: is a supplement that is useful in treating UTIs that are caused by bacteria other than E. coli. It has anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial activity, and is specific against pathogenic bacteria.
This means that it will not affect negatively beneficial bacteria in the body. It works by disturbing the integrity of the bacterial cell membrane, blocking replication and making it easier for the immune system to destroy the pathogen.
7. Apply Heat
Heat can be useful in relieving yourself of UTI pain. You can apply heat by placing a heating pad or hot water bottle on your abdomen or back. This will ease the discomfort of a urinary tract infection. This remedy will also be useful for kids with bladder infections too.
8. Wear Loose Clothing
If you have a UTI situation and tight skinny jeans is your favorite outfit; I suggest you have a change of mind. Though clothing may not cause infections or makes infections persist (especially if you are a neat person), it might worsen irritation. Trust me; you do not want to add that to your baggage.
Since you are trying to combat UTIs, it is vital that you dress in loose cotton cloth and underwear more often. Additionally, do not remain in your damp workout clothes and wet bathing suits for long. Once they have served their purpose, pull them off quickly.
9. Cut Bladder Irritants From Your Diet
Please note that caffeine, alcohol, spicy food, nicotine, carbonated drinks, and artificial sweeteners can irritate your bladder. If you have UTI and consume the above-listed foods; your healing will take longer.
I strongly advise that you focus on healthy foods to speed up your healing and maintain your health. A typical example of the food you should eat is high-fiber carbohydrates such as oatmeal or lentil soup. These meals are right for your digestive health and will not have any adverse effect on your urinary tract.
10. Take Nattokinase
Nattokinase is an enzyme produced by the bacteria found in the fermented food natto. This enzyme has been shown to dissolve biofilms. It can achieve this due to its proteolytic nature, which helps break down the fibrin proteins that maintain the structure of biofilms.
Let me quickly explain what biofilms are
Certain times, microorganisms and their extracellular products accumulate to form structured communities. These structured communities are referred to as biofilms.
Biofilms easily attach to surfaces, and once they are attached to the lining of the urinary tract; they make infections extremely hard to treat. Plus, they commonly return shortly after you stop treatment.
So you see; the use of biofilm disruptors can help prevent the recurrence of chronic UTIs. And Nattokinase is a potent biofilm disruptor. You will consume a large quantity of Nattokinase when you add Natto to your diet.
For a little more help, click here to learn how to prepare Natto.
Other examples of biofilm disruptors are InterFase Plus and Biofilm Defense. The enzymes contained in these destroy the biofilm matrix embedding potential of pathogens. They also dissolve the sugar and fibrin components of most pathogenic biofilms. By destroying the biofilms, the recurrence of UTIs despite proper hygiene can be reduced.
If you have read this article to the end, congratulations! You have all the keys you need. What will you do with them? I would love to know the first remedy you chose to try out and what the outcome was.
So let us talk about it and let me know if you have any further questions. I will be glad to answer them.