Urinary Tract Infection
Even though Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is a general condition, it is
more common among women than men. This issue becomes serious
because many women do not follow the most common protocol to prevent
or minimize the chances of UTI.
UTI is a key reason because of which we are often told to wipe from
front to back after using the bathroom. That’s because the urethra (the
tube that transports urine from the bladder to the outside of the body) is
located very close to the anus. Bacteria from the large intestine, such as
E.Coli, are in perfect position to escape it and invade the urethra. From there, they can travel up to the bladder, and if the infection is not treated,
it can continue on to infect the kidneys.
Home Remedies for UTI
• Drink 10-14 glasses of water to protect yourself from
urinary infection. Drinking a lot of water flushes out bacteria
and other microorganisms which contaminate the urinary tract.
• Do not suppress the urge to urinate, as it may have consequences on
your health, possibly leading to a fully-developed urinary tract infection.
• Always wipe yourself from front to back; this stops the entry of the
bacteria from the anus into the vagina or urethra.
• Take showers instead of bubble bath to prevent the entrance of
bacteria into the urethra
• Wash your genital area before and after a sexual intercourse. Also
urinate before and after it. This avoids the transference of bacteria from
one partner to another.
• Scented sprays can cause infection and
irritation of the vaginal area. They do not help the
cause of alleviating the Urinary Tract Infection
• Drink a good amount of cranberry juice as it is one of the most
simple and natural way of treating urinary tract infection. It prevents and
heals the infection due to its medicinal properties.
• Stay away from caffeine found in coffee, tea, carbonated drinks,
chocolates and many more.
• At the first symptoms, consume vitamin C supplements. It increases
the acidity level of urine which helps to decrease the bacteria present in
the urinary tract.
• You can apply a warm heating pad or hot water bottle on your
abdomen to ease the pain.
• Use of spices like cinnamon and tincture mixture of
herbs like buchu, uvaursi and juniper berries can act as
antiseptics to clean kidney and bladder.
• Drink one glass of water for every 10 hours of the
day. This will help you keep tab on the amount of water you drink.
• Avoid bladder irritants like citrus, tomatoes, aged cheese, chocolate,
spicy food, caffeine, alcohol and nicotine. The irritants may differ for some
individuals, but these are some of the common ones. • Avoid tight underwear as it creates an ideal environment for
undesirable bacteria to breed.