UTI: Home Remedies and Debunking Myths
Knowing about UTI is necessary for women because they are more prone to this ailment compared to men. UTI or urinary tract infection can occur in any part of the urinary system. Although most infections involve the bladder and urethra, the infection can also occur in the kidneys and ureters. If the infection is limited to the urethra and bladder it is painful and causes a lot of discomfort. However, if it reaches the kidneys then it can be dangerous. Here we will look at the more common type of UTI which involves the bladder and urethra.
Facts about UTI
Although for serious cases like kidney infection, you should see a doctor but other infections can be treated with UTI home remedies. Bacteria from the bowel are the most common cause of UTI, but it can also be caused by viruses and fungi although this is rare. In about 80% of the cases, 3 strains of bacteria – staphylococcus, saprophyticus and Escherichia coli are responsible for causing UTI. The common symptoms of UTI include:
- A burning sensation when urinating
- Frequent urination
- Cloudy or dark urine
- Strong odor in urine
- A feeling that the bladder is not completely empty
- Pain in the pelvis
As mentioned above, women are more prone to get UTI compared to men because the urethra. which is the tube that carries urine out of the bladder, is shorter in women compared to men. This is why it is easier for the bacteria to reach and enter the bladder. At least half of the women experience UTI at some point of life. Traditionally antibiotics are used to treat UTI, but there are natural remedies for UTI which do not cause harmful side effects like antibiotics. Let us look at the Indian home remedies for UTI in detail.
Drink plenty of fluids
According to a study, low hydration is linked to the risk of contracting UTI. This is because regular urination helps to flush out the bacteria from the urinary system. A study performed in 2003 with 141 women showed that low fluid intake and infrequent urination are both linked to UTI.
In another study 28 women were asked to monitor themselves and their hydration status. They used a probe to measure the urine concentration. It was found in this study that increase in fluid intake led to decrease in frequency of UTI. It is advisable to drink water throughout the day and especially when you are thirsty. This is one of the easiest and simplest UTI home remedies
Increase vitamin C intake
There is evidence that intake of vitamin C can protect against and treat UTI. Vitamin C increases the acidity of the urine and kills off the bacteria that cause infection. Vegetables and fruits like red bell peppers, grapefruit, oranges, and kiwifruit contain the recommended amount of vitamin C in just one serving.
Drink unsweetened cranberry juice
Unsweetened cranberry juice is one of the most well-known UTI home treatments. Cranberries work to prevent the bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract and hence they prevent infection and also treat it. But usually the PACs (which are the components that actually help with UTI) present in Cranberry juice is not sufficient for an instant UTI relief.
Probiotics are friendly bacteria which are consumed through foods or supplements. They promote a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut. Probiotics are useful in many ways like improving the health of the digestive system and enhancing immunity. According to research Lactobacillus which is a common strain of probiotic helps to prevent UTI in adult women.
Bearberry leaf is one of the best herbal remedies for UTI. It has been used in traditional and folk medicine for centuries and it is availed from a wild flowering shrub that grows in different parts of Europe, Asia and North America. Bears love the berries of the plant and this is what has given it the name bearberry while its leaves are used as medicine. Once the leaves are harvested they can be consumed as a tea or in the form of capsules with the extract.
Garlic is a herb that has been used for centuries both in culinary and medicinal practices. It is especially good at treating fungal, viral and bacterial infections. The sulfur containing compound allicin in garlic is responsible for its healing properties. In test tube studies it has been observed that allicin has a strong antibacterial effect on the bacteria that cause UTI including E Coli. You can consume garlic in its raw form, but due to the strong flavor and smell most people prefer supplements in capsule form.
There are many myths surrounding UTI just like there are with other ailments. Let’s delve into UTI debunking myths.
Myth 1 – UTI is not a serious ailment
It is true that sometimes the UTI subsides by itself, however, it can become dangerous and cause permanent damage if it spreads to the kidneys. Nowadays, it is possible to get strips that can take 2 minutes to check whether you have a UTI. If you do, then it is advisable to take action for curing it.
Myth 2 – Only women get UTI
Of course as mentioned above, women are more prone to contract UTI and according to statistics about half of the women will get UTI. However, on the other hand only about 12 percent of men get UTI. This is due to the construction of the female and male urinary systems.
Myth 3 – UTI is caused by poor hygiene
Getting a UTI does not mean that you have poor hygiene. In fact you can be completely clean and still get UTI. UTI is a problem that originates inside the body. In fact if you have a female urinary system it is sufficient to get UTI.
So now that you know how to get rid of UTI you will suffer less pain next time you get UTI. Of course you have the option of taking antibiotics prescribed by the doctor, but you can also try the natural cure for UTI mentioned above. UTI can be very painful and annoying but with these simple remedies you can relieve the pain.
You can also add a natural UTI supplement such as Chicnutrix Happee and do a natural UTI treatment without antibiotics.
Chicnutrix Happee is a Natural UTI Management Supplement with triple action formula of Proprietary Cranberry Extracts, Ursolia (proprietary sage leaves extract) and D-Mannose.
The combination of these natural ingredients with Swiss Effervescent Technology relieves the pain caused by UTI, cleanses and protects the urinary tract and resists the bacterias that causes infections and also prevents the recurrent UTI.
During active infection, take 1-2 tablets per day and to prevent recurrent UTI, consume 1 effervescent tablet daily for 30 days, every 3 months.
So now you can be pain-free and pee happee!