Natural Remedies for UTIs
More than 50 percent of women will develop a urinary tract infection (UTI) symptoms in their lifetimes. Usually, UTIs are treated with antibiotics, and if recurring infections lead to the frequent use of antibiotics, it can cause antibiotic-resistant, an imbalance in our digestive microbiome and digestive problems. Therefore, it is important to use natural methods to treat UTIs .
Causes of UTI
Urinary tract infection is are usually caused by the bacteria E.coli in the urinary tract or bladder. The bacteria can attach themselves to the lining of the urinary tract and inhabit the urethra, bladder and kidneys.
In Chinese Medicine, damp-heat in the bladder usually the cause of UTIs.
Symptoms of UTI
Common symptoms of a UTI may include:
- Hot, painful sensations when urinating
- A frequent urge to urinate, but passing only small amounts
- Cloudy urine
- Red or bright pink urine (blood in urine)
- urine that appears red or bright pink (a sign of blood in the urine)
- Strong-smelling urine
- Pelvic pain (in women)
Natural Remedies for UTI
Drinking enough water helps to flush bacteria from the bladder and kidneys and makes it difficult for an infection to occur. Drink at least one glass of water for every meal.
Eat Diuretic and Heat Clearing Food
Diuretic food can help to flush the bladder and kidneys, and clear heat in the bladder to ease the symptoms of UTI. Include watermelon, cranberry, and asparagus in your diet as often as you can.
Consuming probiotic food such as kimchi (uncooked), yoghurt, sauerkraut, raw cheese and kombucha helps to restore the body’s natural bacteria colony and act as a preventative against UTIs and future active infections.
Good Practices to Prevent UTI
Cleanse Intimate Areas Well
It is important to keep your private areas clean and prevent bacteria to grow. Avoid using aggressive shower gels to wash your private areas and over washing, as these may upset the pH balance of your intimate areas. Use specially formulated feminine care products or bSoul’s certified natural shower gel . Use a small amount and dilute with water to effectively, but gently cleaning your intimate area.
Stay Clean and Dry
After urinating, women should wipe from front to back, this will prevent bacteria from getting into the urethra and causing a urinary tract infection. The choice of underwear is important too. Nylon material can trap moisture and allow bacteria to grow. Choose natural fabrics, specifically cotton, as they allow your intimate area to breathe, reducing heat and moisture and preventing infections.