8 Tips to prevent UTIS

utisIf you’ve ever suffered from a urinary tract infection (UTI), you know that it is no fun at all. Not only is it painful but along with it comes the frequent urination which can be very disruptive to your day and to your sleep. If left uncared for it is often accompanied by a fever and abdominal pain that radiates into the back. For these reasons it is crucial that you see your doctor as soon as you suspect a UTI, because if left untreated it can turn into a kidney infection, which can have long term damaging effects on your kidneys. How to Prevent UTls Naturally If you’re prone to urinary tract infections, as one out of ten women usually are, you’ve probably had some of these points suggested to you at some point in your life, while struggling to maintain some semblance of normality and a seemingly overactive bladder.

  1. Drink plenty of water. Okay, let’s face it, this one’s a nobrainer, but here’s why … This dilutes’ your urine and can help flush out bacteria so it won’t get a chance to cause an infection. The more you drink (water), the more you pee, and the more bacteria gets flushed out. Even when you’re in the midst of a UTI this is the single most important thing to continue doing.
  2. Urinate after intercourse. If you’re sexually active it can cause bacteria to get into your urinary tract which left there causes mild to serious infections. Urinating right afterwards can help get it out before it does any real damage and flushes it out of the tract.
  3. Drink unsweetened cranberry juice. One or two ounces per day as routine have been known to do wonders, but you want to be sure that it’s 100 percent cranberry juice with no preservatives or added flavours or sweeteners. The taste is very strong, so I’d suggest knocking it back like a shot! Diluting it often dilutes the powers as well, and we want you to get maximum benefits, so be brave, and have it in one go!
  4. Cut down on sugar. Bacteria eats sugar, so try not to feed it. This one’s easy. Especially if you’ve already got a UTI this is something you want to remember. For the time being cut back sugar so you’re giving your body a real chance to recover.
  5. Avoid synthetic undies. If for some reason, you can’t get the type you’re looking for in natural fibres, at the very least, choose underwear with a natural cotton liner in the crotch area. These are more hygienic than the synthetic variety – regardless of how good they look!
  6. Urinate often. If you’re drinking plenty of water and your plumbing is working, this shouldn’t be a problem, but it’s also important that you don’t hold it in. If you have to pee, go as soon as possible. Holding it in will not only give you a stomach ache that will last a few hours, but it will also increase your chances of infection and mess up your kidneys.
  7. Choose showers over baths. Don’t get me wrong, I love baths. Letting yourself soak in the tub is relaxing, calming and can be a real sensual experience, but it’s also an opportunity for bacteria to get into your urinary tract. The occasional bath, when you’re really stressed out, probably won’t be a problem, but in general stick to showers.
  8. Eat fresh fruits and veggies. Fresh produce has a lot of water in it, and it can help you stay hydrated, which in turn helps you flush out bacteria. Not to mention it’s good for you!