June 5 2017
Ever feel a burning sensation when you urinate? Or that you need to pee all the time but nothing comes out? Congratulations you probably have a urinary tract infection! Sarcastic congratulations aside, this is in fact a common and very irritating issue that typically affects the female anatomy and can lead to more severe problems if it is not taken care of. The symptoms range in severity, but no UTI should be taken too lightly and should be treated as soon as possible. The primary cause for a UTI is typically caused by unwanted bacteria; this can come from an infection of the bladder (cystitis) which is typically caused by E.coli, a type of bacteria found in the gastrointestinal tract. Not urinating after sexual intercourse can be a common cause for cystitis, however one does not need to be sexually active in order to contract cystitis. Another form of UTI is an infection of the urethra (urethritis) which is when gastrointestinal bacteria spread to the urethra.
If you really want to get rid of and prevent this from coming back there are a few things you should and should not do. Avoid excessive and artificial sources of salt and sugar as well as yeast and caffeine. These will cause you to retain water and will make it much more difficult for your body to flush out the infection. What you need are antioxidants, vitamin C and natural diuretics to help flush out your bladder and kidneys and ultimately, flush out the infection and prevent it from coming back. Foods you would want to incorporate in your diet to help in preventing and eliminating this type of infection would be high in different types of antioxidants rich in vitamins A and C to help boost your immune system (cranberries, blueberries, sweet potatoes or kale) have natural antibiotic and probiotic properties (cinnamon, kombucha, yogurt, horseradish) and to drink a lot of water. As for supplements, it is a good idea to try to find natural diuretics, something that can help clean out your bladder and kidneys. D-mannose is a natural sugar in the glucose family that helps as a diuretic and eliminates and prevents UTI’s from coming back and is good to have in your arsenal for fighting infections. Urinary tract infections are never great to deal with, and if left unattended could lead to even worse physical health problems, thankfully, there are many natural, healthy and even delicious remedies that can fix this problem and prevent it from ever coming back!