Urinary tract infections are annoying, especially when a confusion hits your mind that you want to stand or sit, or just want to squeeze down there. If not treated properly can cause complications like kidney infection, cystitis. In this blog you will learn about symptoms of uti, its causes and treatment options for uti.
Urine infection is more common in women as compared to uti in men. Its because females have short length urethra which makes it easier for microbes to travel. Mostly UTIs are uncomplicated and don’t have much symptoms. 20% UTIs are complicated, uncomfortable and bounce back.
UTIs can be prevented to some extent, by maintaining good hygiene and taking some extra care when using public toilets. Before we jump into preventive measures and natural remedies, let’s understand why it is important to treat a UTI.
What is Urinary Tract Infection?
Urinary tract infection is an infection of any part of the urinary system which involves urethra, bladder, ureters and kidneys. Lower urinary tract (urethra and bladder) infections are more common than upper urinary tract (ureteric and kidney infections).
Urinary tract infection is mainly caused by a bacteria called e coli. Microscopic examination commonly demonstrates the presence of e coli in urine. A neglected uti can cause complications like kidney infection and cystitis.
Uti in pregnancy should also be taken very seriously.
Symptoms of UTI
- Burning sensation while urinating
- Urge to urinate again and again
- Frequent urination
- Foul smell in urine
- Cloudy or dark urine
- Bloody urine
- Pain in lower abdomen
- Feeling of incomplete bladder emptying
- No urination
How to prevent UTI/Urinary tract infections?
Key to prevent urine infection is to keep bacteria out of your system.To say goodbye to unpleasant symptoms, start with these changes in your day routine.
- Drink lots of fluids, which help you to flush the bacteria out of your system and keeps you well hydrated.
- STOP HOLDING URINE. Yes, holding urine in bladder can cause infection just as there are bacteria in standing water.
- Wash your anal area from front to back after each bowel movement so that germs don’t get into the urethra.
- Always wash with soap before and after sex and urinate after as it flushes out bacteria from the urinary tract.
- Sidestep of irritating feminine products like douching, scented powders or sprays to avoid urine infection.
- Be wise while choosing condoms as a birth control, because lubricants in condoms contribute to bacterial growth and can cause urine infection.
- Your underwear also plays a major role in providing you comfort and infection free environment.
How to treat Urinary Tract Infection
Antibiotics are mainstream treatment for urine infection but it can lead to antibiotic resistance if abused. So its important to take the help of your doctor for proper treatment. Fortunately, there are some natural treatment options that can wipe out mild urine infection successfully.
1. Cranberry Juice
Cranberry juice is a well known natural remedy to treat urine infection and is being used for decades. It can speed up the recovery and it is very beneficial in preventing the growth of e coli bacteria in urine.
Ocean unsweetened pure cranberry* contains antioxidants and polyphenols which works as an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent to provide relief from annoying urine infection. Cranberry juice around 500ml/day should be taken to treat UTI.
Asparagus is well known for it’s diuretic and high fiber content. It is generally used for weight loss but it works amazing in clearing out infectious cells in urinary tract.
Consuming more asparagus in your diet can increase your trips to the toilet, which acts as flush therapy for bad bacteria. Shatavari tea* is beneficial for the treatment of UTI.
3. Tribulus Terrestris/Gokshoor
Antibacterial properties of Tribulus terrestris methanol extract traditionally used for the treatment of UTIs. It works great for chronic E. coli urinary tract infection.
Himalaya Tribulus* provides a good urinary support. It should be used for a limited time period as prolonged use may increase serum testosterone levels.
4. Boerhavia Diffusa
Boerhavia diffusa* is an Ayurvedic medicine used in various treatments, like kidney disease, skin disorders, insomnia and many more.
Antibacterial properties of Boerhavia diffusa works same as in a broad spectrum antibiotics. It works great on five urinary tract infection causing pathogens, Klebsiella, Psudomonas, Entrococcus, Eschericihia cloi and Proteus.
You can easily make an extract directly from the root or can buy it from amazon or Himalaya wellness.
Indian gooseberry is the richest sources of vitamin C, which significantly in inhibiting the growth of infection causing bacterias.
Mix 1 tsp of Jiva Indian gooseberry* powder in 1 cup and boil . Use this mixture for two times a day for 3-5 days.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV is a rich source of enzymes, potassium and some more useful minerals that prevent multiplication of bacterias. Apple cider vinegar helps in treating urine infections naturally.
Add 2tsp of Bragg ACV* in a glass of water and consume twice a day for few days.
Depending on the agent causing the urinary tract infection, recovery may take a few days or weeks or months. Therefore, it is very important to do urinalysis to start with the treatment.
If you are also suffering from UTI then try these herbal remedies for urinary tract infection.