By Umang Agarwal
Incidences of urinary tract infection are alarmingly increasing and UTIs are the most common type of bacterial infection diagnosed today. Let’s take a closer look into the specifics in order to have a better understanding of the disease.
What is UTI? What are its causes, symptoms, and treatment? Also, more importantly, how food can play a significant role in the prevention of this problem.
Urinary tract infection is an infection in any part of the urinary system, kidneys, bladder or urethra. 50% of all women usually experience this problem in their lifetime at least once if not more as it is observed that recurrences of UTI are quite common. People of any age and sex can develop it. However, in males incidences are far lower as in comparison to women. UTI is a result of infection caused by the bacteria known as “E.Coli”.
The Factors Increasing The Risk Of Developing UTI Are:
- Suppressed immune system
- Poor personal hygiene
- Bowel inconsistency
- Frequent sexual intercourse and failing to maintain hygiene post it
- Use of antibiotics which affects the natural flora
- Urinating in an infected area when using a public washroom
- Immobility for a long period of time
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Urinary Tract Infections Problem Do Have Symptoms, They May Include:
- Passing of frequent small amounts of urine
- Pain or burning sensation while urinating
- Pelvic pain
- Blood in urine
- Vaginal irritation
- Body fatigue and fever
The most common treatment for UTI is the intake of antibiotics, which helps in curing and arresting the spread of the infection to further parts of the urinary system.
Diet can play an important role in combating the disease to a large extent.
Following Are The Remedies For UTI Infection:
- For eons, cranberry juice has been consumed as a corrective measure and a natural remedy for UTI. It inhibits the growth of bacteria, making it harder for the bacteria to cling to urinary tract walls. However, studies do not conform to the aspect that it cures the problem completely. It may help in preventing the infection but is not instrumental in curing it once the infection manifests itself.
- Drinking plenty of water can help immensely in flushing off the bacteria.
- Blueberries are rich sources of antioxidants and boost the immune system.
- Watermelon juice and Coconut water act as a diuretic, which helps to flush out bacteria from the urinary tract.
- Vitamin C rich fruits (orange, etc.) can be deadly to some of the urinary tract infection bacteria. They can be taken as a supplement but with caution. However, there are relatively few studies authenticating this fact.
- Probiotics like unsweetened yogurt consist of good bacteria and combat bad bacteria, thus helping in maintaining or restoring a good bacterial environment.
- Raw Garlic contains antibacterial and antiviral properties which prevent infection and kills the bacteria causing UTI. Sulfate compounds do have antimicrobial properties.
- Apple Cider Vinegar (20 ml) diluted in 200 ml water if sipped during the day helps as well.
- Soak Coriander powder in a glass of warm water overnight and sieve in the morning. Add crystallized sugar lumps (Misri). Drinking this helps in eliminating the problem to a great extent.
- Avoid foods and beverages that irritate the bladder like alcohol, carbonated drinks, caffeine and spicy foods.
Follow these simple tips to help maintain a good floral balance in the urinary system.
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Other Basics That Can Be Followed Are:
- Urinating frequently
- Keeping genital area clean
- Wearing loose-fitting cotton underwear
- Avoid using perfumes, deodorant, and sprays in the genital area
- Using sanitary pads instead of tampons
- Washing the area thoroughly after intercourse
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is always the best solution to any problem. Eat healthy, maintain hygiene, exercise and be fit and fine, free from any kind of medical disorder.
DISCLAIMER: While we have taken steps to check the accuracy of information & practices shared here; it is not a replacement for a doctor’s opinion. it is important to first always check with your own doctor before trying any medication, practice or suggestion from this site.