10 Ways To Treat a UTI
Guest post by Kelly Ann Reagan
“Urinary tract infections are the second most common type of infection in the body, accounting for about 8.1 million visits to health care providers each year.” (SOURCE)
Some of the causes for UTIs include acidity, poor pH, hygiene issues, and chemical irritation (caused by soaps used on the area, residues on our clothing, lack of adequate air circulation, antibiotics and more).
The basic idea is that when the balance is off one way or the other, this creates an open breeding ground for bacteria we do not want or need.
If you are getting recurring UTIs and cannot seem to pinpoint where they might be coming from, try doing these things on a regular basis:
- Drink water!
- Maintain good hygiene before and after sex.
- Drink pure unsweetened cranberry juice. 100% Cranberry Juice is not always available. Make sure what you are buying is not a juice blend made from concentrate OR take D-manoose as an alternative.
- Limit consumption of sugars including natural sugars and dont forget that alcohol is eventually metabolized into sugar and creates acidity so take it easy on that too.
- Eat a healthy balanced diet with ample fruits and vegetables, taking care to avoid heavy starches.
- Wear loose fitting clothing made out of natural fabric.
- Be aware that toilet paper and chemicals from laundering clothing can also irritate sensitive skin.
- Do NOT use over the counter douches and vaginal washes. They can cause more harm than good, washing away good bacteria that can help the healing process, in turn affecting vaginal pH and irritating the area.
- Always wipe from front to back after using the restroom.
At the first sign of symptoms, start a strict regimen of the following 10 things:
- Garlic! It is one of the most powerful antibacterials: safe, effective, inexpensive and readily available. It is best consumed raw; add it to salad, put it in hummus or cut into small chunks and swallow. Inserting a raw clove in the vagina does wonders to prevent bacteria from finding its way there and causing other issues; I crush it beforehand. Have I told you how much I love garlic?
- D-manoose and PURE cranberry juice: d-manoose is the active ingredient that can treat UTIs from cranberry juice but it is isolated and can actually be extracted from other plants and their fruits. It is incredibly effective and relatively easy to find. Most cranberry juice available is mixed with sweet juices or contains added sugar which will not help, therefore I use pure cranberry juice. However, it is bitter, hard to find in some rural areas, and more expensive than most other juice.
- Modify your diet. Plain and simple it helps to remove wheat, yeast, sugar, heavy starches and just to give the body a break to heal. This includes ‘natural sugars.’ I would avoid fruit for a short period especially the sweeter fruits. I would also avoid eating large quantities of meat.
- Make sure you get the rest that you need. In our modern world we go go go too much! The body feels like it’s in chaos with constant movement, so go ahead and clear your schedule of anything you can and get rest! This is imperative!
- Avoid stress as much as you can! When we are stressed our body is not able to fight off infections and bacteria, leaving us sick for much longer periods of time.
- Drink plenty of water. You can also drink vegetable juices and even vitamin water. (But make sure your veggie juices do not contain too much sweet fruit.) Back to the point though, staying hydrated is imperative for the tissues of the body to process toxins and remove them. It will also help to flush the infection out of the urinary system. If you do not drink enough water, you will be compromising your body’s ability to heal itself. Also avoid caffeine!
- Probiotics!!!! When we have a problem with pH, especially in or around our genitals, the things we don’t want grow and the things we need don’t grow enough; you can be fancy and call this the micro-flora. To restore proper ‘flora’, you can consume Probiotics either from pills or where they occur naturally like in fermented foods, Kombucha, kefir and many others.
- You can also insert probiotics to prevent the bacteria form entering the vagina and creating the dreaded yeast infection none of us want!!!!!! According to a NYU Langon Medical center article the following:Lactobacillus rhamnosus , acidophilus, and Streptococcus thermophilus, are recommended to help with vaginal flora when directly inserted. Some women choose to use yogurt. I cannot personally attest to the success of the yogurt method.
- Essential Oils! You thought they were not going to make it on the list, eh? Think again! I found a nice little article on the Healing Heart Oils blog that gives excellent recommendations for how to use essential oils to treat UTIs.
- Build your immune system! You need to help your body be strong to get these infections under control. FYI, it is always better to consume vitamins from natural sources than from supplements, because nutrients tend to be more bio-available (a scientific way of saying more readily absorbed).
Here are things you can consume to help the immune system:
- Vitamin C, found in peppers, greens, and kiwis – all in larger quantities than oranges!
- Echinacea! You can find echinacea tinctures, extracts, pills, teas and sometimes the plant itself.
- Juice it! Fresh vegetable juices help strengthen your immune system.
- Coconut oil can help your immune system and help bring the body back into balance… Put it in or on everything you consume… In fact you can use it topically too…
- Blueberries and raspberries because they are so high in antioxidants!
This advice is no substitute for diagnosis and treatment from a qualified medical professional. If you are experiencing intense symptoms like high fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, and pain in the midsection, it is already time to visit your doctor. If the UTI gets worse, if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have symptoms lasting several days without improvement, are elderly (65+), treating a young child or have any type of immune system disorder or otherwise compromising illness that will block immune system response, you need to see your doctor.
Research and investigate before determining the course of treatment and be gentle on your body. Our biochemistry is different and what works for one might not be as effective for another. You should make sure there are no contraindications with medications you are taking.
I am sure there must be more but that is what the comment box is for!
If you have made it this far, I commend you!
Thanks for reading!
Stay healthy and happy always,
Kelly Ann Reagan
Read more from Kelly on her blog -> Sanagaia Garden