UTIs, or urinary tract infections, aren’t the most exciting topic to discuss, but boy are they pesky and surprisingly prevalent in women. I have a friend who gets them almost monthly, and although I am one of the lucky few who manages to remain UTI free, I suffer watching my friend in pain.
And after yet another UTI, she pleaded with me to help her find a method of prevention. For those predisposed to UTI’s, prevention is the name of the game. Because if left untreated, a urinary tract infection can balloon into a kidney infection – and that is no fun at all.
The first things to know are the signs of a UTI. The common symptoms are:
- An urge to urinate more often
- Decreased quantity of urine passed
- Pain during and after urination (usually a burning or stinging sensation)
Symptoms of a serious urinary tract infection may include nausea, fever, vomiting and constant pain in the abdominal region. If you find yourself experiencing these symptoms often or intensely, it may be too late for the following natural remedies to take effect, so please consult with your doctor.
So, how can you prevent this uncomfortable affliction naturally? You know us – with juice, of course!
- Cranberry juice is perhaps the most well known UTI remedy. This little red jewel has long been prized for its ability to clear up infections. A study conducted in 2002 showed that cranberry juice or cranberry tablets relieved UTI symptoms better than a placebo. Pure cranberry juice is recommended, as certain juice blends may not contain a high enough concentrate of cranberry to be effective. They’re also more likely to be loaded with sugar, which can help breed certain bacteria.
- Blueberries, although not as well recognized as cranberries for treating a UTI, have also been shown to be an effective remedy. You can eat fresh organic blueberries, make a smoothie from frozen berries, or even blend blueberry juice with cranberry juice to harness the healing power of both of these berries. I like hybrid vehicles and hybrid healing juice blends!
- Pineapples are rich in vitamin C and bromelain, helping you fight off infection while also reducing inflammation. Bromelain has been shown to help resolve urinary tract infections, while vitamin C is a known immunity booster.
- Water. This is a no brainer, as hydrating with water is a benchmark remedy for almost any illness. But drinking plenty of fluids is extremely important in the case against urinary tract infections, especially. It allows the body to flush bacteria out of the urinary tract. Since urination can be painful with a UTI, you may be tempted to drink less. But if you keep up your fluid intake constant, you will mostly likely notice a reduction in pain more quickly than if you did not. Yet another wonderful case for the divine H2O!
Urinary tract infections are uncomfortable and extremely inconvenient. But if you, like many (both women and men) suffer from them chronically, these natural remedies may be exactly what the doctor ordered!
*NOTE: If you plan on purchasing these juices, be sure to get the unsweetened and organic varieties; added sugars may serve only to exacerbate the condition.