If you are a man or woman, particularly a woman who is sexually active, then you may already know that Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) can strike at almost any time for any reason. They’re one of the most uncomfortable ailments to experience. From the burning and constant urge to urinate, it’s a feeling that you’ll want to rid yourself of immediately.
Antibiotics are the traditional medicine for UTIs. They clear up your system quickly and relatively painlessly.
So What’s the Problem With Antibiotics?
Some people believe in antibiotics, but others don’t. Drug companies certainly aren’t the most the most eco-friendly—their factories produce pollution and their drugs come decked out in plastic. Some think that antibiotics kill off good bacteria, leaving your immune system weaker.
While UTIs are something that you should definitely treat through a doctor if your symptoms persist for longer than 2 days or so, there are still natural things you can do to help snip them from their start without spending much money or using many resources.
1. Cranberry Cranberry has been proven to help acidify the urine and prevent the UTI bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder. Make sure you drink 100% cranberry juice or eat actual cranberries, though. All of the unnatural sugars and other substances in regular store-bought juice won’t do you any favors.
2. Baking Soda When you first feel the symptoms of a UTI, mix a teaspoon of baking soda with eight ounces of water. It’s gross tasting, but you’ll be happy you did it. Baking soda raises the PH level of the irritating and acidic urine during a UTI attack.
3. Uva Ursi Uva Ursi is an herb you can get at most natural food and drug stores. Although the scientific evidence seems to be controversial, this herb may have antiseptic properties.
4. Drink Water-A lot of Water
This may not sound like the most extraordinary remedy, but it is one of the most important things you can do when you have a UTI. It can help flush out bacteria, and (almost) more importantly, it gives you something to actually push out when you pee! A lot of home remedies for urinary tract infections are drinks because you should always be flushing fluid through your system to give it a helping hand in getting rid of the nasty bacteria.
You will need…
-An ice cold glass of fresh water
Drink like a fish stranded in the desert at the first hint of an infection. Get your 8 glasses, and then some more. Keep clearing out your urinary tract and you may be able to bounce back rather quickly-or at least be comfortable.
5. Mmm Cucumbers
This is an easy one for me-I love cucumbers! I don’t know why, but they’re one of my favorite snacks. While other kids at lunch were busy swapping candy bars, I was eyeing the cucumber slices. Thanks to their high water content, cucumbers are a great way to get to get extra fluid through your system when you find yourself having a hard time drinking enough water.
You will need…
-1 cucumber, sliced
Rinse and slice a cucumber-enjoy
6. Ginger Tea
No list dealing with any condition that involved any kind of inflammation would be complete without ginger. Its chemical make-up allows it to block prostaglandin synthesis, a process which creates little messengers (aptly called prostaglandins.) Prostaglandins communicate about a variety of biological processes, such as inflammation. They also transmit pain signals to neurons. It can therefore help to prevent inflammation, reduce current inflammation, and reduce pain. This is the same process that OTC anti-inflammatory medications-just without all the nasty side-effects.
7. Cream of Tartar & Lemon
This is an old home remedy, not a shiny “this-new-study-just-found” type of remedy, but I love it anyways. Sometimes these old gems work better than anything else you can hunt down, and sometimes they don’t make any difference at all. Cream of tartar may work because it changes the pH of your urine, making a less-friendly environment that makes it harder for bacteria to thrive in. Add in a bit of lemon or lime juice for vitamin C, and you’ve got a powerful bacteria killing concoction that can dry a UTI right up.
You will need…
-1 ½ teaspoons cream of tarter
-Lemon or lime juice (preferably fresh)
Stir cream of tartar into ½-1 cup of warm water. Add a dash of lemon or lime juice, and drink 1-2 times a day. This can also help prevent UTIs when taken daily