How to manage a urinary tract infection

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If you've ever had a urinary tract infection (UTI), as I'm sure most ladies have had at some time in their life, I know you're likely to be familiar with that unpleasant burning feeling whilst urinating. This could also be accompanied by pelvic pain, frequent toilet trips and cloudy or bloody urine. This is due to the overgrowth of certain types of bacteria in the urethra (the duct that carries urine from the bladder out of the body). Left unchecked, a UTI may lead to a kidney infection so it's very important to manage this is in the right way to ensure it doesn't come back. Doctors can prescribe antibiotics for UTIs but these antibiotics can disrupt the balance of beneficial bacteria in the body so what else can we do?

What You'll Need

  • Filtered water - minimum 2 litres per day
  • D-mannose supplement
  • Probiotic foods: probiotic yogurt, apple cider vinegar, sauerkraut, miso soup, kombucha tea, natto, tempeh, Kimchi, pickled vegetables,
  • Prebiotic foods: onions, garlic, oats, asparagus, leek, artichokes, root vegetables

What You'll Do

  • Drink plenty of filtered water to help flush the bacteria out of the body, a minimum of 2 litres per day, this will be dependent on your size and activity levels
  • Completely empty your bladder when going to the toilet. When you think you've finished do try again, your bladder stores more liquid than you might realise! Otherwise the bacteria can hide away there.
  • Always wipe front to back once you're done to prevent the spread of bacteria from the anus
  • Pee straight after having to sex to flush out any bacteria that may have hitched a ride
  • Avoid baths and using heavily scented products down below, this may cause irritation and make it easier for bacteria to spread
  • Cut sugar out of your diet, this is a common reason for a UTI to keep coming back. Sugar in your diet feeds the bacteria that cause the UTI so it makes it harder to eradicate them
  • Try a D-mannose supplement, D-mannose makes it more difficult for the bacteria to stick to the walls of the urethra
  • Encourage the growth of healthy bacteria in the body to crowd out the bacteria causing the UTI, do this by consuming probiotic and prebiotic foods

Tips & Warnings

  • If after trying these tips your UTI doesn't go away or it keeps coming back, please do make sure you see a doctor.
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