UTI Natural Remedies: 7 Ways to Cure your Bladder/Urinary Tract Infection

UTI Natural Remedies: Urinary tract infections are a health problem that affects millions of people each year.

Infections of the urinary tract are common -- only respiratory infections occur more often. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) accounted for about 8.3 million doctor visits each year according to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC).

Women are especially prone to UTIs for reasons that are poorly understood. One woman in five develops a UTI during her lifetime.

Urinary Tract Infections in men are not so common, but they can be very serious when they do occur.

Below is a short video on UTI signs and symptoms. There are also some helpful tips on preventing a UTI...

Below are some proven effective UTI natural remedies that can help you prevent a UTI or eliminate one already in progress.

However, if a UTI lasts longer than two days, be sure to check with your doctor.

  1. Boost Immunity: One of the best ways to do this is to supplement with vitamin C on a daily basis. Some doctors recommend at least 2000 mg during an attack to boost the immune system.

    Vitamin C also prevents the bacterial growth due to the acidic environment created in the bladder and the urinary tract.

  2. Increase Antioxidants: It is also recommended you get at least 5-7 fruits or vegetables a day along with plenty of water. (Beware of certain fruits that are listed below)

  3. Avoid Certain Foods: Your diet also can help or hinder your infection. During an attack, you should avoid these foods with a high acidic content: coffee, tea, chocolate, oranges, strawberries, tomatoes, wine, soft drinks, chicken, steak, corn, eggs and sour cream.

  4. Take Echinacia: Often referred to as the king of herbs because it is often used to treat many symptoms, including UTIs. This herb can be used to strengthen the immune system. Additionally, it will also help fight off bacterial infections. Echinacea and Golden Seal is a good herbal combination to take to fight infection.

  5. Raise the Acid-base with Baking Soda: At the first sign of a UTI, drink a mixture of 1/2 tsp baking soda in eight ounce glass of water. The presence of baking soda in your system raises the acid-base balance of the acidic urine.

  6. Berries are Beneficial: Blueberries and cranberries have bacteria-inhibiting properties. Try putting a handful of blueberries in your morning cereal.

    Also...studies show cranberry juice prevents infection-causing bacteria from bedding down in your bladder, and it also has a very mild antibiotic affect.

    Drink at least 4 ounces of cranberry juice a day to help keep your bladder infection-free. But if you have a UTI right now or are prone to chronic UTIs...try to drink at least 2 to 4 glasses of cranberry juice a day. If you just can stomach the pure cranberry juice, you can substitute cranberry juice cocktail or just take cranberry supplements.

  7. Prevent Chronic UTIs with a product called Urinary Maintenance: I personally use this herbal combination and find it to be very effective in preventing my reoccurring UTIs. It helps sanitize the urinary tract and boost the immune system.

Some common sense UTI natural remedies for clearing up a current urinary tract infection and preventing another one:

  • Drink a full 8 ounces of water every hour. The river of water in your system will help flush out bacteria by making you urinate more frequently.

    Donít hold your urine. You could get a backup of bacteria and end up with another infection. Also...after urinating, be sure to wipe from front to back to keep bacteria from getting close to the urethra.

    Avoid alcohol. Alcohol is an irritant to your bladder. Also...remember the UTI natural remedy above and avoid caffeine-loaded drinks such as caffeinated soda pop, coffee, and tea because caffeine can irritate the bladder too.

    Wear cotton. To help stay fresher and dryer, women should wear cotton underwear or cotton-lined panty hose and men should wear boxer shorts.

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