More than 8 million women will take a trip to their doctor’s office this year to get antibiotics to treat their urinary tract infections, and so will a lesser number of men. But due to the development of antibiotic resistance, treating this problem with antibiotics is the last thing you should do -especially when there are other ways to treat this issue naturally.
Here are 6 natural solutions for urinary tract infections.
1. Nix Antibiotics
First, stop taking antibiotics. These drugs completely ruin your gut flora, and thus your immunity, making you an easy target for recurring urinary tract infections. When unwanted bacteria enter the urethra, you are ripe for a UTI, and by killing off all the ‘good’ bacteria in your body, a playground is built for the bad guys to have a party.
2. Reduce Stress
Second, reduce stress. When you are in a highly stressed environment, any ailment is more likely to develop, including UTIs. Many people think that UTIs are only sexually transmitted, but this is also a myth. UTIs are so common that most women get at least one in their lifetime. If you have a poor diet and don’t handle your stress, you are more likely to experience one.
3. Try Herbal Remedies
Third, try one of many herbal remedies in place of antibiotics to treat a UTI. Uva Ursi, for example, helps to reverse a urinary tract infection almost immediately. I’ve seen this herb work in a matter of hours on women who are suffering from the frequent need to urinate, painful urination due to a UTI, or trying to go without any successful urine relief.
Uva Ursi has diuretic, astringent and antiseptic properties, so it does the job of nipping a UTI in the bud well.
4. D-Mannose (Found in Cranberry Juice)
You can also try adding foods high in D-Mannose. These include cranberries, blueberries, apples, and even birch trees. It grabs e-coli and other ‘bad’ bacteria that can cause a UTI and ushers them out of the body.
Cranberry juice specifically is a well known solution for a UTI.
Take probiotics. There is evidence suggesting that probiotics can not only preventa UTI, but also treat the ailment. Taking 5-10 billion CFUs of Lactobacillus acidophilus daily can do the trick.
6. Water and Vitamin C
Finally, aside from drinking lots of pure water to flush out bad bacteria, you can add naturally occurring Vitamin C to your diet. About 500 – 1,000 mg, 1 – 2 times daily. Vitamin C acidifies the urine, effectively chasing the bacteria away.
Don’t let doctors still practicing pharmaceutically-led medicine and antibiotic-resistant germs keep you suffering from a urinary tract infection. There are natural ways to have you up and around again, enjoying your life as usual.
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.